Garmin Foot Pod

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Garmin Foot Pod -

This is the accessory you need to get your Garmin FR60 to track the distance you run, walk, or hike. Or you can sync it with the Forerunner 310XT to track indoor workouts. You either attach it to your shoelaces or, if you have the right shoes, you can tuck it into the mid-sole pocket.

This isn't your basic foot pod. It uses a MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems) inertial-sensor to determine your stride length and adjust as your stride changes. The whole thing is about the size of a quarter and has a tiny cantilever beam with a seismic mass inside. The mass moves when the pod moves and the deflection is measured. In other words, it's a tiny accelerometer that's 98% accurate. The sensor also measures and transmits running cadence to figure out your speed and optimize your running.

The Garmin Foot Pod comes with the cradle that attaches it to shoelaces. The claimed weight is 10g.


  • Compatible with Forerunner 210, 305, 310XT, 405, 405CX, 410, 50, 610, 910XT; FR60 and FR70 heart rate monitorsand bundles; ANT+ iPhone® adapter; Garmin Fit
  • This tiny foot pod is small enough to attach to your shoelaces or fit in the mid-sole pocket of compatible shoes


  • This foot pod uses advanced MEMS inertial-sensor technology to analyze your movements and is responsive to stride-length changes to achieve 98 percent accuracy for speed and distance


  • Accurately reports distance when walking, jogging or sprinting; for even higher accuracy, calibrate the foot pod to adjust for your personal stride
  • Smaller, lighter and more accurate than the previous version, the foot pod is ideal for indoor tracks, treadmills and anywhere you can't get GPS satellite signals
  • It's always ready to use, and a small, replaceable watch battery powers the foot pod for a year of training
  • Additionally, this sensor measures running cadence to help you optimize your training

Running indoors or just can't get a satellite signal? Use this wireless foot pod with your Garmin Forerunnerâ„¢ fitness trainer or heart rate monitor to track your speed and distance.

Compatible with: Forerunner 210, Forerunner 305, Forerunner 310XT, Forerunner 405, Forerunner 405CX, FR60


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Enrich your running data with the Garmin Foot Pod that is compatible with most Garmin Forerunner devices.
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This lightweight foot pod transmits distance and pace data. It's small enough to attach to shoelaces or fit in the mid-sole pocket of compatible shoes.
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Garmin Foot Pod Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

With the recent software update for the Ambit the Footpod features were enabled and my prayers were answered. I like to keep track of all of my fitness data so when the winter came and I was forced onto a treadmill I was bummed to lose my distance and pacing info.
With the footpod properly calibrated (I used a known distance) I was able to get all of my data from treadmill runs and was able to confirm my suspiscions that a few of the older treadmills I use were overreporting distances (my guess is the motors are worn and tired) and the newer treadmills were spot on.
All the data is being acquired, and my restless mind is at ease.

Arthur Debowski at on 02/01/2013

Works as advertised

I bought this to start tracking my treadmill training runs over the winter training season with my Garmin Forerunner 305. So far it has worked great. It seems very accurate after calibration. It generally measures within about 1% of the treadmill over a 5 mile run. It's a very simple "set it up and forget about it" deal. When I turn on the Garmin it soon tells me that it detected the foot pod and asks if I want to use it indoors. (Don't say yes if you're running outdoors, else it will ignore the GPS). That's it. The device will track your workout and you can analyze your cadence, pace and distance when you're done.
dpv at REI on 11/11/2011

Does exactly what it's supposed to do.

Setup was a snap. Just found a local track, and got it all dialed in. Just to verify accuracy, I walked a lap, jogged the next lap, and ran one final lap. Each lap was run on the inside track just for cinsistency. Each lap amazingly came out to exaclty .25 miles (1 lap).

It is small, lightweight, and quite easy to use.

This is an essential tool for those cold or rainy days when you have to do your run on a treadmill and need a calorie count.
Yafa at REI on 11/11/2010

in regards to the previous poster -

So I want to add about the previous poster. I would questions a trainer who does not know they need a heart rate to calculate calorie burn.

Blaming this foot pod for not working during a non-walking running activity is like blaming a drill for not cutting wood. This foot pod is designed for walking and running!

Now that said I have worn it during boot camp and arobics and I get some information but the best tool for those activities is a heart rate strap.
runericrun at REI on 12/12/2010

Foot Pod for Cadence - Great product

I bought this product to help me with becoming an efficient runner for Triathlons. I've never been a runner until after I turned 50.. Reading and working with coaches I needed to learn how to run and also run efficiently.

This product combined with my Garmin 910tx have been terrific for me. Easy to set-up/pair with my Garmin and the alerts I get as well as the graphical data show me how I'm progressing and what I need to still work on.
Canadian in CO at REI on 05/05/2013

great device...tracks also steps/min

The best feature for me is the ability to monitor running cadence (steps/min). It is very easy to calibrate...once done there is no need to recalibrate. Matched the calibration to a treadmill several times and the pod measures up--quite accurate. My first pod was the Suunto and I strongly declare that the Garmin pod is better by far in terms of accuracy, ease of calibration, adaptability to Nike+ shoes pocket... I am very please with this purchase.
run, run, run at REI on 12/12/2009

RE: Turbo Tiffany's review

It was stated that you need the foot pod to count calories for activities. This is not the case. You do, however, need the heart rate monitor strap that fits just under your chest/bust line. It also communicates with your watch and does measure calories burned by your heart beat. :)

With that said, I love the communication between the foot pod and my FR60 watch and am currently using it for marathon training.
littlef9 at REI on 05/05/2010

Clickity Clack

Works great for running, can hear the parts inside moving when running, color option other then black would be nice (dropped one while transporting and haven't found it yet)
Sancho907 at REI on 06/06/2013

Very Accurate

Easy to use and provides good data.
Kperham at REI on 04/04/2013

Negative Reviews:

Nothing for alot

I bought FR60 Heartrate monitor with the specific purpose of having a calorie counting feature. I then bought this foot pod because I discovered I had to have it in order for the calorie counting feature to work. I am not a runner. I teach group exercise classes like Kick Boxing and Hip Hop Dance. This foot pod does not have a way of counting calories for any activity except walking and running. I did not realize this until I started using it . I am extremely disappointed.
Turbo Tiffany at REI on 02/02/2010

Neutral Reviews:

nice concept but not as accurate

The concept of measuring cadence is important. The opportunity to record on the GPS watch is a great idea. But the footpod cannot account for all types of running strides. I find with very short strides, it will fail to measure both feet and the cadence is recorded as half what it really is. This corrupts the data with erroneous information, rendering all the measurements useless. If there were a way to calibrate to one's stride length then this problem would be gone. If you have a "normal" stride and need to research your running cadence then this might be of marginal use.
DesertDragon06 at REI on 09/09/2013