Polar F4 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Posted on 29 December 2009 by

Product Description
The F4 is the first WOMEN’S specific product offering from Polar. Featuring all of the heart rate necessities with all of the comfort of a smaller woman’s sized watch.Amazon.com Product Description
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.

Key Features:

  • 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)

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.

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.

Polar F4 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. GL Says:

    The problems I had with the monitor are not why I suggest against buying it. It’s the difficulty I had with the costumer service. The problem is that my monitor, while measuring accurately my heart rate, report much less energy expenditure than fitness machine report, consistently by a factor of two. There could be many reasons for that, but one that I wanted to rule out is a programming mistake in the receiver. No, said the representative, impossible. Why? Because. I did more homework (which I consider their homework), searched textbooks, websites, compared different machine of different makers and different type of exercise and return to the company with a more argued case. Again, no cooperation. If I gave them my personal data, the average heart-rate and time spent exercising, will they tell me what energy expenditure is the monitor programmed to report? No. Why? They just don’t do it. (Notice, I didn’t ask how much energy I actually expand, there is no way to know without directly measuring. My question is whether the monitor I put almost $100 in function as intended.) I’ve sent my monitor for inspection, with detailed description of the issue, and had it returned still under-reporting energy expenditure and with no sign indicating they looked closely at my claim.

    There are ways for me to check what’s going on. I can let others use my monitor as see if the value they get is closer to the value reported by the same fitness machines (this would indicate that it’s me who is putting a lot of work without raising my heart rate much). Likewise, I can try use another heart-rate monitor and see if it also under report energy expenditure. The question is, should it be a monitor made by Polar? I think it not.

    Another way to know, less accurate though, is to try calculating how much I eat and how much I expand, according to Polar and according to the machines, and see which agree better with my body weight. I did. The verdict: Polar’s monitor seriously under calculate energy expenditure. At least my monitor and my energy expenditure.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. CMC Says:

    Very easy to use and very comfortable. Now I can finally tell if I’m on track with my walking routine.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. J. Race Says:

    I was looking for something simple and easy to use and this product exceeded my expectations. Instructions are easy to follow, watch is not bulky like most other heart rate monitors (great for females), and chest strap is quite comfortable. Great product!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Tony Wheeler Says:

    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?
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Caro Calmet Says:

    It’s just a simple watch. It doesn’t have light so in my spinning classes I can’t see the monitor. It doesen’t work well enough.
    Rating: 3 / 5

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