102 responses

  1. Anonymous
    December 14, 2011

    Nice review, thanks for all.

    Xorga

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  2. Tommy
    December 14, 2011

    Thanks for a great review, as always. I noted that you claim that most Garmin devices get their GPS connection sorted out within 30 seconds of turning the watch on. This is not really my experience. My 310XT usually needs at least 2 minutes, and only in very rare cases does it take as little as 30 seconds. In fact, I doubt that my 310XT is any faster than the 305’s I’ve seen. Living in Sweden, 2 minutes start-up time can be quite frustrating with temperatures sub 0C (or sub 32F) most of the time this time of the year. Would you say there is something wrong with my watch? I probably have time left on the warranty window, so I might as well return it if you think there might be something wrong with it.

    By the way, I have also tried the watch in continental Europe and Africa, and it will behave similarly there. Also, the firmware is up to date according to Garmin Connect.

    Sorry about a terribly lengthy post. Again, great blog.

    Thanks,
    /T

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  3. Anonymous
    December 14, 2011

    Great review! Searching around on Amazon today I found a GPS and heart rate enabled watch for $99, you can see it at link to pulsewatches.net, just wondering if you’ve heard of it and if you think it may be any good?
    Thanks again

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  4. Chmouel
    December 14, 2011

    @Tommy I had that problem as well, it kind of works better for me if I leave it still on the floor outside for 10/30s unti it catch the signal if I do my warm-up on my hand (ie: moving) it will wait forever until it gots the satellite.

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  5. Richard Stanford
    December 14, 2011

    If it had an interval timer (not workouts, just a “beep every xxx minutes” one), it’d be a perfect gift for the new runner who might be doing walk/run and want to know distance, but doesn’t want the complexity of the Garmin. And yes, I have someone in mind :)

    Having said that – putting TZ on the main screen? Should have left it blank, developers. Its confusing, and who needs that information at a glance? Just because you have segments doesn’t mean you should fill them.

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  6. Michael given
    December 14, 2011

    Interesting review on the Soleus, but I think the price difference to the 210 is well worth the extra money. The Soleus doesn’t upload to a computer, takes twice the time to aquire a signal, doesn’t do intervals or footpod (no cadence no indoors) or HRM or ANT+ scales, and doesn’t have a very clean looking display (IMHO). You also mention in the review that it does pace, but can you choose between current pace, lap pace and average pace?

    If I NEEDED to stay under $100 then you could argue the FR60 is just as accurate with a calibrated footpod, gives you computer uploading and has more features than either the Soleus and 210 put together.

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  7. Tim
    December 14, 2011

    You’ve got the Forerunner 110 as being able to follow a gps course / waypoint… is that correct?

    I was merely looking to review my knowledge of the 110 vs 210 in the chart and that one surprised me.

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    • Cathy
      April 9, 2014

      I really appreciate your VERY thorough reviews. I was nearly sold on this Soleus (or, the updated version now that it’s April 2014) but the comments below seems to counter your positive experience. Like Ryan S. (to whom it doesn’t appear you replied) I’m looking for a watch that shows an accurate CURRENT speed as I’m needed “tech support” on finding my “gears” both in training and races. Ease of use and price point are important too. I’m not too concerned about having an HR monitor or down-loading. As a working mom of 3 kids, I’m lucky to get my training done and maybe stretch out a bit before I’m back “on duty.” I’d very much appreciate your prompt reply as I need to buy a watch last month : )

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  8. Aaron
    December 14, 2011

    The bigger picture is that we’re getting quite close to the point where GPS enabled watch tech will be a non-story. As this continues to commoditize, for any watch over say… $50 the question will become – why DOESN’T it have a GPS? And as MOTOACTV showed, wireless data transmission is coming next.

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  9. Tommy
    December 14, 2011

    @Chmouel, thanks. It does help trying to stand still, and for some reason I’ve never been clever enough to actually place the watch on the ground while warming up. Will give it a shot!

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  10. NeilG
    December 14, 2011

    Ray, do you think you could add the FR110 to the comparison image? My wife (and probably others) will be choosing between it and the 110. Thanks!

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  11. Harrison_Z
    December 14, 2011

    Thank you for the great review on this watch, as well as all the other great reviews that have led to many purchases by me.

