I like the look of it. In fact, sufficient to have pledged. I hope they make their goal. I have used Garmins throughout, and still do, but it feels as though they need some competition. Their software hasn't really moved on much, their designs are so-so and their customer service is also somewhat lacking. Competition from other quarters is good for all brands and for the end-punter.
Personally the six hour battery life is not a concern. I'm in the electronics industry and that's their worse case non-optimised scenario. They have quite an interesting article on their Kickstarter page explaining this. As long as I can get, say, 10 hours between charges then I'm happy. I always leave my Garmin in its cradle between runs anyway. They will comfortably get this 10 hours once they optimise the software.
I hope they make their target. Innovation is good.
In training for April's VLM. Next week I will be staying in Nottingham for a couple of days and need to find a run anywhere between 5 - 7 miles. I'll be working at the Phoenix Business Park (don't think that's an option) but staying in city centre.
Are there any road runs anyone could recommend (hate treadmills and gyms)? I know there's the river and canals, maybe those are options. It will be dark by the time I run so don't want anything secluded.
Brief background. I started running about three years ago approaching fifty years of age. Have run the London marathon the last two years but am giving myself a year off this year. My running has been injury prone since the get-go (you name it, I've suffered it).
Until October of last year I ran exclusively in Motion Control shoes with custom orthotics (for over-pronation). On the advice of a new physio in October I moved to Nike Free Runs.
The Nikes have got me past an eight month back injury which had pretty much stopped my running entirely and I am now enjoying being able to run again. I am up to 18 miles in a week, longest run 6.5 miles but my feet feel totally wrecked (tired/sore) after the longer runs in a way that they didn't in motion control shoes.
I can't seem to find much opinion as to whether something like the Nikes are intended as shorter run training shoes but for longer distances a conventional shoe is recommended, or whether it's okay to use them for all running (I am trying to build up to half marathon distance). It seems to me that the body/biomechanics would get confused mixing the Frees with a MC shoe, but I thought I'd read somewhere that a number of runners do this.
Does anyone have any thoughts or, even better, direct experience.