Adidas and Garmin Footpod Compatibility

I’ve tried out a few of the gadgets head to head but have now come to the conclusion that my Adidas foot pod does not respond well when it is in the heel recess of the specially adapted Adidas shoes.

Yesterday I headed to the incredibly soggy climes of Mitcham Common for my run and had to move the foot pod to my sturdy Salomon GTX trainers, using the lace clip. This time the pacer recorded a much lower distance than the Nike+ but at least the pace chart proved to be realistic.

As both Adidas and the Garmin FR60 use ANT technology I was able to pair the miCoach pacer with the Garmin foot pod, which is great news as at least I know this one works and it means I can get the best of both worlds – instant visual feedback of pace, distance and time from my wrist watch and the vocal instruction and motivation from the miCoach pacer. The heart rate monitors are interchangeable as well as they also use ANT.

Today I took the Adidas miCoach and Garmin FR60 combination out on a familiar old haunt around the Chiswick and Barnes Bridge loop of the Thames. I wish I’d stuck with the off-roading trainers – my shiny white Adidas shoes haven’t been enhanced by their trip through the Thames.

I’m fairly sure this is a 3.5 km loop give or take a few metres, according to many GPS recordings taken over the years and both gadgets came close enough to keep me happy without the need to calibrate.

Now I’m happy with the accuracy and the set-up, I can just concentrate on picking up for my fitness for the Great North Run.

4 thoughts on “Adidas and Garmin Footpod Compatibility

  1. Ray

    I’ve used a Garmin Forerunner 305 and was a bit frustrated at going for a 7 mile run (roughly) and being told by my Garmin I had run 4.5 mile!
    Just bought a pair of Nike + trainers with an ipod nano so I’m going to have a go at that this week.

  2. warriorwoman

    I can see that would be very annoying. Far better to be told you’ve run 7 miles after moving only 4.5 miles, at least until you hit the wall during your next half marathon race.

    I never had any problems with the 305 though, are you in an overcrowded area – trees or buildings?

  3. Ray

    I’m not in a overcrowded area, although there are some tall trees. Its out near the sea not far from some cliffs. But its a dodgy area for getting a good mobile phone signal, so not sure if that could be connected to it.

    I’ll try the Nike + sensor thing, and see if that would be accurate. I’ll try anything once!

  4. Garmin Forerunner 305

    Ray any luck with new product? It could be worthwhile checking where you lose your signal on the Garmin Forerunner 305 so you could re-route your run.

    Mobile phones use telephone masts for their signal while the Garmin Forerunner 305 uses satellites for the GPS tracking. Yeah satellites, it’s sounds crazy doesn’t it.

    The Garmin Forerunner 305 is designed to “point” skywards when running so you should also check how you wear the watch when you are out. A few trees shouldn’t stop you picking up a signal.

    Hope this helps.

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