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Measures speed and distance when walking, jogging, and running
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How to get more accurate distances from foot pod?

I am finding that the foot pod is not accurate at all!!! Is there anything I can do to make it accurate? I'm very disappointed in this as it also calculates inaccurately my speed and pace. This unit is brand new.
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Hello

As far as I know, the M5 does not have a calibration option. The only choice I think is to change position of you foot pod to get more accurate data.

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answered 8 months ago
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In order to ensure the POD produces accurate data, it should be calibrated. This is possible with the Quest, Ambit or t6d-devices.

Perform the calibration on an accurately measured distance, for instance, on a 400 meter running track.

To calibrate Suunto Foot POD Mini with Suunto Ambit:

1. Attach Suunto Foot POD Mini to your shoe. For more information, see Suunto Foot POD Mini Quick Guide.
2. Choose a custom mode (for example Running) in the start menu.
3. Start running at your usual pace. When you cross the starting line, press [Start Stop] to start the recording.
4. Run a distance of 800–1000 meters (about 0.500–0.700 miles) at your usual pace (for example two laps on a 400 meter track).
5. Press [Start Stop] when you reach the finish line to pause the recording.
6. Press [Back Lap] to stop recording. After stopping the exercise, save the log by pressing [Start Stop]. If you do not want to save the log, press [Light Lock].

Scroll with [Next] through summary views, until you reach the distance summary. Adjust the distance shown on the display to the actual distance you ran with [Start Stop] and [Light Lock]. Confirm with [Next].

7. Confirm the POD calibration by pressing [Start Stop]. Your Foot POD Mini has now been calibrated.
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how do I change the battery on my foot pod mini? I love it.

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asked 8 months ago
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Hi,

it's easy, just follow instructions on "Replace battery" in this FootPod manual http://ns.suunto.com/Manuals/FootPODMini_MovestickMini/Quickguides/Suunto_FootPODMini_MovestickMini_QuickGuide_EN.pdf

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I have just bought an Ambit2 and foot pod mini. I have checked the foot pod box for my watch to search but cannot get it to pair or search.

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asked 8 months ago
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1. Activate the POD: tilt Foot POD 90 degrees.
2. Keep [Next] pressed to enter the options menu.
3. Scroll to PAIR with [Light Lock] and enter with [Next].
4. Scroll the accessory options Bike POD, Power POD, HR belt, Foot POD
and Cadence POD with [Start Stop] and [Light Lock].
5. Press [Next] to select a POD or heart rate belt and start pairing.
6. Hold your Suunto Ambit2 close to the POD/belt (<30 cm) and wait for the
device to notify that the POD/belt has been paired.
If the pairing fails, press [Start Stop] to retry, or [Light Lock] to return to the
pairing setting.

Please try this procedure several times, as fast as you can, until you see the pod has been paired.
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answered 8 months ago
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What other info does the foot pod mini provide that isn't provided in the ambit 2 itself? Is there more info there?

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asked 9 months ago
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Hello,

We only recommend the Foot POD to be used with the Ambit Series if you train for a long time in an area that can hardly be reached by GPS signals (very dense forest, tunnels, ...). In other cases, the Ambit has all the functions that a Foot POD has.

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Johan from Suunto
answered 9 months ago
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What's the point of use the Foot Pod with Ambit

I use the Ambit GPS watch.
I have also the Foot POD mini (from my "old" T3d watch).
1- What is the interest of using the Foot Pod with the Ambit?
2- Does it use GPS or Foot Pod for speed and distance?
3- When you climb, how the Ambit measure the distance?
Between several GPS points? Or the Ambit analyse the GPS points + the altitude changing and deduced the true distance? (hypotenuse of a triangle have't the same length that the opposite face!)
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1. for indoor running sports
2. Foot Pod has priority over GPS
3. altitude is measured by barometrical pressure change
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Can Memory belt record data from Suunto Foot Pod?

Do i need any Suunto heart rate monitor (T3, T4, T6d) or i can use it with Suunto memory belt or Suunto team pod?
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asked 10 months ago
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The Suunto Foot POD is compatible only with sports watches, including t3, t4 and t6 watches.

The Suunto Memory Belt can only be connected with the t3, t4, t6 watches, as well as with the Suunto Team POD and the watches in the Ambit family.
The Suunto Memory Belt only records (if used alone) or transmits (in connection with something else) heart rate data.
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my foot pod mini pairs with Ambit but cannot be found when running. driving me nuts!

the mini foot pod pairs just fine however it cannot be found when statring an exercise. HR and GPS are found with no problem. HELP!
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asked 11 months ago
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Hello,

Please make sure that your Ambit automatically searches after the Foot POD Mini at the start of an exercise. You can adjust this in Movescount under "Gear" > "Ambit" >" Customization" > "[Preferred Sports Mode]" > "Advanced Settings" > "PODs to search" and make sure that "Foot POD" is active.

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is the footpod mini compatible with the ambit2?

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asked 11 months ago
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Yes it is. Just pair the Foot POD to the Ambit2 and check the Foot POD box in your running sport mode in Movescount to make the Ambit2 search for it. By default it is checked.
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No, they are not compatible.
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Is there a possibility to use Suunto Foot POD Mini also during cross-country skiing/rollerskiing?

