Polar F11 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch

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Polar F11 Women's Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Pink Fizz)

Amazon.com Product Description
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)

Manufacturer’s Warranty
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.

Note:
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.

About Polar
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.

Product Description
The world’s only heart rate monitor that creates a workout program with how much, how hard and how long to exercise to reach your goals.

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13 Comments For This Post

  1. Idola Says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    What a piece of junk DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY !!
    I bought this HRM for my wife this past Christmas and it has never worked right. The HRM would loose signal all the time and throw off her workouts and calorie count.

  2. Lycoris Says:

    When the transmitter on my old Polar “Smart Beat” started to fail, I had a choice of replacing the transmitter or buying a new monitor. I had never cared for the Smart Beat. The buttons were hard to push, features hard to figure out and the transmitter bulky, so I opted to purchase a new monitor.

    The “Smart Beat” was so frustrating to use, that I considered buying just a simple beat and calorie heartrate monitor. But as one who loves the bells and whistles, I thought I would try a more advanced model. If it was as frustraing as my old monitor I would send it back and get a simple one.

    Deciding on a heartrate monitor is difficult. I knew I wanted another Polar because of their reputation for quality but which one. Polar makes a ton of monitors. After examining different ones I decided the F-11 would offer me some nice features and meet my needs without being too complicated.

    The F-11 has won Polar a number of awards for innovation. The reason is the “Keep U Fit” program. With this progam you input your stats, take a fitness test (which is basically a timed measure of your resting heart rate) and the F-ll will tell you how fit you are. Next you tell the F-11 if you want to improve, maintain or maximize your fitness level. The F-11 then creates a weekly fitness plan for you. It tells you how many hours you should exercise, and how long you should be at each of your heart rate intensity levels. If you succeed you are awarded a digital gold cup – cute huh! If you don’t want to follow the program you can just do a regular exercise session.

    The F-11 has a lot of great features. It will tell you calories burned, time in exercise and more. You can even pause your exercise session should you need to take a quick break to answer the phone, drink some water or do something else. You can also turn the audible sound off or on to let you know when you are “in” or “out” of your heartrate zone.

    The nicest thing about this Polar is it is easy to use. Digital images tell you when you are using the features. For example “Exercise” mode has a little image of a man. “Settings” mode has a view of gears. It will take a while to get used to the features but once you do the visual cues (which were not on my old Polar) will help you to remember whats what.

    The F-11 looks like a large oversized watch. It comes in two colors Grey Pepper and Red Chili. I thought the red color was cute but it’s so oversized it was a bit gaudy on my wrist so I went with the grey.

    The transmitter on the F-11 is much smaller than that on older models. This transmitter is about 1/2 the size of a deck of cards and the electrodes are in a soft strap which is washable.
    The strap is sized to fit M-XXL but as a medium woman I thought it was on the smaller size. It does have stretch, but I do not think it would fit an XL and certainly not an XXL. Also the strap is clearly labled M-XXL..this may seem petty, a man may not care but what woman wants to run around with an XXL label sticking out?

    Overall, this is a great Polar and sure to bump your fitness up a notch!

  3. Binh Says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    it never worked
    this was for my wife and it didn’t work at all. never picked up the HR.

  4. Xin qian Says:

    I’ve owned three other monitors, one of them a Polar (which I liked), and this one is the tops.

    This is why I gave it five stars:

    - It has an easy-to-read display.
    - The instructions were extremely clear.
    - It can automatically calculate, if you want it to, your target range based on your birthdate.
    - It has a weekly status that gives you the total number of calories burned, and the total exercise time for that week.
    - There is also a fitness progress report, which shows your improvement, via a chart, over time. Unfortunately, I ignored the first few opportunities to take the quick fitness test, so my report is just recently starting.
    - The strap is much more comfortable than the previous Polar monitor’s.

    I think this is an excellent “mid-range” monitor.

