I was so sick of my expensive fenix 5 saying my pace was way slower than i knew it was because of its bad gps design. After a few runs with the footpod my average pace times have corrected and i no longer have to complain about how garmin always says i’m slow even when i’m running fast.
I bought this last year to be able to better keep track of my treadmill running during the winter. It requires calibrating at first. It’s very accurate on the same treadmill, and accurate enough to use on similar treadmills at the gym. It also complements the gps when running outside. On cloudy days on on shady trails the gps can fail to pick up a clear signal but the footpod makes up. Make a point to calibrate it every time you start, so if the gps signal is lost part way through the run the calibration is accurate for the type of running you’re doing. It takes a half mile (or 800 m) to calibrate and all it takes is the push of a button. The fit is comfortable on the shoe, it’s not noticable when running. I never take it off even when i’m wearing my shoes for a non-running activity.
Bought mainly for cadence on outside runs. Easy to link foot pod to watch, easy to calibrate. Seems secure on shoe laces – i have round, elastic cord laces and pod fits fine. Easy to switch between shoes – but does need to be re-calibrated if moved. Re-calibrating is easy after you do it a couple times. Watch will automatically look for footpod when turned on and footpod ‘wakes up’ when it’s moved (and turns off after 30 minutes still) so it pretty much takes care of itself once you do the initial setup. Very happy with product, seems like a good value at about $25.
Purchased this pod to use with my garmin forerunner 305 when in the gym on the treadmill. I also really liked the design in that it would fit into my nike+ shoes and i wouldn’t have to deal with the ugly lace mount alternative. Prior to purchase, i figured garmin really got this right in that they had a replaceable battery pod (vs. The standard nike+ pod which is a throw away). Upon initial reciept of the unit, i set out to calibrate it. Had issues right away with ‘calibration failed’, etc. And immediately went online with garmin tech support. They were very responsive timewise and eventually suggested that i add a drop of baby oil (?) to the battery contacts. The advise here was that there was some sort of ‘resistive layer’ built up on the contacts cousing momentary loss of power and signal to my forerunner. I tried this fix skeptically and it made no difference.
I purchased this during the winter so that i could have the same pace, distance, and heart rate data after an indoor treadmill run as i would have for an outdoor run using my gps watch. I considered the nike + (nike plus) system, but decided to go with this because i wanted to have all my run data in one place, on the garmin connect site, regardless of whether it was an indoor or outdoor run. I was not particularly interested in cadence data when i purchased it but have since become interested, so it’s nice to be able to use it on outdoor runs as well. It was really easy to install into my nike + (nike plus) compatible shoes, and really easy to pair with my forerunner 305 watch. It was accurate for me right out of the package without calibration. As much as i prefer to run outdoors, when i am stuck running indoors, this helps motivate me. The only downside to this product is the price. I think it is definitely worth the price if you will use the product, but when nike + (nike plus) is so much cheaper, it’s a close call. It depends on how much the convenience of having your data in one place is worth to you, and also the convenience of having instant feedback on your wrist instead of hearing it through your headphones, etc. Overall i’m very happy with this purchase.
This sensor provides a good estimate of my runs on a treadmill. I have found that it is off at lower speed and more accurate at 8mph or higher. . I have a fenix3 and it has no problem picking it up; you only have to set it up once after that each time you select run indoors mode, it picks up the sensor. The fenix3 does have the ability to estimate how far you have run but you must first do a few runs using gps setting so that it can learn how you swing your arms at certain paces. For me it is showing 30seconds lower than what i am running so chosen to slap on this foot pod to get it a little closer to the actual. I find that garmin makes good sensors. I also have a temperature sensor and a cadence/speed sensor on my bike. . They work every time providing the battery is good. I recommend foot pod sensor.
- Garmin Foot Pod works well with the Garmin Vivoactive watch
- Works Great and Fun to Examine Cadence!
