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Polar F11 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Grey Pepper)
List Price: $179.95

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Product Description

The F11 is an exerciser's dream come true. It's 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. The new, revolutionary Keeps U Fit - Workout Program guides you to your personal goals. OwnIndex? will determine your fitness level, track your improvements, and provide motivation. The OwnCal? feature counts the calories and fat that you burn and the OwnZone? feature will automatically determine each day's target zone. The F11 also features the WearLink Coded transmitter made from a soft, fabric material. The electrodes, which pick up the heart signals, are integrated right into the strap for added flexibility and comfort. The Coded feature eliminates interference from other heart rate monitors. The F11 is the closest thing to having your own personal trainer.

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.

Features:
  • 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

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • Questionable build quality
    This is the second Polar heart rate monitor I've had over 10 years... the first one lasted that long! The only reason I decided to replace it is that I lost my first one.

    I read all the reviews on the internet and decided on this model.

    PROS
    - The layout and logic of the menus
    - Decades of experience show in the execution of what you see on-screen

    CONS
    - Workmanship, reliability
    - The chest strap is flimsier than my old model. doesn't seem like it will hold up (but time will tell)
    - One of the buttons fell off in my hand the second time I used it. Polar is mailing me a new button, but it will take two weeks to get here.

    A side note: Polar has online chat customer service you can access through their website. Bravo! It worked really well, and I got my problem resolved while I was able to do several other things... better than having a phone stuck to the side of my face for a half-hour! I think they should be a little more aggressive about getting a fix to a new owner. Taking 2 weeks to repair a brand new $160 unit is excessive in my book....more info
  • Decent HRM - miserable software support
    This review addresses specifically the computer support for the Polar F11. The watch itself is quite good and would rate 4 1/2 stars.

    The Polar software however is miserable. You are restricted to uploading your workout data to the Polarpersonaltrainer.com website. The application to handle the uploading is Windows only (it does work on Vista) and interfaces with the watch using sound (so you'll need a working microphone attached to your Windows system).

    The website itself is one of the more buggy sites I've encountered and seems to be fairly stagnant in terms of development. Fundamental things such as graphing your average heart rate or OwnZone over time are broken (and acknowledged to be broken by Polar) and have been for 6 months now. This makes the site useless for doing much beyond viewing historical workout data, which you can already do on the watch.

    If you're considering the F11, do so only on the merits of it as a standalone HRM and consider the software side a non-factor....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
  • Love my Polar Watch
    I ordered the Polar 11 when I lost my Polar 4. I really loved the 4 so I knew I wanted another Polar watch. I thought it was time to upgrade so I choose the 11 based on other reviews. This watch has not been difficult to use. But since I've had one before I might have an advantage. I like the added features such as the resting heart rate and the exercise programs. The color was not what I expected. The pink is actually more of a rose color. I would send it back but I don't want to be without it now that I have it; so I'll live with the color.
    The chest strap is bulkier than my old one. The monitor snaps onto the strap. Being a big girl I was concerned about the size of the strap but it fits me just right.
    I would recommend this watch to someone like me that is looking to upgrade. Although I still haven't used the uplink tool; I'm looking forward to using that to upload a new logo onto my watch. They have some on their web site that are better than the one that comes on the watch....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...)

    Recommended....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
  • Unreliable, poor warranty, inability to self service
    I purchased this item about 1.5 years ago and I've had nothing but sub-par, unreliable operation. First, the unit wouldn't even pick up my heart rate unless I soaked the transmitter under water for at least 20 seconds. When it did end up working it would sporadically work, dropping in and out as well as give me false readings - sorry, at full sprint my heart rate is not going to be 43% of max. Next, the battery died on me so I decided to try and change the battery out myself which in turn voided the warranty. To close, if you don't enjoy sporadic operation from a $150 plus monitor, you don't want to send your unit out for battery replacement (at a service fee)every year and be out a monitor for three weeks then DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT! I've recently switched to a Garmin unit and the difference is worlds apart. ...more info
  • Too soon to tell
    I bought this as a gift for my fiance. He has used it twice and is pleased with it. ...more info
  • A few faults not a problem for me, but might be for others...
    I just got this watch in the mail today and have been poring over the manual to make sure that it is programmed correctly. The watch is very attractive, has a large enough display for me to see pretty clearly, and the strap is very comfortable.

    A couple of things were frustrating though; if you are not a "tech" person, who is used to cell-phones, texting, and other "smart" equipment that needs to be programmed, the manual is not of much help initially. It gives a general idea of how to do what you need to do in the very beginning. But it took me several minutes to figure out how to get to the main menu, and this is not described anywhere in the manual. I figured it out mostly from luck, and pressing every button several times.

