Soleus GPS Fit Review
If you’re like me, your stopwatch is so much more than just a time and date indicator. It’s your everyday running companion. It’s a pace monitor when training, makes the perfect alarm clock when traveling, and the screen backlight even doubles occasionally as a surprisingly effective flashlight.
What if your stopwatch could do all of this plus keep track of your distance, pace, and calories burned while you run? If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not and the Soleus GPS Fit should become your new running companion.
Soleus GPS Fit Summary
The Soleus GPS Fit offers all of the traditional stopwatch features plus GPS, distance, calories burned, and data storage. I put these features to the test on several of my regular running routes and while walking my dog. In all of these activities, the watch was reliable and easy to use.
What’s more, the Soleus GPS Fit comes with a USB cable, allowing for easy and convenient battery charging.
Soleus GPS Fit GPS Function
The GPS Function is surprisingly easy to use. The watch just needs to establish a satellite connection. To establish connection, simply step outside, stand in one place with the watch facing the sky, and hold the “start/stop” button for 2 to 3 seconds. The satellite signal takes a bit of time, about 1 to 2 minutes, to be picked up.
Once a satellite signal link is established, the watch beeps once and automatically goes into “run” mode. From there, press “start/stop” to initiate the stopwatch and distance measurement. The “start/stop” button can be used to pause and restart measurement as desired.
Soleus GPS Fit can measure distance in miles or kilometers, depending upon the “unit” mode that is selected, and is perfectly accurate in measuring distance when compared with other route-measuring resources, such as runningmap.com. The signal is consistently maintained while running and is only turned off when desired (by holding the “exit/mode” button). Distance and time can be stored for later reference if desired or deleted.
Soleus GPS Fit Design
For all of its functionality and large size, the Soleus GPS Fit is surprisingly lightweight. Though very big for a petite wrist, the band has plenty of holes, allowing for a customized fit and breathability. Any excess band beyond the clasp tucks snugly into an adjustable strap.
The materials feel high-quality and sturdy enough to bear the elements if running in rain or snow. Indeed, the Quick Start Guide and Soleus website advertise that Soleus GPS Fit is water resistant but caution that the watch should not be submerged in water. If submerged in water, it’s recommended that the watch be dried completely before pressing any buttons. Given these warnings, I didn’t test water resistance.
With only four buttons located on the perimeter of the Soleus GPS Fit face, use is fairly straightforward. However, I had to reference the Quick Start Guide and the Soleus GPS Fit Overview Video on the company website at http://www.soleusrunning.com/ to learn how to use basic functions. My husband, however, picked the watch up and immediately changed the time and figured out how to use the GPS function without referencing any guidelines.
Who Soleus GPS Fit Is For
Soleus GPS Fit is perfect for serious runners, particularly those who like to keep track of speed, distance, and pace when training for races.
According to the Soleus website, Soleus GPS Fit weighs 2 oz. and has a face that is 46mm by 46mm and 17mm deep. The strap is 21.5mm long.
The website doesn’t specify whether Soleus Fit GPS is a womens or mens watch, and given that one of the color options is fuchsia, it appears that it could be a unisex product. However, it’s quite large for a petite female wrist and perfectly matches the size of my husband’s stopwatch. Though I don’t mind the fashion statement that the large face makes on my wrist, it’s something to bear in mind. The dimensions suggest it’s a mens watch.
Soleus GPS Fit is available in a variety of colors, including blue/lime, pink/black, black/white, black/yellow, black/lime green, and gray/black. I chose the gray/black combination, which provides an understated and versatile appearance.
Included In The Box
The Soleus Fit GPS arrived with a USB cable for charging, one-year limited warranty, and Quick Start Guide, which provides simple instructions for all of the watch’s basic functions.
The Soleus Running website offers support videos, a manual, software for syncing your watch with a Strava account, and weblinks for ordering replacement charging or data upload cables.
Soleus GPS Fit offers an impressive array of functionality in an easy-to-use, lightweight, and affordable device. It’s ideal for runners who are interested in tracking distance, pace, and calories.
For more information and purchase please visit: www.soleusrunning.com. MSRP: $99.00