Polar FT80 Heart Rate Monitor and Sports Watch - Black
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- STAR Training Programme - Follow the weekly intensity and time targets and your fitness improvement is guaranteed
- Polar Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest and tells you your progress
- Innovative strength training guidance feature helps you have a fitter body
- Individual determination of your optimal target heart rate and three training zones
- Comes with Polar FlowLink® for effortless data transfer to your online training diary at polarpersonaltrainer.com via both Mac and PC
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Dedication best describes those who are seriously into their training. FT80 is the most dedicated training partner for the most devoted fitness enthusiasts. This intelligent training computer helps you achieve maximum efficiency and reach your workout targets for both cardio and strength training, plus its stylish design is comfortable during a hot workout and in everyday use.
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Lightweight and stylish and always attracts positive comments.
I use it not only for everyday wear but in the gym for strength training and aerobic activities such as rowing and running.
You can customise the training for your needs via the website and train against that, or you can set it to whatever type of training you're currently doing and monitor and record your progress. It even tells you when to start your next set.
The chest strap is comfortable and I am not aware of it even when playing tennis. The batteries can be replaced in both watch and strap by yourself now, but I've had it for 4 months and there's no sign of any battery problem. I honestly expect it to last at least 12-18 months like my other F60.
I have two minor issues with the watch however. Firstly the buckle side of the strap is significantly shorter that the 'holey' side which means the watch swivels round my wrist so that the buckle defaults to the middle. This means the watch also swivels accordingly and sits slightly off-centre on the outer side of the arm. I like to wear my watches loose and I have big wrists so maybe that's just me.
Secondly, the 'return' button on the lower left side is hard to push in. I suspect that it may be part of the design to prevent accidental resets, in any case, it's not a bother, just not so easy to press the button in.
Other than that, it's an excellent purchase. If you shop around it can be purchased for under the £200 mark.
ps. I just got the trophy avatar on the watch for a good week's training!
Having worn my FT80 for over a week now I'm so pleased I chose the black face version, i've already had admiring comments about its looks.
But by far the reason why I'm so pleased with this product is because its actually saved my life. During exercise recently I noticed that the display was showing an abnormally high pulse rate, I set the display to show in graphical form how my heart was beating over the past minute or so and it showed my bpm had been remaining high....even after resting from exercise. After a couple of hours of monitoring how high my pulse was I contacted my doctor, who told me to call an ambulance. In hospital I was monitored over a 24 hour period and diagnosed with an atrial flutter which could have proved fatal if not noticed quickly and treated.
The Flowlink accessory which is supplied with the FT80 is simply a joy to use.Read more ›
All these great functions make it a winner but as I said you may want it just because it looks cool!
When the device first arrived I was very pleased, it worked as described and I had no problems with connectivity. I used the device only as directed when I was working out in the gym and it worked without problem for the first three months.
After three months the monitor stopped working, there was no response when I pressed any of the buttons and the unit was effectively dead. As the unit was under warranty, I contacted Polar to see if the device could be repaired. Initially the service was good; I sent the product to them and expected to be notified when I could receive a replacement. However I soon received a call saying that they would not be replacing the device as they viewed that the device was water-damaged and therefore not covered under warranty.
This was a surprise to me as I had never taken the device anywhere near water. I asked them how this was supposed to have occurred and was told that I would have had to have used it for swimming or have held it underwater. I had never done any such thing. I can only surmise that the "water damage" was actually caused by sweating through normal use. I find it unacceptable that a heart rate monitor can break when used for exercise and is therefore a very poor product. I explained the situation to Polar but they were not interested and returned the device to me.
I feel that the product is poor and that the level of service I received was even worse. Amazon were much more helpful and arranged a replacement, however I would have preferred a refund.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love this watch, top end of the expense range for me, but works well and i like it a lo, not sure about the fitness test though lol i doubt its very accuratePublished 2 months ago by Planty's Reviews
These are now essential components in my workpour regime. When my FT60 needed repairs, i just went ahead and bough the FT80.Published 3 months ago by Ken C
Highly Accurate and it's easy to forget your wearing it when in use. Found the menus are simple enough to navigate.Published 13 months ago by martin telford
Ive used this at the gym for nearly 2 years. I've had to change the battery in the watch once.
It's really comfy and can by also picked up by the machines at my gym (I go to... Read more
Always use Polar, first the FT4 and now the V800, which is amazing. I tried the FT80 first, but the display was very difficult to see, and there was no way of adjusting contrast. Read morePublished 18 months ago by waterceltfire
Does what is says on the tin and does not let you down !! Great workout tracker !Published 18 months ago by Stefania Fabrizi
Brilliant watch works well but takes a bit of setting up but easy if you follow instructions.Published 20 months ago by ian gabbitas