Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Review

Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Review

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The Polar heart rate monitors are well known for being functional and reliable watches. One of the very latest in their range is the Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. If you’re looking into a Polar heart rate watch then the FT7 could very well be the one you’re looking for. To find out, read my Polar FT7 review below….

 

Features

  • Average and maximum heart rate of training
  • Heart rate
  • HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm
  • Manual target zone
  • Polar EnergyPointer
  • Polar OwnCal® – calorie expenditure
  • Polar OwnCode® (5kHz) – coded transmission
  • Totals
  • Training files (with summaries) – 99
  • Weekly history
  • Graphical target zone indicator
  • HeartTouch – button-free operation of wrist unit
  • Backlight
  • Date and weekday indicator
  • Display text in English, German, Finnish, Swedish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian
  • Dual time zone
  • KeyLock
  • Low battery indicator
  • StopWatch
  • Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
  • User replaceable battery
  • Water resistant – 50m

 

My Review of the Polar FT7 Review

If you’re looking for a heart rate monitor that’s both smart, functional, and affordable, then the Polar FT7 could be the watch for you. It can provide you with not only your heart rate but also the amount of calories you’re burning, and whether you’re increasing your overall fitness or simply burning fat. The FT7 is an upgrade to the previous Polar FT6 and has an RRP of just $119.

The FT7 can store up to 16 weeks of training and up to 99 separate training files. That’s quite impressive for such an attractive looking watch. What I liked about this watch was the fact that it was smaller than previous Polar watches, and I’d imagine that there’d be no trouble wearing it as an everyday watch as it would look cool with either casual clothes or sporty clothes.

It’s very user friendly, and took me just 5 minutes to enter all my data such as DOB, height, weight, and heart rate goals which the watch then later uses to determine your optimum training levels. If you have any trouble setting anything up Polar’s user guides are made readily available online.

When you’re in training mode you can toggle easily between displays by pressing the up/down buttons on the side. By simply pressing up/down you can switch between your workout duration, time of day, heart rate range, current heart rate, and calories burned. The FT7 also comes with Polar’s EnergyPointer, which calculates and displays whether you’re in the fitness improvement zone or fat burning zone based on your current heart rate and data (such as DOB) you entered on setup.

Another thing I liked about the FT7 was the feature and position of the pause button on the left side, which stops you from hitting it by mistake like on many other models. To stop the workout all you have to do is hold the pause button and the workout summary will be displayed and then stored in the watch memory. You can then upload all your data via USB to your computer so you can track your progress.

Some other great features of the FT7 were things such as the transmitter flexibility. I wore it swimming and forgot that I was wearing it. Also, the watch transmits HR data well even in heavily chlorinated pools. Last but not least, the FT7 transmitter is coded to the watch, so there’s no picking up others signals, which is a big problem especially when working out in a gym.

 

Overall

On a whole the Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor is one of the finest watches Polar have produced. It’s water resistant up to 50m, the appearance allows you to wear it as an everyday watch, it has all the functions and features you could ever need, and above all it’s one of the most affordable money can buy. It’s a must have choice for any fitness enthusiast.

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