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I bought the Sportline 370 TraQ Pedometer as part of my new year's resolution to shed a few pounds, including my well-earned Christmas holiday weight. In my sheer laziness, I decided to start 'easy', as I've had the same resolution year after year and try to lose weight through the gym - but not this year. This time I was going to walk my way to slenderness :)
My walking buddy cost £17.75 from the online Amazon store, which is considerably more costly than others I'd seen, but having owned countless other pedometers that fell apart due to their tacky build, I thought this one at least would last until I gave up on my 'keep fit' resolution.
The package later arrived, which included the pedometer itself and a user's guide. The pedometer has a silver finish with a cerulean blue hanging point and light blue buttons located alongside the LCD multi-line display screen that has big numbers for easy reading. The pedometer comes complete with the option of a silver clip to which the pedometer can be attached to, meaning it can be conveniently hung, fastened or stored in your pocket, sock, bag or other any piece of attire.
The product is designed and fitted with an Infiniti motion sensor (that is silent and doesn't make that irritating clicking sound) which monitors your steps, distance travelled, calories burned, total exercise and a clever 7-day total workout memory recall. Other functions include day/date/time and alarm, exercise time, and laser-tuned stopwatch and pacer. The device allows you also to set a personal goal for the day of which you can monitor and countdown from.
The pedometer can process separate calibrations for when you happen to walking or running. Which is easily done through setting your personal stride length and the device will calculate the distance; meaning you can set different lengths for walking and for running.
The pedometer consists of just 3 keys, a reset, a mode and an info button. Data such as your daily step total can be erased through pressing and holding the reset button. The mode key allows you to scroll through operating modes in use. When not in use, the screen displays the date, time and your step total at the bottom. And finally if you want to view data such as calories burned, track personal goal, distance etc. you can flick through each using the info button repeatedly. The pedometer is powered with a CR2032 battery, that is easily replaced through removing the back panel, and available (to those who are interested) in packs of 2 from Tesco for £2.94.
The only criticism I have of the product is that it has no pedometer cover, so it could easily get dropped or gain damage caused by exposure during bad weather conditions. Not only this but the buttons are also not protected; I can't count how many times I've accidentally pressed the reset button. Other than this however, it is by far the best, most robust, accurate and reliable pedometer I've ever bought and well recommended!
Sportline 370 TraQ Pedometer
In an attempt to be healthier and keep track of my fitness I opted for a pedometer. I have always enjoyed walking and living in some beautiful Scottish countryside I try and go for at least a short walk every day.
It is overly sensitive and measure many more steps than you actually take. I didn't mind this too much because when I was using it I was using the same one so comparatively I believed it would even itself out. However, if you were competing with someone with a different more accurate pedometer or using more than one then you may encounter problems trying to get accurate results.
The clip was not the most secure. I found that when I clipped this too my trainers I constantly needed to check that it was still attached. When not in gym gear I used to wear this attached to the pocket of my trousers but hanging inside them so if it did fall off then it wouldn't go far. A pedometer really needs to be better designed for function than this one is, it makes using it at times a bit of a chore.
I've had mine for around 7-8 months now and the battery has completely gone dead. I was thinking about taking it in somewhere and getting them to replace it but really I have decided to buy myself a new one that hopefully I will be happier with.
I do like a lot of the features of the pedometer, it is easy to use and easy to read the results even on the move. It does store data for a week at a time and it does tell you an estimate of calories burned. It also allows you to set and track personal goals. This pedometer does a lot of things right, it is just a shame about some of the other features.
--The short overview of the features as they are advertised--
* Clips or stores anywhere on the body
* 7-day total workout memory recall
* Set and track personal daily and weekly goals
* Accurately tracks steps and distance
* Accurately calculates calories burned
* Monitors total time in activity
* Functions in both imperial and metric standards
* Powered by the Infiniti Motion Sensor
I spent just over £20 on mine but you can buy this for less on Amazon.
Sadly, I don't think I could really give this pedometer anymore than a mere two out of five stars rating and I believe that is on the generous side. I won't be buying another one of these but I will get another pedometer in the future I like keeping track and setting little goals for myself. I hope the next pedometer I buy isn't as fiddly to stay attached and lasts at least a year.