|Polar F11 Women's Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Blue Glow, New Design)
|List Price: $179.95
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Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitors with advanced features including Polar's Keeps U Fit (a guide to how often, how long and how hard to exercise), heart rate, OwnCal, OwnZone, OwnCode, Heart Touch and watch/stopwatch functions.
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.
- Heart rate monitor designed to help you hit training and fitness goals
- Keeps U Fit Workout Program gives you personal exercise guidance
- WearLink Coded transmitter made from a soft, fabric material, eliminates interference from other heart rate monitors
- OwnCal feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session
- Large easy-to-read, backlit display with split screen; water resistant to 30 meters
- 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...)
- DO NOT BUY the F11, save your money and buy a cheaper model
The reason I spent the extra money on the F11 was because of the ability to track and store you workouts on your computer. There is no stand alone software, you need to create an account on the Polar.fi website and upload your workouts. The way you upload is via a microphone connected to your computer, as a small speaker in the watch makes a buzzing noise. The Polar website is VERY poorly designed, and often doesn't work ( you can not log in). Even if you do log in, the usability is often not working. After spending an hour, and using a mic, and then trying a headset, I was unable to upload date.
In short DO NOT BUY the F11, save your money and buy a cheaper model.
On the positive side, the heart rate monitor seems to work fine, and there is a slightly more comfortable chest strap....more info
- good product
Bought 1 mens, 1 womens. Wife says the fancier artsy lines around the display on hers makes the button labels hard to read. Looks nice though, and you know what the buttons do anyway after 5 minutes. Both work well. I expected them to work while swimming, but they don't. They survive the water ok, but as soon as the chest strap is immersed the monitor stops reading the heartbeat. Maybe a different setup (strap?) is required.
There's no description of how to set up coded transmissions, and we did have problems at first with the two F11's picking up each others signals. Apparently if you only have one on for a while though, it will go into coded mode on it's own, and take care of multiple transmitter issues, or at least ours did. Would be nice if there was a section in the manual that described it better. Good product overall. Quite happy with them....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
- Good choice
I looked through most of the Heart Rate Montior products before buying the Polar F11. All I wanted was a reliable HRM that could be read by the machines at the gym, track calories burned, tell me when I am over the top of my exercise zone, and hopefully provide a way to upload exercise data to my computer. Pretty basic stuff, and the F11 fulfills all that just fine.
It's comfortable enough to wear while hiking, chopping wood, fishing, etc. The watch component is water-resistant enough that I don't have to worry about getting it wet while unhooking fish, and I can use it like a regular watch during outdoor activity.
I do a lot of uphill hiking (and just about as much downhill...) and condition myself on treadmills. I have noticed that the calorie counter takes the uphill slope into consideration only indirectly, through the increased exertion indicated by heart rate, so the HRM calorie tracking is quite a bit off from the treadmill's tracker - 10% to 20% lower. Not a big deal for me.
It has a lot of features I haven't used, and probably won't, but then I wasn't buying the F11 for them. This HRM does everything I want, was one of the least expensive and least over-featured, top-line quality, and a very good buy for me....more info
- Great product for mountain biking
This is my second Polar HR monitor and I must say I'm very pleased with the user interface Polar has designed for the user to interact with the unit. It's not only clean and neat, but it's also very intuitive.
My previous HR monitor was a Protrainer XT and it was very difficult to program. The wearlink band is very comfortable. This unit has no bike specific features built in, for that purpose I use a Cateye Micro Wireless Cycle computer....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
- Good tool, HORRIBLE customer service!
POLAR'S CUSTOMER SERVICE IS DEFENSIVE, CONDESCENDING & PURE NARCISSISTIC.
Monitor gets 4 Stars, company gets 1. Bumped the average up to three. Bet their CSR's are shocked we can even DO math.
Decided to 'be the first' to rate this product after being very knowledgeable via using it for eight months. (Overall have used Polar HR monitors for 15 years.) I keep going back, get pulled in by the glitz and glammer, the lure of such a high price equals top of the line monitor. That may be true--maybe no one else does make such a good monitor with less problems than Polar...but Polar suuurre does have its' share of em'. Ergo, have been through about 10 models in that time, usually do to some bizarre problem that a customer service rep can't wait to advise me how it's "maybe you did something wrong", before offering a solution.
This has been an excellent monitor of HR and from all other resources, calories expended, for 8 months. Decided to do another 'fitness test' to compare to last Dec. The F-11 took me from Dec's result of 'Poor', to eight months later, 'Elite'. I agree this is possible considering the eight months of hard work, the large decrease in resting HR and weight loss. But God knows it doesn't consider your inputed weight or it would never call me the E word. However, at the end of the test it asks if you want the 'Ownzone' updated with the new info, and I say sure, whatever, coz I use the manually inputed target range anyway.
