Polar FT2

7.9
7.9 score
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Polar FT2 Review Facts

Heart rate monitoring has become a must-have watch feature for athletes and exercisers alike. The Polar FT2 heart rate monitor is an ideal choice for those who work out recreationally and less intensely than those who are training excessively or don’t need a ton of multi-sport modes on their watch. Since it comes with a detailed how-to guide, it is easy to use and much less complex than the typical smartwatch.

This monitor clearly displays heart rate on a large and easy to read screen, records average and maximum heart rate, and is suitable for wear when swimming. It has several other training and recording features as well that this review will delve into later. Finally, this monitor is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to similar watches with built-in heart rate monitoring, and it is sold in only a small selection of colors. If simplicity or minimalism is important to you, then you should give the Polar FT2 a try.

Pros
  • Very easy to use
  • Appealing design
  • Coded heart rate transmission
  • Reliable and accurate transmitter
  • Superior battery life, especially compared to the FitBit
  • Helps improve your fitness
Cons
  • Few features outside of heart rate monitoring- no bells and whistles
  • Only available in a few colors
  • Adjustable and comfortable wristband
  • Not the best for outdoor workouts
  • Occasional issues with correctly keeping time
Size/Weight

Size/Weight

The Polar FT2 has an interesting build because its design revolves around the use of a singular button that controls all functions of the watch. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear according to the vast majority who have purchased it, and is composed in such a way that it is water resistant in up to 30 meters of water. As for the watch face itself, it looks to be a typically average size and is somewhat durable but is recommended for indoor recreational activities only as it can’t exactly take the wear and tear that other devices can. Overall, everything about the Polar FT2’s dimensions is pretty much standard.
Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart Rate Monitoring

With this model, your heart rate is automatically tracked when worn and displays it in the form of BPM. In order to help you exercise more safely and efficiently, the FT2 determines your optimal heart-rate target range based on age based maximum heart rate. A lot of people are unfamiliar with this function, however it is extremely helpful in knowing more about your body and fitness in general. If your heart rate exceeds the range set by the watch, an alarm is triggered and tells you whether to speed up or slow down, much like a personal trainer would. This feature is the cornerstone of the Polar FT2.
Metrics & Analytics

Metrics & Analytics

Pretty much the entirety of the metrics and analytics the Polar FT2 is capable of monitoring pertain to heart rate monitoring. This tracking and measurements are taken in real time, automatically through the watch’s heart rate monitoring software. Included in these metrics are training summaries and files, age-based target heart rate zone, average and maximum heart rate, and the unique HeartTouch feature. HeartTouch technology allows the user to access different training information and links several metrics taken on the watch with your compatible training computer. While it lacks the capability to take other fitness measures, the analysis of all the aspects of your heart rate is extremely useful to have.


Notifications

Notifications

While this product is unable to retrieve notifications from mobile device such as social media alerts, text messages, and phone calls, it of course displays notifications regarding your current training or workout and tells you when to speed up or slow down in order to achieve an optimal heart rate. Additionally, the Polar FT2 has all of the same basic capabilities of a normal watch such as displaying the current date and time. The alerts about your heart rate are particularly useful for those who don’t really have a great idea of where their heartbeats should be when casually working out at the gym.
Real Time Data Tracking

Real Time Data Tracking

One of the most notable features of the Polar FT2 is its ability to track numerous properties related to your heart rate all in real time. This is conducted through the watch automatically, but if for whatever reason you want to turn off this feature it gives you the option to do so. Most customers feel this is a useful yet underrated aspect of the watch because many other GPS or smart watches offer measurements and analysis for workouts, but in order to activate that feature you are obligated to select it rather than just have it done for you automatically. The real time data tracking measures/keeps track of all of the metrics and analytics listed above (maximum and average rate, age-based BPM, etc.).
Personalization

Personalization

Polar doesn’t seem to have many ways to personalize this device as it does not have a mobile or app store and as a result does not have any apps or widgets to give it that customizable, smartwatch feel. Additionally, the unit only seemed to be available in black through Amazon but later I discovered that Polar released the watch in a striking blue tone and a blazing red as well. Moreover, Polar does not offer any alternative interchangeable wristbands since this model is not one of their newer lines of products and therefore it is safe to say no new colors or wristbands will be released. There is a lot left to be desired in this department, however these two colors are great for men and women as they aren’t very gaudy or exclusive to one gender or the other.
Key Features

Key Features

• Records maximum and average heart rates
• Water resistant in up to 30 meters of water
• Date and weekday indicator
• HeartTouch technology which features different training information
• Polar OwnCode coded transmission
• Backlight


Bottom Line

Bottom Line

When all is said and done, the Polar FT2 heart rate monitor is a handy device with a minimalistic design and was definitely crafted for the more casual workout warrior. With a strict focus on heart rate monitoring, it is no wonder that this model is the go-to choice for people looking to upgrade from their FitBit or alternative heart rate monitoring watch. It’s not overly expensive, and has generally received a lot of praise from happy customers. Polar is missing out on the opportunity to expand their horizons by offering more color options or slightly different models in terms of design, however this is a pretty minor issue for the audience looking to buy it. Its recording and heart rate tracking features make it a great pick for those looking to get more in tune with their fitness and heart rate levels.