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Garmin Forerunner 50 Water Resistant Running GPS With Heart Rate Monitor and Foot Pod (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Garmin

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  • Forerunner 50 w/HRM/Foot Pod/USB ANT Stick
  • Waterproof to 30 Meters/ For Indoors and Outdoors
  • Multi Sport Capabilities/ Use for Running and Cycling
  • ANT Technology for Easy, Wireless Downloading of Workout Data to the Computer
  • 1.0 Lbs (WxLxH) 0.79" x 1.65" x 2.28"

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 5.8 x 2 cm ; 82 g
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: Forerunner 50
  • ASIN: B000UVZ5TA
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 15 2008
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #355,190 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Forerunner 50 (heart rate monitor, foot pod and USB ANT receiver)

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Amazon.com: 78 reviews
60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Great hardware, Garmin Connect still developing Aug. 12 2008
By T. DeLorey - Published on Amazon.com
I did a lot of research before purchasing and was down to the 305, 405, and 50. I really wanted a GPS watch, but the price of the Forerunner 50 with footpod and HR monitor couldn't be beat. I also liked the smaller watch and the fact that it didn't need to be charged.

After owning it a week:
I really like the watch. I don't typically wear them, but it is very comfortable. It is only slightly larger than a typical watch and has a fine adjustment on the band. I'm wearing it all the time.

The hardware is impressive. The foot pod and HR monitor worked very well right out of the box, and were comfortable to wear. They "paired" right away and were ready to go when I was ready to run. The ANT installation went as advertised on windows vista, and the upload works automatically for Garmin Training Center, but not Garmin Connect.

Possible improvements:
For the watch itself, the number of "views" while in training mode can be confusing. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it with use or reading manual, but it is clearly more than I'm used to.

Installation: The process seemed to drive you toward choosing either Garmin Training Center (software on your computer) or Garmin Connect (web sofware), but not both. I didn't know the pro/con of either, so I wanted to try both. It was awkward when it wanted me to install ANT drivers again for the installation of the second one. I canceled the installation at that point - but found that Training Center was installed.

Software: It is really not clear to me if Garmin Training Center is still being developed. They seem to be improving Garmin Connect (web) regularly, but at its current state, it doesn't have any benefit over Training Center. (remember - I'm not seeing the GPS/maps, so maybe there is distinction there). So after a week, I still find myself bouncing back and forth. There are a few bugs in Garmin Connect and a few notable features that I would really like to see (that is available in other web training software).

Results:
I'm very happy with the HR monitor and cadence results. They seem spot on and reliable. I'm still working on the distance and pace. I did a test 3 mile run on a measured course and found that it recorded 3.1 miles. I messed up a calibration run by hitting the wrong button, so I'll be trying that again (a subsequent 8 mile run was recorded as a 9 mile run... argghh). I've found that the instantaneous pace is not accurate, but hope it will improve with calibration. Garmin Connect is also doing something weird with the average pace calculation... but I think that is a bug that will be fixed.

Overall I'm very happy with the purchase, but hope they continue to improve the software. Currently, that is the weakest link. If they don't, there may be other sites that accept forerunner uploaded data to fill the gap.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Nifty March 28 2008
By Ed - Published on Amazon.com
It works pretty much as described. I used it on the treadmill today just to test out its accuracy, and it recorded a 3 mile run as being 3.2 miles. I'm thinking the treadmill must be the more accurate of the two, but I could be wrong. At any rate, you can calibrate the device so it's not a big deal. The heart rate monitor agreed with the monitor on the treadmill, and the end calorie calculation was within 2 calories of what the treadmill reported.

The sync feature is pretty cool, but the software feels a little "old". It's good, but it looks and feels like it was written in 1995. Getting the 405 would probably make the software a little more useful because with the GPS you can view your route on a map and it tracks not only distance but elevation.

