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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
This unit is identical to the one sold by Garmin so purchase whichever is cheaper. If your Forerunner, Timex Run Trainer, or MotoACTV GPS watch supports an ant+ foot pod, either "brand" foot pod will work.

There's not too much to say about these things...they're solidly built, relatively inexpensive, and they work. Depending on your watch they'll provide you with your foot cadence while running, allow you to turn off your GPS and run indoors on a treadmill, and provide you a backup should you lose GPS signal whilst running outdoors. You need to check the latest info on your watch about how it will work with a footpod as firmware updates to GPS watches dictate features.

Foot cadence is (basically) the number of times per minute your foot strikes the ground. This is a useful metric to track while training because the faster your cadence, the more efficient your running is. Most folks in training mode will attempt to keep their cadence at 90-95. It's not the most important metric while training, but it's very useful if you're serious about improving.

None of the Garmin GPS Forerunner line (or the Timex Run Trainer) currently supports indoor training (e.g. on a treadmill)--unless you use this device. Once paired with an ant+ foot pod, however, the GPS can be turned off and the watch will calculate mileage based on the accelerometer in the foot pod. Your watch will have a pre-determined "guestimate" on your stride and then calculate distance based on that, but it is HIGHLY recommended to calibrate your watch and foot pod by running a known distance (such as on a track). Again, this is very easy, and once you've done it your foot pod will be VERY accurate when running on a treadmill. You'll be shocked at how poor the calibration is on most treadmills in fact.

Finally, many GPS watches will automatically switch-over to the foot-pod if GPS signal is lost during a run. This can be very useful if you run in a city where large buildings impact the signal, or run trails where tree coverage might interfere. There is a big caveat to this however. Check the documentation for your watch to see if this feature is applicable to your specific watch. On my old Timex Run Trainer this feature was NOT available with the firmware I was running (it might now be implemented). And this is a point I should probably drive your research on YOUR watch to check which features are supported. Not everything I've written about is supported on every watch. Some watches used to actually be an either/or proposition--you either used GPS OR you tracked distance by the foot pod--you couldn't collect both sets of data simultaneously. Firmware updates affect this, so do your research. All that said, I do highly recommend this foot pod (or the Garmin branded version) as essential tools for serious runners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2013
Paired with my Ironman Timex GPS HRM and works great. I manually calibrated it to my walking gate but that was very easy.

Revised Review 01/13/2014: After doing a 1/2 Marathon and Marathon I have discovered that if you have -BOTH- the foot pod and the GPS activated the foot pod will override the GPS. As a result, unless your foot pod is calibrated correctly it will calculate distance, time, pace incorrectly. Timex customer service recommends using the foot pod only indoors or when the GPS cannot connect due to poor weather conditions and calibrating the foot pod correctly regardless of conditions.

While Timex was quick to answer this question, this information is not clearly noted in any of their documentation for the foot pod or watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
Does exactly what it is supposed to do. Battery life is about two years. Clips on easily. Symc'd without issue. Easy to swap to different pairs of shoes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2014
I purchased this product to go along with my Outsider Interavtive Software which simulates running outside while running on a treadmill. Had no issues.
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on January 10, 2013
This attaches to your shoe laces on one of your feet. It has an accelerometer inside that tracks things like "cadence" etc. Pretty handy if you are into keeping those sorts of statistics while exercising. I wish they would update the Global Trainer watch platform though and make it wireless for transmitting and receiving data.
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on November 18, 2014
Worked fine for the first couple weeks, but stopped connecting to watch one afternoon. I can't think of any reason it malfunctioned other than when my shoelace would constantly tap it over the course of 15+ miles with every stride.
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on October 28, 2014
Received the product unfortunately the battery was no good. Had to change it and worked well. Enjoying the product using it for stationary bike session at the moment.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
My watch is an Ironman GPS Global Training. I could not find anything on the Amazon or the Timex websites stating that the watch was not compatible with the pod before I purchased it. When I could not get the pod to work I contacted the Timex customer service department. It took several days for a response but they eventually told me that the pod was not compatible with the watch.
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on February 13, 2013
Paird with my watch instantly - havent had any issues so far. Will let you know if I do find any irritants
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on March 11, 2013
Love this foot pod, it works great with my watch on the treadmill at the gym. a must have for the gym
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