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July 26, 2012 5:13 AM
Looking to buy at HRM and wondering what people thought of the two that seem to be the most popular. I would like something to track my HR during workouts and possibly download to the computer (or a website which I think Polar does). It's not essential, but a "nice to have" thing that I may pay a small amount more for.

Does anyone seem to have an issue with the FT4 only storing 10 workouts? I tend to do more than one workout in a day (a walk in the AM then maybe cross fit in the evening).

I use my phone to track distance (MapMyRun) so I don't need GPS. Just looking for something to give me accurate (or more accurate anyway!) calories burned.

Any thoughts? It seems like there are quite a few places on line with good deals on both.

Also wondering the mens vs womens - is it just the size of the watch part that is different?
Edited by yecatsml On July 26, 2012 5:17 AM
July 26, 2012 5:18 AM
I just bought a Garmin FR70 with HRM and should get it today. Amazon had it for $110. Will post how I like it once I get used to using it.
July 26, 2012 5:19 AM
bump, I'm trying to figure out which to buy also, and had similar questions..
July 26, 2012 5:21 AM
Check them out to see if the FT4 has a user replaceable battery. It may not. I got the FT7 because it did, among lots of other good things. Having to send it in to have the battery replaced as opposed to doing it myself made the decision a no-brainer.

FT7 is easy to set up, easy to use.
July 26, 2012 5:22 AM
I personally have the FT4 and really love it. Like you said, i believe the benefit of having the FT7 is that you can download your workout data to your pc. The FT4 has an internal memory that keeps the last 10 workout sessions saved into it's memory so it can be reviewed later. But again, it entirely your personal preference. The chest strap is suprisingly comfortable. I barely know it's on while working out. The best part, no need to put your index finger to a sensor to get current heart rate. The FT4 & FT7 automatically give you current heart rate, calorie burn, etc. I purchased my FT4 from for less than $65 (including free shipping). Best money i've spent in a long time. Good luck with your search.
July 26, 2012 5:23 AM
I bough the FT4 about a month ago (pink one) -- first time ever using a HRM and I absolutely love it! Nothing better than testing/challenging yourself to push harder so you can see that high number of calories you've burned. I chose the FT4 because I wanted something simple (and cheaper) but very accurate. It's the best purchase I've made in awhile. I got mine from a local sporting goods store for $89.99 but you the cheapest I've found them is here:

I think they are around $60 with free shipping

Not sure about the difference between the Men's & Women's but I;m sure someone on here will know. :)
July 26, 2012 5:24 AM
I have an FT7 and my wife has an FT4, and I haven't looked closely, but outside of the color I can't really tell the difference. The chest-straps are the same, and they both measure calorie burn as well as heart rate, which is what we were looking for. I believe you can upload both to their website for tracking, but you need another Polar component to do that automatically, which is like $50... or you can load the info in manually... or you can just load the info in to MFP like we do...
July 26, 2012 5:24 AM
Here was a recent discussion on the topic of HRM, which includes discussions of the ones you're interested in, in case you didn't find it.

I have an FT7 and I use it mainly for the same thing you are using it for...track calories on my workouts. I like it a lot as it is comfortable and seems pretty accurate. I don't use the Polar services as I generally just enter my workouts to MFP.

Don't know anything about men vs women sizes.

Good Luck, Tom
July 26, 2012 5:24 AM
the difference is the size of the strap that goes around your chest to monitor heart rate. i have the FT4 and LOVE it. it has really helped me improve my work outs because i can track exactly how much i burn, where my HR is in reference to the zone and how long i worked out. you can even pause between machines.
July 26, 2012 5:24 AM
Both are great monitors.

If you want to be able to download to the computer then you need the FT7.. The FT4 does not have that capability. In order to download to the Polar website though, you have to buy the Flowlink which is an extra 50 dollars on top of the HRM.

Also the only difference between the mens and woman's version is the watch size.

I started out with an FT7 before upgrading to the FT60.
July 26, 2012 5:26 AM
I have the FT7 and it stores a lot of my workouts (like months). I workout 4 to 5 times a week. It gives you weekly, monthly and overall totals. I do not download it to the computer. Men vs Women is the size difference. I had an option of putting male in my FT7 womens version.

I think the one difference in both is that the FT7 tells you how much time you spent in the fat burn zone. However this is not critical for me.

I also use my FT7 to run, and my phone to track my miles and pace.
July 26, 2012 5:26 AM
I have FT7 love it..You can track online, but to upload you need to buy a seperate peice. manully you can enter online to polar site.
It is easy to use, it tracks weekly summeries, breaks down burn-fat-fit etc. Love it! the link below will anser most of your questions.
Also polar website has a good FAQ. FT7 has more options. Hope this helps;-)
July 26, 2012 5:30 AM
I have a Polar FT60. I believe my model tracks a greater number of workouts and has additional options the other models don't have, but in the 4-6 months I've had it, I've found I don't use those features much at all. In retrospect, I likely could've purchased a different model without the bells and whistles and been just as happy.

If downloading data to your PC is a priority, I would skip Polar because you would need another accessory to do it; and given the ease with which I can just key the values into some other program, I can't justify the expense. I also tried the Polar website ( and I was pretty unimpressed.

From my experience, I can say the 10 workout limit wouldn't affect me at all. If your comfortable with the other differences, I'd say go with the cheaper model. Just my .02.

Can't speak to the difference between the men's and women's watch, although I'd guess it's merely style rather than actual functional difference.
July 26, 2012 5:33 AM
If you're willing to spend a bit more, I highly recommend going for the Polar FT40 or FT70. I have the first, my friend the second. Mine stores workouts for a year I think. There are slight differences between the two that you can read at the Polar site. I've had mind for two years, only had to change the battery once so far. And changing is easily done by yourself. If you have the transfer thingy you can easily get the data on your computer, I've just never bothered with it myself.

May be a bit more expensive, but worth the upgrade ;)
July 26, 2012 5:34 AM
Buy a polar Ft1, log your own workouts and with the money saved get a gymboss and a set of good cables.
July 26, 2012 5:48 AM
July 26, 2012 6:52 AM
Thanks for all the info. I will check out the linked threads along with if the battery in the FT4 can be changed (that would be a huge negative for me)

I'm leaning towards the FT4 unless I can't change the battery, then I will spend the extra $12 for the FT7.
July 26, 2012 8:15 AM
Just got my FT4 yesterday and it does have a user replaceable battery. Have only used it once - but it is very easy to use and comfortable (I had it out of the box and was off on my workout in about 5 minutes).

I log my workouts into MFP right after I do them (and mapmyrun) - so I have a log long-term.
June 5, 2013 11:11 PM
While shopping, I found this article about the FT series of Polar.

There's another review about the more high tech-ie ones. I haven't bought one yet, but will probably get the FT7.


Hope this helps!
Edited by ahhansam On June 5, 2013 11:13 PM
January 22, 2014 9:37 AM
YES, the battery can be replaced by the user in both HRMs.


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