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Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Polar F11 heart rate monitor watchThe Polar F11 heart monitor is another of the company's most popular heart rate monitor watches, and is especially aimed at users who want something more than the basic F6 model. A particular feature is the Polar Keeps U Fit Workout Program, which gives you personal guidance on how often, how hard, and how long you need to exercise to reach your personal fitness goals. The F11 has a recommended retail price of $179.95, but should be found for around $160.

You can find full specifications at the Polar website. Here are some brief details:

The Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitor is the world's only heart rate monitor that creates a workout program to tell you how much, how hard and how long to exercise to reach your goals. This powerful wrist monitor provides a highly accurate gauge for getting the most from your exercise sessions. The Polar Keeps U Fit Workout Program gives you personal guidance--how often, how hard, and how long you need to exercise to reach your personal fitness goals. It also includes a free-of-charge online component.

The wristwatch-like monitor features a large display that includes 12/24-hour time of day, alarm, and stopwatch. The transmitter includes the Wearlink Coded function, which eliminates interference from other heart rate monitors. The transmitter's electrodes, which pick up the heart signals, are integrated right into the strap for added flexibility and comfort.

The OwnCal feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. It also allows you to set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure. The Fitness Bullets feature shows a bullet on the monitor's display for every 10 minutes spent exercising/training in your target heart rate zone. The Coded feature eliminates interference from other heart rate monitors.

Other features include:

* Displays heart rate, exercise time, and average heart rate
* Manual and automatic heart rate limit settings
* Large easy-to-read display with backlighting and split screen
* Water resistant to 30 meters (100 feet)

A brief review at Exercise Equipment Expert said:

When I was in the market for a heart rate monitor earlier this year, I ended up doing about 20 hours of research and found the Polar F11 to be the best fit for my personal needs.

If you're like me and you do a wide variety of exercise like outdoor biking, inline skating as well as elliptical and treadmill workouts, the F11 is a good choice.

...The F11 has some key advantages over the more basic F6 that are worth the extra investment if you're serious about tracking your training and bringing your results to the next level.

Features found on the F11 that are, in my opinion, worth the extra money over the F6 are:

* Polar Fitness Test that measures your V02 max in five minutes (knowing yourV02 max is a great benchmark to measure your progress using Cardio Secrets!)
* Fitness Exercise Diary with personal targets
* Visual Exercise Reminder w/ Alarm

The Consumer Search website wrote:

For a heart rate monitor in-between a basic model and the top of the line, the Polar F11 heart rate monitor is very popular among reviewers. Users like its Keeps U Fit Workout Program, which allows them to keep track of their workouts based on personal goals. Heart-rate data can also be uploaded and tracked on the Polar website. The main complaint of users is being required to send the wrist unit back to Polar in order to get the battery changed. The Polar F11 occupies the sweet spot of value and performance for most amateur athletes.

A video demonstration of the F11 is here.

In addition, check out Amazon.com for more than 140 customer reviews of the F11, most of them highly favorable.

* Get the Latest Price on the Polar F11 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.

Updated November 16th, 2009

 

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