Soleus GPS 1.0

soleus watchesSoleus Watches are the product of Austin based Soleus Running. David Arnold is the president of the company which established in 2008 by Arnold and David Heath. David Arnold used to design watches for Nike. Soleus watches are named after the muscle in the back part of the lower calf. This muscle is an important muscle for standing, walking and running. Without it the body would fall forward. 

The intent of the founders of Soleus watches is to focus on the needs of runners and to provide them with watches which are the most comfortable, easiest to use and above all the most accurate. One interesting feature of some of the watches is the addition of an inspirational message on the back of the watch. This is called a Squiff, an example of the type of message you would find is "Run, Race. PR.Repeat".

 Soleus watches make models for both men and women. Most of their models are sports watches and several include such features as lap memory, data storage for runs ( from one run to ten runs depending on the model ), interval timers, alarms, time and date.

If you are looking for a watch that will keep track of your distance Soleus watches produces what is possible the least expensive GPS watch on the market. The Soleus GPS 1.0 was introduced towards the end of 2011.

  GPS 1.0 Features:

  • High Sensitivity GPS Receiver
  • Current and Average Pace and Speed
  • Distance in Miles or Kilometres Current and Total
  • Current and Total Calories burned
  • 1/100 second resolution Chrono
  • Water Resistant to 3 ATM
  • Weighs 2 oz
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery, comes with USB
  • World Time feature which covers all time zones and 106 cities.

More about the Soleus GPS 1.0

The Soleus GPS 1.0 is similar in size to the Garmin FR610, but to my mind it is a nicer looking watch. The watch can take a bit longer than the Garmins to lock onto a satellite. It can take up to a couple minutes depending where you are and the cloud cover, although my Garmin can take just as long sometimes. This is easily rectified by switching the watch on while you are getting ready for your run. Just ensure that the watch is somewhere ( a windowsill or outside  ) where it can search for satellites.

Once the watch has locked on to a satellite or satellites it will give you a memory readout of the battery level and then the number of hours of memory left. The battery holds its charge for a relatively long period of time. A member of my running group who received one for his birthday still had 15 hours of battery remaining after using it for about 18 – 20 hours previously. 

The battery is recharged with the USB cable which is included. The cable itself clips onto the watch by way of waterproof connector clips.

Workout Data cannot be downloaded from the watch to your computer, although apparently the company is working on developing an accessory that would allow for this. Having computer upload capability would add to the price.

When setting up the watch you need to enter your body and age and gender information into the watch. It is simple to enter your weight, height and age.

The Soleus has five modes for viewing information. Each of the modes gives you the current distance and activity time. The other modes appear at the bottom of the screen and you can alternate between Clock, Calories, Pace and Speed.

The Soleus can also be used as a regular watch, especially given the charge length of the battery. The watch also has world time zones and can be set for five alarms, making it a great unit to take with you when you travel.

The Soleus also has a backlight which stays lit for approximately 14 seconds.

All in all Soleus Watches has produced a great watch in the Soleus GPS 1.0. If you are looking for a basic GPS watch which also gives you great training information at a reasonable, dare I say cheap price, the Soleus GPS 1.0 is definitely the watch to consider.