'GET THE FOOTPOD MEASURING ACCURATELY YOU'VE A GREAT TOOL'
Strengths: Once the FootPod is set correctly the simple fact is that you have a reasonably easy to use training tool which gives you all the aspects of any kind of run Heart Rate, Speed, Distance and Altitude. The more you're willing to experiment the more you can get information out of it via the PP software. Purchase the slightly expensive add ons and its just as useful for cycling.
Weaknesses: Life of Battery (costs a little more but I use a Lithium AAA). Lack of flexibility in setting up interval sessions. Occasionaly the incosistency of some of the recordings (watch and software can differ)
Overall: When used in partnership with the PPP Software you have a tool which gives a good indepth guide to each run whether the hard interval track session (giving HR and splits), the long run (speed, HR,altitude and mile splits) or the recovery run (set maximum HR limits forcing you to slow down on the beeps). When setup correctly it is a valuable guide into showing improvement or monitoring your training plan. Really a very good tool when you understand what it can give you. My favourite as long as you keep the name of your runs consistent is the filtering tool to show that run you do again and again just looking for that slight improvement to know your training is haeding in the right direction.