|Polar F11 Women's Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Pink Fizz)
|List Price: $179.95
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The Polar? F11? is a revolutionary heart rate monitor that creates a workout program to tell you how much, how hard and how long to exercise to reach your goals. The Keeps U Fit? - Workout Program guides you to your personal goals. OwnIndex?, OwnCal?, and OwnZone? allow you to customize your workouts. The Coded feature eliminates interference from other heart rate monitors.
The Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitor is the world's only heart rate monitor that creates a workout program to tell you how much, how hard and how long to exercise to reach your goals. This powerful wrist monitor provides a highly accurate gauge for getting the most from your exercise sessions. The Polar Keeps U Fit Workout Program gives you personal guidance--how often, how hard, and how long you need to exercise to reach your personal fitness goals. It also includes a free-of-charge online component.
The wristwatch-like monitor features a large display that includes 12/24-hour time of day, alarm, and stopwatch. The transmitter includes the Wearlink Coded function, which eliminates interference from other heart rate monitors. The transmitter's electrodes, which pick up the heart signals, are integrated right into the strap for added flexibility and comfort.
The OwnCal feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. It also allows you to set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure. The Fitness Bullets feature shows a bullet on the monitor's display for every 10 minutes spent exercising/training in your target heart rate zone. The Coded feature eliminates interference from other heart rate monitors. Other features include:
- Displays heart rate, exercise time, and average heart rate
- Manual and automatic heart rate limit settings
- Large easy-to-read display with backlighting and split screen
- 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.
- Keeps U Fit- personalized exercise program with feedback
- Wearlink Transmitter
- OwnCal- tracks your calories and % of fat burned Heart Touch- button free operation
- OwnZone automatically establishes your personal target heart rate zone
- OwnCode eliminates interference from other HRM's OwnIndex measures your fitness level and track improvements
- Great Help
Purchased this watch after my daughter came down with a heart problem after an illness. She is able to regain her strength and daily activities by keeping track of her heart rate, not letting the rate go over the doctor's recommend amount. Have not really use the other features at this time, but as my daughter becomes more active with college and sports again, they come in very handy. Thinking about getting one for myself....more info
- Awesome watch, download method hard to get use to
I have had this HRM for almost 2 years. I am a huge fan of training with heart rate. I am a spinning instructor and former semi pro triathelete.
I have used a few different brands throughout the years, I always find my way back to Polar for a few different reasons that hopefully I can outline in this review.
First before I start this review, I must say - I also own the new Polar FT80 and if you can afford the extra few bucks jump up and get the new one. Much better.
I decided to write this review after I had to retire the F11. So this is a tribute to my best bud for the past 2 years.
keeps you fit program. Pretty cool, when I first looked at the feature I thought i would never use it due to the fact that I am sort of experienced. But it just makes things so much easier, and actually gives you pretty good guidance for cardio.
I love the chest strap. Very comfy. I also bought an Adidas shirt that has the strap built into it and use just the transmitter with the shirt. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.
I love Polar. Yes, they have always treated me great. Their customer service and technical support are in my opinion the best in this industry. They have kept me a fan.
I DISLIKE - how it downloads. Well I never really hated it until I used the new FT80 with the flowlink. SO MUCH BETTER. but once you get use to the old soniclink it works well with the F11. I had to be so quiet and prop up my microphone at the perfect angle. I developed a skill with that thing! a pain sometimes but oh well. That is how I got to know their technical guys so well:) And they know me well also:) Sorry guys, and thanks for the christmas card last year(im serious) haha
I would buy the F11 again, my best friend will now sit in my drawer as a back up. Hope the new FT80 treats me like the F11 did!
I lost 60 pounds by the way!!!
Hope this review helps other people. Hell this may be a life changing purchase for you as it was for me. good luck with your weight loss and fitness!...more info
- Reliability issues
I've owned this product for over two years.
The functionality is nice but reliability is a major issue.
I really like the fitness program. You can set your weekly goals and at the end of the week if you have met your goals you get a trophee displayed on the watche's "home page" (the default time display). This is a nice motivator.
When I exercise I want to see in one screen the %beat rate (%BPM), the time (clock) and the calories spent so far and you do have this option, although you do need to fiddle with the watch using a rather non-intuitive combination of button punching.
After a year or so I found out that you can lock the buttons and that's very handy since the buttons got pressed often in my gymbag, getting me into all kind of weird modes. I'm sure it says so in the manual but hey, who reads manuals...
I have never used the computer interface so I cannot comment about this.
There are a few negatives:
1. The watch looks very cheap. For this price I would have expected a watch I can use outside of the gym and this is not the case.