- Cadence, indoor distance
Awesome addon to my new garmin fr220 w hr monitor. Im thrilled with how small it is and even saw some shoes have a pocket in the heel to drop it into. I use mizunos so on the lace. I thought i might want another as i thought i would have to run the laces through it to attach but that is not the case so its quite simple to unclip and transfer to my other shoes. As it rains a lot in seattle that is a big plus. I have run two 5 mile sessions without any issues or falling off. I have a polar ft60 which i originally was going to look to add their foot pod and gps, but it was cheaper to get a new watch which i prefer over it for running. Working out is still 100% polar though. The nice part is polar and garmin straps and receivers are interchangeable.
Pairs easily with your garmin, easy to calibrate, attaches securely and easily to your shoe. If you are serious about doing speed work, the foot pod is much more accurate for giving you your current speed than the gps alone. The foot pod allows you to run indoors without gps signal. It also allows you to monitor your cadence.
While i recognize that much of the benefit of the garmin foot pod is for those who regularly use a treadmill, my husband finds it helpful for determining his running cadence on his regular outdoor long training runs. Many experts recommend a rate of approximately 180 spm (steps per minute) as the most efficient running form for long-distance runs. This foot pod offers an easy way of determining the rate of your regular running form so that you can work to make any adjustments in order to reach peak performance. Some running shoes have special pockets built in for housing the tiny pod; however, it also comes with a click-on accessory that allows it to be attached to the shoe’s laces. It synchronizes easily to each of the gps watches that my husband uses (although he tends to favor his garmin 210). I can’t speak to its capabilities with other gps watches or treadmill connections; but with my husband’s garmin 210, there is not real-time cadence information offered as a display on the watch. His only benefit is when he returns from a run and downloads the data to his laptop.
I bought a garmin vivoactive watch and it works as advertised. However, it uses arm motion to count steps. I drove 300 miles over the holidays and was please to see that while sitting in my car i was credited with 11,000 steps. I purchased the garmin foot pod to fix the false recording issue. My watch easily recognized the sensor. My first use was walking a measured lap in front of my house, the step count was accurate. I used it indoors on a treadmill and i was able to get accurate step counts for the session. Without the foot pod my watch would not count steps if my hands were on the hand rails or holding the heart rate sensor handles. If i am not wearing my shoes the motion sensor takes over. When i am wearing shoes the watch recognizes when the sensor wakes up and uses that step count.
I have had this foot pod for a year-and-a-half now. It has been running through sand, snow, mud, puddles, and — most impressively to me — through many hikes, including two hikes while training in the marine corps, as well as other long hikes (20+ mi) on my own involving tough scrambles and thick brush, and never showed any signs of budging off my boot (which frankly from the seemingly-cheap way it clips into its girdle around the lace would probably astound anyone about to use it for the first time, it seems like it would get pulled off no trouble). It works and practically looks like it did the day i took it out of its packaging. Garmin doesn’t do everything perfectly (i’m annoyed with the way they’re pushing connect these days) but this outstandingly robust foot pod is quite an achievement. It is a tad expensive but you certainly get what you pay for; as long as you don’t misplace it it likely will be the last one you ever buy. It is extremely handy in situations where there is weak or frequently interrupted satellite reception (trees, tunnels, overhead structures) and you still want accurate distance. Your garmin device can either use it instead of gps (tho then you will get no gps data) or it can fall back on the foot pod when disconnected from gps. At least, that is my understanding; not really clear on whether it is always using the foot pod to record distance when connected to gps, or using it as a fallback, but i at least am sure it uses it as a fallback. Garmin claims the foot pod is within ‘98% accuracy’ for its metrics (tho that doesn’t mean a whole lot to me if my forerunner is always using gps and thus never using the foot pod to record distance). Obviously the foot pod is extremely handy for indoor workouts, such as on a treadmill, and you will probably notice substantially less lag and greater accuracy for a metric such as pace for instance compared with gps.
Features of Garmin Foot Pod [Retail Packaging]
- Attaches to shoe
- Transmits distance and pace data to Garmin Forerunner 305
Attaches to shoe
I got it to assist with my running. Took me a few minutes to figure out how to get it onto the shoe (i’m a newbie) but once i figured it out, everything else was pretty much effortless. Too bad that garmin software apparently designs itself to be crippled in its lower-end devices, but it might be just as well that i can’t see all the obsessive details of my workouts.
