Micoach SMART RUN Watch
Gives me all workout data I need without a chest strap
As a woman I had ditched heart rate monitors years ago because I found the chest strap very uncomfortable when worn with a bra. I love that Smart Run can measure heart rate from the wrist without needing a strap. I can see all necessary info when running (HR, speed, distance, time) and it fits my small wrist very comfortably. It's handy that Smart Run syncs the data after each workout automatically and the touch screen makes it easy to use without having to memorize what a bunch of buttons do. If only it would come in PINK! :)
February 27, 2014
brilliant concept, flawed delivery
I've only had my micoach a week now, but straight away I noticed some glaring flaws despite applying the latest update.
Getting Bluetooth headphones connected and a quality connection is difficult.
1. Pairing my Denon exercise freak headphones for the 1st and subsequent connections to the watch is a recurring nightmare.
after turning the headphones on and then turning on the watch Bluetooth function I get the spinning wheel of do-nothing from the watch.
I have to leave the watch's Bluetooth on, open the Bluetooth pairing channel on the headphones, restart the watch and hopefully the watch finds and pairs with the headphones - every time I go for a run!!
2. When I connect the, even both fully charged headphones & watch, if I hold my watch arm straight for a sustained period the music stream gets stuttery. I've tried swapping wrists to possibly eliminate cross-body interference with the right ear side Bluetooth receiver. But there's no difference.
I've also noticed wearing the watch and a suit makes the problem worse.
3. Maximum volume with this combination is poor.
4. I know it's not the headphones fault because they pair & play easy &smoothly & are loud with at least three other streaming devices I own.
June 10, 2014
Not happy Jan!
Well at $500 you would expect something pretty top notch. I have had mine for about 3 months now. Issues:
1. Very very poor battery life compared to my old Garmin or Nokia Lumia 1020.
2. Very very poor GPS lock compared to my old Garmin or Nokia Lumia 1020.
3. Very very poor GPS tracking (some of the routes it tracked on my circuit!) compared to my Nokia Lumia 1020 using Micoach or Runtastic.
This is all hardware related.
Some good attributes:
2. Bluetooth connectivity etc
These are software related and not particularly special to Smart Run.
Mine will not turn on now (and yes it has been charged up).
I would wait until the technology improved.
February 28, 2014
Works great, but band too small.
I have used this watch for about 3 months. Most of the features work great, and the productivity during the runs has improved quite a bit, which was why I waited a while to purchase. The downside: because I'm a bigger guy (6'4" / 240lbs), the "one size fits all watch strap" is way too small for me. I have it on the absolute largest setting, and couldn't wear the watch for more than 20 minutes without it creating issues with the skin on my wrist and circulation in my hand. Over time, I've had to put the watch down because I can't wear it at all without getting a reaction pretty quickly. I'd love to see some fix to extend the circumference of the existing strap so I can wear this again.
July 22, 2014
Poor GPS tracking but great features
I really want to love this watch. If it were not for the very inaccurate GPS tracking, I WOULD love it. Features and operation are fantastic. I could add a couple of features, but it is one of the best concepts I have seen (takes the old Motoactv to a new level). The major issue is very poor GPS tracking. I am finding distances to be inconsistent at best, which also upsets the pace calculations. If they fix this, the Smart Run will be a great device. If they can then improve the battery life or add a Fitbit style activity tracker, it will be nearly perfect. If they fix the GPS with later firmware upgrades, I will wholeheartedly change my recommendation on this product. If they don't, I will be returning it, as it is useless if the GPS is not consistent.
December 21, 2013
Smart Run - work in progress
I had this on my wrist within days of its Australian release. A user of micoach for the last two years with the Pacer first then the Speed_Cell and HRM to my phone, it helped me lose 15 kg and get fit for the first time in 20 years, safely. Having just graduated to outside running from treadmill, I was finding my iPhone was unreadable outside. The Smart Run was just what I wanted, having the benefit of the training programs and Micoach feedback easily usable outside. Good things: comfort; weight; bluetooth headphones work well; screen easy to read; wireless syncing; ease of use and setup. Problems: takes 1 min to find GPS; when GPS loses signal, puts your speed to zero; GPS glitches add km's extra distance, messing up your stats. It needs some code making sure speed/distance makes sense, and better interpolation. The inability to edit the GPS data once the workout is complete frustrates me - I would love to correct the path to ensure my overall and instantaneous stats are correct. Using the device, you know that it will end up as an awesome tool, and I hope for regular updates to keep improving it.
November 26, 2013
Perfect for any type of training! Can perfectly calculate my running and gym sessions and have it saved straight to my phone
Accurate heart rate monitor.
I love how versatile this watch is.
Battery life= amazingggg!
December 2, 2014
I want to return this to the store
A pain to use. Keeps loosing gps. Perhaps the next generation will be better.
August 29, 2014
Best addition to my running routine!
Upgraded from MiCoach Pacer and the SmartRun truely liberates the running experience. No more strapping on the HRM, ensuring my headphone cords are all working, and no more setting up my Blackberry into arm pouch thing. With SmartRun, strap it, and turn it on - synchronizes to my JayBirds and off I go. Its easier, faster and the HRM is WAY more accurate. Added bonus, by the time I arrive at my laptop to see my results, it has already synchronized with MiCoach.
June 22, 2014
Perfect fit for the serious runner!
This device and experience is clearly targeted at serious runners, and it's doing a remarkable job. The combination of all the key functions desired – heart rate, GPS, music, and more – in such a small form factor is an achievement. The fact that it links to the personalized coaching service miCoach, which provides individualized coaching in real-time is just fabulous! It will change my running, in great ways.
November 27, 2013