    I noticed that there wasn’t anything on the waterproofing of this watch. Now, I understand using this for swimming is out of the question, but is it resistant to sweat and rain if one gets caught in a spring shower?

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  12. hartley
    December 14, 2011

    Another great review, Ray. Thanks.

    The uploading of data becomes very important. Many people working for companies these days have fitness plans where they can earn points toward insurance discounts. In order to get credit for such workouts, the run data has to be uploaded to a site like mapmyfitness.com in some way. So, I look forward to seeing the next version that makes uploading even basic data possible.

    My guess is the price point my go up a bit for this added functionality.

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  13. Tommy
    December 14, 2011

    @Harrison_Z, if you look at the comparison table you will see that the Soleus watch is waterproof class IPX7. That means you shouldn’t swim with it, but any amount of sweat or rain should be perfectly fine.

    IPX7 is the same standard as most Garmin watches (except 310XT, 910XT and potentially other multisport watches).

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  14. oldSAP
    December 14, 2011

    i’ve got both FR110 and Soleus 1.0. i prefer using the Soleus. it acquires GPS faster than my FR110 (might be arguable) the battery life lasts longer (and you can turn off the GPS manually) it shows the current speed/pace (compared to FR110’s average pace) and it’s cheaper.
    if you don’t need the following:
    – heart rate monitor
    – download data to PC (you can copy the data it manually)
    – maps to show where you’ve been
    then Soleus is a very good option.

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  15. Norm…
    December 14, 2011

    Thanx so much for the comprehensive review, mine is being shipped as we speak!

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  16. Anonymous
    December 15, 2011

    If you get a City Sports Friends and Family 25% off Coupon through Sunday you can purchase the Timex Run Trainer for +/- $100 after the $50 rebate from Timex – puts it in the same price Range as the Soleus GPS 1.0 with lots more features but a bigger watch.

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  17. sramfl
    December 16, 2011

    My Garmin 305 takes a lot longer than 30 seconds to find the requisite satellites and certainly doesn’t last 2.5 weeks without a charge…that said, I do like the watch even if its much bigger than the Soleus. I look forward to the next iterations of the Soleus…one may replace my Garmin.

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  18. Mike The Harrier
    December 16, 2011

    I’ve had this watch for about 2 weeks. I am really impressed with the battery life and the ability to wear it as a regular watch.
    However, I am not enamored with the Av. Pace calculation at the end of my runs.

    Every single run has an avg pace calculation that is way off…almost embarrassingly.

    For example I had a 6.1 mile run in 48:19, yet the AV pace displayed was 8:00. All my runs have been like this with the avg pace 10-15 seconds/mile slower.

    I know you can plug the number into training software, but then it makes the avg pace useless.

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  19. Dr. TriRunner
    December 18, 2011

    I have that Boston shirt! :)

    Very interested in checking this out – we carry Soleus at my running store, and my Garmin is getting “near the end” … thanks for the review!

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  20. Anonymous
    December 18, 2011

    I’ve had mine for a week and the average pace is off 5-7 seconds. Same problem Mike the Harrier wrote about.

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  21. Anonymous
    December 18, 2011

    DC Rainmaker,
    I noticed in one of your photo’s you ran 12.08 miles in 1:27:07 and the watch showed average pace as 7:30. That is wrong average pace would be 7:12.

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  22. Norm…
    December 18, 2011

    So are these paces occasionally wrong or consistantly? Are they a big deal to the guy who is more interested in accurate milage? Seriously, lol, I’m a slow runner, accurate milage w/total time is more important to me…

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  23. Rainmaker
    December 19, 2011

    Based on what I’ve seen, the avg-pace shown at the end is INCLUSIVE of stoppage time (stoplights in my case). That’s a good point, I had noticd that along the way but forgot to mention it.

    Seems like a minor bug, one that oddly enough others have made in the past in various products (Timex, Training Peaks, and one other I can’t remember that I saw).

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  24. Karthik Padmanabhan
    December 20, 2011

    Nice review. Thank you.
    Does the watch support interval training?

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  25. Anonymous
    December 26, 2011

    This review was wonderful. I am definitely using my christmas money to purchase this.

    -an xc runner

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  26. Xandra
    December 27, 2011

    Thank you so much for your very thorough review. I took a lot of what you said into consideration when purchasing my first GPS running watch and for me the Soleus sounds like a great buy!

