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Garmin Foot Pod for Forerunner 305, 405, and 50

by Garmin
3.6 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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  • 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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Product Description

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The Garmin Forerunner 50 Foot Pod calculates running speed and distance and wirelessly sends data to the Forerunner. Jump start your training with the Garmin Forerunner 50. This sleek sport watch is ideal for running, cycling and other fitness activities, and is available with a wireless heart rate monitor or foot pod or both. This option is for the Forerunner 50 with the foot pod. Plus it automatically transmits workouts to your computer so you can analyze, store and share data using Garmin's online community, Garmin Connect . Get the Data You Need Train inside or outdoors. The affordable Forerunner 50 provides you with instant workout data including training time, pace, distance, lap pace, lap time, lap distance, average and best pace, calories, maximum and average heart rate. It also records both lap and detailed data. Available in 3 different versions, this one includes the Heart Rate Monitor and USB ANT Receiver, Forerunner 50 comes bundled with different accessories to help you track your progress for whatever moves you. Listen to Your Heart Forerunner 50 with wireless heart rate effectively tracks and records your heart rate while you work out, providing instant feedback about how hard your heart is working. The included digital heart rate monitor continuously tracks heart beats per minute which is wirelessly transmitted to the Forerunner 50. Even train in a certain heart rate zone to improve your fitness level. And well after your workout is done, Forerunner 50 is still working, wirelessly transmitting your training data to your PC. Measure Speed and Distance Forerunner 50 packaged with Garmin's wireless foot pod lets you track your running speed, distance and calories burned while on the treadmill or pavement. Just snap the foot pod into a clip on your shoe laces, and it's ready to send data to Forerunner 50 as soon as you start moving. After your workout, Forerunner 50 automatically transfers your data to your computer when within range.

Product Information

Package Type:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 3 x 2.7 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 1.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 4 ounces
ASIN B000UO61HC
Item model number 010-10998-00
Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required.
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3.6 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #99,980 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By John D. Phillips on May 22, 2008
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I have my Foot Pod paired with my Garmin Forerunner 305 and am very satisfied. The Foot Pod has a plastic bracket that fits under my shoe string, while the Foot Pod fits over my shoe string. It can be a little difficult to get the two pieces to click together, but when they do they form a secure arrangement. I followed the instructions in the Forerunner manual and paired the Foot Pod with the Forerunner on the first try. Once this is done it does not have to be repeated since the Forerunner automatically detects the Foot Pod from then on.

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.
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I recently got a Forerunner 405 and love it. I wanted to work on my cadence, and realized I could do that with this product. Quite simply, I put it on my shoe and can see my cadence at all times, just like my heart rate and speed. I've found it to be a great training tool for my running.

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.
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I was unable to pair the Foot Pod with my Forerunner 305 so arranged to return the unit to Amazon. Amazon was great...they sent a new unit out by overnight FedEx, even though my original unit was shipped using 2-day shipping.

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.)
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After reading the reviews I decided to make the purchase and I do no regret it. I paired my foot pod with a forerunner 305 and I was recognized as soon as I moved my foot. I need it because it got cold and had to result to a treadmill for running.

Pros:
Easily synced with the forerunner 305
Easy to install, it clips on the shoe laces and is secure

Cons:
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.
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I lucked out when i ordered the first generation model and found out two weeks later after wondering why it was taking so long that they were out of stock. I ordered this one and i'm glad because the other one looked way too bulky in comparison.

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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