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Polar FS2 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Polar FS2 heart rate monitor watchThe FS2 is a slightly upgraded version of the Polar FS1, which is one of the company's very basic products, and designed for users who need a heart monitor and not much else. Extras in the FS2 that are not found in the FS1 include a maximum heart rate function, a backlight and a date and day-of-the-week function. It retails for $79.95, although you should be able to find it for under $65 if you shop around (compared to $69.95 and $60 for the FS1).

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

This basic heart rate monitor features added stopwatch and time-of-day watch features, extra-large digits for easy readability, and one-button functionality. It provides a visual and audible alarm when you reach your target heart rate zone.

It provides information on total exercise time and average heart rate during total exercise time, as well as maximum heart rate of total exercise. It will also record the exercise date. It's water resistant to 50 meters and has a convenient backlight.

Display features (in beats per minute, or bmp):

* EKG accurate heart rate

* Manual target zone

Britain's Cycling Info website wrote (no longer online):

The FS2 offers a simple no frills heart rate monitor with simple navigation and one button for changing modes. In addition to showing heart rate monitor. The FS2 can set an alarmed target training zone and record average heart rate and exercise time. Some users have criticized the limitations of a one button navigation system. e.g. if you try to illuminate at night you have to go through various options.

Amazon.com has more than 20 customer reviews, most of them highly favorable. Here is one:

When working out, it is helpful to know when I'm approaching my fat burn heart rate or my maximum heart rate. The cardio machines in the gym pick up the signal without the need of the watch. When playing a game like soccer, it is helpful to know if I really put out a good effort.

This monitor is the least expensive one which records a maximum heart rate and an average rate through a workout. All the others did less than this, or a lot more which I had no reason to record. I thought this fit the bill for me perfectly, and it works well. On the down side, it has taken me a little bit of time to recognize how to move through the menus with just one button (wait for 3 seconds, hit the button again). Not exactly intuitive.

* Get the Latest Price on the Polar FS2 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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