  5. Cahya Says:

    In my humble opinion, Polar HRM watches, a Finnish company, appear to be in a class all by themselves without worthy competitors. New to HRM watches, I decided on Polar after perusing countless websites (i.e. bike racing, marathon runners, health sites you name it!). I decided on Polar because so often someone would write in about another brand “good watch, but I miss my Polar” “my watch died, should have bought a Polar.” I almost gave in at one point tantalized by the beauty and cool design of a different brand, Polar watches are pretty basic looking, but then I would find reviews stating the watch did not function properly or did not have the myriad of features I was looking for.

    So why the F-11?

    DON’T be afraid to buy the Polar F-11:
    1) If you’ve never owned a HRM watch before-the list of features may appear daunting!
    2)If you are not a jock-it may strike you as a watch just for fitness fanatics!

    Both 1 and 2 are not true! Yes, the first two weeks I wore my F-11 I was frustrated. Nevertheless, I kept referring to my manual when a question arose and now after using it for a month I have mastered all the features (the learning curve is easier than learning a basic computer program I’d say). If I had purchased a cheaper less complicated model, I probably would have outgrown the features and wanted the watch to do more.

    I am glad I chose the top watch (most expensive model) in the Polar fitness category because the “Keep u fit” program has helped me tremendously. I found out that I am not in good shape. No more state of denial for me! But, such knowledge has proven to be highly inspirational. Plus, surely multiple fitness lab tests at the doctors would cost more than the extra $50 or so for this feature, which I will use again and again.

    In addition, the “Keep U Fit” program also designed a program tailored to me to either maintain my fitness level, moderately increase, or significantly increase my fitness level. I now push myself when exercising more than ever before! A low beeping noise lets you know if you are above or below your target fitness goal heart rate. No longer are all my workouts leisure nature strolls – not when I see how many more calories I can burn in a shorter period while really working up a sweat. One more thing about the high price, the features of the F-11 have eliminated my need (and the cost) for a personal trainer.

    If the F-11 features don’t sound like what you are looking for check out Polars outstanding website. In no time at all you can sort through all their watches and find the one that is best for you but beware its written in Finnish, I’m kidding.

    I love that now: I can do any exercise anywhere and have important knowledge at my fingertips. The other day I jogged in place while reading the Wall Street Journal on-line and burned 350 calories. I have also done aerobics while watching my favorite sitcoms!

    Lastly, I don’t agree 100% with another reviewers comments. I agree with 99% of her review, but I disagree that the chest strap probably only fits a size Medium. I am a L to XL sized woman and it fits me fine in fact with room to grow. (although, thank goodness I am shrinking not growing). I find the strap for the most part comfortable and often forget I am wearing it. What would I change? Book binding…the binding on the manual became unglued the first week. Looks…Hey Polar hire some new product designers and create a cutting edge beauty! Besides that, I wouldn’t change a thing.

  6. Kynan Says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Battery replacement nightmare
    Polar is the most accurate brand when it comes to tracking calories and heart rate, but their watches have to be sent to the factory for a battery replacement at a cost of $25.

  7. Ione Says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not intuitive to use all of its features
    This monitor has what it advertises.
    I am the tech guy that all friends and family come to when they have questions.

  8. Muunokhoi Says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Reliably Unreliable
    I’ve used my Polar F11 for 3 1/2 years, and after watching the heart monitor read “00″ for most of my long run today, I’ve decided it’s time to try Garmin 305…

  9. Nadia Says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Love it!
    I bought this watch to help track calories burned during my workouts. It has a soniclink to send the workouts and data to the polor web site.

  10. Falala Says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best HRM I’ve ever used
    I’ve had alot of crappy HRMs before, but this one has been consistent, and the contacts don’t tend to dry out or stop picking up your heartbeat regardless of what you’re doing…

  11. Swithin Says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Second time around with Polar F11
    New PolarF11 is first rate, in particular, i like the new chest strap…the old one needed to be wet down on the sensor cloth areas, and sometimes, i had to put a little salt on…

  12. Dennis Says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    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.

  13. Winnie Says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    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.

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