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Item # SLU0006

Run tracking for smaller wrists.

Train for your next ten-kilometer race or simply push your personal running limits with the Soleus GPS Mini Watch. Ideal for those with smaller wrists, the watch's ventilated rubber strap lets air pass through, to keep you cooler on long, sweaty runs. Tracking speed, pace, distance, and calories burned, this run-tracking GPS watch helps you set tangible goals with data to back up your progress. Its customizable display is easy to read at all times with the included "always on" nightlight. In addition, it charges and uploads data via an included USB to Soleus' Sync software. This free software can be painlessly downloaded online, and it works with both PC (XP or newer) or Mac (OS 10.6 Snow Leopard or newer).

  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Tracks speed, pace, distance, calories
  • 100-lap memory
  • Automatic lap splits
  • Customizable display
  • Always-on night light
  • Water-resistant to 30 meters
  • Charges and transfers data via included USB
  • Works with Soleus Sync software (free download online)
  • Compatible with Windows (XP or newer) and Mac (OS 10.6 Snow Leopard or newer)

Tech Specs

Strap Material:
perforated rubber strap
Technical Features:
calorie counter, odometer
Date Indicator:
yes, safety glow
yes, 30m
Face Size:
40.5 mm
Claimed Weight:
1.8 oz
Recommended Use:
running, fitness
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Clunky Interface, But Gets the Job Done

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This watch has lots of features, plenty of storage space, good battery life, and decent GPS accuracy, but it's hampered by a confusing user interface and unequivocally awful sync software.

Setting up the watch and learning how to use all the functions is a user-manual (and possibly beer) required sort of endeavor. The button functions just aren't terribly intuitive or user friendly. Once you figure that all out though, this watch has plenty to offer.

It usually takes 60-90 seconds to sync with enough GPS satellites to record, which is a bit on the long side compared to other watches. Once you're recording data you can view the usual speed, pace, distance, and calories burned. You can also keep track of laps manually or set a custom auto lap distance - quite useful if you're trying to keep track of your mile splits on a long run.

Hardware design is pretty darn good. It's light, comfortable on the wrist, and feels quite a bit more rugged than one might expect at this price. One half of the band slides off to reveal a UPS dongle that's built into the watch for data and charging - this is a really nice feature, as many GPS watches have a proprietary sync cable that's hard to replace if you lose it. The display is easy to read with large digits and has a back light for night time use.

It charges fully in a couple hours. Battery life is more than adequate. I think the manual states 10 hours of GPS use, but it seems to be about 8 in the real world - still plenty for most casual runners to use this for a whole week of running on a single charge.

The Sync software is a major disappointment. I couldn't get the Mac version to work at all on my laptop, and the latest Windows version also wouldn't sync with the watch on my work computer. I finally found an old version of the software on Soleus' website that works, albeit in a very slow buggy way.

Compared to low-end offerings from other brands, I think this watch has the leg up in terms of battery life and features. It's certainly more than adequate to log some training data for most recreational runners. However, the confusing interface and lousy software make it tough to recommend it without some reservation.

New Training Partner

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased this for my high school XC daughter after she guilted me over my new Garmin 620. In her words: Great fit, love the color, perfect for my solo runs! Setup a little too confusing. Should be more user friendly.

I am interested in using this watch for cycling. Can it display current speed up to 60 miles per hour?

I've seen it up to 45, but hard to look at wrist at that speed.


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I like the arch but the wrist strap is not well thought out. It fell off twice where the usb attaches to the strap the first day of use. The strap also makes a lot of noise. I liked the gps features, the uploading software could use a lot of work..... Will be returning for a new watch.

Loving it so far

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, shout out to backcountry's Skylar D who expedited shipping and got it here the next day just in time for a 6hr mt bike race!


- price: $65, I expected it to be lower quality but it's a really nice device, I can't imagine what I'm missing compared to a $200 Garmin

- USB plug inside the wristband is so convenient, can upload from work or home without having to keep up with an additional special cable, brilliant design!

- easy to operate and view interface, easy to change key data views during activity

- battery life seems reasonable, took about 10% per hour during my race (I'd likely not want to go for 10 hours anyway), far better than my phone

- GPS precision seems better than my phone too, maybe it's just recording data more frequently

- size is just right for a watch, they must only call it Mini in comparison to other gigantic GPS watches, who wants a gigantic watch?


- the initial GPS sync is about 90 seconds, but this is a good time for me to stretch muscles and reflect on the miracle of a microchip locating 4 objects in space, paying $100+ more for instant-on would not be worth it for me (so I guess this isn't really much of a con)

- upload software seems to only work with Strava, it'd be nice to get raw GPX files directly off the device like a USB drive

- when I was working on my bike, I accidentally hit some combination of buttons that put it into Hong Kong timezone, lol

Overall, I love it so far and hope it lasts many years to come. I'll try to post back in the future if I have problems.

Reporting back in:
- watch has been working great for over a year for all running and riding endeavors
- slight bit of corrosion on the USB connection due to not drying sweat out of it immediately after use
- just did a 10 hour race and GPS shut off about 8 hours in, kind of bummed, though it's possible that even though it showed 3/3 battery at the start, it may have been on the low side of 3 after sitting in standby for several weeks (hard to get used to battery life for watches that's less than several years)

Does this watch have an altimeter? Or at...

Does this watch have an altimeter? Or at least will it track your elevation throughout the run, maybe through the GPS?

True, it doesn't directly record altitude, but when you upload to Strava, they overlay your recorded 2D coordinates onto their map of known elevations so you can see your elevation profile. It takes a more expensive GPS receiver to be able to get accurate vertical data anyway.

atrocious sync software

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The device is ok. I have smallish wrists (male, 6'1, 148 lbs) and I'm one notch away from the smallest one on the band, so despite the relatively small size of the device, it still takes a hefty wrist to fill this thing out. I can only imagine the situation is worse for most (athletic) women, who I think are the intended consumers.

The sync software is pretty awful. It requires a separate driver install, and then there's a Java app which does little more than upload your files to Strava. That is, if it can find the device, which, if you're me, is about 20% of the time (running newish mac os x 10.9). If you're tech savvy, don't expect to just mount the thing as a USB device and hack away at your files, it'll require a little more on your part to do that.

Otherwise, it's about what you'd expect for this price point. Takes 90+ seconds for me to get GPS signals; longer if I have the thing actually on my wrist instead of on the ground or the top of the car.

We'll see after a few months of use, but I question how well the USB linkage will hold up to a summer of humidity.

Battery life is as expected, which is to say, far less than advertised.

So, tl;dr, ok device for the price, horrible sync software. If you're going to play with your captured data, perhaps not the best model.