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Difference Between Polar FT2 and FT1

Polar FT1 vs Polar FT2

 Polar FT1Polar FT2
They look the same!Polar FT1 Heart Rate MonitorPolar FT2 Heart Rate Monitor
Price:List Price: $69.99
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List Price: $89.99
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Different:nilAutomatic age-based target heart rate zones
- This means you input your age and the watch auto calculates your target heart rate zones based on max being (220 - age)
Same:Manual target heart rate zones
- You have ability to manually set whatever 5 heart rate zones you want
Manual target heart rate zones
- You have ability to manually set whatever 5 heart rate zones you want
Same:Button free (HeartTouch)
- for toggling to a different screen when hands are not free (ie. when boxing gloves are on or when biking with hands on handlebars).
How does it work?
- you bring the watch close to the chest strap you are wearing, that's it.
Button free (HeartTouch)
- for toggling to a different screen when hands are not free (ie. when boxing gloves are on or when biking with hands on handlebars).
How does it work?
- you bring the watch close to the chest strap you are wearing, that's it.
Same:Coded chest strap
- to prevent interference in heart rate signal between chest strap and watch unit.
Coded chest strap
- to prevent interference in heart rate signal between chest strap and watch unit.
Same:1 Workout file of data storage1 Workout file of data storage
Same:30m water resistance30m water resistance

Catch The Difference?

Yup, that’s right… the ONLY difference is the automatic age-based heart rate zones that the Polar FT2 has.

Is Automatic Age-Based Target Heart Rate Zones (Polar FT2 Extra Feature) Worth The Extra $15?

Yes. To save you time and hassle.

Are you new to heart rate training? Why would you want to stuff around doing maths on paper and then inputting those numbers into the Polar watch manually? Just input your age and let the watch do the work. Am I right? Much easier!

You could manually set them, yes, but then you will need to use the watches user manual to figure out which buttons to press… and … in what order… and… you will need to calculate the different zones manually… Want to know how? Here’s how:

How To Calculate Your Heart Rate Zones Manually

The calculation of a zone value, X%, is performed in the following way:

  • Subtract your RHR from your MHR giving us your working heart rate (WHR)
  • Calculate the required X% on the WHR giving us “Z”
  • Add “Z” and your RHR together to give us the final value

Example: The athlete’s MHR is 180 and their RHR is 60 – determine the 70% value

  • MHR – RHR = 180 – 60 = 120
  • 70% of 120 = 84
  • 84 + RHR = 84 + 60 = 144 bpm
[This equation is word for word from this link (via BrianMac.co.uk). Also at that link is a calculator that can calculate your zones for you]

Seriously? But who am I to talk. $15 or whatever the current price difference between FT1 and FT2 may be worth the extra hassle?

It’s up to you of course.

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{ 2 comments }

heart rate monitor December 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Highly energetic blog, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

Richard Delta December 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Part 2 is coming to a cinema near you

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