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Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Polar FT60 heart rate monitor watchThe FT60 is a popular mid-level monitor for Polar. It comes in various fashionable versions, including a women's model (picture).

According to a product description at the Polar website:

Now you can train as you want and reach your fitness targets with the FT60's personalized training program. It sets new targets by adapting to your personal training habits, helping you stay motivated and carry on improving your fitness. The adaptive training program features weekly targets, feedback and guidance so you'll achieve your training targets more efficiently and effectively.

* New Polar STAR training program gives you weekly training targets, adapts to your training habits to guide you without being too strict and allows you flexibility during the week

* Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes

* FT60 also shows you the calories burned

Here is the conclusion of a review at Gear.com:

For starters, this watch is sexy looking. I’ve been very impressed with the subdued styling that’s at home on the trail or at the office. Many people have commented on how this watch looks and I quite like it too.

Initial setup is a breeze. The first time through, it walks you through a setup wizard where you input all your data and configure the watch for you. This is essential as it becomes the benchmark used to measure your performance (hint to the ladies… don’t lie about your age or your weight). This watch will become your best friend as it tracks your calories burned and spits out a message based on your actual workout performance.

I’ve really enjoyed using this watch on my Fall trail running blitz as well as a few mountain bike and road bike rides. In all occasions, the watch has worked well, except for the occasional GPS satellite loss.

Everything is comfortable and the display is super-easy to read and navigate. That simplicity is so welcome on a watch with the power of the FT60. Anyone can use this watch without reading the directions. Well… anyone like me.

The Good

* Great-looking watch
* Setup wizard gets you rolling off-the-bat
* Comfortable Wearlink HR transmitter
* Display is huge and easy to read
* I love the workout performance messages
* STAR workout programs can guide you without hauling “Hans the Trainer” along
* Workouts are grouped by week and can be viewed in aggregate or alone

The Bad

* Buttons are hard to press while on the trail
* Doesn’t have a “scan all” view to scroll through heart rate, speed, performance, time, etc. automatically
* G1 GPS isn’t that bad, but it lost satellite with clear skies more than I would like
* Optional software is not Mac-compatible, so you can’t really use www.polarpersonaltrainer.com

The Feed the Habit website wrote:

With catered workout measurement and on-the-fly training, the Polar FT60 has been an awesome workout partner that has truly helped me maximize my workouts. If you are looking for a heart rate monitor and training watch that actually delivers, the FT60 is hard to beat.

FitSugar said:

The folks over at Polar recently sent me a few heart rate monitors to test out. I liked the FT40, but I think I am in love with the FT60 ($239 including chest sensor with changeable battery). Mine is a purple-pink color, reminiscent of raspberry sorbet, so even though it is large it is still somehow feminine and I wear a bunch, even when I am not at the gym. Points for being functional and stylish.

This heart rate monitor not only tracks your heart rate (either in percentage or beats per minute) and totals your calories burned, it keeps track of all your workouts. That's important because you can use the watch to set a fitness goal — lose weight, improve fitness, or maximize fitness. I chose the latter and my watch asks me to work out five hours and 35 minutes a week, and more weeks than not, I rise to the occasion. Yes — my heart rate monitor inspires me to work out.

A YouTube video is here.

* Get the latest price on the Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor Watch. Also, check out the Polar Store at Amazon.com for special offers and promotions, as well as user reviews and information on new products.

See also my Guide to Buying the Best Heart Rate Monitor.

November 16th, 2009

 

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