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Garmin Forerunner 50 + Footpod

3.5 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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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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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 5.8 x 2 cm ; 41 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: Forerunner 50
  • ASIN: B000UW0TRM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Oct. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,687 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product description

Product Description

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.
Other Characteristics:
Audible alarm(s): Y
Battery type: CR2032
Colour of product: Black
Operating temperature (T-T): -15 - 70 °C
Weight: 42.5 g

Box Contains

  • Forerunner 50 watch
  • USB ANT Stick
  • Foot pod
  • Owner's Manual


  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    I was looking for a device that tracks how far iam running. I bought the it is an amazing piece of equipment, it does more that I need. I would recommend it to everyone, it includes a device that downloads all your training on the the computer and makes a little graph for you. this happens at the touch of a button. recommended, easy to use as well. Five stars!
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    Hi, Just thought i'd leave a quick review for the Garmin Forerunner 50 inc USB ANT Stick. I bought this item from Amazon along with footpod, heart rate monitor and bike GSC10 speed sensor. As usual Amazon delivery was faultless, all arrived safe ontime and well packed.

    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.
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    After having started running regularly about 5 months ago, I decided to upgrade my Timex Ironman sports watch to a proper running watch that could measure pace/speed/distance. Having looked at the Garmin Forerunner range, and the 305 and 405 models in particular, I was put off by the high price and the average reviews.

    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.
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    Garmin Forerunner 50 + Footpod

    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.
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    When I first bought this watch I could not get it to connect with the footpod and spent ages reading the manual thinking I was stupid and getting rather angry!! However, after a while I decided maybe it wasn't me and it was the watch that was at fault. I was going to send it back but thought I'd just try a new battery in the footpod and hay presto it worked!!!

    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.
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