2. The strap's inside is made out of fabric that you need to profusely wet to get it to register your heart rate. The major issue here is that at the end of the workout you have some wet fabric that will end up stinking of sweat, and of mold if you don't dry it up in open air. Perhaps you can wash it (I have never tried) but it's a real nuisance. I've owned watches from other brands before and they were all-rubber and had no problems registering the BPM.
3. The biggest problem by far is reliability. I've had quite a few cases where the watch stopped registering the heart rate or provided blatantly wrong readings. The issue seems to be with the strap as the same wrong or missing BPM shows up on the treadmill as well. This typically happens mid session and the sensors conductivity doesn't seem to be the issue since I'm all wet from sweat + I am drenching the sensors before exercising. This is a bummer as I am losing track of effort level, calories etc. for this session. I have tried replacing batteries but that did not help. A separate issue is that I have had the watch freeze on a couple of occasions. The only way to reset it was to open the back, remove the battery and put it back in place (kind of a Ctrl-Alt-Del for watches...)
I am now looking for a new watch as the reliabiilty problem is a showstopper for me.
One request from the maker: Add an "Auto-on" feature where the watch turns on the exercise mode automatically when it registers a BPM above, say, 100 or so. I've had cases where I found out after a few minutes I have forgotten to turn it on.
- A Complete Waste of Money!
After less than 1 year, the first F11 I bought had the display freeze up. To Polar's credit, they replaced it under warranty. The second F11 was unable to pick up the signals from the WearLink transmitter. I replaced the battery, but it still didn't work! Had to buy a T31 coded tranmitter (another $50), which then worked.
Now my second F11's display has frozen!
I have a Polar S210 for cycling that was purchased in 2000 that still works as well as the day I bought it-replaced the battery twice. Also have my first very basic Polar HRM purchased in 1993, and it still works, I know the company puts out quality products, but in this case I fell for the marketing hype and the added features (most of which I don't use).
In my opinion, the F11 is a lemon. Don't buy it....more info
- Great product, data storing feature not terribly useful
Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Grey Pepper)
I've been using this for a few weeks. The accuracy of the heart rate and calorie measurements is fabulous. Also, I've never had a problem getting a reading at all. This product just plain works.
The data feature it comes with isn't terribly useful, though. For instance, the only data that it is capable of saving from a workout is time of workout, max heart rate, calories burned, and average heart rate. It does not save your heart rate at every moment during the workout then graph it out.
The OwnIndex feature, which tests your cardio fitness level while you lie down, is kind of neat, but I think most people getting one of these already have a pretty good idea of their cardio fitness level. It's fun nonetheless....more info
- A Great Workout Aid
I've had my Polar F11 for one month now and absolutely love it. It's worked beautifully and it has so many features that I'm still learning my way around. I was a little unsure about wearing a chest strap while working out, but once I get it in place I don't even know it's there. This has been a tremendous aid in keeping up with my workout sessions, time in each and number of calories burned....more info
- Excellent; some fitness equipment may give you funny HR readings
The polar F11 is great! The instructions to configure/calibrate it are a little sketchy to get you started; but it was easily configured once I figured out the button navigation.
The chest strap is very comfortable. The was a user in another review that said it was hard to undo. That peson was unsnapping it incorrectly. The strap easily unsnaps by pushing FORWARD (instead of pulling away) on the junction between the strap fabric and the plastic portion that hooks into the sensor; this will make the hook pop towards you and OUT of the sensor. I do get higher HR readings from some fitness equipment (ellipticals for some reason; Octane and Nautilus) than what the watch says, so I rely on the watch....more info
- good deal for the price
Very nice watch/monitor... not bulky at all ... easy to use ... features easy to understand and manipulate ... only con' is the communication with any computer to download information....more info
- Bad one in the batch
I read reviews to find the best heart rate monitor on the market. They all said "buy the Polar F11" so I did. In 18 months I replaced the battery in the watch three times and in the chest strap four times. I experienced eratic readings more than anything else -heart rates from 0 for most of a long run or 220+ when I was running easy. It would hop from low to extremely high to about right and then go to zero. When I sent it back to Polar along with a letter to tell them the problems I had with it, they sent me a bill for $50 and all they had done was replace the batteries... again. I was really disappointed with my experience especially after reading the reviews....more info
- Changed the way I work out.
The watch performs as advertised, no problems.
Told me I need to completely change the way I work out - this was I good thing as I had plateaued.
As a bonus, the uplink / downlink to the computer ACTUALLY WORKS, which surprised me as I was skeptical about using a microphone and speakers to transmit data. (However I find the polar website is a bit slow to load...)
- Great Weight for loss.
