Garmin Women's FR70 Heart Rate Monitor

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Garmin FR70 Heart Rate Monitor -
Garmin's FR70, updated with improved button functionality and restyled, robust wristbands, 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:


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


  • 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


  • User-replaceable CR2032 battery (included) provides up to 1 year of use
  • Add the optional foot pod to capture your speed and distance while your run; when paired with foot pod,use your FR70 to race against previous times and for interval workouts
  • Water resistant to 50m (165 ft.)
  • 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
  • FR70 tracks your cycling workouts when paired with a GSC 10 Speed and Cadence Sensor, sold separately
  • Features an advanced calorie-consumption formula that calculates calories burned based on changes in the user's heart rate during aerobic activity
  • Standard watch functions include time of day (12/24 hr.), dual time zone, calendar (day/date) and a daily alarm
  • 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

The easy-to-use Garmin FR70 heart rate monitor for women 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: Men
Analog or Digital:Digital
Average battery life:1 year
Average heart rate:Yes
Countdown timer:Yes
Dimensions:2 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches
Exercise log:Yes
Heart rate sensor type:Chest strap
Heart rate target zone(s):Yes
OS compatibility:Windows / Mac
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:1.3 ounces
Wireless communication:Yes

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Garmin FR70 Heart Rate Monitor Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Works fine, no problems

I purchased this about 6 months ago, and despite regular use, I have never had a problem with the heart rate monitor. It connects immediately and maintains the connection regardless of my activity. I use it for running outside, working out at the gym and for higher impact activities too, and it has never failed, I am quite satisfied with the device.
Leedle at REI on 11/11/2013

How am I doing?

I haven't been able to figure out how to add V02 Max or fitness age calibration, not sure it's possible. It allows entry of an 'activity class' which is pretty broad - it would be nice to have it calibrate to my specific max and resting heart rates.
Sandia hiker at REI on 04/04/2013

Excellent product and easy to use!

This is my first heart rate monitor. Excellent results but the light is kind of low. Would prefer something with a brighter light.
La Boricua at REI on 03/03/2012

Negative Reviews:

Makes Me Miss My Old Polar

I've use Polar HRMs for many years. When my last one died I wanted to replace it but I didn't like the new straps. I decided to try Garmin since I use Garmin computers on my bikes. I really want to like this but it lets me down regularly.

My main issue is that the heart rate reading stops and clears which stops the calorie burn number. Those numbers are the reason I wear a HRM! I did a fitness test today and my number are useless because my monitor stopped reading my heart rate repeatedly during the test. After a very painful test I came out with useless numbers so all the pain and suffering of the test were for naught. This test is very physically demanding so I can't repeat it until my HRM decides to work.

Thank goodness for REI's return policy because I'm giving this thing a little while longer and if it doesn't pull through it's going back. I'll update review.
anaSF at REI on 01/01/2013

Going back...

Just can't seem to find a Garmin running watch that the HRM registers correctly on me. I hoped this one would be different, but right out of the box and can't get a reading. Finally get a 84 reading that keeps turning off. Then when I started running it dropped to 79. Hum, first 84 was too high to begin with (for me). Second, it should not drop when running. Third, it kept dropping off completely. Also, buttons very hard to press. Going back the day I brought it. Off to buy a polar.
Ricks and Stocks at REI on 06/06/2013

Disappointing product by Garmin

This monitor keeps dropping my heart rate during workouts. I've tried changing both watch and chest strap batteries. Should have returned it and got a Polar while I still could. My gym friends with those have no issues. I've had it for a little over a year but had problems right off the bat. Buttons are hard to press but that is not as big of a deal as it not tracking my heart rate!!
Lorie26 at REI on 08/08/2013

Buttons are hard to push

I LOVED this watch and wore it daily for about two weeks. I started noticing after a couple of uses that the buttons were super difficult to push. I would be on the treadmill or trail waiting forever to start my race as I was waiting on the buttons to work and just start the watch. I had to return it because I could not rely on it to start.
meesh1021 at REI on 01/01/2013

Took it back

I took this monitor back. The monitor would not keep going during workouts. I'd get it going, I looked down and it would be back at the watch and nothing would have calculated. Totally not the point of what I wanted this for which is to increase my fitness to lower my blood pressure.
CatMomma at REI on 05/05/2013


The buttons on this didn't work at all. There was no way to turn the watch on for initial set-up because the "mode" button was completely unresponsive. What a disappointment after spending so much money; this was literally completely useless.
Rowena at REI on 05/05/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Good, but not great

As with other Garmin products, the user's guide is available on line and it's not included with the product. That's a minor annoyance. I really don't like having to log onto my computer and go online to try to figure out how to use a product.

I'd hoped to set up intervals on my watch. I set it up for a five minute warm up, five 2:1 intervals, then a five-minute cool down. As it turns out, the interval function is worthless. It doesn't beep to alert me time has elapsed. (Or maybe it will, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet because I don't have a user guide to look at while I'm playing with the watch.) Given that I'm running in the dark this time of year, I want an audible warning.

And, to go from one interval period to another, you have to keep pushing the lap/reset or start/stop buttons. (I've only managed to do it right a couple of times, so I'm not sure what the magic combination is.) And then I discovered that it thinks I want to do a five-minute cool down after each interval. So I've given up - I'll go back to using Endomondo on my phone to alert me each time a minute has passed.

Also, while the watch was running the interval program, it does not alert me when my heart rate is too low or too high. I'd still like to know those things.

I could not get my desktop to recognize the ANT thingie, but after a coule of tries my laptop recognized it. I really like the features on Garmin Connect.

I may eventually figure out how to best use this thing. My opinion of it may change as time passes. I'm still trying to figure out how to make my Garmin 510 do the things I want it to do.

Bottom line: I don't hate it. I'm not in love with it. I doubt any other HRM would be any better, though, so I'm in no hurry to trade it in for another type. (I've had HRMs made by four different makers, but this & the 501 are my first designed to upload information.)
HillSlug98239 at REI on 12/12/2013