Garmin Forerunner 50 + Footpod £49.99 & free delivery @ AmazonUK - HotUKDeals
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Following on from the earlier post for the Forerunner 50 and heart rate monitor on its own for £29.99 ( http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/319013/garmin-forerunner-50-sports-watch-w/ ), this deal includes the Footpod so you can measure distance/pace etc. Can't find it any cheaper. Footpod is £49.99 on its own on Ebay.

Technical Details

Bike speed/cadence sensor
Foot pod
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)
Garmin Connect compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
Garmin Training Center software compatible
Virtual Partner (train against a digital person)
Auto Lap (automatically starts a new lap)
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace)
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)
Customizable screen(s)
Sport watch
Watch functions include time of day (12/24h), dual time zone, calendar (day/date), daily alarm
Garmin Connect and Garmin Training Center are currently compatible with Windows 2000 or later. Mac compatibility coming 3rd Quarter, 2008.
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#1
It's not GPS, but reading the positive reviews from customers on Amazon, its not missed.
#2
wasn't this 39.99 yesterday?
#3
anyone know if the forerunner 50 is any good as was looking for the one a few models up which has heartbeat monitor and gps but is at least £100 more expensive than this
[helper]#4
Good piece of kit - was as low as £37.99 pre-Xmas and £39.99 until not very long ago as stated by LA
#5
sure it was the heart monitor AND foot pod for £38??
#6
There definitely is some bizarre pricing on Amazon - for example, the Heart Rate monitor is £37.65 on its own, yet you can buy the watch and monitor together for £29.99! Go figure.

Hot.
#7
I was checking with out over the last few days and it was just the Garmin 50 that was £39.99 without the footpod.

I've been looking for a GPS HRM, but they generally get mixed reviews if you buy an all-in-one (Garmin 405). I use a Suunto T1 (which doesn't have GPS), but you can connect the T3c, T4 and T6 to a Suunto GPS footpod and upload it to your computer. Quite expensive though.
#8
GrimTalez
There definitely is some bizarre pricing on Amazon - for example, the Heart Rate monitor is £37.65 on its own, yet you can buy the watch and monitor together for £29.99! Go figure.

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I am pretty sure that Amazon is mistaken and that is just the watch, they are assuming that it has the heart rate monitor built in but you need the strap too
#9
Both your links are the same item.


GrimTalez
There definitely is some bizarre pricing on Amazon - for example, the Heart Rate monitor is £37.65 on its own, yet you can buy the watch and monitor together for £29.99! Go figure.

Hot.
#10
Poom22
I am pretty sure that Amazon is mistaken and that is just the watch, they are assuming that it has the heart rate monitor built in but you need the strap too


The £29.99 deal I posted yesterday better include the heart rate monitor otherwise it's going straight back!

However I don't think the watch & footpod deal posted by OP includes the monitor.
#11
deard69
Both your links are the same item.


Oops - my mistake - corrected now.
#12
I bought this for my husband for Christmas (at £37.99 from Amazon) and he says it's really good. The distance the footpod measures seems accurate and is much cheaper than a GPS version. Software is a bit tricky to install if you have Vista but it's works well once it's set up.
#13
Not sure which version to go for either the footpod one for £49.99 or the heart rate monitor for £29.99.

I would see myself using the footpod version more as it is handy to know distance and pace etc as the only plus that I can see for the other one is knowing your heart rate but is it worth knowing while running?
#14
Knowing your heart rate is ideal for finding out how fit you are/how hard you've worked etc. You can also work out how much calories you've burned and see how much you're improving.
#15
Could always buy both versions and sell one watch and one usb stick to try and recoup some money laid out as surely could get a few pound on ebay
#16
I went for the £29.99 deal - arrived today - can confirm that it comes with the strap-on heart rate monitor and usb stick.
#17
sham63
I went for the £29.99 deal - arrived today - can confirm that it comes with the strap-on heart rate monitor and usb stick.


Have you tried it yet?

Amazon is strange considering the sell the heart monitor for £34 but you can buy it with the watch for £29.99....Strange

I ordered the footpod version today and signed up for the prime free trial so should get it Tuesday. I am tempted to buy the £29.99 deal as well just for the heart monitor and then stick the watch and usb stick on ebay as hopefully get at least £15 for it rather than spending £34 on the heart rate monitor by itself
#18
Some reviews fom the runners world website and has been given 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/review/reviewProductReviews.asp?rpn=37871&prod=Garmin-Forerunner-50&rcn=20&rgn=6&v=5&sp=
#19
sham63
I went for the £29.99 deal - arrived today - can confirm that it comes with the strap-on heart rate monitor and usb stick.


Thanks for the update - good to hear that...
#20
I have now ended up buying both packages just to have the footpod and heart monitor so will just ebay the spare watch and ant stick to get some of the money back as cannot see me needing a spare watch
#21
NFS
I have now ended up buying both packages just to have the footpod and heart monitor so will just ebay the spare watch and ant stick to get some of the money back as cannot see me needing a spare watch


I've done the same thing myself - I too can confirm that the HRM is supplied with the watch.
#22
GrimTalez
I've done the same thing myself - I too can confirm that the HRM is supplied with the watch.