I’ve spent 3 days and almost 5 miles trying to calibrate this thing and it’s still wrong. The closer i got it go work is a diference of about 130 meters in a 5k race. I honestly felt like returning it but it’s all dirty now and i do have hopes that i will get closer in time. But definetely calibration is a problem. Obviously others where able to do it just fine. Otherwise it sincs automatically with the forerunner ( i have the 305) it detects it imidiately and gives you the choice of running with the foot pod or gps (indoor/outdoor). Wouldn’t reocmend it because it hasn’t worked for me. I will keep trying though and will update my review in the future if i manage to calibrate it.
I’ve been using this a couple months now and like it a lot. After a few outdoor runs to calibrate it, my treadmill workouts agree with the treadmill reading to within 1%. Other than arriving with a dead battery the initial connection to my forerunner 35 was easy. When i go for a run it just connects.
I use this primarily for running on treadmills in the cold months. A side benefit is that now i can actually track my miles/pace etc running through the parking ramp at work. This is a lot more engaging than the treadmill. I found it to be very accurate with the bonus of being able to monitor your pace on both my watch and garmin connect. If you are using your watch indoors it may lose track of what time it is and log your workout on a different day than the current day. To get around this take the watch outside and let it catch sattelites before you turn the gps off to use indoors. Then either leave the watch on till you synch or make sure that you link to sattelites again before you synch with garmin connect. I think this is an issue with some garmin watches not the footpod.
I often do a brick workout (cycling followed by running), where my bike is on a trainer indoors. So my gps on the garmin is turned off. Then silly me forgets to turn it back on when i go run outdoors. But with my foot pod, distance is still measured, even with gps turned off. You do not need a cadence/foot pod shoe pocket for this item. I didn’t know that and i spent $10 on one. Turns out that this foot pod is smarter than the average bear. You just clip it onto the laces of your shoe. You can easily switch from one shoe to the other too. The shoe pocket needs to be laced into the laces, so you wouldn’t have been able to use the foot pod on multiple shoes very easily.
I have tried to calibrate this pod with an outdoor run, but apparently trees were in the way, and it still is not accurate with my treadmill runs. It is usually at least 1 to 2 tenths of a mile off (it gets worse when the runs get longer). My shortest runs are usually 5k runs. I know my treadmill is accurate. My forerunner 15 syncs easily with the foot pod. The pod clips easily to my shoe on my laces, and it is easy to remove as well. It’s smaller than i expected, which is a good thing. I wouldn’t want anything obtrusive on my feet while i’m running. I’m going to have to find a track somewhere to try to recalibrate so i can get proper pace, etc. For my logging on the garmin site.
Transmits distance and pace data to Garmin Forerunner 305
This is good for more than just questionably accurate treadmills. I tend to get lazy and drop my cadence when i run, and tracking my cadence with this foot pod helps. However, replacing the battery is a quite difficult annual chore, and sometimes it does not pair with my watch afterward. I think i’ve bought one too many footpads, because of that. My first lasted from as long ago as they’ve made them until two years ago. My second one should not synch when i replaced its battery for the second time. When the third one wouldn’t synch without resetting my watch, i realized my error.
I purchased this exclusively to track indoor distance during the winter months and simplifying data entry for an online service (strava) that i use to track activities. The pod itself works perfectly, i’m using it with a forerunner 305. Set up was fairly painless, you run a known distance with the pod on your shoe and then confirm the number of steps to the forerunner. So i ran on a local high school 400m track, easy enough. The pod won’t work with the forerunner 205. To test accuracy i ran six miles with a 305 (pod) and a 205 (gps), both gave me distance numbers that were well within margins of error though they weren’t the same. The pod also comes out close to what various treadmills report for distance.
I purchased the garmin foot pod primarily to track my distance and time for running on the tread mill. Though i primarily run outdoors, there are those few days when the weather doesn’t cooperate, and i wanted the ability to run indoors with accurate readings. I have calibrated the foot pod twice, and the distance tracked on the treadmill isn’t even close. So now i have manually adjusted the calibration to what i think is correct, and it does work fine, but i would have preferred the calibration process to have correctly set it up without any manual adjustments. I’m giving it a four star because i do like the data it provides while i’m running outdoors, and now that i have manually adjusted it for indoors, the data from the running on a treadmill is okay. If garmin can improve the calibration, i would rate it a 5 star.
