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brian1
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Picking up on various comments in various threads about distance, pace, speed etc.

It is clear that there are some really fancy and cool gadgets out there - pricey too.

I have a R99 stopwatch from Mr Price Sport and rely on the race markings and mental calculations.

What do you have and what would you buy if you were starting out in my position?
Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:37 am View user's profile Send private message
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Brian I ran with a similar cheapy for a few months until it just died on me. I then decided to spend a "little" money before my first Comrades and bought a decent Casio stopwatch (R500). I ran 3 Comrades and 1000s of kms with that one (still run with it as my backup on Comrades).

Then my wife bought me the bottom of the range Garmin Forerunner 110 for my birthday 2 years ago because it was on special (R1500). It's was the best gift I've ever received! You don't NEED it to run, but it makes running even more fun (if you're slightly analytical).

Only thing is that the Garmin 110 only has 8 hours battery life. If you're not planning on Comrades soon and have a little bit of money lying around or a birthday coming up get at least the Garmin 110. If you can afford the 310, then get that. It is really really worth it, but like I said one does not need it to run...

I mean just look at this, it's a DREAM for an analytical like me!!!




Also like Neels said below, if you are chasing a specific time then it helps a lot to be able to just glance down after every beep (1km) and check that the pace was on track.


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It all depends for me.
If you are  runner that just wants to run and finish in time, then a basic stopwatch is perfect.
If you want to run and set a goal each time, then I will get a more expensive watch that you can do splits on etc.
If you really want to go fancy, splits, pace, kms, heart rate etc...then there are a few that will work. But they are expensive. I am using Polar RX300. I bought mine almost 2 and a half years back (R1800), and additional footpod (R1000).
These days I am using Endomondo. Its an app on your phone. It can do all those things, except for the heart rate (still using my polar). Its a lot cheaper and it actually gives you updates while you running. And somebody can track you while you are running. Really a great app.

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I have a Garmin 910. Yes it was pricey but I am a data nerd and I love my Garmin.  q9

If you do decide to go for a Garmin check out the following site:

http://www.easygis.co.za/gps/garmin.html?cat=218
I have used them 3 times already and their prices cannot be beat.

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I had the 305 then upgraded to the 310xt. I cant run without my watch

Depends how much you wanna spend.

On paper the BB runner doesn't look like a bad deal at R1800



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I forgot, check out DC Rainmaker for detailed reviews once you have a better idea of what you plan to buy. If you don't like the idea of recharging your watch all the time - go Polar

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Why not try the breyton half the price of the Garmin...I have my 910 on my wrist and my buff on the other
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Thanks guys, that gives me something to research.

Smokey, what is a Breyton? I googled it and came back with a bunch of hits for Breyton Paulse, no running watches?
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Smokey was in 'n "spesimiale" skool.

Here is the link http://www.bryton.co.za/

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Brian, I'm not too sure what phone you have, but the smart phone apps is quite adequate, only major difference is the additional heart rate feature. I started the year of also on a basic wrist watch, which did not survive the loskop 21km gala, but since then only uses endomondo, which is available on android and apple phones, and even the odd blackberry. From what I know it can do pretty much the same as most of the fancy gadgets (although what Neil posted is interesting). Route profile, km splits, fastest and slowest km, precise km markers, feedback and info during a race (you dont need earphones plugged in) a whole lot of options. And that is just on the free version ( which neels used on the comrades). All I bought extra is the arm pouch. This will also give you an idea what you want /need out of a watch.

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Jaco wrote:
Brian, I'm not too sure what phone you have, but the smart phone apps is quite adequate, only major difference is the additional heart rate feature. I started the year of also on a basic wrist watch, which did not survive the loskop 21km gala, but since then only uses endomondo, which is available on android and apple phones, and even the odd blackberry. From what I know it can do pretty much the same as most of the fancy gadgets (although what Neil posted is interesting). Route profile, km splits, fastest and slowest km, precise km markers, feedback and info during a race (you dont need earphones plugged in) a whole lot of options. And that is just on the free version ( which neels used on the comrades). All I bought extra is the arm pouch. This will also give you an idea what you want /need out of a watch.


Isn't it a pain carrying a phone around? Even in an arm pouch?

What phone do you have / would you suggest? I have a BB 9300 which is nearing the end of its contract in the next few months.
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brian1 wrote:
Jaco wrote:
Brian, I'm not too sure what phone you have, but the smart phone apps is quite adequate, only major difference is the additional heart rate feature. I started the year of also on a basic wrist watch, which did not survive the loskop 21km gala, but since then only uses endomondo, which is available on android and apple phones, and even the odd blackberry. From what I know it can do pretty much the same as most of the fancy gadgets (although what Neil posted is interesting). Route profile, km splits, fastest and slowest km, precise km markers, feedback and info during a race (you dont need earphones plugged in) a whole lot of options. And that is just on the free version ( which neels used on the comrades). All I bought extra is the arm pouch. This will also give you an idea what you want /need out of a watch.


Isn't it a pain carrying a phone around? Even in an arm pouch?

What phone do you have / would you suggest? I have a BB 9300 which is nearing the end of its contract in the next few months.


Not at all Brian. In the beginning its different...like it is for anything you wear for the first time. But you really get used to it. And it is so convenient (and a lot cheaper).
We have the Galaxy S3. I am not sure which BB can accommodate the application. Have to check for you.

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Brain1, i also still have a Timex Stopwatch. Also saving up so that I can buy myself one of these nice pricey gadgets as a gift to myself.

I will also have to do my homework so that I can decide what I must buy. i must say that I am looking at going the Garmin way, but we will see what I end up with

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I'm using my Galaxy S3 mini but it usually measure the routes short, on a 21.1 km it measure 1km short.  Iíve tried Endomondo, RunKeeper and lately Runtastic but it all measure the routes short.  Iíve heard there are other people also having problems with the S3 miniís GPS.  But I still love it, I like audio feedback and it force me to run harder on my training runs because it keep on telling me Iím running slow... I carry it in my hand in a pouch as the pouch's too big for my arm.

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Calypso wrote:
I'm using my Galaxy S3 mini but it usually measure the routes short, on a 21.1 km it measure 1km short. †Iíve tried Endomondo, RunKeeper and lately Runtastic but it all measure the routes short. †Iíve heard there are other people also having problems with the S3 miniís GPS. †But I still love it, I like audio feedback and it force me to run harder on my training runs because it keep on telling me Iím running slow... I carry it in my hand in a pouch as the pouch's too big for my arm.


If you look at DC Rainmaker's comparative tests cell phone apps are the least accurate of all GPS measurement devices.



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