Shows heart rate on large and easy-to-read display

Helps improve your fitness with manual heart rate target zone

Displays a summary of your latest workout

Simple one-button start and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk

Safely exercise within your target zone

Records average and maximum heart rate

Suitable for swimming



  • FT1


  • Body measurement features
    • Manual target zone – bpm

      Manual target zone – bpm

      This feature enables you to define the target zone as you want and is suitable for your training. You can set the target zone for your training as beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (HRR%).

    • Polar OwnCode® (5kHz) – coded transmission

      Polar OwnCode® (5kHz) – coded transmission

      Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding prevents interference from other training computers.

    • HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm

      HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm

      You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.

    • Average and maximum heart rate of training
    • Heart rate – bpm

      Heart rate – bpm

      Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute or as percentage of your maximum heart rate. Heart rate can also be expressed as a percentage of your heart rate reserve, meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest). In Polar software or during strength training, heart rate can be displayed as a graphical trend.

  • Training features
    • HeartTouch – button-free operation of wrist unit

      HeartTouch – button-free operation of wrist unit

      When HeartTouch is on, different training information during training can be accessed without pressing buttons, for instance, when gloves make pressing buttons difficult, by bringing your training computer close to your transmitter.

  • Recording features
    • Training files (with summaries) – 1
  • Watch features
    • Backlight
    • Date and weekday indicator
    • Display text in English
    • Time of day (12/24 h)
    • Water resistant – 30m

In the box


FT1 is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Display Had owned previous Polar watches and this one is the best. Face of the watch is easy to read no matter what activity. If working out for a certain amount of time and yet measure your heart rate, merely bring it up to your chest as you are moving and it switches to the chrono mode from the hear rate mode. Bring it up to your chest again and switches back. Would recommend downloading a .pdf of the instructions for better explanation than what is sent with the watch. Price can't be beat for the functionality.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be mandatory in highschool gym classes I'm just a country bumpkin. been bicycling / mountain bikin' since I was a wee lad. I never really understood heart rate limits. I used to push myself so hard without realizing I was doing damage....I didn't have a tachometer. I got bi-lateral DVT and CVI back in 2012. Doc. told me to never go above 180 on my heart rate. So I purchased this amazing Heart Rate Monitor from Polar. K.I.S.S. principle! keep it simple stupid! this heart rate monitor gives me everything I need to know about my heart rate and the range and time and Average and Maximum heart rates logged. This thing I built like a tank. It's April 2016 now and I've used this for a few hours a week since March 2013. I even sleep with it on 1 or 2 nights a week to log my sleeping heart rate. Also wear this while strength training, it works. In my opinion the best heart rate monitor available on the market. Thank you Polar for giving my doctor and myself the needed peace of mind to keep my dumb butt from blowin' my heart up or dislodging a clot while im out rehabbing myself. If anything ever happens to this heart rate monitor I will replace it with the exact same make n' model.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy, accurate, durable bought it years ago and lasts. Easy, simple and accurate. Wish strap battery was easily replaceable thol
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I've been satisfied with my polar products in the past - the main problem here is that the instructions are so poor. I can see under "file" the total amount of time spent exercising, the average heart rate and the maximum heart rate, but what the heck does the last number mean? Nothing in the instructions explains how to use the watch - you have to figure it out by trial and error.
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from waste of money I got this for a Christmas present and am so disappointed the packaging got thrown away. It takes forever for it to pick up my heart rate and then it says it's 40BPM when I know it's not - when it gets above 100BPM it start tracking, maybe a records it a little high...I'm not quiet sure though because it spends about 10 minutes or more on each of the functions and rarely gets to telling me my heart rate - SOOOO frustrating.  If you press the one "easy" button to try to get it to scan, it stops the whole workout.  What a waste of money. 
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Breaks easily and causes a rash After less than 3 months of use, the transmitter was not sending a signal. I replaced the battery replaced and verified that the belt had a conductive connection to my skin. Still no signal. I was doubly irritated because my skin on either side of the POLAR transmitter battery holder was red and raw with a rash. Realized in reading about fixes that the belt had leaked the connective gel/fluid and caused the rash.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice but....needs some better stitching. this is about the 5th one I brought!!! Love them...plain simple and thats all I need to check my heart rate. Once battery goes, you have to buy a whole new set. I use it everyday and in all kinds of fitness. However, this last one, the stitching from the edge that connects the break apart thing to get band off, came un stitched and now worthless. Am not a sewer but took it to a tailor shop to restitch and can use again. Told them to make heavier stitching. so , if the people who make these, need to make it re enforced stitching. I will still buy them.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable, simple design, and easy to use This watch is amazing for doing the thing it was designed to do - measure your heart rate. It tells you exercise duration, average heart rate, and max heart rate. That's all I needed. I haven't had any battery issues in the 3 years I've owned the watch - considering that it's only $70 I'd be ok even if it did stop working tomorrow. It's also dummy proof - it has one button and no complicated menu to get lost in. I also have a Garmin touchscreen GPS watch which is nice, but this wins on the functionality test any day of the week. If you need a watch that splits laps, stores a lot of data, or anything other than what I've previously described, I recommend you look at a different watch.
Date published: 2015-07-13
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