Polar FT7 Men's Heart Rate / Training Monitor Watch, Black / Red

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About Polar FT7

For recreational athletes, this Polar FT7 Men's Heart Rate / Training Monitor Watch (Black / Red) functions as a wrist-mounted training coach. The EnergyPointer function helps you determine whether you're primarily improving your fitness or burning fat during your workout. An optional data flow link component lets you upload your training information to the Polar personal trainer site, to log and track your progress.

Polar FT7 Features

  • Sized and styled for Men
  • Ninety-nine memory files
  • ECG accurate heart rate
  • Manual or automatic age-based target zone with visual and audible alarms
  • OwnCode coded transmission prevents interference from other users
  • Comfortable textile transmitter
  • Graphical target zone indicator
  • OwnCal calorie expenditure
  • Weekly and total training summary
  • Time, date, alarm and backlight
  • Low battery indicator
  • User replaceable CR1632 battery

Polar FT7 Specifications

Training Computer: Battery type
CR1632
Training Computer: Battery life
Average 11 months (training 1 h/day, 7 days/week)
Training Computer: Operating temperature
-10 deg.C to +50 deg.C / 14 deg.F to 122 deg.F
Training Computer: Back cover material
Polyamide
Training Computer: Wrist strap material
Polyurethane
Training Computer: Wrist strap buckle
Stainless steel
Training Computer: Watch accuracy
Better than ± 0.5 seconds/day at 25 deg.C / 77 deg.F temperature
Training Computer: Heart rate
Accuracy: ± 1% or ± 1 bpm, whichever larger, definition applies to steady state conditions
Training Computer: Water resistance
30m (Suitable for bathing and swimming)
WearLink+ Transmitter: Battery
Type: CR 2025
Average life: 700 hours of use
Sealing ring: O-ring 20.0 x 1.0 Material FPM
WearLink+ Transmitter: Operating temp
-10 deg.C to +50 deg.C / 14 deg.F to 122 deg.F
WearLink+ Transmitter: Material
Connector: Polyamide
Strap: 35% Polyester, 35% Polyamide,30% Polyurethane
WearLink+ Transmitter: Water resistance
30m (Suitable for bathing and swimming)
System Requirements
PC MS Windows (2000/XP/Vista), 32 bit, Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0
Intel Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
Mfr #
90051049
SKU
POFT7MBR

Polar FT7 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.8

(based on 22 reviews)

62%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great information

I bought this a few weeks ago when I started a Cross Fit workout class. I like the information it gives me with calories burned and max and average heartrate durning my workout. I am not sure how accurate the calories burned are, but at least it gives me an idea of how hard I am working. So far I am pleased with the FT7

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

I used to have a FT 4 and I loved it. I got the FT 7 as a gift for my birthday and I HATE it! The heart rate monitor almost never works and constantly stops in the middle of work outs. I can never get an accurate reading on it. I highly highly highly suggest you look around before choosing a product. Especially when you are paying good money for it.

Reviewed by 22 customers

 
1.0

The old style worked better

By

from USA

The readings I get are mostly nowhere near accurate. They go from well over 200 then down to accurate then back to over 200. On a 25 mile ride it's wrong about 3/4 of the time. I've tried the suggestions for an abnormal reading correction but they've been useless even with electrode gel. Why did you take away the ability to set a lower HR limit? This was an important feature so I could set the bpm zone I want to be training in such as 117bpm to 130 bpm. The old one also told me how long I was training in that zone. A little bar would appear for each ten minutes.

 
5.0

Love it.

By

from New York, NY, United States

It's easy to use, I love that I can keep track of my progress for the week it's an amazing product.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointed

By

from Massachusetts, United States

I have had polar F6 for years--While training, it displayed heart rate, as well as the time (minutes and seconds that has elapsed). I just bought the FT7, thinking I was getting an improvement, if not a comparable item--wrong. The FT7 will not display the heart rate and time simultaneously--to see the duration you have to click another button, which only gives you time duration, which is a drag if you are trying to exercise at a certain rate for a certain time--and who wants to be trying to press the buttons back and forth?

 
4.0

Great heart monitor

By

from New York, NY, United States

I brought this heart monitor last year for my husband for Father's day and one for myself. We love this heart monitor we wear it for all our workouts. I feel its accurate with the amount of calories burn. I was taking swimming lesson and I wore it in the pool with no problems. The only issue I have with the watch I have is sometimes it presses up again my hand and activate the buttons. Other than that I have no other issues.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Works great, when it works...