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  27. Jon
    December 27, 2011

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  28. Jon
    December 27, 2011

    Ray,

    Great review, as always. Did a quick Google search and found that they are taking pre-orders on the 2.0 and 3.0 at Holabird Sports. Just an FYI!

    2.0 Here: link to holabirdsports.com

    3.0 Here:
    link to holabirdsports.com

    Thanks,
    Jon

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  29. Kristen
    December 28, 2011

    Fantastic review — thanks so much! I’m really leaning toward this, since my Garmin is now about 100 years old and on its last legs. Just trying to decide if the display is clear enough for me, but I think I’d get used to it. Anyway, I really appreciate your hard work!

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  30. Holly Struve
    December 29, 2011

    Hi, Thank you for the great review with all of your information! I do have a question though, I have been unable to find out how to reset my timers. It seems as if my watch is constantly running, even though i push stop. My battery is only lasting a day. Any help would be appreciated!

    thank you!

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  31. Ed Hansberry
    December 30, 2011

    Not seeing the accuracy here. I just got one and tested it out on a 2.02 mile course (according to Google Maps – MapQuest says the same course is 2.01mi) and the Soleus GPS 1.0 said it was 1.88mi! I’ll try again this weekend on a longer run, but if it is 5-7% off on that, back it goes. I’ve reached out to Soleus to see if this is “normal” or if I might have a defective unit.

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  32. Anonymous
    January 4, 2012

    Thank you for taking the time to review the watch. My only question is can you turn it off? Mine gets bumped around and the gps likes to turn on if that happens!. I used to have the Garmin and it had an on/off button. Thanks again!

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  33. Anonymous
    January 9, 2012

    Hi, here is another GPS,HR product under 100$. It is very difficult to name it coz you can found them under many rebranded names such as:
    link to conrad.de
    link to amzn.com
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    Really strange but the main point is some of my friends are using them above a year and are really satisfied.

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  34. Anonymous
    January 12, 2012

    I’m new to running with a GPS watch so I’m not great at figuring out all of the common sense aspects of the watch right away. How do you clear the Soleus after a run?

    Thanks for the great review!

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  35. Klute
    January 18, 2012

    Apologies if this is a really stupid question, but I have never used a GPS watch before….

    Can the Soleus (or other watches) help navigate by giving me latitude / longitude points of where I am? Is that what you mean on the “Follow GPS course” on your table? Or does that mean that you can pre-load a route, and it tells you to go left / right etc in the same that a SatNav does?

    Thanks for your help, excellent review of this product.

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  36. Unknown
    January 25, 2012

    Wow, if the average pace is inaccurate so is your review. If someone wants the basics that is about as basic as you get.

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  37. Rainmaker
    January 26, 2012

    Hi Karthik-
    RE: Interval training

    No, it does not.

    Hi Jon-
    RE: New variant of watch down the road

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Hi Holly-
    RE: Can’t stop

    Hmm, I haven’t seen that, I’d definitely give support a ring – sounds like something not working.

    Hi Ed-
    RE: Accuracy

    Would love to hear back if they resolved it.

    Hi Klute-
    RE: Follow GPS course

    This refers to the ability to create a course, usually on a desktop or web software application, and then follow the course – similiar to printing out directions from Google Maps. Many watches support breadcrumb trail following, basically little dots on the screen. ONly a handful of devices show actual roads/mapping. In either case, Soleus does neither.

    Hi Unknown-
    RE: Pace accurate

    As noted in my comment above, they selected average pace to include stops. This is actually somewhat common in the industry, with most watches offering both average pace included with stops, and without stops. Had it been my decision, I probably would have done average pace w/o stops – but, I didn’t design the watch. I’m not sure how that makes the review inaccurate, it is what it is.

    Thanks all!

