Want to know if your workout is working? This Polar® FT7 heart rate monitor will answer that question and tell you a bunch of other useful stuff! Its EnergyPointer feature reveals whether your training is burning fat or improving your aerobic fitness, and the graphical target zone indicator helps you stay in your desired intensity zone throughout the entire session. It comes with a heart rate sensor that you can wear with zero discomfort.
Date and weekday indicator
Time of day (12 or 24 hour)
Display text with English, German, Finnish, Swedish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian language options
Dual time zones
Alarm with snooze
30 m water resistant
Low battery indicator
FT7 training computer, H1 heart rate sensor and owner's guide included
Body Measurement Features
Manual target zone allows you to define the target zone as beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage of your maximum heart rate or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (HRR%)
HRmax (user set)
POLAR® EnergyPointer tells you if the main effect of your training is fat burning or fitness improvement
I bought the FT7 when I found out my insurance had run out for my cardio rehab sessions & I would loose access to the wireless ECG monitors unless I wanted to pay $400/mo. I mostly need a heart rate monitor so I don't care if it doesn't have any other bells & whistles like the FitBit.(Congestive Heart Failure & on waiting list for a transplant) PROS: The FT7 works as advertised & has a high Cool Factor. It's extremely lightweight & easy to set up. Controls are slightly clunky at first but fine after using it for a bit. Readout is easy to see but "Training Files" are smaller font & I needed reading glasses to see it. (YMMV) The included chest strap is lightweight, fully adjustable, comfortable & stays right where you put it. Sweat actually helps sensitivity of the sensors.The FT7 transmitter talks to the watch using a proprietary wireless protocol which will also talk to some exercise machines. If you want Bluetooth you can get the H7 chest strap for about half the price of the FT7 & it will talk to your phone & also most of the same exercise machines.
CONS: A bit expensive for what it does (in my opinion). The FT4 is essentially the same unit at about 1/2 the price but only has memory for 10 workouts - the FT7 will hold 99. For the price I feel this should come with some way to upload to your PC or MAC for trending or even a graph or printout. I shouldn't have to buy an optional dongle (FlowLink $55) to upload my data to their private but free website. Does not talk Bluetooth.
That being said, I like the FT7 & it functions just fine. I also bought the H7 & it is flawless as well. Both transmitters use the same chest strap so I can swap them out when I need to monitor with the watch or the iPhone 6.