I bought this hrm a month ago and have lost 9lbs. I purchased just to see how many calories I was burning during my work outs. I found with the calorie counter it motivates me to work harder and longer than before. The only thing I would change is I wish it would be able to track distance. At first I couldn't get the watch to upload to the website. After a few days I realized that if you were signed in to the website the upload works. Otherwise I got nothing. Awesome HRM! The chest strap is adjustable and fairly comfortable too!...more info
- Polar Exercise watch
I bought this for my wife. She loves it. She likes the exercise programs with details of burned calories and how many calories to go to meet one's personal goal. There are tons of other features she had not usued nor will ever use but she's very happy with it. Only downside is that to download results onto PC you need a microphone attached to your PC. Workout results are sent from watch to PC via sound. ...more info
- Superb help with HRT and workouts
This is my 7th polar monitor in 25 years. It's not that they don't last, I move and misplace them, or decide to go up to the newer model. This model is easy to use, keeps daily and weekly workout info and helps keep you for over working (I frequently go over 160 when it's not the best burn for me( and makes charting success or overwork easy. Love it and now have a back up when batteries need to be replaced. Only problem is Polar needs to work on their payment site as I paid twice and they had no record. Great health addition for the busy people on the go. J Lang...more info
- stopped working
I owned an F11 for roughly three years. I didn't use it during working outs but mostly to track my progress. Eventually, the screen died so I figured that it was the battery. However, the estimate came back with a $140 bill. The PC had died and the transmitter electrodes had rusted. How can this happen if I barely used it? It's a fun but disposable product. Buy only if you are willing to shell out cash for a HR monitor again within a couple of years (or less). Also, if you are a slim person beware of the M-XL transmitter that it comes with. The specs say it is for chest sizes 28" and greater but this stretched out early and was uncomfortable to wear around. Some places will trade the size out to the XS-S for you with the initial purchase - look around....more info
- You are not allowed to enter the target heart rates directly
You can't simply enter what heart rate targets you want - it only gives you ones it makes up on its own. You even must enter what DAY you were born, before you can use it - preventing others from using it without loads of set-up time. If the watch strap breaks, you must BUY A NEW WATCH because the strap is unusual. Many of the features can't be used without additional software and trouble. ...more info
- Great heart rate monitor
Bought this to replace a basic Polar monitor that had heart rate only. I like all of the additional capabilities (calorie count, Fit Test, etc.). My favorite improvement is actually the cloth heart strap, which is so much more comfortable than my old plastic one....more info
- instructions r bad
Watch is O/S, NO instructions on how to reset calories after work out even the MFR didn`t know how....more info
- A Very Impressive Heart Rate Monitor, Polar F11
In the past I have used several Polar Heart Rate Monitors (HRMs). However, it has been almost 8 years since I last used one and have recently re-started my running program after 8 years away from it.
I am always concerned about beginning a challenging sports regemine and prefer to do it in a heart-friendly way: HRMs are the key for me.
Looking at all of the options from Polar (I have always had great experiences with Polar products, unlike a few others which have been sort of hit-n-miss in terms of quality and reliability). I didn't want to spend a lot of money; but wanted to be sure it had a logging capability. I chose the F11 because it seemed to be the best combination of relatively low cost with good features.
I have been using it now for almost 4 weeks and have found it to be well worth every penny. The logging capabilitly has proven to be just fine (I had used one, in the past, that logged heart rate every minute or so which provided a great history of how I handled different terrain; but the cost of such monitors was much more than I wanted to spend at this point) and it is very easy to use.
The only challenge that I had was trying to figure out how to upload the workouts to the Polar Web sites fitness tracking web site. The challenge was figuring out that there is a "SEND" option on the "FILES" setting...but you have to scroll down to get to it.
It wasn't in the Polar user's manual at all...in fact, my experience, is that the User's Guide is pretty poor...just good enough to get started. I have figured out most of it on my own; but I'm a bit of a computer geek so it wasn't that challenging...for someone who is not so Info Technology literate, I think it would be hard (or not possible) to figure out. It took a lot of research on the Polar Web site to finally find what was needed.
I find the Polar Website to be adequate for logging purposes. It has a lot of features that look pretty nice at first; but I think it isn't really all that powerful. I like the logging; but the rest (the "partners", the "workouts", etc.) just don't measure up and are more fluff (in my opinion) than of real value.
As I said, however, I do like the basic logging capability. There is also some good "Calculators" that you can use and that I like pretty well (e.g., for figuring out Pace from Time and Distance). All could be done with a simple hand calculator; but I like having them available on-line while at their web site.
Overall, I really like this HRM. It does what I need; it has nice extra features over the truly basic HRMs and it lives up, in my estimation, to the excellent experiences I have always had with Polar HRMs.
