MilestonePod: The cheap running gadget that makes your sneakers smart
This is the Milestone Pod.
It's attached to the laces on your sneakers and can be used to measure pace, distance, duration, and cadence when you're running.
But it's not an activity tracker and not meant to be worn all day.
What is it exactly?
It's a low cost and blue tooth equipped foot pod with up to eight months of battery life And on top of all those basic running metrics.
You can also measure foot strike, ground contact, rate of impact, triathlete and leg swing.
And while you may not initially understand why they' are useful.
The milestone app does a good job explaining them.
Like how high rate of impact and lead to injury, or higher leg swing is considered more efficient for most runners.
The app is where you can also view and analyze all the run data.
But it doesn't sync with third party running apps like Strava or Run Keeper.
Now the question on everyone's mind is accuracy.
How does something like this compare to using GPS?
Well surprisingly it's pretty accurate.
I found the pod to generally measure a distance that was .1 miles off from what the GPS measured.
But there is the option to go back, enter the correct distance.
This will also calibrate the pod for future runs.
Overall I like the milestone pod, and at 25 bucks it's about half the price of footpods from Garmin and Polar.
Now obviously with no display and it being on your laces and everything you won't be getting real time data.
But for newcomers that don't wanna spend 100 bucks or more on a Foot Pod running watch, it's a solid buy.
Although in the long run a watch like the Garmin Forerunner 425 or 402 35 would probably be a better investment.
For more information, be sure to check out my overview over at cnet.com.
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