January 18, 2007

Suunto GPS POD


Suunto has a tagline; "Replacing Luck", and as luck would have it, reader Joost sent this one in - The Suunto GPS Pod a GPS receiver for all of your outdoor activities. It will track speed and distance. The GPS Pod is an accessory for Suunto's wrist mounted training watches/computers and it will add the distance and speed functions to your data capture. The unit uses ANT wireless technology that is also used in the Garmin Forerunner series to transmit between the separate modules.

The Suunto GPS Pod is only a couple of inches in diameter, about 3 ounces with batteries and is water resistant to IPX7 standards. When used with the Suunto t6 for example the unit can record data and then transfer the data to your computer for analysis with the free Suunto Training manager. I should mention that the Suunto t6 has a couple of innovative training measurements that at least on the surface look like they can really help training. They appear to be able to get you to VO2max and EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), which were previously only done through lab testing. While they back into the numbers deriving it through heart rate; it certainly looks cool.

More at Suunto

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January 12, 2007

Garmin Training Center - Mac Compatible

applelogo.pngGarmin has posted an update on their integration with Macs for their software. We've been waiting a long time, but applaud the work as they continue to make progress. Apparently at Macworld they are handing out advanced copies of their Training Center software that will be Mac compatible. If you didn't get to go to Macworld, you can always get your own copy later this month when they post it for download.

Update: Go to the Garmin Blog Post and look at the comments for places you can acquire the software before it is posted by Garmin.

Via Garmin Blog

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Garmin Forerunner Bike Mount

After the tidal wave of GPS units hit the US with the CES 2007 show, Garmin announced that a nice little accessory is available to Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305 users. The $25 accessory is a bike mount for the popular Forerunner units that allow you to easily jump on the bike, snap in your forerunner and go.

Not sure if it will be popular in the transition zones of the biggie triathlons, but it just might make the Forerunner a little more versatile for the rest of us.

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October 24, 2006

Garmin Courses – Forerunner 205/305 and Edge 205/305

Garmin Forerunner 205

One of the things that I think was most innovative in the Garmin Forerunner 205 /305 and Edge 205/305 product launches is the idea of working out on a course. Instead of just trying to hit an average time across a distance, you actually run versus a previous workout (yours or someone else’s), which then takes into account that you go slower on the uphills and faster on the downhills, etc. The Garmin Blog laid out some nice step by step instructions on how to use the Courses feature on the Forerunner 205/305 and the Edge 205/305 products.

ReadMore at the Garmin Blog

Read our review of the Forerunner 205: Garmin Forerunner 205 Review by GPS Lodge, and some user tips sent in by a GPS Lodge reader: Garmin Forerunner 205/305 User Thoughts and Tips

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October 9, 2006

Review: Garmin Forerunner 305 - Popular GPS for Runners

Another good review has been put up on the Forerunner 305, citing its ease of use and its ability to help you train better. Since we originally reviewed the Forerunner 205, Garmin has introduced the Foot Pod, which straps onto your shoe and allows you to use your Forerunner on a treadmill. Admittedly, the reviewer felt a little silly wearing the thing on his shoe, but it worked well and as advertised. This is a big plus in my mind if you want to keep all of your training data in one place, whether you are on a treadmill or on a nice outdoor run.

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September 18, 2006

Motionbased - New Features

So if you are into fitness training, you may be using MotionBased as a place of worship, or at least a place where you can upload your data and analyze it. I like to use it with either my Garmin Forerunner 205 for running, or my Garmin eTrex Vista Cx that I use for biking. Well they have a few new capabilities over there that you may be interested in. You can now customize the headers on your digest view. In the Digest view, simply hover over the item you want to move, click, and drag the item to the "Current View" row. When you're done selecting the columns, save you customization and you'll have your own personalized Digest.

See more at MotionBased.com

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Garmin Forerunner on NBC's Today Show

You might have seen the Garmin Forerunner 205 on TV lately, as the Today show highlighted it and the Nike Plus system on a segment covering the killer equipment for a great run. You know how important these things can be towards attaining your running goal; check out what NBC had to say about it.

We used the Forerunner 205 GPS training system - See our review of the unit HERE, and an update and look back at what we like about it and tip on using the Forerunner 205 HERE.

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September 7, 2006

Review: GlobalSat GH601 Review

GlobalSat announced the GH601 wrist mounted fitness trainer late last year, and a review has popped up that I thought I would pass along. Garmin jump started the market with their line of Forerunner GPS units, and it had to be only a matter of time before others would join in. The GlobalSat GH601 looks more like the older Garmin Forerunners (201, 301, etc), and not the newer more watch like models that have made some big hardware and aesthetic improvements (205, 305). Overall, this review walks through some of the technical aspects of the unit, and using it on runs. Sounds like it performs well, with its SiRF star III chipset, but in use, a small rubber USB port door broke off pretty quickly.

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August 25, 2006

Use Garmin eTrex Files in Garmin Training Center

Long time readers of GPS Lodge know that I like to use my Garmin eTrex GPS for bike rides. I have piloted several week-long bike rides with friends covering hundreds of miles with routes pre-programmed on the GPS giving us a decent turn by turn reference for the entire trip. (I know some friends will read this, so I have to say that we did make a wrong turn or two when intersections got crazy - the rides weren't flawless.) I also use it to plan training rides that can last up to 80 miles. It’s nice to be able to capture this information and log it somewhere. This past summer I found myself liking the Garmin Training Center interface that allows you to track training performance metrics like average speed. You can use Training Center with the Garmin Forerunner series, but I was unable to get my eTrex Tracks that I create when I ride, into the Training Center database. Here’s a workaround – Keep your eTrex, and use it like an Edge 205. Don't have Training Center? You can download that too - for free.

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June 13, 2006

Father's Day Deal: Garmin Forerunner 201 Less than $90 at Amazon

Amazon is selling the Garmin Forerunner 201 for the lowest price I have seen. Right now the price is $89 with free shipping from Amazon. If Dad's a fitness nut, this is a great buy on the Garmin Forerunner 201. The device is still a popular item even though the new Forerunner 205 launched earlier this year. For the more advanced fitness enthusiast, the Forerunner 205 is a great product, and no a bad price at around $200.

I have the Forerunner 201 and have reviewed the Forerunner 205 – see related article. I’ll say that the Forerunner 201 is still relevant and useful to many, especially at this attractive price; it still connects to the PC, still gets training data on your runs and still helps train. Briefly, the Forerunner 205 does have dramatically improved reception in tough areas like under tree cover and in “urban canyons” and the Forerunner 205 has improved training features, including the “Courses” feature that allows you to race yourself on the same course versus a previous run. If you are budget minded, are running in the open and aren’t turned on by some of the advanced training features, the Garmin Forerunner 201 is a good choice.

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