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    • clara
      August 23, 2013

      hi,
      I like this watch but I can’t put the time…. There’s United States and London, but I want Canada!! on the box, it is written that there are 106 preset city codes…where??? please help me…

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    • Rainmaker
      August 24, 2013

      The full list of city codes to enter is located in the third PDF file here: link to soleusrunning.com

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  38. Anonymous
    January 29, 2012

    supereddies@aol.com
    Eddie
    Great review. But { there is allways a but} i am new to this tech age and also running. all i want to do with the watch is see how far i have run and how long it took me.Unfortunatley i have not got a clue which button / buttons to press, i have tried to use it a couple of times i know the watch is working ok but dont know if i am using it correctly, please help Thanks

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  39. SURYA
    February 4, 2012

    Hi,

    I am new to the technology and this is the first GPS enabled watch I bought. How do I clear the laps data. Can I change the time shown on the watch?(I live in India)
    Like Eddie’s post of 29th Jan,can you tell us as to how to start the watch, just to find out how many miles I ran & in what time and what my lap time is

    Thanks

    Surya

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  40. Rhea
    February 16, 2012

    My Garmin 305 just up and died (and efforts to revive it have, so far, been unsuccessful). So based on your very thorough review, I just ordered a Soleus! I wish that there was a woman’s version of the watch; I have tiny wrists, and every GPS watch I’ve owned has been really big on me. But that is a minor quibble.

    Is the Soleus your daily “go-to” watch on your runs?

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  41. Rainmaker
    February 16, 2012

    Hi Rhea-

    Because I record all my data and upload it to a computer, it isn’t my primary watch day to day. It’s still a great watch for many, but for me, I desire the ability to have data including heart rate and cadence – neither of which the unit does.

    Enjoy!
    -Ray

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  42. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012

    Hi,

    I purchased the Soleus GPS watch and after a week of trouble I am sending it back. The GPS is extremely slow, ranging from 20 to 45 minutes to connect. This is no exageration. I have run with my run club friends who have everything from a FR110 to the FR610 and their watches connected wihtin minutes. Perhaps I have a dud.

    Today I walked to work (20 minutes), again the watch could not connect to the GPS. It just constantly searches.

    Someone asked about clearing data in an earlier post. This is not intuitively done on this watch (i.e. reseting numbers to 0 to start a new run).

    The selling point is the price, but really this is not new technology and the price is about right. Unfortunately, I really wanted this watch to work, but will have to return it.

    ps; this is just my experience.

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  43. Rainmaker
    March 2, 2012

    Hi Anon-

    That’s definitely not normal. I’d hit up the Soleus support folks and have them swap it out. If mine did that, I would have likely thrown it in front of a moving bus.

    No worries though, I’m sure they can get you a new one pretty quickly.

    Good luck!

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  44. plaid
    March 2, 2012

    My question is around Trail Running. Any opionion of the Soleus or any other GPS to work best on trails. I plan to purchase early spring and track my local trails before the leaves get on the trees? My budgeted max spend is $200.

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  45. Norm…
    March 7, 2012

    Hello Rainmaker, Have you heard or tested this yet?

    link to soleusrunning.com

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  46. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012

    How do you reset the timer to 0? It just keeps going for me.

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  47. Anonymous
    March 16, 2012

    What does “Lap Full” mean and how do I delete that?

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  48. Anonymous
    March 20, 2012

    Thanks for the helpful review. How do you reset? The instructions that come with the watch only mention stop and save functions.

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  49. Anonymous
    April 5, 2012

    you can reset by holding down the stop/save button, it then should show something along the lines of “save file 001” then press enter/light (a couple of times), then it should all reset to 0.

    This however bizzrely does not work everytime!

    Overall, for me a very average watch; I think it is actually overpriced. It has caused me more frustration than joy. The gps function is quite poor. Dont buy it if you havent already.

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  50. Mary
    April 16, 2012

    I have this watch but wondering if i’m at a stoplight can I push a button to stop & then start back up after I cross? Didn’t know if pressing stop w/out holding & saving will allow me to start back up?

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  51. Jeremy Abrahams
    May 9, 2012

    Very thorough review… thanks.
    I’d been happy with my Soleus throughout my training, taking the advice to put it outside to pick up the satellite while I put on my shoes… and brushed my teeth, and warmed up on the bike, and….
    It really let me down at the start at my first big race with it…. too many people accessing the same satellite. My Soleus wasn’t able to pick up the satellite until about 20 minutes into the race… a total of about 35 minutes since it had started searching.