I would like to ask if somebody have a experience with using Suunto Foot POD Mini during cross-country skiing, if it is a good solution. I really just need to track distance I've done, speed and elevation. Would it work also hide in skiing boot? Thanks for answering.
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asked 1 year, 5 months ago
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It won't work very well as the foot pod needs the full motion of the foot (especially the strike) to measure accurately.
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answered 1 year ago
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Unfortunately the Suunto Foot POD Mini doesn´t work while skiing, the POD needs an impact of the step in order to calculate speed and distance. For skiers we recommend the new GPS Track POD that takes the speed, distance and the track from GPS.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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I would like to run barefoot. Any suggestions on where i can mount my foot pod mini?

Can I mount it on the hip or it would be best on the ankle?
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asked 1 year, 4 months ago
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I'd tape it to your ankle. Up on your hip and it will barely work as it requires the full motion of the foot (especially the strike) to measure properly.
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answered 1 year ago
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We would advise you to put a lace around your ankle (tightly) and use the clip to attach the Food Pod mini.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
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Ambit with Mini Foot Pod

If I run outside and have the ambit GPS function and the mini foot pod turned on which device does the watch use to record distance? I assume GPS is more accurate for distance if I am recording every 1s. Can you explain how the GPS and the footpod would interact in recording data?
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It will use the foot pod for speed/distance and the GPS for route recording. A properly calibrated foot pod is generally more accurate for pace/speed than the GPS.
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answered 1 year ago
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You GPS data will always overwrite your Foot POD. But if you run through a longer tunnel, where there is a high buildings or tall thick woods and you loose GPS signal, then the Ambit will record from your Foot Pod.
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Does the Suunto Foot Pod work in rain ?

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Yes - no problem.
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answered 1 year ago
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Yes the Foot POD is water proof and it works in the rain.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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Foot pod is accurate for a while, and then starts showing a pace twice as fast as what I'm actually doing (sometimes walking) How can this be fixed?

I'm pasting the link to a few moves:
1#. http://www.movescount.com/moves/move15940791
At the end of this move you can see the pace dramatically changed to a 3:13 mile. not sure why.
2#. http://www.movescount.com/moves/move15260546 #foot pod# vs

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move15260602 #gps speed pod#.
These links are for a 50k I ran. I'm not worried about the distance shown via gps, i'm concerned over the variance between the foot pod #43 miles# and the gps #28). For some reason, immediately after I stop or walk the foot pod starts registering 3:14 min/miles. This is impossible for me and comparing it to the gps at the same locations, you can see the issue. I know the huge difference for the foot pod is because it generated 30-40 minutes of data at 3 min/mile pace. This is my 3rd foot pod #it replaced a broken one). The other 2 did not have this problem. Please advise to a solution. I've calibrated several times.
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We advise you first try to change the batery for the Foot Pod and if issue persists send it to our Service center, using the service request on Suunto.com-Support-Repair Services-Online Service request.
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will the foot pod mini fit is the slot inside an Adidas shoe?

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asked 1 year, 3 months ago
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It might fit but the Suunto Foot Pod Mini is not designed to be inside a shoe. Please keep it on the shoe laces for the most accurate reading.
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Foot POD with ambit gives inaccurate distance readings can it be calibrated or have gps override the POD

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The GPS is always overwriting the Foot Pod Mini.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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t6d pairning with foot pod

hi,suddenly my foot pod can't pair with my watch(t6d)
the pod looks like its working(3 red blinks) but when i try to pair it with my watch,this never happends.....what can i do?
thank you.....
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Please watch the following video from Suunto Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOF5xdDXh8A and in case you have further questions, contact Suunto Customer Support at http://www.suunto.com/Support/
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Problems pairing My Foot POD Mini

I have had my Quest watch and Foot POD for about a year now and pairing my foot POD has always worked for me until about 2 weeks ago. Now when i try to pair my Foot POD my watch does not find it. i have tried removing and replacing the battery in both my Foot POD and my Watch and nothing seems to work. if i undo to back of the Foot POD and hold it in my hand than my watch will find it but than it only counts my moves if i shake it really hard... i cant run with the back undone and i dont know how to fix it.
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Hi,

In this case we kindly advise you to take out the battery from the Foot Pod and put it upside-down for a few seconds. After that you can re-insert it the usual way and try to re-pair both devices.
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answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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Can the foot pod mini be paired with my Suunto T3 ?

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Yes, it can. Check the manual here http://www.suunto.com/global/en/products/Heart-Rate-Monitors/Suunto-t3c/Suunto-t3c-Black
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Yes it can.
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The Foot POD Mini can be paired with the Suunto t3, please check the video at the URL below, the procedure is the same for the t3 as for the t3d:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmhN39xyXMc&feature=plcp&context=C3c0961aUDOEgsToPDskJZfCQZwFS7rBJxLCJ4Cj2p
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Do I have to calibrate the foot pod mini or is it out of the box ready to use?

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On T3c yes.
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answered 1 year, 4 months ago
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We recommend to calibrate the Foot POD Mini.
Please note that the Suunto M5 does not support POD calibration.

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Auto laps with foot pod and t3d

When using the pod with a t3d, is it possible to make the watch start a new lap after certain distance? (e.g. every 400m, or every 1km) Thanks.
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Yes, it's possible. Check settings in Speed & Distance mode.
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Yes, the Suunto t3d has the autolap function. You find the settings when you go to SPD/DST mode and then long press the Mode button.
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