    Also, if you are attracted to this product because of the uplink to the web-based training software, be forewarned; you need a microphone on your computer in order for this to be an option. Your wrist unit communicates through the computer's mic by a series of electrical "chirps" and somehow the program decodes this and uploads your files. This is ostensibly how it should work, anyway. I was disappointed because that is not mentioned before purchase and my computer does not have a microphone. Also, the software is not compatible with a Mac, so that is another strike against it. So neither my computer nor my husband's worked; you'd think that with two between us, we would have success somewhere, but no.

    I already have a training journal that I keep in writing, so the online one would have been just for kicks anyways. I just wanted to warn people about those few things, because if I had made this purchase and wasn't a tech person and was really going to rely on the software, I would have been pretty ticked off.

    Other than those things, I am pretty impressed with how much you can customize all of your programs on here and tailor it to your specific desires. It reads your resting heart rate and calculates ideal levels to work out, and can give you a training schedule from 2 to 5 days a week, with more or less hours a day depending on what you want. I was pleased that since I work out 6 days a week, I was even able to go in and add a workout to the schedule they gave me, and shorten the hours put in on another day to compensate. To top it off, you can name each session, like, "Run", "Weights" or "Run/Walk". You are limited to 8 letters and it takes a while to do it, but I love that kind of stuff.

    I think if you are fairly tech savvy and don't care about the training software, this watch is great...but I haven't had much time to see how durable it is so I will check back in a few months!...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
  • I loved it until ...
    I loved this heart rate monitor. Yes, it does have reliability issues. But I was able to overlook that. It felt like I had my own personal trainer. It was a nice gadget. I loved tracking my workout progress. Then after a month and a half of everyday use. It died. Maybe I just had a bad one. But if I'm going to spend $150 and it is only going to last a month. I don't think it is worth it. ...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.

