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Polar F4 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar F4 heart rate monitorPolar is a leading producer of heart rate monitors, and the F4 – designed specifically for women – is one of its most popular models.

It is difficult to find objective reviews of heart rate monitors on the internet, though commercial websites like Amazon.com and Epinions.com carry numerous user reviews.

A useful article, Buyer's guide to heart rate monitors, is at the Road Cycling UK website. It advises:

Functions you should be looking for are: average heart rate, maximum heart rate, a stopwatch, target zones with or without an alarm, calorie consumption, and possibly computer download ability. You should also be looking at the comfort of the chest strap – this has to be worn next to your skin for hours at a time so make sure it’s comfortable.

The Polar website said:

The F4 is the first women's specific unit from Polar, combining all the necessary heart rate features with a new, slim design. Available in two color options, the F4 includes the popular Zone Pointer™ feature that helps keep you in your Target Zone, and OwnCal to track the calories you burn during your exercise. With stopwatch and convenient button free operation, the F4 is a valuable fitness tool.

A reviewer at the About.com: Running and Jogging website concluded:

Why, you ask, is this such a great watch?

First there is the quality. Polar is known for their quality products. They last longer than most watches, can take a beating, and are very accurate.

Also, the display is big enough to read without having to slow down (as long as you have enough light, that is) and it fits comfortably on most women’s wrists.

The Polar F4 heart rate monitor is easy to use following Polar’s good instructions that come with it. Even the newest beginner to heart rate monitors shouldn’t have trouble programming it.

Plus, the Polar F4 has great features, such as reminding you to stay in your target heart rate zone, how long you’ve been in your heart rate zone, how long you’ve been exercising, how many calories you’ve burned during this workout, and how many calories you’ve burned over a week (or whatever time period you program it to remember).

It’s not the most complex heart rate monitor out there nor does it have the most bells and whistles, but I think it’s one of the best and has what most runners need.

* Get the Latest Price on the Polar F4 Heart Rate Monitor. 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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