In December, my Garmin fenix 2 began miscalculating my pace on the treadmill. Thus, skewing my data on Garmin Connect, including my VO2 Max. Read more about it in my Unboxing post.
I ordered the Garmin foot pod at the end of January and after I calibrated it outdoors, I began running with it on the treadmill. I used the Garmin foot pod as well as the Nike+ foot pod on the runs to compare the data.
Below are the distances calculated for 25 runs – 4 were outdoors and 21 on the treadmill. The differences were mostly negligible. There were a few runs, including the most recent, that had a difference of nearly 0.2 miles. Although, over the course of the 25 runs, the Garmin calculated 1.33 miles more than the Nike+.
As far as ease of use, the Garmin foot pod connects much more quickly to the fenix 2 than the Nike foot pod connects to the watch. The Garmin is also nice in that it uses a replaceable CO2032 battery which can be purchased just about anywhere for a couple of dollars. Whereas the Nike foot pod does not have a replaceable battery, you have to purchase a new foot pod, costing around $20.
The Garmin foot pod connects directly onto the shoe with it’s included lace clip. I typically leave it on my shoe and have not had any issues with it falling off. The Nike+ sensor is not standalone. You either have to wear shoes that accept the Nike+ foot pod or buy a pouch to connect it to your shoe. The sensors are approximately the same size.
Overall, I am satisfied with the Garmin foot pod. It took one outdoor run to calibrate and I haven’t had any issues since. My Garmin Connect data, including VO2 Max and pace, are back to normal.