This is the accessory you need to get your Garmin FR60 to track the distance you run, walk, or hike. Or you can sync it with the Forerunner 310XT to track indoor workouts. You either attach it to your shoelaces or, if you have the right shoes, you can tuck it into the mid-sole pocket.
This isn't your basic foot pod. It uses a MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems) inertial-sensor to determine your stride length and adjust as your stride changes. The whole thing is about the size of a quarter and has a tiny cantilever beam with a seismic mass inside. The mass moves when the pod moves and the deflection is measured. In other words, it's a tiny accelerometer that's 98% accurate. The sensor also measures and transmits running cadence to figure out your speed and optimize your running.
The Garmin Foot Pod comes with the cradle that attaches it to shoelaces. The claimed weight is 10g.
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Garmin Foot Pod
Looks identical to the Suunto Footpod but will only sync with garmin device. Works as advertised and well for measuring cadence. I will return this one as the Suunto version works with both my Suunto t6 and my Garmin 310XT.
The final piece of the puzzle
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
With the recent software update for the Ambit the Footpod features were enabled and my prayers were answered. I like to keep track of all of my fitness data so when the winter came and I was forced onto a treadmill I was bummed to lose my distance and pacing info.
With the footpod properly calibrated (I used a known distance) I was able to get all of my data from treadmill runs and was able to confirm my suspiscions that a few of the older treadmills I use were overreporting distances (my guess is the motors are worn and tired) and the newer treadmills were spot on.
All the data is being acquired, and my restless mind is at ease.