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Polar F7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Polar F7 heart rate monitor watchThe F7 is a very similar to Polar's hugely popular F6 heart rate monitor watch, but with the addition of the Polar WearLink fabric heart rate transmitter. It comes in two versions, the Polar F7 for men and the Polar F7 for women (pictured). The latter model is slightly smaller and features a floral design. The retail price is $129.95 (compared to $119.95 for the F6), but you should be able to buy it more cheaply.

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

The F7 is packed with innovative training features to help you toward your exercise goals. First off, the watch displays heart rate info in several ways, including as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, as beats per minute, and within a graphical target zone indicator.

The watch also offers a visual and audible alarm for when you exceed or underperform your target zone--a great way to stay motivated while on the track. And users will love the ZonePointer and Polar OwnCal modes.

The ZonePointer is an audible and visual feature on the display of your F7 that shows you where your current heart rate sits within your target heart rate zone.

The Polar OwnCal mode, meanwhile, shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session, as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions.

You can also set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure, helping you achieve both short-term and long-term goals. And once you settle into a routine, you can synch your watch with www.polarpersonaltrainer.com, an online exercise journal and community that provides guidance, tracks progress and goals, and lets users challenge their friends.

Other features include a Fitness Bullet feature that shows a bullet on the monitor's display for every 10 minutes spent exercising/training in your target heart zone; an OwnZone mode that provides a customized target zone for individual exercise sessions; an OwnCode mode that prevents crosstalk from other heart rate monitors nearby; a recording mode that tracks your average and maximum heart rate, calorie expenditure, distance, and total exercise time, and then puts it in an exercise file or fitness diary; water resistance to 50 meters; a 24-hour clock with a day/week indicator; a built-in backlight, a KeyLock; a low battery indicator; and both SonicLink and UpLink connections for transferring data between the F7 and a computer. Sporting an attractive silver housing, the watch carries a two-year warranty.

An Amazon.com review explained differences between the F6 and the F7:

The F7 comes with an elastic/fabric chest strap while the F6 comes with a plastic one. However, the difference between the F7 and F6 is not just the chest strap. The transmitter module (the part that snaps into the chest strap) that ships with the F7 is the Wearlink, which has a changeable battery, while the one that ships with the F6 is the T31, a sealed unit that has to be entirely replaced when the battery dies (after 2500 hours according to Polar, though some users report a shorter life).

New Polar transmitters cost around $40-50, so spending the extra $10 now for the F7 should be cost effective in the long run. Polar is apparently phasing out the F6, probably because of consumer complaints about this very point. The watches for the F7 and F6 are the same except for color, which is why Polar ships the F6 watch manual with the F7.

Heart Rate Monitor Fitness wrote:

In terms of features, the Polar f7 heart monitor is built around Polar OwnZone. This feature sets personal training target zones depending on your goals. For example, you can use it to target a lower heart rate zone for weight loss, while target a higher heart rate zone for improving your fitness. It’s obviously not an accurate alternative for a proper heart rate training program, but offers a nice method for those who enjoy simplicity in their training.

...The strength of the Polar F7 heart rate monitor lies in its balance of interesting features at a good price. However, you should definitely also consider both the Suunto T1c and Garmin Forerunner 50 and choose the heart rate monitor which best suits your needs. If you have some cash to spare, the Polar FT40 is also a superb buy, offering more features with simple operation. However, if you need a watch to help make your training more interesting, while remaining relatively inexpensive, the Polar F7 is the heart rate monitor for you.

Top Heart Rate Monitors said:

The Polar F7 is a solid heart rate monitor that comes with a very fair price tag. As such, those looking for a reliable and inexpensive heart rate monitor will surely be pleased with what the Polar F7 has to offer. This is just one of the many great Polar Heart Monitors that are out there.

* Get the Latest Price on the Polar F7 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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