Garmin Foot Pod Instructions

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Garmin Foot Pod Instructions
The Foot Pod tracks the number of calories burnt during a run. (running image by Byron Moore from

Garmin's Foot Pod for tracking running distance and speed was released in 2007. Its features include water resistance up to 10 meters, a transmission range of roughly 9.8 feet, speed and distance accuracy of 98 per cent calibrated and 95 per cent uncalibrated, 200 hours of battery run time, an operating temperature of -10 to 60 degrees Celsius, a sensory accuracy range of 0 to 40 degrees Celsius, a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz, and Dynastream wireless communications protocol. The Foot Pod weighs 85.1gr. (with battery) and measures 3 by 2.7 by 2.5 inches.

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  1. 1

    Activate the Foot Pod by installing or moving the pod. It's ready to send data at all times. When the pod is moved or activated, the LED light will blink three times.

  2. 2

    Install the Foot Pod on your shoe. Separate the lace clip from the pod by pushing the tabs on the clip. Undo your shoelaces or loosen them so that there is plenty of room to insert your fingers underneath. Slip the lace clip underneath your shoe laces with the connectors facing up, about 2 or 3 crosses in. Leave enough room to tie your laces. As you tie your shoes, pull your laces snugly, making sure the lace clip is secure. Snap the pod onto the lace clip. The pod should face the front of your shoe.

  3. 3

    Pair the pod with ANT+Sport wireless sensors such as those of a Forerunner. Initial pairing prompts the Forerunner to recognise your pod each time it moves. (The pairing instructions are different with every device, so by sure to refer to the owners' manual of the paired device.) Step away from all other sensors while the Forerunner pairs with your Foot Pod, and bring the Forerunner within range of your pod or vice versa. Complete the pairing by following the directions specific to your wireless sensor device.

  4. 4

    Calibrate your pod. This is optional, but it improves accuracy. Run or walk to test the transmitted Foot Pod data.

  5. 5

    Turn the foot pod off by keeping the pod inactive for 30 minutes. The pod will automatically power down in order to save battery power. The LED light will blink twice, letting you know it's powering down.

  6. 6

    Replace the 3-volt battery, if the previous one has died, by first locating the battery chamber cover on the bottom of the pod. Stick a penny in the groove and turn it counter-clockwise until the cover can be removed. Replace the old battery and install a new battery with positive polarity facing up.

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