Overall I'd say it's fun to use and that it's helping my workouts.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great Garmin July 16 2008
By A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good product. The things I like best about this product are:
1. You don't have to charge the watch, like some other models
2. It isn't bulky, like some other models
3. The foot pod is great for measuring speed, cadence, and distance

The only cons I have are that the telemetry strap is not compatible with cardio machines in a gym that have heart rate monitors built into them (so you always have to bring the watch with you), and the software for viewing your comleted workouts is pretty bare bones. I am willing to bet that Garmin will roll out software upgrades in the future though.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Very good for a basic unit June 14 2009
By Stephen M. Charme - Published on Amazon.com
I have been running for the past 2-½ years with the Garmin Forerunner 305 (which I have reviewed on Amazon) and recently bought the Garmin Forerunner 405cx. Amazon had a deal where for no extra cost I received the Garmin Forerunner 50 (but without a footpod), which arrived a couple of weeks before my 405cx, so I had time to try it out.

The negative reviews are from people who did not research in advance what this unit can do, did not read the manual, or did not follow the directions. I think this unit works fine--so long as you understand what you are buying. Here are my comments (Note: I use this on a Mac with the latest update of Leopard without any problems):
1. This unit is a heart rate monitor, and works well. If you also want to track distance, then you need to have the footpod. I bought a footpod for my 405cx and discovered that it costs about the same by itself as buying a "package deal" where the Forerunner 50 and footpod come together. So if you think that you want more than just a heart rate monitor, get the package deal rather than buying a footpod later for the Forerunner 50.

2. This unit has no gps, no measurement of calories, and only a single heart rate zone. These additional features are found on the 405cx (which is much more expensive).

3. Make sure you install the Garmin software package before inserting the ANT USB stick. Also, if using a Mac with Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion or any other program running Windows, close out of the program when using the ANT USB stick or it may not be recognized on the Mac.

4. If using both a heart rate monitor and the footpod, pair them both at the same time. Make sure the footpod is on by vigorously shaking it until you see 3 red flashes.

5. Before you pair any accessories, first pair the Forerunner 50 with the computer. TX Pair must be on to do so. Once you pair, TX Pair turns off, so if you have a second computer, you need to turn TX Pair on again on the Forerunner 50 to pair it with the second computer. The same applies if you pair the heart rate monitor, and later decide to pair a footpod. That is why I suggest pairing both at the same time.

6. When pairing the heart rate monitor or working out, wet the band with water or saliva. That moisture is necessary for the HR monitor to work properly.

7. I suggest calibrating the footpod using auto calibration by running/walking a known distance. Otherwise your distances will not be reported accurately.

8. To set up the training options, press the mode button until you see Train. Press start/stop until you see Hold/Set and then the word Units. Release the start/stop button and press the View button to scroll through the training options. The manual is not clear on this.

9. I use a Mac program called Ascent that is far superior to Garmin Connect or Garmin Training Center.

This unit is the same size as a regular sports watch, which is what I use it for now that my Garmin 405cx has arrived. However, if you don't want to spend the money for a much more expensive unit with lots of extra features, and just need the basics, this unit is fine. I did not experience the problems referred to in the negative reviews. Just read the manual and learn how to operate this unit and you will be satisfied.
45 of 59 people found the following review helpful
So.. according to Garmin's site.. it says it works with your Mac, but not really.. Oct. 23 2007
By Steve Funk - Published on Amazon.com
Specifically.. on Garmin's site it says..

"Garmin Training Center (GTC) is a training tool for your computer that works with your compatible Garmin fitness device. With GTC, you can analyze and store workout data from your Garmin device on your computer, as well as plan and save future workouts. GTC is included when you purchase a compatible Garmin fitness device. You can also download the latest version of Garmin Training Center for free.

Compatible Garmin devices: Forerunner 50, Forerunner® 201 (PC only), Forerunner 301, Forerunner 205, Forerunner 305, Edge® 205, Edge 305, Edge 605, Edge 705

Compatible computers: IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® 2000 or XP operating systems | New! Intel-based Macs or PowerPCs (G3 or newer) running OS X 10.4 or later"

The above would mean to me that the Garmin Forerunner 50 is a compatible device with the usage of the Garmin Training Center software.

So.. imagine my surprise when the Garmin Forerunner 50 arrived and wouldn't work with my Mac (current Macbook)..

Upon further reading and MUCH DIGGING on Garmin's site this is what I found.. the "ANT+Sport technology will not be mac compliant until sometime in 2008"

So, while the device itself might be fine (and it is), it's intended usage (with a Mac) is not. Garmin should be more forthright about this and insure ALL info on their site is correct (or at least is the same).

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