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4.0 out of 5 stars Great basic heart rate monitor without the bells and whistles, 25 July 2011
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This is a great HR monitor for the price. It obviously tells you your heart rate, but also tells you if you're training in the fat burning zone. This is a huge advantage to somebody like me who does cardio like running and skipping as it can tell you if you're pushing too hard or not hard enough. I now realise that for about 6 months I've been pushing too hard in the running and have actually been elevating my heart rate above the optimal needed for fat burning.

The sensor strap that comes with it, which you wear around your chest to monitor the actual heart rate (which then sends a signal to the watch) is comfortable and hasn't rubbed or irritated my skin at all. You do have to wet the sensors before putting it on and my advice is to use lukewarm water, because cold water can obviously be a little too cold when you first attach the strap.

What it does:

1) Tells you if you're in the target fat burning zone (the most useful info of the lot in my opinion).

2) Tells you how many calories you've burnt.

3) Tells you how long your exercise lasted for and how much of that time was spent in the fat burning zone.

4) It gives you a maximum heart rate for training period, as well as an average.

5) It also tells you the time of day.

What it doesn't do:

1) It doesn't tell you the distance you've covered.

2) It doesn't come with software that you can use to sync your results to your computer. However, you can go to the Polar training website and input your results manually, which is what I do; and you'll still get a record and chart of your results over a period of time.

So, a pretty good HR monitor and cheap considering the features you get. It's simple to use and takes 2 minutes when you first use it to input some basic details about yourself including age, weight and height. For this price I can live without fancy software to sync up with the computer; I don't mind manually entering my data results onto the Polar website. I can also live without features such as backlit watch face or dive-resistance. It would've been nice to have had results for distance covered; but I guess you can't have everything at this price level. You can always easily figure out how far you've run yourself anyway.
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2012 10:22:55 GMT
Your description really helps me deciding that this is not the watch for me. Do you know which watch has the facility to down load to the pc and also a stopwatch?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 16:26:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2012 12:48:07 BDT
UK Customer says:
A quick look at Polar's UK website suggests that you need an FT7 (male or female version- check) or RS300X watch and a Polar Flowlink in order to upload to Polar's website (but not necessarily to your PC!). It looks like a lot of extra cost for a little extra convenience, so I'm not sure that I would bother just for this feature. And do check out the feedback on Amazon for the Flowlink -it isn't all good. All Polar watches have at least a basic stopwatch, as far as I know.

Update: I'm not sure what gets uploaded- it may just be the summary information. Check before you buy.

Posted on 8 Jul 2012 13:02:58 BDT
Maggie Lees says:
Thank you for a very helpful review. I have become totally confused by all the different HR Monitors and their various features! Your review was clear, concise and very helpful - thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 17:20:38 BDT
P says:
You're very welcome!

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 14:52:40 GMT
David Carman says:
Used the basic Polar monitor for years,never had any problems other than having to change batteries. Reading some of the comments I get the impression people expect the watch to be doing the work not them.Whilst training do not both to much with the sound beeps,keep a constant eye on watch timing,H.R and the execise you are doing. Some people use the stride beep, one beep for each stride,trouble is they keep in time with the beep but never maintain the stride length.the basic Polar FT4M is plenty good enough,unless you are at the top end of your game then it,s worth investing in top of the range.

Posted on 9 Jan 2013 16:57:54 GMT
Elidia says:
You say it tells you when you are in the fat burning zone........ I cannot find this! Are you assuming that the IN ZONE range is fatburning and NOT IN ZONE is fitness not fatburning?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2013 10:10:04 BDT
Angel says:
Errrrr, this watch is for a woman!!

Posted on 15 Aug 2013 10:14:54 BDT
Angel says:
Hi, I have an irregular heart problem, work out on cross trainer and treadmill. My problem is the heart can go from normal to 180+ in an instant and back down as rapidly. The monitors on the machines, I have been told are not accurate, so I'm looking for a good simple monitor. Your comments are helpful, do you have any advice for me?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2013 17:09:31 BDT
Elidia says:
This is a great basic heart rate monitor. I have had mine since December with no problems at all. It is very accurate. I would recommend this as an aid to your training rather than the Gym machines.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2013 17:10:34 BDT
Elidia says:
Yes mine is pink!!
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