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  52. Ryan
    May 21, 2012

    I was just wondering if and how you can set it to average pace in run mode. I find in regular pace mode it jumps around a lot and on long runs I just want the average pace to see where I am at. Any ideas

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  53. busterm2
    May 28, 2012

    I think that the clock keeps running when you stop is good as that is what happens when you run a race and stop for water, etc. Your Start to Finish Total Time including stops is the time that they use to see if you won an award. I know when I stop for water it takes 10 sec. almost everytime to gulp down 6 swallows of water. I take that into account when I review my splits to see how I ran. Thanks for the review.

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  54. Katie
    June 4, 2012

    Just wanted to say, thanks for this review! I just found your site and this is super helpful.

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  55. Anonymous
    June 19, 2012

    anyone have any idea how to delete a run after you have completed it as well as how to delete a saved run?

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  56. Laura
    July 17, 2012

    Hi
    I just got this watch and I had it all set up and ready to go in seconds! I was shocked at how easy it was to set up without even ready the directions. went for a 20 minute stroll around the block and was so excited to see that my distance and calories burned were displayed. The gps only took about a minute to find a signal and i live in the middle of nowhere so I was happy.
    the only thing i’m not crazy about is that i have very small wrists and the watch looked a little big on me, but it works great and for the price i think i can live with that.

    thanks so much for your review it helped a ton

    Laura

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  57. Anonymous
    July 24, 2012

    Just found your site looking at reviews for something with which to replace my Soleus 1.0 (I bought the Garmin 210). I thought you might like to know what happened to my Soleus after about 6 months of use. I liked it very much; it’s true that sometimes it was very slow to pick up a signal, and it’s true that a couple of times, it simply refused to do so. But I adjusted– then I started doing a lot of hot weather running. The rubber backing on the case began to perish, leaving sticky black residue on my wrist. I assume there was something about the sweat/ sunscreen combo that caused the problem. I did contact Soleus; they said they hadn’t heard of the problem before, and suggested I take it back to the store where I bought it. The store said they couldn’t take it back, as I’d had it for 6 months. The watch was perfect for me in many ways– it was small, simple, and cheap– but in the end, it wasn’t worth it.

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  58. Anonymous
    August 13, 2012

    the watch takes average pace from all the miles he ran jot the average it should be.. so when you see the picture with 12 miles in about 1:28 rounded of the avg. Pace is decided not on what it should be for the time but what YOU ran so if the pace is off by a few seconds then maybe most of you miles were slower than others

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  59. Marathon Mom
    August 20, 2012

    Hi Ray,

    I don’t usually post on folks’ blogs and quite honestly read them. However, I’ve been searching for exactly the right gps watch for me and what I want it to do. This search has brought me to your blog. First you do an awesome job of explaining each and every detail of them and I appreciate that. Now, to the reason I posted a comment. So long story short, well actually probably long. I’ve been running a few years, my husband and I shared a Garmin 305 for a year or so and it got complicated, as you can imagine. I decided it was time for my own. I simply wanted one that tracked distance, CURRENT pace and total time oh and beeped at each mile(that’s my walk break on long runs). So I began my search and decided the Garmin 110 would be the perfect match. Wrong. It did it all BUT current pace. It did give the average lap(ea.mile) which is helpful, but it’s very important that I have the actually current pace I am running at that moment. If I’m acutally “racing” in a race, I need to know what I’m doing, anyway. I have my own little way of gauging that most folks dont go along with. To each their own. After reading your reviews I think I’ve narrowed it down to the Soleus 1.0 or Timex Marathoner. Also I stumbled upon another that seems to have potential. The New Balance GPS Runner. I didn’t see a review of that one. Ok with all that said what would be your recommendation. So sorry for the long windedness. I’ve had to resort to sharing with the hubs again and I don’t care for the situation. Any info is greatly appreciated!

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  60. ity23
    August 24, 2012

    Can this watch b used for indoor activites(Zumba,kick boxing, spinning) showing kcal burned & distance? Thats why I bought, Im not a runner yet.

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  61. Rainmaker
    August 24, 2012

    No, it doesn’t support a heart rate strap (required for indoor activities), or any other way to track indoor use (like a footpod, etc.). Sorry!