By

from Dayton, MN, United States

I've had this watch for almost 2 years so I have enough experience with it to give a good evaluation of it. I have the Flowlink, and enjoy the features it gives me. When I first bought this watch, I was disappointed that the only "statistic" it gives you is average and max heart rate. I was expecting being able to track heart rate over time. But I blame myself for that, not enough research (although the lack of this feature is pretty well hidden on the website). But I soon learned that I really didn't need this feature. For about 9 months, I wore it running, and it was great. It helped me stay motivated to work out. Then the transmitter became intermittent. I replaced both the watch and transmitter batteries, which fixed things for about 2 weeks. Then everything stopped synching. I contacted Polar for warranty. They replaced my transmitter, which fixed things. About 3 months later, the watch and transmitter started losing synch in the middle of a workout AGAIN. Replaced the band this time, on my own dime. This improved things slightly, probably due to new snaps vs worn out ones, but again, it wasn't perfect. Now it's back to the point where it loses synch at least once per workout. I will be contacting Polar again, we'll try to replace the watch I guess.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointed

By

from Madison, WI, United States

I used to have a FT 4 and I loved it. I got the FT 7 as a gift for my birthday and I HATE it! The heart rate monitor almost never works and constantly stops in the middle of work outs. I can never get an accurate reading on it. I highly highly highly suggest you look around before choosing a product. Especially when you are paying good money for it.

 
5.0

LOVE IT

By

from Cambria Heights, New York

I love it. The look needs improving just as long as the functionality is not affected. I also have a FT60 which I always have problems with it from day one. I thought it was an upgrade.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good watch, lousy software

By

from Southern California

Been using my FT7 for about a month. Chestband and watch both work well, although watch is difficult to read under poor lighting conditions. Very minor complaint for an otherwise good product. Also bought the FlowLink device to upload my workout info for further analysis using the PolarPersonalTrainer web-based software. Here is where things really fall apart. The upload works fine, but the workout analysis is simplistic, only minimally helpful, and not at all controllable by the user. Example 1: IMO being able to chart your workout HR vs. time in a simple X-Y line graph would be the most useful thing ever. Although the PolarPersonalTrainer software provides a blank chart and workout comparison feature, it us not usable with an FT7. Example 2: Workout Zones. Polar conveniently only allows 2 with the FT7, FatBurn and Fitness. The software implies you can add more and customize them, but not with the FT7. Just for fun, the border between the two zones you do get moves around, regardless of what you set it at either on the watch or on the web site. Example 3: They only give max, min, and average HR, and time in each zone. Weak. Example 4: No export of HR data to a .csv file or anything, so users are stuck using their proprietary-but-lousy software. In summary: good watch, good HR detector, terrible analysis software.

 
5.0

Don't workout without it!

By

from Milwaukee, WI, United States

I've had my ft7 for I think over 2 years now. About a year ago I went on a trip and the strap broke. I sent it in and they fixed it no problem under the 2 year warranty and changed the battery for a little extra fee, but it needed to be done anyways. I find the battery life to be impressive as well. One of my favorite features is that it syncs to alot of equipment at the gym. For example, a cycling class I go to requires a HR so you can track your progress over time. Not to mention all the treadmills and other cadio machines. I work in a hospital and have gotten several comments on the look of it. I also love that a birthday cake pops up on the screen for your birthday:)...the little things. Only thing I'm worried about is a little crack on the side of the screen. With all the wear and tear the watch face has taken quite a beating with scratches, but what watch doesn't. I just hope no water leaks into it. Worst comes to worst I will buy a new one...I see they have different colors out! hope this helped you

 
1.0

Worst Polar watch

By

from Florida, United States

Polar has been on my wrist and in my workouts for more then 15 years. It has been so difficult to have the batteries or crystal changed...Sometimes my watch has not even come back! This time i opted to just buy the FT7, as I saw many positive reviews. After 2 months, I don't understand how this watch could get a positive review. It is hard to use because it is very very hard to read, with a smaller screen and odd number fonts that are very wide, black, and create an optical illusion of a black screen except at certain angles. On some screens the info is loaded with info but in microscopic letters and numbers. The manual it comes with is useless unless you like to read precautions. The info on the download-to-a-computer aspect is almost opaque on how to do it..barely a word on line, not a word in the manual, not a cd anywhere.I am sure it has to be somewhere, but it should not be so difficult to locate, as the computer aspect is very important to anyone who buys a HR trainer. Reading your time on the watch during a workout is not possible unless you stop completely and really concentrate on pushing the right buttons and can discern the tiny fat numbers, then go back to whatever you keep your watch on, like cal or HR. Not hardly a useful tool on a workout when you need to, say check your speed on a fast quarter. Looking up your "Data" on the watch requires a magnifying glass, and I cannot imagine how much time it would take to manually record the info. I'm not going to do it. I would like to give this watch away but feel sorry for whoever I give it to, because one would think it would work better, and that person will waste a lot of time trying to get it to be useful. Sorry Polar but I hope you go back to big screens, easy downloads and get your service departments more efficient. I will buy one more watch before giving up on Polar.

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