Garmin Men's FR70 Heart Rate Monitor

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Garmin FR70 Heart Rate Monitor -
Updated with improved button functionality and restyled, robust wristbands, the FR70 tracks your time, heart rate & calories burned; then wirelessly sends your workout data to your computer for later analysis and comparison with other fitness enthusiasts.

Items Included:

Basic Features:

Watch Features:Training Features:Heart Rate Monitor Features:Wireless Features:


  • ANT+ also enables the watch to connect with a foot pod, speed/cadence sensor, fitness equipment and weight scales (all sold separately)
  • FR70 tracks beats per minute and displays your heart rate zone so you can monitor and improve your fitness level


  • Includes the Garmin FR70 wrist unit, heart rate strap, USB ANT Stick™ and a quick start manual
  • Included heart rate monitor chest strap communicates with the watch to provide you with accurate heart rate data while running
  • One year battery life with user-replaceable coin cell battery in watch and heart rate strap


  • User-replaceable CR2032 battery (included) provides up to 1 year of use
  • - ANT+ technology compatible
  • - Calculates time, heart rate and calories
  • ANT+™ technology allows the FR70 to wirelessly connect with the included heart rate monitor and send your workout data to your computer for later analysis
  • Add the optional foot pod to capture your speed and distance while you run; when paired with foot pod, use your FR70 to race against previous times and for interval workouts
  • Features an advanced calorie-consumption formula that calculates calories burned based on changes in the user's heart rate during aerobic activity
  • FR70 tracks your cycling workouts when paired with a GSC 10 Speed and Cadence Sensor, sold separately
  • Standard watch functions include time of day (12/24 hr.), dual time zone, calendar (day/date) and a daily alarm
  • Upload data wirelessly to the Garmin Connect community website for in-depth analysis of time, speed, distance and route; store and share data with other community users
  • - Configurable training pages with auto scroll, Auto Lap, 5 heart rate zones and alerts
  • - 20 hours / 100-lap memory
  • Water resistant to 50m (165 ft.)

The easy-to-use Garmin FR70 heart rate monitor keeps track of your time, calories burned, heart rate and more so you make the most of every workout.


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Also available for: Women
Analog or Digital:Digital
Average battery life:1 year
Average heart rate:Yes
Countdown timer:Yes
Dimensions:2.2 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches
Display Dimensions:0.8 x 1.1" (2.0 x 2.8cm)
Exercise log:Yes
Heart rate sensor type:Chest strap
Heart rate target zone(s):Yes
In the box:FR70, Heart Rate Monitor, USB ANT Stick, User Manual
OS compatibility:Windows / Mac
Operating temperature range:-10C to 50C
Recovery heart rate mode:Yes
Time display:Yes
Time in target zone:No
Tracks calories burned:Yes
User replaceable battery:Yes
Water-resistant depth:50 meters
Weight:1.6 ounces
Wireless communication:Yes

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Garmin FR70 Heart Rate Monitor Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

A good heart rate monitor

This is a good heart rate monitor. With the ANT connection you can easily upload to to track your workouts along with your GPS devices. The cloud service is a big value add. I use this for rowing machine, hiking, biking, etc. I also have a 305 GPS device I use for biking, but many times I just use this instead because it's simple. I like the calorie counter because it seems to "give credit" for working out hard. A mild walk may be 300 cal/hr but you can burn up 600 on the rowing machine in 40 minutes.

A few comments on some of the issues noted in other reviews:

1) Heart rate accuracy and pickup. One needs to dampen the contacts on the band, and then it will be super reliable. I have had heart rates start to skip around with Garmins and changing the battery in the band corrected this. You might have left the band wet which will wear out the strap battery faster since it will stay on.

2) lap button. I've noticed that you have to press the lap button with a certain "speed" or it may not function. This seems to be due to the programming internal to the unit and is not a problem once you realize what's going on. Cross any device with a computer, and what you get is, a computer :-(

This is a nice complement to a GPS style unit for those times when you just care about HR and still want to use This service helps to justify some extra $$$ which this watch costs for me.
kayakr at REI on 10/10/2012

Fun watch rich in functions at low price

An all around watch packed with features. I like the style, fit, and clear display. It took me only a few minutes to set it up, wear it, and start using it. The user interface is very easy to use.

It shows two time zones, calendar date, and alarm. In the dark, the light is clear and consistent.

For fitness, it reads from the supplied heart rate belt, calculate calories, and also receives data from other ANT+ devices such as Tanita 1000 scale, bicycle speed sensor, and foot running sensor. It transmits this data wirelessly to the computer for analysis.

The battery can be replaced by the owner. Otherwise, the entire watch piece and buttons are covered with one rubber piece that makes up the wrist band. Should the band need replacement, it seems like one must replace the watch or send it to Garmin for service.

I did not want a GPS in the watch. GPS watches are generally bulkier, have shorter battery life, and 2–3 times more expensive (although there have been recent GPS models from Timex & Soleus under $100).

