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Comparison Battle: Polar FT2 vs Polar FT4

The Ultimate Showdown Between The Polar FT2 and The Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitors.

Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor Polar FT4 As Pictured Polar FT2 Heart Rate Monitor Polar FT2

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Battle Description/Rules

So we’re going to put Polar FT2 and Polar FT4 into the battle ring together. They are both Polar, obviously, and the FT4 is designed as one model up from the FT2. As you will notice if you hover over the monitor photos – the FT2 is more expensive than the FT4. This seems a little strange given the fact the FT4 is meant to be one model up from the FT2, but no worries, it just means things could get a little interesting.

I realise it may seem a little weird to put two monitors from the same Polar family up against each other but I think the Polar FT2 has a fighting chance – so why not?

Also, it seems there is much confusion out there about what the differences are between these two monitors.

So let’s take a look.

Like the other comparison battle from last week: Sigma PC15 vs. Polar FT2

You will find advantages and disadvantages for each so that you can easily see what you get and don’t get. In addition, the ‘Tie’ section at the end will tell you what you get with both monitors.

Price is definitely not a determining factor in this showdown. It is merely an advantage or disadvantage.

Too many features can confuse you but not enough and you are left wanting more… A monitor that is perfect for your needs has ONLY the features you need. So please DO NOT buy a monitor simply because it has more features – buy the one that has the features you will use.

Polar FT2

A coded signal chest strap heart rate monitor designed by Polar for general exercisers wanting a simple tool to start heart rate training.

Advantages:

  • Simplicity of operation (given minimal features) for very newly starting heart rate trainers to get a quick start.

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive.
  • Has only 1 workout data file to view average and max heart rate of workout (FT4 has 10).
  • Does not have calorie counter.
  • Does not have user replaceable battery.


Polar FT4

Also a coded signal chest strap heart rate monitor designed by Polar for fitness improvement. Has calorie counter and some extra memory to save more workout data.

Advantages:

  • Amazingly, is cheaper than the FT2 (Supply and demand folks – FT4 is most popular HRM by Polar).
  • Calorie expenditure counter.
  • Shows you on a graphic display which heart rate zone you are in (Fitness improving or fat burning).
  • 10 data logging training files (FT2 has 1).
  • User replaceable battery.

Disadvantages:

  • I couldn’t find any (Must be why it is the bestselling HRM by Polar).


Equal (Tie):
  • Button free operation to toggle data screens when you bring the monitor close to the chest strap sensor (via HeartTouch).
  • Chest strap with coded transmission to prevent interference in the heart rate signal between your chest strap and watch.
  • Heart rate monitor (With average, maximum and real-time heart rate displayed, and Automatic age-based target heart rate zones and ability to set manual HR zones).
  • Water resistance (30m).
Conclusions

Ultimately, it was pretty obvious to start that given Polar made the FT4 a step up from the FT2 it was going to win. It was better by design. Yep, I said it, FT4 wins this bout hands down!

What really surprised me was the fact that the FT4 is cheaper than the FT2 and has the extra features:

  • Calorie expenditure counter.
  • Shows you on a graphic display which heart rate zone you are in (Fitness improving or fat burning).
  • 10 data logging training files (FT2 has 1).
  • User replaceable battery.

At first I thought maybe the FT4 on Amazon was used or refurbished – but nope – brand new and still less expensive. Probably a supply and demand thing. Way more people have bought the FT4 and so Polar can manufactuer them in bigger batches and lower the unit cost significantly (That’s the only explanation I can think of?)

I’d say that 9.5 times out of 10 you should get the FT4; however, sometimes (as Apple has proven with its iPods etc) people like simplicity and will even pay more for less. So the other 5% of you who don’t want the confusion a calorie counter, user replaceable battery, extra logging files and the graphic display of which heart rate zone you are in – get the FT2.

But as you already know – it’s up to you – choose wisely!

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