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Pedomoter - Use one? Like it?
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Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Pedomoter - Use one? Like it? on 11/23/2012 18:25:57 MST Print View

I've thought of buying one but never followed through. Any of you use one? And if so do you like it? I'd use it to count steps and calc miles. Anything else worth having in a pedomoter? I see some that are $100 but that seems over kill.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Deep Frreze
Re: Pedomoter - Use one? Like it? on 11/23/2012 19:03:21 MST Print View

They may work on a flat trail if you are walking at constant pace but any variation in pace or gradient will throw the pace count.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Thanks on 11/23/2012 19:09:06 MST Print View

I was wondering about that.

Gregory Allen
(Gallen1119) - M

Locale: Golden, CO
FitBit on 11/23/2012 20:48:30 MST Print View

Wife and I got these last spring to motivate ourselves a bit more during the week for logging steps. Seems fairly accurate during hiking as well, but probably not as good as GPS-based mileage tracking. Counts "flights of stairs" also using some sort of altimeter which is interesting. YMMV but we like them.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Thats the on 11/23/2012 21:00:02 MST Print View

one that was $100 I mentioned above. I think REI has one that is around $59 and one that is around $99. What ever I get, if I get one, must be able to work on trails. So thanks for the user experience.

Stephen Komae
(skomae) - MLife

Locale: northeastern US
FitBit on 11/23/2012 22:32:26 MST Print View

I too use the FitBit. I use the Zip, but after using the Zip for a few months I almost wish I'd waited for the One. The Zip has been great, with a stat-tracking website that can tell you your activity levels through the day and as a good indicator of about how "tough" a trip has been. I find its mileage estimate is fairly accurate on most varied terrain when you can keep a fairly even stride but on one very difficult mountain summit its estimate was wildly off, although the number of steps seemed spot on.

That said, the One would be even better just because it has the altitude sensor.

Edited by skomae on 11/23/2012 22:32:58 MST.

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
fitbit on 11/24/2012 00:32:19 MST Print View

I use one of these as well. I like it as an exercise motivator, but I find the distance calculator over-generous compared to the map.

mik matra
(mikmik) - M

Locale: Allways on the move
used one for work on 11/24/2012 02:25:25 MST Print View

I used one on several days to see how many steps I take at work in the construction industry. I think the recomended steps for an adult is 7000 a day and I was averaging 10000 just at work.

They are good for the amount of steps you are taking but unless each step is the same as the callibrated step length you have entered then the distance will be out.

Aaron Lehoux

Locale: Southern Maine
+1 for Fitbits on 11/24/2012 09:28:02 MST Print View

My wife and I both have the Fitbit Ultras. They are a fun little item for getting a general idea of activities, calories burned, etc. so you can stay motivated. Distance is pretty accurate for an average walking pace. However, taking mine on runs I have found it to be quite significantly off on distance. I've had 6 mile runs register just over 4 miles on the Fitbit. Regular hikes though have been pretty accurate. We've had quite a few friends and family members interested in them. We tell everyone they are great motivational tools for normal activities, but definitely not a replacement for a GPS and/or heart rate monitor for those that want to seriously track their health.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re Pedometer on 11/24/2012 09:38:13 MST Print View

So a guy at work asks to see the apps that i have on my cell phone. He shouts at me "You're a child molester!"
What are you talking about, i said.
"You have a pedometer app on your phone!", he shouted.
Don't be stupid, i said, that isn't the same thing as pedophilia.
"So what does a pedometer app do then?", he asked.
It tells you how many paces to the nearest nursery school, said i.

I'll get my coat.

steven franchuk
Re: Pedomoter - Use one? Like it? on 11/24/2012 23:13:42 MST Print View

I don't have a pedometer but my sister does have a Ipod nano which does have a built in Pedometer. So if you want to hike with a pedometer and music player on a hike The Ipod Nano will do both.

Thayne N
(teethless) - MLife

Locale: Boston
hahah on 11/25/2012 01:16:48 MST Print View

hahahahahaha thank you mike for that!

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Has anybody on 11/26/2012 16:30:33 MST Print View

tried the Striiv?

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: Re Pedometer on 11/27/2012 18:52:39 MST Print View

yuk yuk yuk!