Polar FT80 Heart Rate Monitor Review (Black)

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The Polar FT80 has done a revolution in the HRMs market. Not only by design but also with what lies inside. It’s sexy, sleek and a powerful tool. Like any tool, it has a purpose and requires the user to apply it correctly. Let’s see what it does to the user, with both positive as well as negative impacts.

Pros

The Star Training Program and Fitness Test

This is among the Polar FT80 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black) best things about FT80. The Star Training program helps the user not to over train and burn out in the beginning of the work out.

And with the improvements shown in the own index, it helps the user to get motivated by looking at the trophies achieved so far. On the whole, this helps the user to get back in shape after a long workout.

Design

Design of the Polar FT80 is one of the main reasons to attract buyers to the product. The transmitter in this HRM is very much user-friendly. Hence this design is a major relief to those who were uncomfortable with the built in transmitter and the strap they had to wear just like in Numetrex T-shirts.

Screen

Even though many people have claimed that the black face of the watch had many negative characteristics, the users who bought this HRM have claimed no issues with it.

Up to now users have claimed that the screen is readable in both indoors and outdoors without issues, with favorable contrast and ability to read and recognize.

One may argue about the size of some of the characters or symbols, but in reality the FT80 has done its best to display the maximum amount of information in the space provided. It is possible to have reflection obscure the viewing of the readout, but it is definitely manageable and in no way a deal breaker.

Web Sync

This is the software and device that transfers data from the watch to the computer. Some users have encountered problems syncing their data but majority have claimed this to be one of the major advantages of buying FT80.

And for those who got the sync error it’s happy to tell that re installing the program helps to solve the bug. By this feature you can store data of your work outs in your personal computer in order to review a better progress of the work outs.

Ease of Use

If you have owned Polar products before, then you understand how Polar organizes information and how the selection trees work. Like its predecessors FT80 has a very user friendly platform.

It is said to be the most user friendly HRM until now. If you read the manual beforehand by the time you get the watch you can be familiar with the watch because of its easy platform created by the Polar.

After inputting the work outs in to the watch even if you accidentally delete them from the calendar you can still recover them because they don’t get erased from the watch even after you delete them from the calendar.

Polar Training Software

In this training software there are some really nice features including analysis, and graphs. They are listed in different levels and screens. So the user must explore all the menus before starting up to get the maximum effect of this wonderful HRM.

The Strength Training feature

This is a very interesting feature in FT80 in which the watch tells you when to start the next repetition. Thus the user can have a better understanding of what to do, at the correct time. It also helps to increase the performance and the effectiveness of the workouts.

The watch works extremely well while using it for cardio. It works with the cardio equipments in most of the gyms. It also breaks your rate into three different zones and makes it very easy to see which zone you are in.

On the bright side, the battery is user replaceable, as in all the new FT watches, so you don’t have to send it away for replacement as recommended with the older Polar watches. Furthermore, it’s actually a very thin watch, almost 50% thinner than Polar F55 and a Timex Ironman watch.

As a result it’s more comfortable to wear as a normal watch. Plus you can store up to 100 exercise files. FT80 provides an alarm to let you know when you’re above or below your target zones.

Cons

Under some light conditions the screen is unable to read. But it is not of a big deal because of the inbuilt back light you can get a clear view of the readings.

Web sync error has been a common bug among some users. As said earlier, that problem can be fixed by reinstalling the program. But for most of the users the web sync error has been occurred due to weak internet connection, therefore trying a strong internet connection may solve the problem.

The real-time graph and rest interval display is only available in the strength training routines and not for general aerobic activity as defined by the training program you choose on the web service.

Absence of a basic interval timer has been the most prominent negative feature of FT80 up to now. So it is a thing you have to consider when using this watch for your daily workouts.

The fact that there is no way to update the firmware remotely is also a major issue with the FT80.

Could be a great deal!

Nothing is perfect. But FT80 is on the verge of perfection. Therefore, by trusting the product users can get a more scientific approach to the training. The user can get a qualitative as well as a quantitative idea of the outcome as it displays heart rate as a percentage of maximum, bpm, and within target zone indicator.

To be precise putting this product on your wrist won’t change anything. But it will tell you how to change your behaviors so you can get the results you desire. MOST IMPORTANTLY diet, rest, and proper attitude are the other ingredients that compliment workouts to be successful.

Even a new user can use FT80 with confidence to do the desired workout. Moreover FT80 is water-resistant up to 30 meters. And last but not the least it comes with a 2 years warranty from Polar.

Due to that even if you get bugs you can claim the warranty. So if you are looking for a product with more efficiency and cutting edge technology along with passion, FT80 is the best you can get your hands on.

Specs

  • For fitness enthusiasts who want to improve strength and cardio.
  • Guides your strength training with heart rate based recovery periods between sets
  • Creates a training program based on your personal goals and sets new weekly training targets
  • The Polar Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest and tells you your progress
  • Comes with Polar FlowLink® for effortless data transfer to your online training diary at polarpersonaltrainer.com via both Mac and PC

Body measurement features

  • Manual target zone – bpm / %
  • HRmax (user set)
  • Polar Fitness Test
  • Polar OwnCode® (5kHz) – coded transmission
  • Polar OwnCal® – calorie expenditure with fat percentage
  • HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm
  • Heart rate – bpm / % / graphical trend (in Strength Training Guidance feature)
  • Average and maximum heart rate of training
  • Automatic age-based target zone – bpm / %
  • Polar OwnRelax® – relaxation test
  • Polar STAR Training Program
  • Polar OwnZone® – personal heart rate zone
  • Polar Strength Training Guidance

Data transfer

  • Compatible with Mac (Intel-based) via Polar FlowLink
  • Compatible with PC via Polar FlowLink
  • Compatible with polarpersonaltrainer.com via Polar FlowLink

G1 GPS sensor features

  • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum
  • Distance – training and total

Polarpersonaltrainer.com features

  • Training Load
  • Training diary
  • Training programs
  • Advanced training analyzing

Recording features

  • Training files (with summaries) – 100
  • Totals
  • Weekly history

Training features

  • HeartTouch – button-free operation of wrist unit
  • Graphical target zone indicator
  • ZonePointer
  • ZoneLock

Watch features

  • Backlight
  • Date and weekday indicator
  • Display text in English, German, Finnish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian
  • Dual time zone
  • Button Lock
  • Low battery indicator
  • StopWatch
  • Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
  • User replaceable battery
  • Water resistant – 50m

S1 footpod features

  • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum
  • Distance – training and total


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