Summary: I purchased the foot pod to work with my FT80 to help with motivation and tracking while training for a 5K. Due to my tardiness in ordering I received it the day before the event but decided to use the event as a trial for the unit. As I crossed the finish line I looked at the mileage it had recorded and saw 3.2 miles. Not bad! After using it for a month my assessment is pretty favorable as I have found the unit adds to my motivation.
Summary: Big and heavy. Should have ordered Polars new foot pod. This was just a waste of money. As long as not all Polar products are not interchangeable, this was only option with the FT60 i bought for my wife.
Summary: I'm amazed by all the positive reviews here. Got this footpod when I bought the RS400 and have never used it (the footpod, that is.) While it is lightweight, it is ridiculously large. I wear a women's 7 1/2 shoe, so someone with bigger feet might feel different. At the same time, I'm confident I've never seen anyone using one of these - it's definitely something you'd notice.
Expensive but worth the investment for marathon training
24 May 2011
Summary: I purchased the S1 Foot Pod to use in tandem with my Polar RS300 watch in order to track distance and pace. I found the battery a little difficult to replace, but now after using it a few times a week for the past year, I have only had to change the battery once...so not that big of a deal. Getting the pod connected to my shoe has always been tricky for me. It takes some practice to get it off and on in the most comfortable position.
Summary: Installed this footpod on my right shoe and have used it on and off for several months. PRO's -) very light, you can't easily tell its on -) accurate when configured correctly. mileage was spot on vs my friend on bike, and two gps. CON's -) You MUST go to a well marked gym or track, and then get your estimates to calibrate -) With the Polar s200 hrm either the reading is too infrequent or something, but it takes 5-6 reading to catch if you change speeds.
Summary: Per the instruction manual (and from a lot of experience), this foot pod is 97% accurate when calibrated. Now, some days it is spot-on, but most days you are lucky to get 97%. However, I don't understand why anyone would want something that's only 97% correct. Why? Because I am that accurate by myself! And surely any runner would be too. Depending on your pace that amounts to between 15 and 30 seconds per mile.
Summary: I've been using this product for over a year now. I have found that once calibrated it is pretty accurate for distance. Pacing is just OK. For me, it seems to bounce around +or- 30 sec per mile. One minute I will look down and read my pace and 20 seconds later I will read it again and it will say I am running 10-30 sec slower or faster when I don't feel like I have changed my pace. Overall I am pretty happy with it.
Summary: Bought this for my wife who is triathlon training. It worked right out of the box and really motivated her to train harder, run faster and longer now that she knows what she is accomplishing. I recommend this to anyone who is training or wants to know what kind of speed and distance they run if they don't already. I hope to get one for myself soon.