I wish the watch would measure heart rate while swimming. This seems a limit of the ANT+ protocol with limited broadcast distance under water for just a few inches.
mcccliv at REI on 03/03/2012

Good watch / good price

I've had this watch for just over a month and love it. I like to run on trails whenever I can and this watch allows me to do that and still know how far and how fast I've gone. I really like being able to download my runs to Garmin Connect so I can keep track of my progress. Works good for biking, too. Sometimes a little slow acquiring a satellite, but I use that time to warm-up before I start my runs. A great watch if you don't want a lot of bells and whistles.
JFG at REI on 02/02/2013

Garmin FR70 HRM

I use it to keep track of my heart rate as I exercise and to correlate my level of exertion to my level of calories burnt or work completed.
JeffreyG at REI on 08/08/2013

Negative Reviews:

Short Relationship Ended with Exchange

I never could get a reliable heart rate to display on the device. Displayed heart rate was usually 1/4, 1/3 or 1/2 of actual. It was usually 20 min or so into my workout before anything was displayed. Tried moistening the electrodes, using electrode gel, wiping skin with alcohol, etc. No joy.

Called Garmen to trouble shoot and they did send a replacement sending unit that worked a little better, but still was not reliable. Sometimes after about 40 minutes the correct heart rate would display.

I found the UI to be clumsy and non-intuitive. This was made worse by the lack of a manual. Garmin said it saved them money to just post a pdf of the manual on line.

Activating the rubber armored buttons was a little too fussy for my taste on a device that is designed to be used during a workout. It takes a fairly precise press at the right angle with a thumb nail to activate the buttons.

After a few weeks of trying to get it to work and hoping things would get better, I exchanged the Garmen for a Timex Ironman Road Trainer which worked great right out of the box. As always, the good folks at REI Tacoma made the exchange easy and were a help in picking a replacement.
Puyallup Bob at REI on 02/02/2013

has a couple of problems

i've owned this monitor for about six weeks.

two problems:

1. at first the monitor tracked my heart rate very well but now it has become sporadic, sometimes reading 20 or 30 beats per minute too high. during the course of a run it will go from too high to the correct reading to too high again, etc, etc. this problem is not caused by the strap contacts drying out as they are kept wet with sweat.

2. the "lap" function sometimes doesn't work, even when the button is pressed very hard. the "reset" function, which uses the same button, does work reliably every time.

on the positive side, the wireless monitor strap connects to the watch and begins the heart rate readout very quickly.

likewise desirable - it's very easy to download to the garmin connect site with the ant agent usb stick. the garmin connect site provides an easy and comprehensive way for me to keep track mileage, speed, heart rate and other parameters.
john diver at REI on 02/02/2012

WORST documentation and support EVER!!!

So far I have been almost completely unable to use this product at all. The instructions included with the heart rate monitor were practically non-existent. The instructions on Garmin's webpage were incomplete and, in places, actually contradictory. When I emailed Garmin asking for assistance, I received their (automatic) acknowledgement of my email, saying that they would respond within three days. However, after twelve days now, I have had no contact at all.

This is probably the worst experience I have ever had with any product of any kind.
Hutch at REI on 09/09/2013

Wouldn't buy again

Garmin wouldn't record heart rate most of the time. Returned it.
Cag2450 at REI on 08/08/2012

Neutral Reviews:

no good for spin class

I bought this unit after my old Garmin HRM, a different model, failed after 10 years. I wanted something that would display heart rate, calories, and, if used with an extra transmitter (in Garmin's case, the GSC10), cadence on my spin bike. Unfortunately, this isn't possible with the FR70. If the GSC10 is only transmitting cadence (because of its design, it can't transmit speed on a spin bike), the FR70 will pick up/display the cadence, and pick up/display the input from the heart rate strap, but it will NOT calculate calories. A Garmin rep had assured me twice that this was possible, but I guess he'd never actually tried it, because it doesn't work.

Many years ago, with my original HRM, I talked to several Garmin reps trying to solve this no-calorie-calculation-with-cadence problem. Finally talked to a woman who said that unless the GSC10 was *transmitting* both speed and cadence, the watch would not calculate calories. Yes, that's even though the calorie calculation algorithm is based on heart rate. Bizarre.

Since this was a long-term problem, I'd already gotten a fix, which was to buy a wireless bike speed/cadence meter & hook that puppy up every time I worked out. It's a cludge of a solution, but it works.

The FR70 itself is ok. It does a good job of picking up heart rate from the strap; you need to get a little sweat in between the strap & your skin, but that happens fast. Someone else commented that the buttons are hard to push. That's true; if I were a runner, I wouldn't be expecting to push buttons while running. Those suckers are tough. Programming the watch/receiver is a total pain in the neck. With only 5 buttons and a lot of functions, I guess that's not surprising. But geez, it's not obvious at all. Be aware that you'll need to download the manual yourself. They enclose only a "quick start" manual that's useless. The unit is also useless as a watch....well, maybe that's not true, but I like to see seconds & it'll only show them after you press a button & then only for a minute. I don't know what's up with that; there's room on the face for it. But if you don't care about seeing the seconds, then it'd work ok as a basic watch.

After re-reading this review, I'm wondering why I kept this thing! I guess the bottom line is that once you suffer through getting it set up, it's a reliable unit. It'll show 3 things on a screen (I like HR, calories & elapsed time) & many of the other brands don't do that at this price point. And it's easy to change the batteries.
Biker Meg at REI on 06/06/2013

Good all around device, but...

I find this watch easy to set up and configure. I've been looking for a decent heart rate monitor to use in the pool, unfortunately, this one does not work in the water. I find that disappointing for a device that lists 'swimming' as one of it's uses. For a cyclist or runner, the heart rate monitor function works great. Problem is, I'm a cyclist and a swimmer and I have a heart rate monitor for my cycle computer. Tri-atheletes, steer clear. Runners or cyclists, great device.
wanderedinn at REI on 03/03/2013