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Polar F6 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Polar F6 heart rate monitor watchThe Polar F6 heart monitor is one of the company's most popular heart rate monitor watches. Evidence of its popularity can be seen at sales sites like Amazon.com, where it has attracted more than 250 customer reviews, most of them highly favorable. It boasts a huge number of features, and carries a retail price of $119.95, although it can usually be bought more cheaply.

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

* Zone Pointer: A visible and audible feature on the display of your heart rate monitor showing your target heart rate zone and where your current heart rate is within that zone.

* Polar OwnCal: This feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. You can set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure with the OwnCal feature. Because the OwnCal tracks both the energy expenditure during one exercise session and the accumulated kilocalories during a longer time e.g. one week, it helps in achieving both short term and long term goals.

* Polar OwnZone: This feature guides you through an appropriate warm-up routine and automatically determines a safe and effective exercise heart rate zone--your OwnZone--while taking into account your current physical condition.

* Polar OwnCode: This technology blocks unwanted signals from other heart rate monitors, ensuring disturbance-free transmission of your heart rate data.

* Display of heart rate, exercise time and average heart rate

* 24-hour clock with day/week indicator and stopwatch

* Large easy-to-read display with split screen

* One-year average battery life

* Water resistant to 30 meters (100 feet)

A very favorable review is at the About.com: Exercise website:

If you're looking for a heart rate monitor that does more than just display your heart rate, but isn't so high-end that you'd have to get a second mortgage to pay for it, the Polar F6 is an excellent choice.

The F6 has a variety of functions, from tracking heart rate and workout intensity to calculating calories burned and time spent in each zone. It's easy to use, comes at a decent price and is offered in different sizes and colors, making it both comfortable and stylish.

According to the Simply Fitness Gear website:

The F6 heart monitor is one of the most popular of the general fitness heart rate monitors from well known and respected manufacturer Polar. The Polar F6 heart monitor consists as with most heart rate monitors of a wrist receiver and a transmitter with chest strap.

But the Polar F6 monitor offers so much more than a standard exercise heart rate monitor that it easily justifies its popularity and many think it is the best heart rate monitor in its price range.

...The F6 is a pretty basic model meant for general fitness purposes and not for serious elite athletes. It will be suitable for most people who just want to get fitter without too much fuss.

...The F6 is not fitted with GPS (Global Positioning System) which helps determine the distance you have covered (and is particularly useful off-road) nor does it have the capability of using the Polar Foot Pod or Bike Pod sensors. If you are looking for a Polar GPS heart rate monitor, there is the top of the range Polar RS800G3 Multisport GPS Computer Heart Rate Monitor Watch.

Here are a couple of excerpts from Amazon.com reviews:

* Easy to set up, accurate, user friendly. Just took it for a test drive this morning. Shipping was fast and friendly. Nice user manual. Very explanatory.

Put in your vitals, adjust the strap around your chest and put the pedal to the metal.

...Apparently, I've been working too hard in the past. Because just as the HRM was yelling at me to back down, I was thinking, "Geez, touchy thingie! I can go way harder and higher than this!" But if it improves my stamina, all the better.

I would recommend reviewing the product manual and setting up your customizations the night before if you are an early morning exerciser. Setup and familiarization with the product/material takes about an hour.

* I have no problems with this product. The watch is waterproof and not particularly uncomfortable while excercising. The chest strap fits me just fine. Both seem to be very durable (I've been using mine for about 3 weeks now and there is no sign of wear-and-tear). The menus are, admittedly, a bit cumbersome, but after a couple of excercise sessions, followed by reviewing the manual, I have no trouble dealing with it. (After all, you only have 4 buttons and about a zillion options overall.)

Probably the best part of all is that the heart rate transmitter (the one that attaches to your chest) is picked up by all the equipment in my local gym: Stair Master, Life Fitness and others. So you don't have to put your hands on the probes that the excercise machine has to get it to tell you your heart rate. All of the machines in my gym have a "constant heart rate" mode, so this is fabulous!

I cannot speak to any other brands, or any other models of the Polar brand. But this device, the F6, is great and does everything I can imagine I would like to do.

I am middle aged and overweight. If you are either one of these, then you gotta get a heart rate monitor!

* Get the Latest Price on the Polar F6 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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