miCoach Pacer Review Part 7: Conclusion
After using the miCoach Pacer for a few weeks trying out different workouts save for an actual training plan (requires a couple of months at least to finish), it’s time to return it and give my final thoughts on this new fitness device from adidas.
The miCoach Pacer itself and all its components look and feels pretty solid. It’s pretty easy to use and you can use it with or without your mp3 player which is a plus over other fitness gadgets.
One thing really great about the miCoach Pacer is its heart rate monitor which when coupled with the miCoach workouts will give you the sense of having a real personal running coach.
- A runner that wants to train properly but don’t have the benefit of joining a running club or having a running coach, then miCoach will be a big help to you especially if you can maintain the running schedule provided in the training plan. The heart rate monitor is an essential device in training for long distance running.
- A casual runner who only runs for fun with friends then miCoach can be a bit pricey for your needs. Not only that, miCoach doesn’t offer much into the social network aspect of running. You can’t challenge friends who are also using miCoach nor see their running progress easily. Something that Nike is good at.
What’s nice about the miCoach Pacer is…
- miCoach web is pretty extensive
- Training plans for different workout goals
- The heart rate monitor component
- Lace lock on the stride sensor (no need for special shoes)
- Use of rechargeable batteries
- MP3 player is optional and you can use any MP3 player with it
- According to adidas, they can replace the small parts free of charge like the stride sensor,stride sensor clip,USB cable, etc. if they get lost or broken. Heart rate monitor is not included for replacement.
miCoach needs improvement on…
- Social networking and running for fun aspect
- Option to include milestones for audible coaching (every km ran, every 10 minute reached, etc.)
- More customization capability for the custom workouts like a combination of pace and distance-based workout
- Low battery indicator for the stride sensor and heart rate monitor
- Price point. P6,995 ($139.99) Serious runners would get a Garmin at that price.
There you have it, the miCoach Pacer. It’s a really good product that only you can decide whether it’s worth the price you are paying for (e.g. how badly do you need to monitor your heart rate during training). If you find the Nike+ to simple and lacking then by all means go for the miCoach Pacer.
Continuous improvement on the miCoach web will ensure that miCoach Pacer users will get their money’s worth in the long run.
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