Works flawlessly and easy to setup and adjust. Perfect for treadmill running and running in places with weak gps (i’m looking at you chicago marathon). Gives me more accurate results for my forerunner 920xt.
Typical quality product by garmin, it is exactly what it purports to be. The fifth star is missing because they claim in the packaging materials and manuals that calibration is not necessary. I found mine to be off by at best 20% before i calibrated, sometimes as much as 30%, which is a significant amount. I’d say anything less than 5% is maybe ‘not necessary’. Perhaps if your stride/strike is no more than 5% off what they have decided the average is, it won’t be necessary for you either, but there’s no mention of this in the manuals. If they put out a quality product, which they do, i’d expect quality documentation and directions to go with, which for this particular device means they should indicate the parameters that it is predefined with, so that the user can determine if calibration is truly ‘not necessary’. Once it thawed enough to calibrate it on clear enough surfaces outside (via gps), it irritated me that my 310xt didn’t tell me how long i had to run to calibrate it – it just said ‘calibrating’. I chose to calibrate it on a warmup run before a race, since other people i know said it took about a half a mile to calibrate, mine took one and a half miles – much longer than i’d planned. I am not sure if that’s a feature of my watch or the pod, but it would have been nice to know that it would take so long/far. As others have said, you want to calibrate it somewhere close to the pace you’ll be running at.
It fits snug on your shoe lace and is very durable. It is small and you forget that it is there since it is light. I have always to wanted keep track of my cadence to see how close i get to 180 and now i can see how i am progressing. My garmin watch(forerunner 305) syncs with it quickly and i am off running. I would recommend this product to any garmin users.
The garmin footpod is an ant+ protocol fob that fits perfectly inside the nike+ slot in most nike running shoes. If you don’t have a nike+ compatible shoe, you can use the included clip to attach it to your shoe laces. It has an internal accelerometer and an ant+ wireless chip allowing it to transmit your foot strike data to various ant+ compatible devices. Personally i’m using it with the digifit app on my iphone 4s. The footpod allows me to track my speed and distance when running indoors (treadmill) or where there is no gps coverage. It also give me information on how many strides per minute i take. I am really impressed by how accurate it is right out of the box. I was running on the treadmill and my mileage with accurate to within a tenth of a mile. Pretty darn impressive for something i didn’t even calibrate.
If you order this item from amazon, you might want to have a spare 2032 battery kicking around. My unit would not sync with my garmin watch when the foot pod arrived, and after a bit of fiddling, i figured it was probably a battery problem. I cannibalized a battery from an older device, and popped it in, and the watch vibrated immediately, meaning that it sensed the foot pod. Considering that this foot pod is supposed to have at least a 1 year battery life, having a unit that does not work on purchase either means that the unit has been sitting on a shelf for a year (unlikely considering that amazon has such a high rate of inventory turnover) or that the battery life is worse than advertised. The instructions for the foot pod indicate that changing the battery is easy, but you do have to twist the cover rather hard, but be gentle at the same time because the unit is plastic and feels like it can easily break. The cover seems to scratch easily. You also have to be gentle in popping the battery out, and will need a fine tool like a small screw driver, even though the skimpy manual insists you do not use any sort of pointed probe to gouge the battery out.
I started using this with my runs with my forerunner 610, which i’ve had for over a year now. I normally have the heart rate monitor only, but adding the foot pod allows me to see my cadence. I haven’t figured out a way to display the cadence on the watch, if someone knows please reply and post here. However, i can view a graph of my run cadence on garmin connect once i upload. So now you have one more metric to view, as you can graph speed, heart rate, elevation, and now cadence. Don’t forget to multiply by 2 though, if it says ’80 spm’, this means 80 steps per minute on one foot, so my cadence at 80 spm would actually be 160. The other nice thing about this, if you lost satellite signal while going through a tunnel, the foot pod measurements will be used for speed. You can calibrate it with the forerunner 610 with gps, or run around a regulation track to calibrate it. It seems pretty accurate in terms of distance and speed after calibration. A lot of people buy this for indoor running on a treadmill, but i love it for outdoor running and tracking cadence of steps.
