The Polar FT60 heart rate monitor is one of the company’s mid range HRM, with a price tag of $140, which is also about middle of the range.This particular model is designed for men, but there is also an FT60 for women. This is something that gives buyers great flexibility as there really is a design and color for everyone.
The great thing about this device is that you expand it with an optional GPS device that will then allow you to track you speed, distance and route. Such a feature is generally more common on HRMs that would cost you upwards of $250. You can simply decide to expand functionality at a later stage without having to go and buy a completely new device.
The watch will display your heart rate, but also the percentage of your maximum heart rate and the heart rate zone you are currently operating in. This is a very important feature if you are seriously looking at increasing your fitness levels and maximising the benefits from each workout session. The heart rate zones essentially allow you to pre-plan how much time you want to spend in each zone and then translate that into your training.
Like many other Polar HRMs the FT60 heart rate monitor comes with the built in Fitness Test feature which will analyse your past training session data and then show you how your fitness level has improved over time. This gives you some more tangible information than just your heart rate, and it’s quite motivational.
Fitness Test is also complemented by the STAR Training Program feature which will guide you in your training to help you achieve your fitness goals. When setting up this feature you can select from three categories: improve fitness, maximize fitness and weight loss. This covers a pretty wide spectrum of users and can really help staying focused on goals.
Expandable for GPS
Star Training Program on the watch
Heart rate and percentage display cannot be switched easily
Some reviewers mention the screen easily scratching
Also take a look at this very handy comparison table that we have put together in order to make it easier to see the differences between all the different HRMs.