Take care of your heart!
I like this heart rate monitor a lot. I own the Polar F6 model and have had it for a couple of years now.
For anyone out there who doesn’t know the importance of training with a heart rate monitor…PLEASE do yourself a huge favor…buy one, figure out your zones and use it. Years ago when I first started training for a marathon I had no idea that heart rate monitors were that important. Each day I would just try to run farther and faster than the previous day. Eventually I injured myself and had to quit training for about 6 months…that gave me plenty of time to learn the importance of training correctly and with a heart rate monitor.
I bought the F6 for around $100. The chest strap was a little annoying at first but you will get used to it. With the polar you have to make sure to get the contact pads (electrode areas) on the chest strap wet. The directions say to moisten but that makes it sound like it barely needs to be wet. I make sure it is good and wet to ensure accurate numbers right from the beginning.
The set up of the watch is fairly simple where you can input male/female, weight and heart rate data. This will allow the watch to determine your heart rate zones and give a guesstimate on your calories burned.
There are a few screens and data you can look at while exercising although I really only pay attention to the stopwatch and current heart rate. The summary at the end of your training is nice as well as it gives you your total time, calories burned, average heart rate and max HR. The watch will also keep a training diary.
If you are new to heart rate training and all you need is a heart rate monitor, Polar is a great option. There are other companies with heart rate/GPS options out there but they are more expensive. Polar is expanding their product line to include GPS for outdoor running and cycling but I haven’t been exposed to any of these other products. I will review Garmin’s HR/GPS watch in the future because i do have the Garmin 405.
The Bottom Line ~
Ultimately I have been pleased with this purchase. I have used it a ton, especially before I bought my GPS watch, and then my wife used it until she bought her GPS watch. Now I basically only use it for indoor training while on the treadmill and the bike trainer.