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  62. Sam Saulsbury
    August 27, 2012

    Hey, so I’m going to be buying a gps watch for the coming cross country season, and I was just wondering whether Or not having an altimeter in a GPS watch makes it less accurate. I could care less if it told me what my height differential is, as long as that didn’t affect whether or not the distance was accurate. The way I see it, wouldn’t measuring distance without taking altitude into account be like measuring the distance between point a and point b without including any turns?

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  63. Rainmaker
    August 27, 2012

    No, nothing appreciable. I’ve never seen any issues/differences between the watches that have barometric altimeters and those that don’t when it comes to distance accuracy. Even while wearing multiple watches on routes that are pure climbing (10K+ in a day).

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  64. Anonymous
    November 4, 2012

    Nov 3, 2012.
    For any U.S. folks, I saw this watch in a Radio Shack today for $70.

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  65. Anonymous
    November 10, 2012

    If you go to dailysteals.com today and today only, you can get this watch (Columbia brand version) for $49.95 + $5 shipping. Not a bad deal.

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  66. Tzimkas Theodoros
    November 28, 2012

    Great review! I have only one question to make, because I’m ready to buy it!
    When you say “Finally, in addition to the GPS based running mode, the unit also contains a simple chrono mode, which you can use for basic timing as needed without the GPS enabled.”
    In the chrono mode, is it able to show splits? Obviously manual by holding the top right button. But can it be happened?

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  67. Cookie Monster
    November 29, 2012

    Thank you for the complete in-depth review of the watch. I am new to running, and have been in a few 5k races with more already registered for. I wanted a GPS watch to help train and use in racing and this watch seems to fit that bill! Until I prove to my wife that running won’t be just a “fad” She doesn’t approve of a high priced piece, so we are ordering this watch(which is now only $59 through their site).
    My only question is “why is the time it takes to aquire GPS satellite’s so important?” My question is because I wonder if I turn it on does it start tracking my stats right away? Or only when I hit “start”? If I turn it on, and as it is searching I do my pre-run warm-ups/stretching will it start tracking time and distance? Or can I move around and it not track anything until the race or run actually starts?
    Once again, thanks for the review, as a person only interested in my time/pace/distance, this review made my decision a no-brainer. I have an app on my I-pod I use for tracking my runs anyway!

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  68. Mark B
    December 2, 2012

    Just received the 1.0 version as a gift. I charged the unit overnight and now it doesn’t work at all. Display shows date and time but none of the buttons work at all. Tried the required reset but still not working. Does anyone know how I can contact the manufacturer of this product?

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  69. Megan
    December 27, 2012

    This watch is not the 1.0. Looks like the 3.0….

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    • Rainmaker
      December 27, 2012

      I can assure you, it’s the GPS 1.0. The GPS 3.0 didn’t even exist when I wrote this (nor did the 2.0).

      Today, they have the ‘GPS FIT 1.0’, which is their latest entrant, replacing the 1.0 but really only offering bigger letters than the original 1.0.

      At the end of the day, all three watches look identical from the outside and have nearly identical functionality. The download cable is what takes the 1.0 to the 2.0 (allowing for data download), and the addition of the HR strap from the 2.0 to the 3.0.

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  70. Alex S
    December 29, 2012

    I have a naive question to ask you: can Garmin 610 and Soleus 1.0 set automatically time, minutes and second all around the globe, if I travel to, for example Falkands Island? And can it timepieces set automatically summer time and vinter time?
    Best regards and thanks for a good independent reviews.
    From Copenhagen (Denmark).
    Alex S

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    • Rainmaker
      December 29, 2012

      The FR610 will automatically set the time based on location, but the Soleus requires you to manually set the time.

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  71. Jacqueline Brown
    March 7, 2013

    Hi, I found your blog site after many visits to the London (UK) running shop from where I bought the watch (on sale in January at a great reduced price) and since then have been struggling to get a good reading each time I run. Am training for a marathon in April so I really want to know if my pace is good for my proposed time. It seems to be hit and miss on the chrono /distance/pace all working. Out of many runs only 50 per cent have been successfully recorded. This could be my ineptitude… however I press 1) GPS, search signal. Get signal, press
    2) View button, selet Chrono/Dist/Pace
    3) Press the Start button — top right. Sometimes I don’t do this.
    The watch whizzes through the chrono time on the top, then I don’t see the km distance I am running, then the all-important pace. At least, not every time.
    I am getting a little frustrated and on the verge of taking it back and replacing it for a Garmin, although fearful that might be more involved in its operation.
    Help !!! Thanks

