|Polar F4 Women's Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black Amber)
|List Price: $99.95
Our Price: $82.99
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The F4 is the first women's specific unit from Polar, combining all the necessary heart rate features with a new, slim design. It includes the popular Zone Pointer feature that helps keep you in your Target Zone, and OwnCal to track the calories you burn in real time during your exercise. This well-rounded monitor offers automatic age-based heart rate target zones that will keep you exercising on the right track. You can also override the automatic setting to manually change this zone for fine tuning to fit your particular metabolism. With stopwatch and convenient button free operation, the F4 is a valuable fitness tool. Includes Wrist Unit with CR1632 battery, Transmitter with built-in lithium cell, and Elastic Strap to hold transmitter on chest.
Featuring a new, slim design, the F4 is Polar's first heart rate monitor designed specifically for women. It's packed with innovative training features to help you toward your exercise goals, including:
- Zone Pointer: A visible and audible feature on the display of your heart rate monitor showing your target heart rate zone and where your current heart rate is within that zone.
- Polar OwnCal: Shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. You can set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure with the OwnCal feature. Because the OwnCal tracks both the energy expenditure during one exercise session and the accumulated kilocalories during a longer time (e.g. one week), it helps in achieving both short-term and long-term goals.
- Fitness Bullets: Shows a bullet on the monitor's display for every 10 minutes spent exercising/training in your target heart rate zone. The Time in Target Zone feature calculates the amount of total exercise time spent in your personal target zone. You can use this feature together with the Total Exercise Time to determine the effectiveness of your exercise program.
- Display of heart rate, exercise time, and average heart rate
- 24-hour clock with day/week indicator and stopwatch
- Large easy-to-read display with split screen
- One-year average battery life
- Water resistant to 30 meters (100 feet)
The original purchaser of this heart rate monitor is backed by a limited warranty that states that this product that the product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.
Polar heart rate monitors are precision instruments; consumers are not advised to change their own battery. Polar recommends that all service be done by an authorized Polar Service Center which will include a warranty for 90 days on repairs and 6 months for batteries.
The first EKG accurate wireless heart rate monitor was invented by Polar back in 1977 as a training tool for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. The concept of "intensity training" by heart rate swept the athletic world in the eighties. By the 1990s, individuals were looking to heart rate monitors not only for performance training needs, but also for achieving everyday fitness goals. Today, the same concept of heart rate training is being used by world-class athletes as well as everyday people trying to lose weight. Polar is the leading brand among consumers, coaches, and personal trainers worldwide and the company is committed to not only producing the best products, but also being the leading educator on the benefits of heart rate based exercise.
- Automatic and manual options to track target heart rate zone
- Displays maximum and average heart rate of total exercise session
- Zone Pointer function allows you to track the intensity level of your workout
- Includes T31 chest transmitter and strap
- Full-function watch includes time of day, date and weekday indicator, stopwatch; water resistant to 30 meters
- Disappointed over the durability of this watch
The watch has worked, if only for a brief time, and is a wonderful tool for monitoring heartrate and calories. However, after less than a year, it only works 50% of the time and both button tops on the sides have come off, thereby making it difficult to use the watch for anything other than time. I'm currently looking for a similar watch, different brand, that has the Polar's same features. ...more info
- Polar F4 Women's Heart Rate Monitor - not working!
Unfortunately I cannot say anything good about this monitor since it worked for me only once. When I tried to use the monitor the second day it would not pick up the signal from the chest belt, no matter how I tried to reposition or tighten it. Also, the initial set-up (of the watch settings) was a bit of a chore - I nearly chucked it out of the window a couple of times. I returned it for a refund . I haven't bought another one thus far - still doing research and looking for input on which one is worth an investment....more info
- Great Purchase
Very easy to use and very comfortable. Now I can finally tell if I'm on track with my walking routine....more info
I love my Polar heart monitor. I use it daily. I learned quickly that when I walked and I wanted to get an aerobic burn from my walk that I needed to just increase my speed a little and the monitor helps me to that. I use it at Spin class and it works great ( the only thing I would have made sure I had gotten for spin class would be a light on the watch so I can see what my heart rate is during class since the lights are off in the room and I can't see the watch face) I love to use it in the fitness room at the gym since it works with the built in monitors on their machines almost like magic. It is comfortable and I am a large woman the elastic strap adjust easily. I would highly reccomend this product.
- More productive workout.
I bought this monitor for my wife on the advice of her fitness trainer at the "Y". She is not the technogeek type but took to this monitor right away. She uses it on every workout to help maintain her proper heart rate. (Seems as we age- this becomes more important.) She likes the style and color and she uses it. What better recommendation than that?...more info
- Get gaget
I love this heart rate monitor. It give me the total calories burn the time that I was in my zone (70 to 90% of my maximum heart rate), total time and totals to date. Great Product!!!...more info
- Simple and easy
This watch is simple to use. The instructions are very easy to follow. It's fun being able to see my heart rate while I'm exercising. It works with the heart rate monitors on the equipment at my gym. I don't have to hold on to their handles. The signal is transmitted from this heart rate monitor to the treadmill, elyptical, or whatever, and shows up on the screne.
I wish the watch had a stopwatch and a light. No such luck....more info
- Straps get yellowish, buttons cracked.