It was the cheapest way to get all the things with the strange amazon pricing
#23
I've just taken up running and have been using the Nokia Sportstracker software along with my nokia N95. Its ok, but its a pain having to run holding my phone and the info it produces is not always accurate (my top speed from one of my latest runs was 104kmh!!).

Is it worth paying £50 for the forerunner seeing as the setup I'm using at the moment is free?
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iand68
I've just taken up running and have been using the Nokia Sportstracker software along with my nokia N95. Its ok, but its a pain having to run holding my phone and the info it produces is not always accurate (my top speed from one of my latest runs was 104kmh!!).

Is it worth paying £50 for the forerunner seeing as the setup I'm using at the moment is free?


I do a bit of running but not up on the
Gadgets but i want to know distance and pace info and thought it was worth a punt and gets decent reviews on amazon.

If u want accurate info about ur runs then maybe worth an invest
#25
I used my N95 with Sports tracker, but unless you have a good satellite lock and have it out in the open (not in your pocket) its pretty useless.

I use my Suunto T1 and [url]www.mapmyrun.com[/url] to keep and accurate record of what I do.
#26
I took my Forerunner 50 + Footpod + HRM for a test run today - worked without a hitch. Much higher level of detail displayed in Garmin Connect & Training Centre than you get with Nike+. Pretty happy so far....!
#27
that's good to hear. How accurate is the Footpod?
#28
Does it come with everything to work on a bike or is there anything extra you have to buy?
#29
[SIZE=2]I use Nokia Sports tracker [N95] most days for running and cycling and find it v.useful it tracks fine in my pocket or in arm band holder. I do get the occasional blip, but useful for pace and distance traveled. My only gripe is my phone crashes when I run the sports tracker and music player for more than 5 mins, weird!)

I went for the Forerunner 50 with Heart Rate Monitor just for the heart rate thing to give it a go really, if no good i can always fleebay it. [/SIZE]
#30
Mark300ZX
Does it come with everything to work on a bike or is there anything extra you have to buy?


You will need to buy a bike mount seperately, also available from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Bike-Mount-Forerunner-405/dp/B000VK5BMQ/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1232555646&sr=8-7

Before Christmas they had the watch with the heart rate montor, or the watch with the foot pod for about £31 each in Amazon, I paid £100 for a watch with HRM and foot pod - gutted! Especially as I can't even find my HRM anymore!
#31
This is a really good bit of kit, bought this over a year ago for £100 + and still going. Also auto uploads the results to the web when you get near your PC and are wearing your HRM (as long as the USB dongle is plugged in) Only thing to watch out for is when you have to replace the battery in the watch, it's a bit fiddly and needs to be put back right otherwise it leaks... like mine. Heat :-)
#32
I am looking for a birthday present for my husband, who is a keen cyclist. If I buy this watch with the footpod, does the footpod fit into the bike mount in post 31, or is the footpod irrelevant if it's for cycling? Sorry for being so thick!
#33
Mark300ZX
Does it come with everything to work on a bike or is there anything extra you have to buy?


You will need to buy a bike mount seperately, also available from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Bike-Mount-Forerunner-405/dp/B000VK5BMQ/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1232555646&sr=8-7

Before Christmas they had the watch with the heart rate montor, or the watch with the foot pod for about £31 each in Amazon, I paid £100 for a watch with HRM and foot pod - gutted! Especially as I can't even find my HRM anymore!
#34
BEWARE: This price is only for the watch and foot pod, it does not include the heart rate monitor as well as suggested in opening post.
#35
I got the Footpod + HRM + Watch for xmas at a price of 80 quid (from Wiggle). The foot pod is very accurate and works on by using an accelerometer to record the positive and negative acceleration of your foot (i.e. it swinging backwards and forwards) it then differentiates it (with respect to time) to obtain a speed, and then does it again to get the distance. This is a very accurate way of finding distance (it's effectively 1 dimensional inertial guidance which is what nuclear missiles use (someone might have blown up the GPS satellites I guess!)) and speed. The software also seems to be very good and 'magically' auto downloads my training data as soon as you walk in the room. Lots of stats to show me how much fitter I need to get!

The watch does zones as well so you can see how you're doing against a desired heart rate or pace.

Incidentally, am I the only person who used their heart rate monitor to see how my heart changes throughout the day (and night ;-) )…. Going to the toilet was surprisingly high lol

BTW. That link does not include the heart rate monitor - someone should cahnge the title as it's misleading.
#36
how much is the heart rate monitor???
#37
For people new to this sort of thing, consider buying a GPS device. I have a Forerunner 301, sure more expensive but great for tracking and then reviewing your runs. My model is quite old, newer versions available. If you don't want GPS hen go for the deal.
#38
Now if only Garmin would pull their finger out their asses and sort out OSX compatibility for the ANT stick, was expected end of '08 then moved to end of 1st quarter 09, then i would be all over this deal.
#39
Forerunner = for runners?

I work as a skinner in a Tannery ....do Garmin have a model for me?
#40
I use an N82 and sports tracker. It works fine from my pocket, but I miss knowing my heartrate at certain points so this might be handy to use in conjunction.

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