Since the 'update' that I'm an 'Elite' Olympian or something, doing the exact same workouts in the exact same place I've been doing for eight months has yielded a 3-400 increased result in calories expended. Nearly two weeks of this, the watch is saying, 'this is not a fluke, I will read the cals inflated this way into eternity.' I braced myself--the call to their customer service 1800-227xxxx number had to be made. I know, I keep buying the darn things, but always in hopes that I never have to deal with the unbelievable arrogance a lot of others describe here rating other models.
I was oh-so-fortunate to get an India accented man who didn't seem to get 'regular' English, so had to turn on my best exact sentence 'constructioning'. Not so easy to do when you're immediately called out for being an idiot by screwing something up. But I'm not the one needing a computer screen for anything regarding any of my models--know them inside & out. First thing outta the gate he said, 'Maybe you've been doing something wrong these past eight months and finally got it right last week'. ARRRGH!!! This, after agreeing that a fitter 'Fit Test' should not result in burning more calories, but likely less...esp. considering the decreasing weights entered. I assured him nothing whatsoever has changed except the updated fitness test result. So he decided, 'Maybe since you did the test you started exercising around a lot of interference. Did you start carrying your cell phone with you?' Omg, someone hold me back. Simple suggestions...if you have any...would be nice.
Their CSR's honestly are dumb to the product and its limitations, or are trained in a hoity toity arena that instills the product is sent from God Himself and is utter perfection. If any yahoo customer calls to even slightly suggest one of OUR monitors malfunctioned, well!...set them straight on the spot! I forgot my perfect sentence construction and blurted I've probably been using these puppies since before you were born!! Silence. And the proverbial, 'you can send it back and we'll look at it.' Which costs a minimum of about 50 bucks after the 1 yr warranty and does take forever AND they bill your credit card before they fix it, then supposedly fix something, then send it back with scant info on what they did for the money. Sooo bass ackwards it's scary.
The monitors are usually great--for awhile--and are not that difficult to program. But something ALWAYS comes up within a year or two, (too soon for for the price), and after being kicked around, yet again, by some haughty CSR, I am done. I'll reset the thing and never do another Fit test so it doesn't freak, and when it dies, it's over. Being a long time customer of Polar is like being in an abusive marriage...unless of course, if you're a gym owner with thousands in products. Somehow that's even doubtful; am sure their CSR's try to convince them of their overlooked operator errors before asking intelligent questions too. They must, it just wouldn't be Polar without it. ...more info
- F11 is OK, but the software really sucks!
I bought the Polar F11 about a month ago, and it is a pretty good HRM. I have no real complaints about mechanical fit or function. This is my second and last Polar HRM.
My major complaint is about the data handling! Particularly because it's my data, and the only way I can download it is to Polar's website. They make no other (none!) provisions to let your download your own data to own computer. I really question their motives in hijacking my training data. And their website truly sucks. I called them to try to buy something (anything) to let me download my own data to my own computer, but no dice and no plans to do so in the future. My old Polar HRM would let me do this, and any future HRM I buy will let me do this, and it won't be a Polar! I've been looking at Suunto's!...more info
- mediocre at best
Yes it works, but I was pretty disappointed in the features. The software is not very user friendly and the manual is pretty cryptic. I expected a much richer feature set at this price range. Although you are supposed to be able to upload your exercise results to the internet, I have yet to get it to do so property. All it seems to upload is my user profile. I was expecting to get a report of my heart rate at various intervals, instead it just provides an average rate and my highest rate for the session.
I've tried, unsuccessfully, to program some high - low alarms but it keeps defaulting back to the pre-programmed settings, and even then the actual alarms do not seem to correspond with the settings.
This watch is 1980's technology. Lame Lame Lame.
- Not quite "Red"
Great product! I have had it 15 mins and I am all ready to go workout! If you go to polars website they have a tutorial on how to set up the watch without reading the manual. Very slow and easy to follow. The only reason why it did not get 5 stars is the color.. it is not red... more of a muted burgandy color. ...more info
- I Love this Heartrate Monitor!!
I have had the an F11 women's for the past 2 years, with no problems. I decided to get this one for my boyfriend and he loves it! It is so easy to use and comfortable to wear. There are 3 heart rate zones and a diary to keep track of workouts and calories burned. This is a great product! ...more info
- Great motivator
It wasn't until I started using this heart rate monitor that I really started to lose weight. I had been walking for weight loss, but this monitor told me that my regular work out did not raise my heart rate high enough, so I had been under performing. This monitor made me realize that I actually had to start running, or jogging, or biking, or some more vigorous activity. Now, the weight is really falling off! The monitor is acurate and motivating. The OWN ZONE feature measures your progress and adjusts your ideal heart rate zone -- At least I think that's what happens. I have searched online for a tutorial of how to use the functions of this watch/monitor as the manual is a bit limited or not too easy to navigate. I am learning as I go along. Bottom line, though, is that I am really losing FAT by following the program in this watch. Some issues with the chest strap not working properly at times. I would attribute this to soap residue, sweat residue. I try to wash it very often and the problem seems resolved....more info
- My Personal Trainer.
Love this watch, wear it all day every day. Maybe I should buy one that wouldn't look so bad as an every day. But, for the money this has been one of the best things for my workout.