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  72. Jack Guthrie
    March 25, 2013

    Brilliantly trailed review, thanks. BUT, like others (inc. the Londoner on 7th March), it’s often frustrating for me, a newcomer to GPS watches, with simple tasks, e.g., starting, stopping,restarting, saving, etc. Could you please give detailed instructions on these. In particular, can you confirm the starting procedure, i.e., (1) log on to the satellite then (2) select “run” via the “mode” button (although “run” mode is supposed to be selected automatically), then (3) select “Chrono/distance/pace” via the “view” button and (4) press “start”.

    For people like me, who are only interested in time and distance, there appears to be too much information and hence much more expensive software. Is there not a simpler GPS on the market? Many thanks again.

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    • Rainmaker
      March 25, 2013

      The Garmin FR10 is pretty much the cleanest/simplest watch on the market today. A touch bit more expensive ($129 retail, though $115 at Clever Training), but worth it in my opinion.

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  73. Leslie Menard
    April 13, 2013

    Not Liking the Soleus. Takes too long to turn on, then shuts off if not engaged in less than 15 minutes. Can never figure out how to clear/delete days once it’s full

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  74. Eva
    April 16, 2013

    I was in doubts but definetely made a decision after reading your thoroughly useful review. Everything so well explained and detalied. I’m a beginner to running so I wasn’t into spending too much money, but I think this one will make the trick for me. Can’t wait to get my Soleus GPS 1.0 at home and start using it asap.

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  75. Schiff
    July 10, 2013

    My charging cable broke and i was looking on the soleus website and i see that theres two different cable options. So if i get the 30 dollar data transfer cable instead of the 10 dollar regular charging cable, will i be able to upload my workouts to the computer?

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    • Ray Maker
      July 10, 2013

      Yes, the more expensive cable will enable downloads.

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  76. Bostjan
    July 16, 2013

    Hello, nice to have reviews like this. Although i have an old Polar H3 still working and dont really like this gadgets and like training without anything, i decided to have a go with sth…but not sure what is right for me. So if anybody can help me, i would appreciate it. So run and bike (mountain biking, routes saving-so i guess altitude, elevation is important); GPS so i can upload and use with google maps or sth, real pace when running, current speed, distance, lap timer so i can run for instance on 360meters stadion and have the results of each lap (i have seen that some has sth like auto lap only from400m), time and alarm. So was looking Soleus 3.0 and garmin 110 or 210, but not sure anymore what is with this current pace thing, dont even know if this watches has manual lap timer or what, can be used to see the route had been with mountain bike on Maps. Maybe even rcx5 from polar, i guess -no elevation- means that suitable more for “city” flat training, not in the nature when want to see in maps. I really like its size though. Soo best budget gadget that could do all this? Gps download and maps, lap timer, heart rate monitor and real pace? :)…thx for reading and writing 😉

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    • Ray Maker
      July 19, 2013

      I’d go with the FR210 over the FR110. But if you don’t care about HR data, then I’d actually go with the FR10 instead.

      That said, you won’t get barometric altimeter data from any of them, but you will get it post-ride/run on Garmin Connect.

      For HRM, then look at the FR210 or the Timex Run Trainer 2.0. On the Polar side, you can look at the Polar RC3.

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  77. Ryan S
    August 1, 2013

    Hello,

    Many people have commented here about the average speed being inaccurate. Is this because they have stopped running? Have you worn the Soleus at the same time with another watch? If so, has the information been similiar?

    Is this the best GPS watch for around 100, in your opinion? I wouldn’t mind spending up to 150$.

    I need the watch to:
    – Display CURRENT speed
    – Show me the pace each mile was ran at, after the fact
    -And showing average pace would be nice too, but current is more important

    Based on what I’ve read, the watch does all of these. Am I correct?

    Thanks for a fantastic article.

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  78. RJ
    August 20, 2013

    Awesome review by the way! You’ve mentioned that its waterproofing level is only IPX7, but why does the manufacturer’s website claim that it’s 30m water resistant?
    link to soleusrunning.com

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    • Rainmaker
      August 20, 2013

      That model is the Fit, which is a slightly (by slightly, I mean barely) updated version compared to the 1.0 reviewed above. If you’re looking at the 1.0, I’d just get the FIT, it just does a few UI tweaks, adds better waterproofing and includes the upload cable I talk about (the older 1.0 didn’t).

