Soleus has launched the Signature Series GPS One, Chicked, and Contender running/training watches. The special edition was designed in collaboration with the Soleus Elites Olympian long distance runner Kara Goucher, and middle distance runners and six-time champions Alysia Montaño and Nick Symmonds.
GPS ONE Kara Goucher
The GPS “Goucher” One boasts a star designed mask and a signature backing. Eight hours of GPS battery life and a low profile case for comfort to keep you focused on getting your kilometers. Track your distance, pace, speed, and recharge for your next run or marathon. GPS One is Soleus’ GPS running watch. Available at L Timestudio Boutiques, SM, Robinsons, and Landmark Department Stores for P 4950. Get one more kilometer in, set one more personal record (PR), and take one more run with GPS One. One button push gets you started on your run.
CHICKED Alysia Montaño
Channel your inner Flying Flower with the custom watch back featuring Alysia Montaño’s signature and silhouette. Chicked is Soleus’ training watch available at L Timestudio Boutiques, SM, Robinsons, and Landmark Department Stores for P 2950.
CONTENDER Nick Symmonds
The custom watch back Contender features Symmond’s signature and like its namesake will have you breaking records in no time. Soleus knows your training does not end when you cross the finish line. There is always another race to win, a PR to set or moment to make. Hence, Contender is made for athletes who are always in training. Contender is Soleus’ training watch available at L Timestudio Boutiques, SM, Robinsons, and Landmark Department Stores for P 3450.
In my experience five or seven years ago, buying a running watch is done in two ways either via online purchase (a bit pricey by the way) or through a friend overseas. One great thing on the local running scene nowadays is seeing an array of running gadgets and accessories made available in specialty or running stores. Athletes, specifically runners, are lucky to have such access.
Popular brand Asics recently launched its running watches with GPS capabilities. Lucky enough to be invited as one of the guests during its launch. To top it off, other Asics models were on display and its functions explained during the briefing.
The Asics LED light is a good companion on your night run. The LED will flash for 30 minutes and this helps visibility when running in darkness.
Choosing a running watch is a personal choice and most often depends on the information you want from your training or run. Of course, there’s no such thing as perfect watch. But that’s not all, Asics running watch comes with special features—so I have highlighted what it can do and listed ten (10) reasons you might also prefer in a running watch. Here you go…
1. At a glance, the specs in Run Mode include distance, speed, lap running distance, split time lap time, current time display which are minimum requirements in most basic running watches. But a basic thing can be awesome at the same time. This brings me to reason number two.
2. Asics GPS watch is not just your regular or basic running watch. You have to remember the watch is designed in the manner as Asics shoes which gained the respect of athletes of the highest caliber. Other than Run Mode, it also features time display, chronograph, data, alarm, timer, adjustable display contrast, setting among others.
3. This feature is what I usually look for in a running watch—the global positioning system (GPS) capability. Prior to running an eight-kilometer test run of the watch, switching its GPS is no rocket science. My verdict: easy and fast lock-in GPS satellite meaning you can get out for your run quickly.
4. The large font size and great visibility makes information displayed on the watch easy to read while running.
5. I’ve used the watch twice and these are my initial impressions. The white color was personally and highly recommended by Judith, the hardworking lady behind its launch. And what a good choice! I love it! With its eye candy colors (borrowed this description from Running Adik Abet), the watch can even be worn as perfect fashion accessory especially on non-running or casual days. Hoping it doesn’t get dirty easily though. Just like any standard watch, the device felt secure and snug on my wrist.
6. The watch has 10 hours battery with activated GPS, which is good enough for a 50-kilometer ultramarathon race. If battery is fully charged and GPS is not used, the battery will last approximately one year. How’s that for a watch, eh?
7. You can easily manage your running data by installing the AG01 RUN application in your PC. In this mode, you can review information retained.
8. You can customize the combination of display items in each run display to suit your needs, ie running pace, split time, running speed, current time, calorie, total distance, etc.
9. The watch can be be used as alarm. Really nice feature. Best companion to remind you of your race or training time!
10. Lastly, it’s reasonably priced at P 7,950 and the watch is now available. You don’t even have to send the gadget abroad for any repair since service center is also provided locally.
These are basically the characteristics I look for in running watches and Asics have it.
From being a neophyte in the running world to being more serious about the craft…
Getting more serious about running, eh? If you find yourself signing up for races, running them, involving yourself in fun runs, road races, trail races, does regular training, does LSD every week, and maintains a running diary, then, my friend, you are a serious runner. Or, you are what we jokingly call, a running addict.
As serious runners, we do have our own needs and requirements. But if you go out and look for a particular watch that will probably suit your need, it’s like looking for the right pair of running shoes for your feet.
Sigh … another search for the Holy Grail. With an array of sports watches and brands before you, it’s no wonder you get confuse on what to choose. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. And just like you, I was confused, too.
I am no expert on this but I did my own sleuthing by asking fellow runners and checking some literatures about sports watches. In my readings, I’ve found out that there are three basic features that we need to look for in a running watch and those features are (1) a stopwatch chronograph; (2) lap storage and recall for distance based interval training and long runs; and (3) a countdown timer or interval timer feature for time based interval training.
What are those? Sorry, I can’t explain it to you in plain words. So, I suggest you visit How to Buy a Running Watch site for an in depth discussion about those alien features.
Now, if you want your life to be more complicated, you may want to add these features to your basic requirements–heart rate monitorfeatures, speed and distance tracking capability, computer interfacing and software, session history recording capacity and value for money.
Again, I’m no expert and I don’t want to discuss the nitty-gritty of each feature. It’s your turn to do the sleuthing. The best thing to do is visit Best Running Watches site and discover more about those stuff.
Bottom line is (hoping you’ll agree with me), you are the expert. Decide what you want and whatever you choose, enjoy it.