I would definitely recomend this product to others who are similarly looking for a upper low to low mid-range (in terms of cost and features) HRM....more info
- Great Product
I love my new Polar F11 heart rate monitor. It keeps track of my work outs, the time I've spent in each zone, tell me how many calories I've burned and it's all downloadable. However, the one thing I really wish this could do was take your heartrate wirelessly. I keep the watch on all the time and it'd be nice to view your at rest heartrate or even during an activity without having the chest monitor on....more info
- F11 HR Monitor Watch
Use it for coaching my daughter, a competitive swimmer, in the pool. Works great....chest monitor very comfortable....very accurate (checked against pulse). Our workout is broken up into sets for different Energy Levels, so must start and stop the Exercise function to separate the data. One disappointment....it didn't have a Chrono (stop watch) funtion (I guess I didn't catch that in reading the literature before hand). The (countdown) Timer funtion is limited (straight countdown). Have an old wrist (stop) watch that has different Countdown funtions (very handy). This was just a trial for us. If your needs are simple this is it....if you could afford the more expensive models...the higher level funtions are great....more info
- Great Heart Rate Monitor!
You don't need a degree in engineering to use this HRM. The Polar F11 is very easy to set up. It has very useful programs and a readable display. It provides helpful information. Good investment at a far price for the average athlete!...more info
- Parts of this work really well...
but parts of it don't. As a heart rate monitor, it works great. As an exercise motivator, if you're a geek that finds heart rate / calorie data motivating, then it works great. The problems that I've had so far are: 1) if you're buying this because of the data upload feature, be aware that this seems to be touchy (at best). I have yet to get it to work. 2) The chest strap is really difficult to fasten / unfasten until you've used it 10-15 times (this could easily be a build quality issue with my particular strap). 3) If you are going to use the 'OwnZone' feature, read and pay attention to how the monitor initializes itself as you begin to exercise. If you don't, you'll find that your recommended heart rate zone can be kind of bizarre. If I were going to buy again, I would probably consider the higher end unit with the mini usb connector, the acoustic (yup, it sounds like an early 90's modem) data transfer just seems too ginchy....more info
- Good Motivator
I have had this HRM for a few weeks now and overall it is made well...fairly user friendly and definitely reliable. I am a pretty intense runner so ultimately I think I could have stepped up to one of Polar's running based HRM. Nevertheless, the built in diary does a great job of keeping me motivated. I think you need the mentatility first, but if you have the desire, you will be happy each week to see how you have progressed...more info
- First Heart Rate Monitor
This was my first heart rate monitor and I love it. I gave it 5 stars based on the following:
1) Easy to use - I turned it on, took less than 5 minutes to set it up, and started using it. It is extremely easy to navigate.
2) Features - The programs are easy to set up and follow. The heart rate section shows you the time you've worked out in each of your heart rate zones and you can set alarms to warn you when your out of the zones. You can also download your training sessions to their online program.
3) Programs actually help - I took the fitness test, created a program and have been following it for about 3 months and have lost 25 pounds. Working in the heart zones, I decreased my 5k time from 35 to 23 minutes and my 10k time from 75 to 52 minutes.
3) Online resources - I've downloaded my workouts on to the online training site and can easily see my improvement over time as well as track my running mileage. I was using the Runner's World site before but like this one better.
4) Comfort - The chest strap is very comfortable. I tried the Garmin 305 band and another Polar one but this band was by far the most comfortable. The watch is no bigger than most other watches.
5) Compatability - I do most of my exercises on the treadmills at the gym and the watch transmitter is compatable with all the equipment except one type of treadmill. As long as the equipment is Polar compatable, you can see your heart rate on the machine as well as the watch.
The one thing that I wish was different is the ability to download training programs from the website to the watch. The online tracker allows you to create more customized programs but unless you manually recreate the program on your watch, you can't get the online programs onto it.
All in all though I love the watch and would definitely buy it again....more info
- A great value for a fitness and health watch
This is my second Polar heart rate monitor (HRM) watch. I bought it because it has more features than my old F6, and since I exercise daily, I wanted a watch that did its job on the trail and looked good in the office. There are so many features that it is mind boggling, and the price is moderate for an HRM. It can be configured in many different ways, -- maybe too many? -- recording exercise data is easy and you can program it to match your personal needs. A bonus is that you can upload the data by transmitting them via a microphone to the Polar Personal Trainer site (polarpersonaltrainer.com) -- it sounds awful -- and keep a diary of your exercise sessions, progress toward a goal, weight loss, etc. Because it's a really good, reasonably priced HRM and because you can upload data, I highly recommend it....more info