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Garmin Forerunner 50 Water Resistant Running GPS With Heart Rate Monitor and Foot Pod (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Forerunner 50 With Heart Rate Monitor & Foot Pod
  • Waterproof 30m
  • Can Be Used Indoors Or Outdoors
  • Multi-Sport Capabilities
  • Transmits Workouts To A PC With The Included USB ANT Receiver
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Technical Details
Item Weight2.9 ounces
Product Dimensions1.6 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches
Item model numberForerunner 50
Batteries:1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
Display Size1.14 inches
Warranty365 Days (Parts)/ 365 Days (Labor)
Battery Life8760 hours
  
Additional Information
ASINB000UVZ5TA
Best Sellers Rank #110,365 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight15.2 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJuly 7, 2004
  
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Product Description

GARMIN Forerunner 50 w/ HRM/Foot Pod/USB ANT Stick. Garmin International is pleased to announce the new Forerunner 50 sports watch with automatic sync. The Forerunner 50 is an affordable, streamlined sports watch that incorporates ANT plus Sport wireless technology. Its available with wireless heart rate or speed and distance /tracked by a foot pod, or with both. You can even use this versatile sports watch for cycling, when paired with an optional speed/cadence sensor, or for multi sport workouts. Once you have logged the miles, Garmins innovative ANT wireless technology automatically transfers workouts to your computer when your device is within range /approx. 30 ft. No cables, no hookups. The datas just there, ready for you to analyze, categorize and share through our new online community, Garmin Connect.

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Customer Reviews

Pretty accurate once the foot pod is calibrated.
Jason Stokes
I'm not a "manual person" so I'm probably not taking advantage of all the things this watch can do.
M. Rippens
Overall, its a good product and it serves my need.
Maurice K. Gohoc

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By T. DeLorey on August 12, 2008
I did a lot of research before purchasing and was down to the 305, 405, and 50. I really wanted a GPS watch, but the price of the Forerunner 50 with footpod and HR monitor couldn't be beat. I also liked the smaller watch and the fact that it didn't need to be charged.

After owning it a week:
I really like the watch. I don't typically wear them, but it is very comfortable. It is only slightly larger than a typical watch and has a fine adjustment on the band. I'm wearing it all the time.

The hardware is impressive. The foot pod and HR monitor worked very well right out of the box, and were comfortable to wear. They "paired" right away and were ready to go when I was ready to run. The ANT installation went as advertised on windows vista, and the upload works automatically for Garmin Training Center, but not Garmin Connect.

Possible improvements:
For the watch itself, the number of "views" while in training mode can be confusing. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it with use or reading manual, but it is clearly more than I'm used to.

Installation: The process seemed to drive you toward choosing either Garmin Training Center (software on your computer) or Garmin Connect (web sofware), but not both. I didn't know the pro/con of either, so I wanted to try both. It was awkward when it wanted me to install ANT drivers again for the installation of the second one. I canceled the installation at that point - but found that Training Center was installed.

Software: It is really not clear to me if Garmin Training Center is still being developed. They seem to be improving Garmin Connect (web) regularly, but at its current state, it doesn't have any benefit over Training Center.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ed on March 28, 2008
It works pretty much as described. I used it on the treadmill today just to test out its accuracy, and it recorded a 3 mile run as being 3.2 miles. I'm thinking the treadmill must be the more accurate of the two, but I could be wrong. At any rate, you can calibrate the device so it's not a big deal. The heart rate monitor agreed with the monitor on the treadmill, and the end calorie calculation was within 2 calories of what the treadmill reported.

The sync feature is pretty cool, but the software feels a little "old". It's good, but it looks and feels like it was written in 1995. Getting the 405 would probably make the software a little more useful because with the GPS you can view your route on a map and it tracks not only distance but elevation.

Overall I'd say it's fun to use and that it's helping my workouts.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on July 16, 2008
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Very good product. The things I like best about this product are:
1. You don't have to charge the watch, like some other models
2. It isn't bulky, like some other models
3. The foot pod is great for measuring speed, cadence, and distance

The only cons I have are that the telemetry strap is not compatible with cardio machines in a gym that have heart rate monitors built into them (so you always have to bring the watch with you), and the software for viewing your comleted workouts is pretty bare bones. I am willing to bet that Garmin will roll out software upgrades in the future though.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Charme HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2009
I have been running for the past 2-½ years with the Garmin Forerunner 305 (which I have reviewed on Amazon) and recently bought the Garmin Forerunner 405cx. Amazon had a deal where for no extra cost I received the Garmin Forerunner 50 (but without a footpod), which arrived a couple of weeks before my 405cx, so I had time to try it out.

The negative reviews are from people who did not research in advance what this unit can do, did not read the manual, or did not follow the directions. I think this unit works fine--so long as you understand what you are buying. Here are my comments (Note: I use this on a Mac with the latest update of Leopard without any problems):
1. This unit is a heart rate monitor, and works well. If you also want to track distance, then you need to have the footpod. I bought a footpod for my 405cx and discovered that it costs about the same by itself as buying a "package deal" where the Forerunner 50 and footpod come together. So if you think that you want more than just a heart rate monitor, get the package deal rather than buying a footpod later for the Forerunner 50.

2. This unit has no gps, no measurement of calories, and only a single heart rate zone. These additional features are found on the 405cx (which is much more expensive).

3. Make sure you install the Garmin software package before inserting the ANT USB stick. Also, if using a Mac with Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion or any other program running Windows, close out of the program when using the ANT USB stick or it may not be recognized on the Mac.

4. If using both a heart rate monitor and the footpod, pair them both at the same time. Make sure the footpod is on by vigorously shaking it until you see 3 red flashes.

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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Steve Funk on October 23, 2007
Specifically.. on Garmin's site it says..

"Garmin Training Center (GTC) is a training tool for your computer that works with your compatible Garmin fitness device. With GTC, you can analyze and store workout data from your Garmin device on your computer, as well as plan and save future workouts. GTC is included when you purchase a compatible Garmin fitness device. You can also download the latest version of Garmin Training Center for free.

Compatible Garmin devices: Forerunner 50, Forerunner® 201 (PC only), Forerunner 301, Forerunner 205, Forerunner 305, Edge® 205, Edge 305, Edge 605, Edge 705

Compatible computers: IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® 2000 or XP operating systems | New! Intel-based Macs or PowerPCs (G3 or newer) running OS X 10.4 or later"

The above would mean to me that the Garmin Forerunner 50 is a compatible device with the usage of the Garmin Training Center software.

So.. imagine my surprise when the Garmin Forerunner 50 arrived and wouldn't work with my Mac (current Macbook)..

Upon further reading and MUCH DIGGING on Garmin's site this is what I found.. the "ANT+Sport technology will not be mac compliant until sometime in 2008"

So, while the device itself might be fine (and it is), it's intended usage (with a Mac) is not. Garmin should be more forthright about this and insure ALL info on their site is correct (or at least is the same).
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