welcomes Soleus 1.0
GPS running watches to the family! These watches are so simple and perfect for runners looking for a highly accurate and inexpensive GPS based watch. If you only want to know how far did you run and how fast then the Soleus 1.0
watch is perfect for you. The Soleus 1.0 does not upload data to your PC or monitor your HR therefore this brings down the cost and makes them extremly affordable. There have been several reviews from expert bloggers such as DC Rainmaker
and Running and Rambling
that provide in-depth reviews and pretty much come to the same conclusion that this watch does exactly what it is intended to do which is tell you how far you ran and how fast. More to come on this pruduct as Soleus has future updates coming soon that will include added features such as Heart Rate and Data upload capabilities. We are hearing that these updates may come as early as February 2012 and of course you can expect to pay a little more for these features.
Soleus 1.0 GPS Watch Tech Specs
- GPS-enabled sport watch with high-sensitivity receiver
- Records and displays total time, lap splits, distance, speed, pace and calories burned
- 4 run data viewing options
- Chronograph with manual or auto lap splits, flashes completed lap time for 10 seconds
- Optional Auto Lap feature automatically records lap splits at selected units of .5, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 miles/km
- 100-lap, 30-hours and 30 run file memory
- Gender, age & weight based calorie computation
- Option to turn GPS off using ‘Indoor’ mode
- 10 second backlight with optional ‘Night Mode’; backlight active from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM based on T1 time zone
- 2 Time Zones; select from 106 cities worldwide covering all zones to auto set time with GPS active
- Optional manual time & date set with Daylight Savings
- Optional 12 or 24 hour time, miles or km distance
- 5 daily alarms
- Battery life: 8 hours with GPS active
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- USB charging cord; plug into USB port to charge watch (no computer data transfer capabilities)
- Water Resistant to 3 ATM (not for use while swimming)
- Display size: 1.0″ x 1.0″ (2.5cm x 2.5cm) diameter
- Unit dimensions: 1.75″ x 2.5″ x 0.75″ (4.4 x 6.4 x 1.9 cm)
- Weight: 2.1oz (59.5g)
- Color: Black/Charcoal
Well, normally being that this is our first post on the TriVeloSports.com blog I am supposed to tell you about our story and all kinds of formal stuff. Being that we have a passion for riding I thought it would be better if we cut straight to the fun stuff and post about our Memorial Day weekend trip out to ride some of the most demanding trails this side of the border! My good friend Pat and I set out to ride portions of the newly inaugurated IMBA epic trail system located inside the Big Bend State Park. You can follow this link to read more about the vast trail system: http://www.imba.com/epics/fresno-sauceda-loop.
Let’s just say this was one of the most extreme situations I have ever ridden in. By noon the temperature had risen to 108F and not a single bit of shade available. The day consisted of riding the Contrabando Trail that consisted of a 35 mile loop consisting of jeep roads, single track, a few short climbs and several stops at the historical sites. The history of the area dates back to the 1800’s and along the ride you can stop and read historical markers depicting stories of the Mercury mining in the area and how the trails were utilized at the time. This trip was about getting away from the normal flow of things and putting in some miles. Back in the 1800’s these folks were opportunists looking for the next big thing such as gold and of course smuggling things thru the border. Today, the area is populated mainly by folks who just want to escape reality and live “off the grid” so to say. Bottom line everyone has their reasons!
Back to the riding. The day began awesome and temperatures in the high 80’s with not a cloud in the sky. We were very thankful our equipment performed flawlessly and without any mechanical failures. Right around mile 30 is when things got interesting. You see, you can plan until the cows come home. You can measure every sip of water and use your previous riding experiences to gauge your water intakes, sweat rates etc. What you can’t plan for is how 108F weather changes the game! Tired, exhausted, and frying like an egg at mile 32 of 35 we were both on the verge of heat exhaustion and quite possibly dehydration and major bonking. The hard part was seeing the car parked 3 miles away and knowing that in any other situation it would be a grin on your face as you pass your buddy on a dead sprint to the finish, “if your not first your last!” type of a situation. Not this time, I remember looking at Pat as we both stopped and we were out of words, out of water, and wondering if this was it. I literally said to myself, “not here and not now and not with our new baby”. At that point we were in survival mode the last 2-3 miles of the ride. Luckily, neither of us were experiencing cramping or dizziness. Pat did an awesome job making sure we were punching forward although your body wants to say stop and rest for a second.
The last 100 yards to the truck were interesting to say the least. At that point you think you are seeing a mirage! After surviving the last few miles thru the desert and the final climb we finally reached the truck. Gear is immediately thrown off, AC in the truck blasting and searching for anything resembling water. Finely done and mission accomplished! We survived. So my take away’s are these 3 things: 1) bring more water than what you think 2) leave earlier in the morning 3) don’t freeze your water in a milk jug and leave it in the cooler expecting it to thaw out and be ready to re-hydrate you after 35 miles in 108F desert heat! Sorry that was a long one. Of course there were other subtle lessons learned on this adventure such as navigation techniques and survival techniques that maybe I will blog about later. What an awesome trip and an awesome place to ride. Next time we will be prepared for the 100 mile epic to Saucida and back. One way you can prepare for this trip is by checking out or store at www.trivelosports.com for all your cycling needs related to technical clothing, mountain biking, road and triathlon apparel and other useful things to help get you from point A to point B.