Garmin Foot Pod for Forerunner 305, 405, and 50
- Automatically Turns on when you Start Moving
- Lets you Track your Running Speed
- Tracks Your Running Distance
- Tracks Calories Burned While on the Treadmill or Pavement
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The Foot Pod measures my pace in strides per minute and also measures my distance traveled. I am a little disappointed that the Forerunner allows the distance measured by the Foot Pod to over ride the distance measured by the GPS in the Forerunner. I suspect the distance measured by the GPS is more accurate, but I can not find an option to force the GPS distance to be used while the Foot Pod is in use. Walking the same course results is a measured distance of 3.26 miles using the GPS and 3.30 miles using the Foot Pod, which I feel is good agreement. I did not have to follow the calibration instructions to achieve these results.
Overall I have found the Foot Pod a great addition to my exercise equipment, especially when I am inside and out of range of the GPS satelittes.
I have not tried using this on a treadmill or anything like that. I exclusively use this for cadence, and if you've been wanting to work on that, this is a great way to do it.
Unfortunately, when I got the new unit I wasn't able to pair it either. Having read some of the other reviews here, I bought a new battery for the unit. Again, I was unable to pair it with the Forerunner.
Next, I went to the Garmin support site (which is really poorly designed) and found an article saying that if you swap batteries, you must wait at least one minute after removing the old battery before you put the new one in. Apparently, this is true even if the original battery is weak (as was the one I got new with the unit.) Alas, after pulling the new battery out for a couple of minutes and then reinserting it, I was able to pair the Foot Pod with the Forerunner.
My experience appears to be common, and IMHO, is unacceptable. The Foot Pod should be shipped with the battery not inserted (or with an insulating material blocking it from making contact) so that the unit isn't dead on arrival. For this reason, and also because the Garmin support site is so lousy, I've given my review just three stars. I'll also note (as others have) that the instructions Garmin provides in the support section is very difficult to find, and omits the necessary step of having to shake the unit for it to be found by the Forerunner.
I also think this is overpriced for what you get. Before I bought the Forerunner I used a Nike+iPod sending unit that was a) much smaller; b) much cheaper. (I wanted the integration with the Forerunner, though.)
Easily synced with the forerunner 305
Easy to install, it clips on the shoe laces and is secure
Well not major but I think Garmin make it possible to walk outside and be able to calibrate the unit using the GPS. To calibrate my unit, I ran a marked 1/8 of a mile and I did that way.
For the most part, this foot pod is great. i do a lot of treadmill work and not too much outdoor running. I find the treadmill is an easier way to push myself during interval training. The problem you run into is "do i calibrate the pod to the treadmill or to an actual measured distance outdoors" as treadmills can be inaccurate (so i'm told, how would i check). I calculated it to the treadmill because i'm going off what the treadmill says for the entirety of the workout. It may be just as easy to look at my watch and see how much further i have to run, but i find it easy to just look at the treadmill. So when i download the data into the garmin program sometimes i'll have .98 miles for laps but i know that i was doing 1 mile and i can calculate my mile pace off of that assumption and my lap time.
A tip on that. I noticed that the footpod said i was running approx. 30 seconds slower on a per mile pace than what the treadmill said (after calibration). I quickened my step (treadmill speed remained the same) and my pace on the garmin dropped to near what the treadmill reported. When i calibrated the footpod it was at the beginning of a workout and so i was only doing a warm-up speed so my turnover was a little slower than what i usually run at. You should calibrate the footpod at the upper end of your aerobic pace or wherever you do the bulk of your running. It takes a little trial and error.
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This serves its purpose and I use while on the dreadmill. It's sometimes off by a half mile during the course of 3 miles, but nothing you can't just modify at garmin connect.Published on May 4, 2014 by David Harris
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Worked just the way it was supposed to. Small and easy to synch with my Garmin. Seems pretty accurate based on my experience so far.Published on February 26, 2013 by Dennis Odell
I recently gifted my sister with an old 305 and wanted to get her the footpod to go with it. I own the newer footpod myself, and had never seen this older model in person. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by kc_shutterbug
This specific Foot Pod from Garmin was the only specific gift that my (30 something) Daughter asked for this Christmas. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Steveb
My foot pod is paired with a Garmin 405. It's great to be able to keep track of treadmill workouts. It's easy to link up. The cadence data helps to increase run times and run form. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Tri hard