I love the weekly recaps and that I can choose my workouts. I went from Low health on their Fit Test to Good!
This is one of THE best investments I have ever made for myself. ...more info
Works well enough. Don't understand all the hubbub about it creating a personalized workout routine, nor is there good documentation about the "OwnZones" and why they are important....more info
- 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
- Nice features, accurate
This monitor is accurate and works well. It doesn't get interference from equipment as my old monitor did, due to the coded transmission feature. The only feature I would like to have that the watch doesn't offer is to display HR simultaneously as BPM and % of max. You have to choose one or the other in the setup menu and then you can only see that one selection during an exercise session....more info
- Great watch
I love this watch, is perfect for exercising, counting the burned calories, and for heart rate monitor....more info
- 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
- 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
- great product
There're so many things this heart rate monitor can do, it's totally worth getting. Only downside is that sometimes the exercise machines don't pick up the heartrate quickly enough to give you an instant update, so sometimes the watch and machine are off by a few beats. I use most all of the features available everytime I work out, and I find them very user-friendly. The only features I haven't used yet involve uploading data online and downloading images to display on your watch, because a microphone is needed (which I don't have as yet). The strap that goes around your torso is very comfortable and I barely notice it. I like that the battery can be removed easily (at least compared to how the older models are, where you had to send the whole thing to Polar to have the battery replaced).
I love all the features this HR monitor has to offer, and it keeps me accountable for working out 4-5 days a week (you can set how many days/week you wanna work out)...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
- Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitor Rocks
Very easy to set up and use this monitor. Used at the gym and did not pick up anyone elses or the machines with the special frequency. Keeps track and rates your progress. Easy to navigate settings, programs, and adjust your resting HR. I would highly recommend this monitor. I used a Omron model previously, and this one is easier to put on and more comfortably as well....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
- Decent monitor
First off, let me start by saying as a heart monitor, I am very happy with that feature of this unit. The reason I only gave it 3 stars is because I don't feel it does everything that the polar web site leads you to believe!
Issues I have with this product:
1. I have had problems getting it to download workouts to the website(yes, to the website, this unit does not allow you to download to your computer, only to their website) several times so far, you have to have the wrist unit aligned almost perfectly with the microphone on your computer for it to work.
2. You can't create personal workout plans and download them from the computer to the wrist unit. Per Polar's own website "UpLink, settings upload from Polar web site or software to wrist unit" It only updates the wrist unit time, the user info(i.e. weight, age, etc), and you can create a personal logo to go on the watch screen of the wrist unit. There is no option to upload anything from the Polar web site to the unit itself.
Positives about this unit:
1. The heart rate monitor seems to be very accurate.
2. The fitness test with OwnIndex is a useful tool and easy to use.
3. Ability to send the workout info from the wrist unit to the web site is a very useful tool(a bit difficult to get to work)
4. The chest strap that comes with it is the most comfortable of the many I have worn in the past!
Over all, I think this is a pretty good HRM if used for just that. I would suggest buying a less expensive one like the F4 which is a little more than half the price, or even the FS1 which is well under half the price of this one.
For my workouts, I have had to carry my GPS unit to track the distance I am running/biking in order to add it to the uplinked info on the website to help track my workouts better.
If your looking for a basic HRM this is it, but Polar offers many others at lower prices. If you want a HRM with a lot of bells and whistles and it customizable this is not the unit for you....more info
- Great Product!
I've been using my F11 for several weeks now and am quite happy with it's performance.
- Accurate readings that are picked up by most gym equipment. I like not having to refer to the watch itself a lot, and trusting the HUD on the gym gear is reflecting the accurate hear rate.
- The OwnIndex fitness testing seem to be accurate and sets up good workout programs.
-Although only mentioned in passing, the most useful feature for me is being able to upload the watch's data onto the Polar website. The upload program (Polar WebLink) is Windows only :-( but the web app (polarpersonaltrainer.com) that displays the data works on any platform. The web site has some great analysis tools to review your progress including displays of energy expenditure, duration of exercise, and heart rate comparisons.
- The watch won't pick up the signal 70' away as advertised. I tried laying it down on the counter while I did some boxing and it didn't pick up the signal even in the same room. Maybe that was supposed to be 7' feet... cause it certainly will be picked up by the cardio machine NEXT to you as well as your own.
- The automatic OwnZone feature is less than spectacular. Unless you're in an environment where you can easily manipulate your heart rate for 5 minutes, slowly increasing from 100 BPM to 140 BPM, your target rate is going to be inaccurate. I highly recommend using the manual override to set your own preferences since your target zones won't likely change much.
Overall, again, I'm really happy with the F11. It's a comfortable watch (and I'm not a watch wearer) and the chest strap is hardly noticeable. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a chest-strap style HR monitor that's willing to take a little time to tinker the features to fit you best....more info
- Women's Polar F11....Great Product!!!
This HRM is very user friendly and is a perfect fit for a woman. All of the features are great and its accuracy is amazing. I am very satisfied with this product. ...more info