I received this watch as a Christmas present in 2005. I have been using it for the past 6 months (average 2x per week). I spotted this exact watch but with yellowish straps at an expo from Polar after I got my watch for only 2 weeks and was diligent about keeping it clean, but to no avail, it turned yellowish after about 2 months and now it just looks dirty and old, the face is still the original "ice blue". If you are thinking about this watch, buy the black one.
After I started using it, I wished I went with another model since this one doesn't store any previous data. I track all my runs and sometimes I forget to record before my next run and I lose all my previous data once I press "start". In addition, it doesn't have a stopwatch. Once you press stop, it thinks you're done with your workout instead of just a pause or break so you can't track your actual total workout time. I just let it run even when I am at stoplights or water break. If lap feature is important, go with another model. Another complaint about this watch is that there's no backlight. I have to wait till I run under a street light to see my data. The data sheet said it has a backlight but I can't manage to find it.
Today both the buttons cracked and fell off my watch. Now it's useless.
I still have the most basic model from Polar (bought in 2000 and it's discontinued) that only monitors my HR and that thing still works because there's no buttons to push. Polar makes good HR monitor and I would still buy another one from them. Just not this one....more info
- Great for workouts not 100% perfect
I love the heart rate monitor. I love knowing how many calories I burn in my workouts, my trainer is even using it now to gauge how hard he is working me. But I have to say untill you start sweating it has a hard time picking up an accurate heart rate, make sure you do what it says and wet the back of the sensor a bit. I do love that a lot of cardio equipment automatically picks up the polar sensor!!!...more info
- Once you get it going, it's great!
I agree with the other reviews on here. Setting the thing up is a pain, but it's great for tracking exercise and calories burned. The reason I thought I'd add my 2cents is because of the following observation:
My only gripe? When I wear it with a sports bra that has an underwire, my heart rate readings are grossly thrown off. I am assuming that the metal interferes in some way. My HR would sit at zero for about 10 minutes, then register (but well above or below where it would usually be). It's kind of scary when you cool down, walk out of the gym, and the gadget on your wrist is registering your HR at 200+!
I was actually looking at replacing it until I figured out what the problem was. Has anyone else experienced this? ...more info
- Love it!
One of the best investments I've ever made! Easy to set-up and use, and the perfect size for me....more info
- Good product
I have been using this heart rate monitor for 1 month now and I have no complaints. My heart rate is always accurate (against the machines at the gym and taking my pulse manually) and the information on the wrist unit is easy to read....more info
- Nice addition to my fitness equipment
This is the first heart rate monitor I've ever owned, and was skeptical that it would be comfortable to wear. However, the chest strap is actually very comfortable and not bulky at all. The front is smooth, rounded plastic and the back is soft elastic. The watch is small enough to fit my wrist comfortably, and has all the necessary features I needed (calories, heart rate, timers, etc.). It was not intuitive to set up for first use (entering my age, weight, etc.) given that the watch only has two buttons, but once I followed the instructions in the booklet everything worked just fine. Just don't throw the instruction booklet away because as you lose weight you'll want to update the settings to get accurate calorie readings! Overall, the whole unit is sleek and well designed. I use my monitor every time I work out now! ...more info
- Working very well so far
Just got it today. Was frustrated in my initial attempt to change the settings, but the heart rate part worked and that's what I needed.
While biking it was easy to continually monitor my heart rate. I had to really push to get it up over 120, but without it I wouldn't have known I needed to push harder.
Afterwards I worked again on changing the settings. My roommate tried as well. Never would have figured it out from the instructions. Accidentally finally hit the right sequence of button pushes to get into the "settings" mode. That lack of clear instruction is the only reason I don't give this five stars.
It's actually simple to get into settings mode (starting from the time-of-day display):
- Press the "set" button (the one opposite "start") three times - it will get to "settings" after going through "summary" and "totals."
When setting the "user" settings, you're asked for weight in kilograms and height in centimeters. The next setting (after "user") is units. So skip weight & height the first time around if you don't want metric....more info
- Love This!
Works great, easy to set up, and transmits your heart rate to gym equipment. I love the calories burned feature of the monitor, it validated something I've long suspected - the elliptical machines at my gym overestimate calories burned by approximately 30% and the treadmills underestimate by almost 40%... I WAS actually running very hard!
I'm sorry I didn't get this months ago...
- Buttons Cracked and Fell Off
I think this watch is a great tool, especially for the price. I use it for all of my workouts and think it has just the right number of features. I love being able to tell how many calories I've burned when I'm playing a tennis match or going for a walk. The negatives are that the bands turned yellow after a few weeks of wear so now it looks old and gross (but who really cares, I'm working out, not out for a night at The Ritz), and that the buttons have cracked and fallen off. It still works, but I'm currently looking at the models without the plastic buttons. These buttons were never banged against anything or abused in any way, shape, or form. They just cracked and fell apart within about 2 weeks of each other, after about 8 months of use, 2-3 x's a week. Totally weird, and very annoying for a $90 item. ...more info
- polar F4 heart rate monitor
I've only had this for a month but so far so good. I haven't had a problem at all.I was looking for a basic monitor that counts calories, time,and HR, this one has been great....more info