Pyle – GSI Quality GPS Navigation Sports Wrist Watch With Heart Rate Monitor

Review:

Pyle – GSI Quality GPS Navigation Sports Wrist Watch With Heart Rate Monitor, Chest Strap And Compass – Measures Burned Calories And Fat, Speed, Altitude And Distance, USB Data Upload Link – For Training, Exercise, Running, Jogging, Etc.

Pyle GSI Quality GPS Navigation Sports Wrist Watch With Heart Rate Monitor, Chest Strap And Compass - Measures Burned Calories And Fa at Sears.com

I got this watch for Xmas and have used it several times to monitor my heart rate during various exercises and log distance run.

The watch was very easy to set up after reading the booklet supplied. I set my time as 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time for Pacific NW before switching it on outdoors. After locking onto satellites it automatically set the day, date and local time as if by magic.

The watch has many more functions than I can really be bothered with and you might need about three PHD’s to decipher all that it can actually do. For the mere lesser mortal, me, all I really wanted was the ability to monitor heart rate and confirm distance covered, which it does admirably well.

I entered my age at initial set up and it adjusted itself to theoretical maximum heart rate. It beeps at me if I exceed the theoretical 100% max heart rate. Read on.

I tested out it’s accuracy by running on a treadmill and comparing heart rate readings. The watch and treadmill were reading the same heart rate figures within one beat of each other at different levels of exertion.

Next test was an outdoors run over a known distance to check the GPS. All seemed correct.

Beginning weeks of January I ran in miserable weather checking out just how hard I actually push my heart rate, or not, and confirmed distances with the GPS.

I haven’t been using gel on the chest electrode and noticed that the heart rate monitor does not work accurately until my chest starts sweating. It beeps at me per exceeding the 100% max heart rate, which I know I’m not because I’ve just started running and have not achieved increased breathing rate yet.

I’d tried spitting on the electrodes, per instructions, but find it dries too quickly before I start sweating.

Once I’m up to sweating the heart rate monitor is fine and reads accurately.

So far I’ve had one session where the GPS didn’t start monitoring my course until I’d completed 0.8 miles. I have no idea why because I was out in the open with the watch uncovered and clear access to satellites without tree canopy encumbrance. Otherwise the GPS has been working just fine.

I’m not into downloading/uploading my runs to make maps out of them with Sports Tracks, as that all seems a bit technical to me. But it’s possible and some of the more clever folks with these watches do it.

For it’s cost of $59.95 (Amazon) I’m very happy.