Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor, Lilac Review – Is it worth for running.

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Polar FT60 should not be named exercise monitor as it is your fitness brain. Polar introduced a lot of exciting features in this Polar FT60 Men’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black with White Display) Watch creates three zones for your heart rate HR by setting:

  • 60-70% of Max Heart Rate.
  • 70-80% of Max Heart Rate.
  • 80-90% of Max Heart Rate.

Plus, it intelligently tells you to stay in a specific HR zone for how many hours per week. Watch also has graph feature which will help you better analyze your fitness level in a week. Watch can even help you in getting your weight loss by recording your weight change for a specific time.

The watch allows recording your HR parameters like average and maximum heart rate HR, length of exercise and total calories burnt. It also has the ability to show you heart rate in BPM, % of max. HR. Watch’s graphical analyzer accompanies you to keep tabs on your fitness levels.

Watch records all cardiac values with the help of a transmitter attached with chest strap. You just need to wet two electrodes with proper gel to get transmitter started. Transmitter is pretty much accurate and sends all cardiac data continuously to wrist monitor.

You can target certain levels of fitness to achieve your daily fitness goals. If you think you performed better this week, then you can log your data on website. By this, you can compete with other people using Polar products in categories like most calories burned in a month, most Miles run in a week, most weight loss, etc. This will self-motivate you to accomplish fitness goals.


Polar FT60 can show you time of day in both 12 and 24 hour formats. Watch is a good water resistant up to standard depth of 30m. It has a user replaceable battery with a strong backlight suitable for indoor cycling classes. Chest strap is made up of comfort fabric material which is barely noticeable outside the shirt.

STAR training program of official website provides personal, easy-to-follow instructions. Website also organizes healthy competition to show up your fitness logs in week/month. If you perform above all performers then you will get a reward. Watch can store up to 100 training files.

Watch also has a special fitness test recourse by which you can check your day to day physical strength. Furthermore, Watch can be synchronized to any gym fitness machine.


Polar FT60 has the absent function of stop watch which might create difficulty for some people. Wrist monitor might produce problems in reading heart rate due to any possible manufacturer’s defect but it is very rare. You should take special care of battery charging as overcharging could affect battery efficiency very early.

Customer Review

[usr 4.5]

I received my Polar FT60 yesterday, but it was not an easy ride narrowing down to it. I needed the best HRM monitor, but had no clue which brand and model to buy. After a week of searching and researching, I chose Polar, but there were many models that I didn’t even know which one to settle on. So I decided to write down what I really wanted. Because I practice in a home gym, GPS was the least of my worries. I engage in cardio and weights, and record my progress, for instance weight lost, et cetera. But I looked at the available models, many still fitted my intrigue, and I still could not narrow to one particular monitor. I could have even chosen Polar F6 and ignore the extra bells and whistles, but the abilities of the higher models to test fitness, generate workout plans, monitor progress, maintain records, revise workout plan and upload the data to the web, took me off my feet.

Until then, I had only the FT 55, FT60 and FT80 in mind. However, most reviewers complained about FT80’s unreliable software and interface, especially the dark screen. I almost chose F55 model which apparently is perfect weightlifters’ routine workouts, but as I researched further the specifics, I learnt that it only supports 17 lifting sequences types, for instance Curl, Squat among others. A Bicep workout alone has about eight different weight lifting styles to thwart muscle memory. With that limitation, I would not be able to enjoy full advantages. Another thing, the F55 is not striking. Though looks may not be important, but for $200, I would feel cheated if it does appeal to me.

I switched to FT60 as my only remaining option, but still I was not yet done with my research. I’m always a little bit careful when buying anything, and to me reading reviews is an unwritten code in purchasing items online. The few reviews from its current users portrayed it as the best option, and it looked more like the F55, but better in appearance. So I’ve here with me, and I’ve just begun using it today.

Even though some reviews claimed that the band hardly fits large chest, mine fits perfectly well in my 42 inch chest. I’ve already inputted my details, tested my resting fitness, and I also defined my goal. It took me less than 5 minutes to customize it and begin my workout.

I like its user interface; the screen is very easy to read and I can change the readout while exercising. It is a good catch for me, it has redefined my build my ability to stay in a good heart rate zone. It has created 3 zones namely (60-70%, 70-80%, 80-90% of Max Heart Rate) based on my demographics, fitness test, and other factors. What’s more, it tells me the number of hours per week I need to train in each zone to attain my goal, which I defined as maximum fitness. I also like the graphical representation of my data on the watch because I’ll able to seek where my fitness stand every week.

I’ve also learnt that if you want to track your weight loss, the watch request you weekly to input your weight and it presents it in a graph. It uses your current weight to plan your next week training goals. I know it is also able to sync with the web, but so far I’ve not received my irda dongle and I’ve been unable to sync it. As soon as I do, I’ll post something here. While the syncing it with the web may not be necessary, I need for historical analysis.

In short,Polar FT60 Men’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black with White Display) Polar FT60 heart rate monitor is a great idea and a true reward for my extensive research. It is my perfect training partner and will motivate me to realize my fitness goal. If you engage in workouts similar to mine, you need to seriously think about this watch. However, if you are a beginner in heart rate monitoring, and perhaps you don’t need the extra features, just go for the F6 that is almost $150 cheaper. [/wptab]

  • Displays heart rate as percentage of maximum, bpm, and within target zone indicator
  • Polar Star personalized training program delivers feedback and weekly training targets
  • Polar OwnCal mode tracks energy expenditure for single and accumulated workouts
  • Offers ZonePointer and Polar OwnZone modes; water-resistant to 30 meters; 2-year warranty
  • 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
  • Average and maximum heart rate of training
  • Automatic age-based target zone – bpm / %
  • Heart rate – bpm / %
  • Polar STAR Training Program
  • Polar OwnZone® – personal heart rate zone

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

Polarpersonaltrainer.com features

  • Training Load
  • Training diary
  • Training programs
  • Training analyzing

G1 GPS sensor features

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

S1 footpod features

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

Data transfer

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

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
  • Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
  • User replaceable battery
  • Water resistant – 30m