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This garmin footPod is for use with the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS watch. (see my other review)
It is used for when you cant get a GPS signal, such as on a treadmill inside or an indoor running track.
The pod is quite small and light and attaches to your running shoe by threading the laces through it. Once its on, its not really noticable, apart from visably being there.
Set up is super easy. Turn on the pod, and turn on your Garmon 305. In the Garmin menu, where you can turn on and off the HRM, you will also see Footpod listed. Turn this on, and the Garmin will start searching for a pod. Once found, it will ask if you want to use the pod indoors. Simply select yes, and off you go.
Out of the box, the pod seems quite accurate. On the treadmill, there was a slight discrepency. The treadmill was saying I had had run 2.11miles, the Pod saying 2 miles. Treadmills arent known for thier acuuracy, so it could be down do either one.
You can calibrate the foot pod, to be more accurate. This invloves walking or running a known 800m circuit at a steady pace. The foot pod will then use this data about your pace and stride to accurately work out the data. This is well worth doing if you want your indoors data to be as acurate as you outdoor data.
You can use the foot pod and the wireless HRM monitor together, so you will get all the data you get from the Garmin GPS, except obviously the GPS location and elevation. You still get calories, speed, distance and pace.
For £30 at selected outlets, this is great investement and widens the fuctionality of your already super Garmin 305. Well worth it.