Heart rate monitor/GPS

Heart rate monitors are designed to measure how fast your heart is beating during exercise so you can monitor how hard you are working. Fancier models do everything from monitor your movement to track your calories to map your run with GPS so they’re definitely a handy tool. Yet the Polar F4 men’s monitor is $66.26 on Amazon but the Polar F4 women’s pink and purple monitor is $71.77. A quick look at the Polar website shows that they offer exactly the same features, functionality and are even the same size. The only difference is the color.

Worth it? Women typically have smaller wrists and rib cages so buying a girly model might make sense if you need the smaller sizing. But in cases like this where the male and female version are the same, you really are just paying for the cute colors. Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting to be cute, I just want you to know exactly what you’re getting.

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  1. Pink is a hustle. Susan G komen proved that to us all earlier this year. Companies love that women will pay extra to look good in the gym.

  2. While I enjoyed reading the article, and I believe to some extent it is true that women are willing to pay more and companies can take advantage of this, as the article notes, the yellow gloves were also more expensive. You often pay more for a product that is colored rather than standard black. I recently bought an espresso machine and paid $50 more for a red one. Plenty of guys I know pay more for color.

  3. Sigh… I actually bought the pink boxing gloves!!! And I love them. However, it does irk me that women are charged more for products in general. Maybe someone will start an online petition to send to the companies and stop the madness!!!

  4. The Mighty Quinn

    I have to admit I LLLOVE the pink!!!! I have had my pink boxing gloves for about 8 years now (imagine how much they cost back then). I have always been a tomboy and was a jockette growing up. When I came into my girliness, I wanted something feminine, I already have a big foot so could not get the cute girlie anything, so when equipment started coming out in pink , I snapped it up. As a SCUBA diver, I started off with pink accessories but could not find a good pair of pink fins in my size. Sure I could get them if I wanted to order about 200 pairs in an XL size. One thing I do find with pink accessories is as a diver, it makes other women comfortable trying the sport that is dominated by men.

  5. I too hate pink and find it insulting that for it to be for a women, it has to be pink. I also think it is a racket. But if pink makes you move, more power to you.

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