If you are looking for an accessory to track your steps in greater detail then this is the perfect accessory for you. This device pairs flawlessly with you main garmin device thus allowing you to get a more accurate step count when walking or running. It is pretty durable and seems to be water resistant. I have ran with this a couple of time and it is still working. The battery life is also pretty good and seems to last at least 6 months, depending on your activity level. The reason i gave this 4 stars is because, and this might be a personal mishap, when i try to secure this through 2 shoestring layers the device will sometimes pop off if i make a quick turn or stop. When the device is strapped to one layer i don’t have any problems. (check my images to see what i mean).
. Especially when treadmill running, adds cadence to your garmin watch. Has the awesome ability to measure the change in the length of your running or walking stride so you get the most accurate measure of your run. Paired instantly and easily, stays paired. Snaps (note the word ‘snaps’) into the included case, which you place under the ‘x’ in your shoelaces. Reviewers who say it flew off and the lost it did not have it snapped into the case securely. It has a very audible click if you’ve done it correctly, and takes some effort to unclick it.
The garmin foot pod is easy to install and connect with ant+ devices. I paired it with my garmin vivoactive hr watch and use it for more accurate real-time cadence information. I also paired it with my windows laptop using an ant+ adapter for use with zwift running (software game/app for virtual running while on a treadmill). The amazon price is a great value.
I bought my daughter’s garmin forerunner 15 off her (she upgraded), but i was sad to get it so close to winter. Now i’m in the gym more and wanted to use my garmin on the treadmill. Luckily, i found out about the garmin footpod. The price was great ($20 less than official site) and it works amazingly well. The day i got it i put it on my running shoes and ran out the door to calibrate it. Due to circumstances, i didn’t even make it a half mile before having to head back home. Everything shows it really needs at least 1/2 mile to really calibrate it. However, i went to the gym the next night and it worked like a charm. You just put it on your shoe, go outside, start a run and go.
I’m a new runner and i have been using the nike+ system for several years now. Sadly the footpod for the nike+ system never worked well and would time out if i had periods of inactivity or too slow activity. I am happy to have found garmin and their awesome products. I do a lot of treadmill running and i purchased the garmin footpod to use with my garmin forerunner 405cx and my edge 705 bike computer. I’m not sure that the footpod syncs with the 705 since i’ve only ever tried to use it when i was outside and the 705 was using the gps function to track my location, but i did receive cadence info from it so it must be doing something. The footpod works beautifully with the forerunner 405cx. It’s an essential accessory to anyone who does treadmill training in addition to outdoor running. Syncing the footpod with the garmin devices is simple and i’ve never experienced the connectivity issues that i did with the nike+ system. My footpod is always recognized within seconds of beginning and i get great feedback on my various devices. I have also used this with the fr60, but not on a regular basis.
I got this to go with my garmin forerunner 410. I enjoy having it for my cadence numbers, but the real reason i got this was to be able to use my watch when i run on a treadmill at the gym. All i do is touch gps on the bezel of my watch and turn gps off and i’m good to go for running indoors. It tends to be about a 10th of a mile slow over about 2 miles when compared to the treadmill readout, but who is to say the treadmill is correct?.I haven’t spent the time to calibrate it like you can. Either way, i’m not running competitively, so the data i’m getting works great for me.
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 bought the foot pod so i could use my 405cx on an indoor track and have been pleased with the results. 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. Was easy and seems to be pretty accurate.
I was pleasantly surprised that this really worked. But then again it is garmin which i have always relied on. You do have to turn the gps off on your watch which took me a bit to figure out, but once i did that it was awesome. I wanted it to check my pace while on treadmill or on track in gym when we are snowed in here in mi. I would say that it was very very close to the mile calculated by my treadmill and the laps at the gym.
I bought this mid- january and i have been using it on my runs. I was happy with the unit; no problem connecting with my garmin 920xt. Just yesterday on my way back the top cover of the unit disappeared. Poorly made and looks like it was just glued in the tip or the front of the unit. I got a replacement right after i complained with fast shipping. I paired my new garmin foot pod with my 920xt without any problems and continues to work without any problems to this day.