    I LOVE:
    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
  • Great product
    This is a great product for those who are looking for a full featured heart monitor without excess and unecessary gimicks....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
  • 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
  • Unreliable, poor warranty, inability to self service
    I purchased this item about 1.5 years ago and I've had nothing but sub-par, unreliable operation. First, the unit wouldn't even pick up my heart rate unless I soaked the transmitter under water for at least 20 seconds. When it did end up working it would sporadically work, dropping in and out as well as give me false readings - sorry, at full sprint my heart rate is not going to be 43% of max. Next, the battery died on me so I decided to try and change the battery out myself which in turn voided the warranty. To close, if you don't enjoy sporadic operation from a $150 plus monitor, you don't want to send your unit out for battery replacement (at a service fee)every year and be out a monitor for three weeks then DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT! I've recently switched to a Garmin unit and the difference is worlds apart. ...more info
  • Awesome monitor.
    I love this heart monitor. It works great. It is easy to program and use. I bought this model which is a bit big (esthetically) for women but I wanted it to be easy to read and review while running and using at the gym. No regets here. Also, I realize many have had trouble with the computer sync but tech support at this manufacturer was awesome (USA and english speaking) and the online FAQ's solved all needs. Buy with confidence....more info
  • Polar clean design that works
    I have had three Polar heart monitors before I ordered this one. I have no experience with competing brands. The strap has a hook type clasp rather than snaps which is an improvement. The wrist monitor is a little easier to read but I still need my glasses to read it comfortably. If you are looking for a seamless download to a computer for workout record keeping I think you will be disappointed. There lots of bells and whistles with this product that you may not need or use but it will give you solid functionality. I've been back to Polar several times and would go back again....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
  • Polar improved my workout
    This is the first heart rate monitor (HRM) I have used. I was looking at the Mio after seeing ads for it on the internet, but then I got the F11 for my birthday. The biggest difference is the Mio is strapless, but I didn't realize that the strapless heart rate monitor only provides heart rate data "on demand" i.e. when you place your fingers on the sensors. That would be a pain during a workout to have to pause what you are doing to take a reading. So, I am glad I have the Polar F11. Knowing your heart rate the whole time you are working out means that it can warn you when you drop out of your zone and accurately calculate your calories burned. Setup was fairly easy. This is not a device intended for more than one person to use. Of course, you're going to get it sweaty, but also you enter personal date into it like how much you weigh and your age, height, etc. The ability to automatically test your fitness level is one of the coolest features of this device. You just have to lie still for a few minutes and let it do the work. Then it can use the information to recommend workout intensity for you. The most difficult thing about setting it up for me was adding programs for my workouts. I am using Power 90 workout dvd's, so I had to delete out the exercise programs it had automatically created and add my own to match the Power 90 workouts. Still, this is basically a one-time thing until I change my workout schedule or start using a different dvd. After working out you can review your workout. According to my F11, today's workout lasted 45 minutes, I burned 483 cal of which 45% was fat, my max heart rate was 160 (90%) and my average was 126 (71%). Also, I spent 13 minutes in the light HR zone, 19 moderate, and 9 in the hard HR zone. I can also see totals for the week so far. Later I can download all this onto my computer, but I haven't tried this yet. This type of device is good for runners, swimmers (as it's water proof), people working out to dvd's (as I am currently doing), etc. In the past I have been more into lifting weights. I suppose you could use it doing that too if you did a fairly intense weight training workout that was also getting your heart rate up. Of course, it won't keep track of sets and reps for you. Also, I'd be careful not to hit the watch against a weight or drop the weight bar on your chest driving the sensor into your chest (ouch). Anyway, the watch is comfortable and it can also do basic watch functions, so you can wear it all day. Again, I have not used other HRM's, but after reading all the positive reviews and using this one myself, I don't feel I will have any need for anything else....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
  • 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!!!
    I bought this polar heart rate monitor for my wife and she loves it! I have bought other polar monitors in the past and they have all been great. This model is geared towards women and I would recommend it for any woman with fitness goals they are trying to achieve. It has been easy for my wife to use and the soft transmitter band is a big plus. She loves the pink color and the fact that the actual watch is smaller then the mens styles. Anyone who is thinking about getting a polar watch will be happy with the new F11 pink....more info
  • Polar improved my workout
    This is the first heart rate monitor (HRM) I have used. I was looking at the Mio after seeing ads for it on the internet, but then I got the F11 for my birthday. The biggest difference is the Mio is strapless, but I didn't realize that the strapless heart rate monitor only provides heart rate data "on demand" i.e. when you place your fingers on the sensors. That would be a pain during a workout to have to pause what you are doing to take a reading. So, I am glad I have the Polar F11. Knowing your heart rate the whole time you are working out means that it can warn you when you drop out of your zone and accurately calculate your calories burned. Setup was fairly easy. This is not a device intended for more than one person to use. Of course, you're going to get it sweaty, but also you enter personal date into it like how much you weigh and your age, height, etc. The ability to automatically test your fitness level is one of the coolest features of this device. You just have to lie still for a few minutes and let it do the work. Then it can use the information to recommend workout intensity for you. The most difficult thing about setting it up for me was adding programs for my workouts. I am using Power 90 workout dvd's, so I had to delete out the exercise programs it had automatically created and add my own to match the Power 90 workouts. Still, this is basically a one-time thing until I change my workout schedule or start using a different dvd. After working out you can review your workout. According to my F11, today's workout lasted 45 minutes, I burned 483 cal of which 45% was fat, my max heart rate was 160 (90%) and my average was 126 (71%). Also, I spent 13 minutes in the light HR zone, 19 moderate, and 9 in the hard HR zone. I can also see totals for the week so far. Later I can download all this onto my computer, but I haven't tried this yet. This type of device is good for runners, swimmers (as it's water proof), people working out to dvd's (as I am currently doing), etc. In the past I have been more into lifting weights. I suppose you could use it doing that too if you did a fairly intense weight training workout that was also getting your heart rate up. Of course, it won't keep track of sets and reps for you. Also, I'd be careful not to hit the watch against a weight or drop the weight bar on your chest driving the sensor into your chest (ouch). Anyway, the watch is comfortable and it can also do basic watch functions, so you can wear it all day. Again, I have not used other HRM's, but after reading all the positive reviews and using this one myself, I don't feel I will have any need for anything else....more info
  • Decent HRM - miserable software support
    This review addresses specifically the computer support for the Polar F11. The watch itself is quite good and would rate 4 1/2 stars.

    The Polar software however is miserable. You are restricted to uploading your workout data to the Polarpersonaltrainer.com website. The application to handle the uploading is Windows only (it does work on Vista) and interfaces with the watch using sound (so you'll need a working microphone attached to your Windows system).

    The website itself is one of the more buggy sites I've encountered and seems to be fairly stagnant in terms of development. Fundamental things such as graphing your average heart rate or OwnZone over time are broken (and acknowledged to be broken by Polar) and have been for 6 months now. This makes the site useless for doing much beyond viewing historical workout data, which you can already do on the watch.

    If you're considering the F11, do so only on the merits of it as a standalone HRM and consider the software side a non-factor....more info
  • Best HR monitor on the market
    I've owned several HR monitors, including a previous Polar monitor, and this is the best I've ever seen. If you are serious about tracking your heart rate, exertion level, calories burned, etc. you will find it worth ever penny you spend....more info