I don’t listen to music or wear a heart rate monitor when I run, but I love seeing my mile splits, distance, time, and pace. I am able to run without a GPS watch and do so on easy runs and some races, but I love plugging in my watch after a run, downloading the data and seeing how I did. It is so satisfying!
I was given a Soleus GPS Mini watch to test out. At first sight, the first characteristic of the watch that I liked was the bright blue color. Now that I had it out of the box, time for the set-up. I am not good at technology, but somehow I figured out how to download the correct software for the watch. If I can do it, anyone can. Getting the correct setting on my watch was a little difficult for me, probably because I was trying to watch the set-up tutorial and press buttons at the same time. After a few attempts I was all set.
Here is the video so you can see how it works:
Using the watch on a run:
I found the GPS to be very accurate on my regular afternoon route. I will do some more testing this week to see how it does on trails. If you are interested in the data from my Soleus on Strava, give me a follow! I will post the data here on the blog as well so you can get an idea of what the Soleus data looks like.
What I like about the watch is it is charged via USB. Very convenient. It has a 100 lap memory, you can autolap miles or kilometers, and it has a calorie counter. I think that the Soleus GPS Mini is a great watch if you are looking for a simple, easy to use, GPS watch. It is well worth the $99 price point. (My Garmin 220 was $250 for comparison) My only problem with the watch is that I am unable to download it to Final Surge, only to Strava. So hopefully that will change in the future. I would highly recommend this GPS watch for any runner.