      Enjoy!

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  79. c Taylor
    October 23, 2013

    The GPS Fit 1.0 is on woot.com for $57.99!

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    • Eli
      October 23, 2013

      sport woot, 2 days left or until sold out

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  80. stavros baverstock
    November 1, 2013

    Hi all,ive been using this watch for a few months now and i’m beginning to have a few doubts;

    Ive done several races and the GPS seems inaccurate – it always says you’ve run more than you have. I’ve compared this to other runners’ watches and this watch always is more. I did this in a 10 mile, half marathon and marathon (where it recorded 27.2 miles!!). In the marathon the pace was all over the place until mile 4. I can’t use the informaiton as I don’t know what is accuate. i all races ive done the watch’s mile markers have been ahead of the course’s mile markers.

    The pacing is basic. it seems to work in bands (8;27, 8:34, 8:41 etc). if you drop pace or pick up pace just a little it will only show the the next band. so if your pace is 8:27 and you speed up a litttle it will tell you your pace is 8:20 – there is nothing in between any of these bands – that is it will never tell you that are running at 8:23 pace for example.
    These ‘pace bands’ are linked to the speed bands – e.g. 9:13 pace is 6.5mph, 9:21 pace is 6.4 mph etc.

    I suppose the problem is that while training you find in a race that you’re not quite at the level you thought you were and trying to pace during a race becomes difficult.

    It was great to start with but I think it’s time to move on to a more reliable watch. the garmin FR10, which fellow runners have, seems more accurate on the GPS tracking. So this might be the option at this price range.

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    • Rainmaker
      November 1, 2013

      I’d actually bet that those distances are accurate. See this post to understand why: link to dcrainmaker.com

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  81. stavros baverstock
    November 1, 2013

    it’s a fair point and I see what you’re saying – even so when I run with people who have Garmin watches (as opposed to my Soleus 1.0) my watch always has longer distance in it depsite the fact we’ve run virtually together.
    Thanks for your links as it will make my running more efficient in future – in theory anyway.

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  82. Kathleen
    January 27, 2014

    I notice this review is a few years old, does this watch (or another version of it) have the ability to download runs onto your computer now? All I really want is; distance, pace, timer, and download when done.

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    • Rainmaker
      January 27, 2014

      With the Soleus cable, yes, you can.

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  83. max
    March 24, 2014

    hello
    how do I get the watch off indoor mode to outdoor…it seems to automatically default to indoor and the pace function doesnt seem to work in this mode.
    Cheers
    Max

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  84. Brian
    September 3, 2014

    I noticed your comparison chart has the Soleus 1.0 at a whopping 20 hours of battery life. Is that using the GPS? It’s far too short for standby (which you say is 2-3 months). If you could clarify, that would be terrific. I’m an ultra marathoner who is looking for maximum battery life when it comes to tracking :)

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  85. Michael
    September 13, 2014

    I just got this watch on eBay for 39 dollars new. What a deal ! Thanks for the great review.

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  86. Lee G
    December 8, 2014

    Thankyou sooo much for your amazing skills!! Can I set the soleus to beep every 30 seconds?

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  87. John
    December 11, 2014

    Could someone please clarify the definition of PACE, as all too many apps determine it AFTER the run, not WHILE running. Using GPS, a footpod should be mute, I just want a watch that shows my pace (7:45/mile, etc) while I’m running. I don’t need calories burned, distance, route (I have apps for that but it’s on a phone and I don’t wear a phone where it’s visible while running. Any suggestions?

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  88. Cee
    February 3, 2015

    I’ve got a Soleus SG001 and I’m not impressed with it. It’s a bit difficult to read at times when running, but the most annoying thing is how easy it is to delete all of the saved data at once.

    When presented with a ‘delete all’ prompt it seems that pressing any button other than ‘mode’ will do exactly that without even a ‘Are you sure?’ type prompt one comes to expect with half decent software.

    It’s bulkier than the Garmin and coupled with the fact that data can’t be transferred via the USB lead, it gets the thumbs down despite it’s relatively cheap price tag.

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