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Garmin Foot Pod – GPS receiver wireless step sensor

Mar 6th, 2010 by krsnendu

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  • Attaches to shoe
  • Transmits distance and pace data to Garmin® Forerunner® 305

Product Description
This lightweight foot pod transmits distance and pace data. It’s small enough to attach to shoelaces or fit in the mid-sole pocket of compatible shoes…. More >>

Garmin Foot Pod – GPS receiver wireless step sensor

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5 Responses to “Garmin Foot Pod – GPS receiver wireless step sensor”

  1. Lee Abraham
    March 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Edit: Amazon swiched products. This review is for the Garmin 010-11092-00 Foot Pod Personal GPS Tracker. For some reason they switched this product page to the old Garmin foot pod. I reviewed the new model.

    I bought the foot pod so I could use my 405CX on an indoor track and have been pleased with the results.

    Calibration was easy. On the Garmin 010-00658-30 Forerunner 405CX GPS Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Blue) you can calibrate it using the GPS or a 400m track. I chose to use the GPS and it had me run .66 of a mile. Was easy and seems to be pretty accurate. The only issue is that you need to calibrate it at the pace you usually run at. For instance I usually run at a 10 minute/mile pace but since I was only running .66 miles while calibrating it I ran at a much faster pace throwing it off a bit.

    Running on a .10 mile indoor track after 3.5 miles it was off by about 50′ more by the end of the run. Not perfect by any means but I could probably calibrate it more (or you can adjust it manually) to key it in.

    I don’t use it running while outside, but if you don’t like the pace setting of the GPS you can have the watch display pace according to the foot pod instead.

    Installation and removal is easy. The instructions say it will fit in an insole pocket if your shoe has one, but mine does not. To attach it to the laces you slide the mounting bracket under two X’s where your shoe laces cross then snap the pod over the top. To remove you have to press a tab that unhooks it. It’s very secure and takes a lot of pressure to remove it. I have no fear that it will come off while running.

    I am very happy with the pod, it works very well, and is easy to use. If you want to use your GPS watch on a treadmill or indoor track during the winter months, it’s a must have.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. J. Call
    March 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Overall great product. Easy to use and simple connection to the Garmin 305. I use mostly for teadmill workouts. Only concern is that if you plan on running different tempos during the same run, it’s accuracy is a little off. For example, if calibrate it for my slow 9:30 min pace, and then do a speed interval at 7:30, the distance will be off slightly unless stop and recalibrate to the 7:30 pace or initially calibrate it to somewhere in between. However, I love the cadence feature, which has really helped me improve my form and pace (I was running 159 steps/minute and now I run 180 after training with it for a couple of weeks). It fits securely into my shoelaces and can be removed easily when I run outside and want to use the GPS features of the watch. (The footpod will override the GPS distance if you try to use them both)
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Chris
    March 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I bought one of these as a kit to go with the Garmin Forerunner 50. It worked OK for about 6 months and then stopped working altogether. It turns on by shaking it (or walking) to get the sensor to wake up and the LED flashes to let you know it’s on. Even after replacing the battery with a new one I could not get the sensor to turn on (no LED flashes, no data collected on the Garmin). I used it for about 500-600 miles of running, and it was not over-exposed to moisture (I typically run on a treadmill when it rains hard).

    When it did work, it was difficult to calibrate my pace. I measured several areas where I run and no matter how many times I tried calibrating the unit to these known distances, it would give me results that were close but still an average of 10-15% off. The only time it worked really well was if you maintained roughly the same pace and stride pattern as was used when you calibrated it, and ran on the same types of surfaces. So for trail runs or tempo/interval/sprint days, it was always off. Different shoes threw it off also.

    I would have given it 1 1/2 stars if that was possible. Two seems acceptable since I did get some use out of it and it did help me to work on maintaining a steady pace during my runs (even if the recorded pace was wrong).

    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. D. Lawful
    March 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I am using this footpod with the Forerunner 305 I purchased at the same time. Pairing the device with the 305 was easy and the 305 immediately detects the pod when I power it up in the vicinity. In the winter many of my runs are on an indoor track or treadmill. Calibration out of the box was pretty good, registering 6.08 miles for what should be a 6.0 mile track run.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. N. LANDAS
    March 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    The manufacturer, GARMIN, of this specific item lists the MSRP for the SDM4 Garmin Foot Pod SDM4 (ANT+)as $69.99. How can these sites sell it for so much more? Verified as of 06/11/2009.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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