Garmin Forerunner 50 + Footpod
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- 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)
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Jump start your training with Forerunner 50. This sleek sport watch is ideal for running, cycling¹ and other fitness activities, and is available with a wireless heart rate monitor or foot pod or both. Plus it automatically transmits workouts to your computer so you can analyze, store and share data using our online community, Garmin Connect™.
Get the Data You Need
Train inside or outdoors. The affordable Forerunner 50 provides you with instant workout data including training time, pace, distance, lap pace, lap time, lap distance, average and best pace, calories, maximum and average heart rate.² It also records both lap and detailed data. Available in 3 different versions (see versions tab), Forerunner 50 comes bundled with different accessories to help you track your progress for whatever moves you.
Listen to Your Heart
Forerunner 50 with wireless heart rate effectively tracks and records your heart rate while you work out, providing instant feedback about how hard your heart is working. The included digital heart rate monitor continuously tracks heart beats per minute which is wirelessly transmitted to the Forerunner 50. Even train in a certain heart rate zone to improve your fitness level. And well after your workout is done, Forerunner 50 is still working, wirelessly transmitting your training data to your PC.
Measure Speed and Distance
Forerunner 50 packaged with Garmin's wireless foot pod lets you track your running speed, distance and calories burned while on the treadmill or pavement. Just snap the foot pod into a clip on your shoe laces, and it’s ready to send data to Forerunner 50 as soon as you start moving. After your workout, Forerunner 50 automatically transfers your data to your computer when within range.
Track Your Ride
When paired with an optional speed/cadence sensor, Forerunner 50 tracks the speed and distance of your cycling workouts. The wireless speed/cadence sensor attaches securely to your bike and measures your pedaling cadence and wheel speed as you ride. You can even use it to train indoors because the sensor attaches to your rear wheel.
Run, Sync, Store and Share
You’ve logged the miles and now you want to store them. With Garmin’s innovative optional ANT+™ wireless technology, your workouts are automatically transferred to your computer when your device is within range. No cables, no hookups. The data’s just there, ready for you to analyze, categorize and share through our online community, Garmin Connect, or our Garmin Training Center® software.
¹Bike mount and speed/cadence sensor are available as optional accessories.
²Features may vary per version.
Audible alarm(s): Y
Battery type: CR2032
Colour of product: Black
Operating temperature (T-T): -15 - 70 °C
Weight: 42.5 g
Top Customer Reviews
The Product, well i have to say the instructions with the watch are not the best, but within an hour i had everything setup for my profile on the watch and using the Garmin Training center software (quick download from there site) on my pc laptop. PC software drivers all loaded first time and very quickly and very simple to understand the Training Center application. Pairing all the sensors was quick and easy and if you pair them all together in one place, then it doesn't matter if you are going out running or Cycling or just going in the gym. I found the sensor near by. It was best to set up the foot pod calibration on a treadmill so it is then correct when you are outside, but if you have a running track or a know distance then you can do it that way. The heart rate monitor does what it say on the pack, just like any other on the market, it just works. The GSC10 bike sensor was easy to install, tidy and with no wire needing to be run along the frame to handle bars very nice setup. I checked it with my previous Cateye speed sensor and was spot on. The GSC10 fits on the rear wheel so is ideal for indoor turbo trainers and works very well, have used it every day for last week.
Once you have trained, save the date on the watch and the min you are within 3 metres of computer with USB ANT stick in, your data is automatically transfered and comes up in the Garmn Training Centre software. The data is very clear and very useful.Read more ›
The Forerunner 50 and footpod package seemed like a great (and far cheaper!) alternative to GPS, especially since I'd only be missing out on the mapping ability (which I don't consider that important anyway). Having tested my watch on a 5 mile run last weekend, I am very impressed. It is very simple to use (provided you can spare 15 mins to read through the manual!), and the ability to set training zones (such as pace) is handy although my first attempt failed abysmally when I set a pace goal of between 8:50 and 9:00 mins per mile and really struggled to keep within this 10 second zone! That is clearly a reflection of bad pace keeping on my part and not on the watch itself!
I should add that this watch does come with the ANT USB stick and the automatic transfer of running data from the watch to the PC is very nifty, although again it does pay to read the manual first to find out how this process works. The only problems I've had with this watch so far are installation issues with the software (if using Vista you will need to set the installer compatibility mode to Windows XP which I discovered by trial and error), and an issue with the auto lap feature stopping before my last lap which I think was just down to me pressing the wrong button.
So all in all, a fantastic alternative to a GPS-enabled running watch and a great way to make running training much easier to manage, although you will need a PC with a internet connection to make the most of this watch.
This watch is fantastic and I would (and have) recommend(ed) it to all people wanting information on speed, distance and running times. The automatic uplink is brilliant and Garmin Connect is a really interesting training tool which enable you to see your run in a graphical form. I bought this for £38 (its currently £40 on Amazon) and I can't believe how little it costs for such functionality. The watch also looks good and is extremely slimline.
From reading the reviews duff batteries seem to be a common problem, which is a bit rubbish! But, I've been using the watch for the last month and it is brilliant so all is forgiven (I have a short memory and I'm not good at holding grudges). Basically if you can't get the footpod to connect to the watch and the red LED on the footpod doesn't flash when you first shake it the battery could be dead.
Once I'd figured out the battery issue I found it easy to set up. Also, I have Vista on my laptop and I had no problems at all downloading and using the Garmin software. It's a good GPS alternative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall I do like this watch as a training tool though it does have its drawbacks. I can only compare it to a GPS which I had before - this is the only footpod I have ever used. Read morePublished on 20 May 2013 by Helen Bates
Bought one new two years ago. Worked OK for 6 months, although easy to find buttons had been pressed by mistake during use. ...then flat battery.... New battery, flat battery... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2012 by M
I bought this to replace an ancient Polar Edge NV HRM with a flat battery and damaged case screws that Polar refused to fix because of its age. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2012 by Rockhopper
Strap on watch damaged and clearly so. This means it wont last very long. Should not have been sold under the descriptiuion of LIKE NEW. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2011 by richard
The watch itself is great but there are inferred pieces which need some extra money to get all the features working - watch this and re-read if you are looking to use the full... Read morePublished on 25 May 2011 by Crook
I have had many issues with the Garmin footpod, HR monitor and watch. Firstly the watch was completely dead, so I took it back, then the footpod battery was dead, so had to wait... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2009 by evilbendyone
This arrived without any problems & I proceeded to set it up.After a whole weekend of deciding that 'I really don't understand this', I decided that the Garmin not myself had the... Read morePublished on 13 July 2009 by Mrs. P. Stevens
The first pod lasted just over a month before breaking; not sure why, but it simply stopped working. The second pod lasted 1.2 miles before conking out. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2009 by J. Foxwell-Moss