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. 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.
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.
The display is also large enough to accommodate all the information which is very important when you like knowing your performance data while you are working out. With many other HRMs you will find it quite difficult to read the display as it is either too small or very cluttered. Small and hard to read displays are very annoying as it can make it difficult to get the data you want without having to look at the watch for a long time, or worse, having to stop you run.
Like many other Polar HRMs the FT60 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. The more you train the more data your watch will collect and the more accurate the fitness test output will be.
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. It’s like having a personal trainer available to give you advise on how much to push yourself.
Many Amazon reviews also highlight how easy to use this heart rate monitor is. When you are new to heart rate training this is an important thing to look out for. The quicker you get accustomed to setting up your watch for a training session and are able to make quick changes while you are exercising, the more you can focus on actually training and achieving your goals. This can make a big difference.
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.