Soleus Fit GPS Watch {Review}

This post is sponsored by Soleus Running. All opinions are 100% my own. See my full disclosure policy.

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“Simple and easy to use, the Soleus GPS FIT will allow runners to accurately track their Speed, Pace, and Distance. Auto lap splits at every mile and the “always on” night light mode helps for late night (or early morning) runs and training.” 

bothWriters have their favorite place to write, coffee drinkers have their favorite drink, cooks have their favorite recipe and hikers have their trial and me? Well, I have my favorite fitness gadget!

When it comes to running or hiking there are things that I’m just never without: my Running or hiking shoes, a bottle of water and I never EVER leave home without my Soleus GPS Fit watch!

I was beyond excited when I was recently given a Soleus GPS Fit watch to try out from Soleus Running! Awesome right?!

To be honest with you I have wanted a GPS watch for really long time but I wasn’t sure where to start or what brand…I was kind of at a loss.

When it comes to Soleus I am EXTREMELY impressed!

They have a number of different GPS watches ranging from $99 to $299!

So why do I love my GPS fit watch? And why do you need one?  First of all, the features alone will make you fall in love!

Check out the features that the Soleus GPS Fit watch has:

  • GPS
  • Distance
  • Peace and Speed
  • Data Upload
  • Sport Ventilated Strap
  • Calories Burned
  • Large Digits
  • Coronagraph
  • Data Storage
  • World Time
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • EL Backlight
  • 30M Water Resistant

On top of all the awesome feature printed on the back plate of all the Soleua Fit GPS watches “a journey of 26.2 miles begins with a single step” Now that’s pretty cool!

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My Thoughts:

From the moment I took my watch out of its box, I knew I was in love with this watch! Yes, I know it sounds silly to be in love with this watch, but seriously, this is what I have needed for so many months, something to help me keep track of my distance, my speed, AND my calories… honestly it really has been nice to know time it is too!!

My watch it was delivered at around noon on a Thursday, by 6 PM we had already hit the trail once and we’re heading back for a second time! Before getting my Soleus GPS Fit I relied on a app…that wasn’t always reliable especially on the deep wood trails my hubby and I love so much. Plus I ALWAYS had to find a place to carry my phone…which I didn’t like very much!

We even had a fun finding that first day: For over year we have gone on the same trail at least 4 to 5 times a week and although there is a sign that tells us how far the trail take you round trip, my husband and I both had speculation that it was off. Well, guess what??! We discovered that it was in fact off and we were getting far more mileage than we thought! YAY!

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As someone who doesn’t wear a watch or bracelets, I so surprised that I barely even know when I have this watch on! Although it is fairly large faced, it is extremely light and comfortable! The watchband is a rubbery texture which I really like because I like wearing my watch up a little bit above my wrist and the watch band helps it stay in place! It not like other rubbery watch bands that I have had in the past that get itchy after a while…hence the not wearing watches.

The GPS:

Since receiving my Soleus GPS Fit it seems like no matter where we are, trail, shopping or running I get stopped by at least one person asking about my watch {I’m sure people are noticing the pretty bright blue} One of the main questions I get  asked is “how easy it is to find a GPS signal” Evidently, this is a issue for a lot of people.

Here is my response to that question while using my Soleus GPS Fit!

After the initial set up of the watch I stepped outside and search for a GPS signal and I think it took maybe 90 seconds to find one! That seems to be pretty average for me other than our trails that are very deep in the woods trails. We usually start searching for a GPS signal before we get to the parking lot and by the time we are ready to hit the trail we have a GPS signal!

There has been a time or two when it’s taken three or four minutes to find a GPS signal but please keep in mind my husband and I are avid trail runners and we go in any weather! One such time it was totally completely overcast and a downpour!! I am very impressed with how quickly and easily the Soleus GPS Fit watch gets a GPS signal!

The watch is really easy to use and set up!

I’m sure you noticed in the very first picture that there are two Soleus watches, my blue one and a black one! Well, my husband also has a Soleus GPS watch {GPS Pulse + HRM} His watch has some different features, so in October I am going to have a review on that watch is well!

Another awesome perk of Soleus is the software download so that you can transfer all your runs {hikes, rides act} to your computer!

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BIG ol’ GIANT Thank you to Soleus Running for providing us with this amazing GPS Watches!!

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September 100 Mile Challenge!

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Hey guys! Wow can you believe it’s September? Hmmm, it’s a brand-new month and with a new month comes the perfect opportunity to start an awesome new challenge and boy have I got one for you! I would love for you to join my husband and me and our September 100 mile challenge !!!

For this challenge we will be hiking {and some walking & running} to reach 100 miles. If walking or running isn’t you thinking that’s you could easily turn this in to a 100 mile bike challenge!

So, today is September 2nd which means that we’re down to 29 days {I didn’t want to bombard you on a holiday with the start of this hundred mile challenge} 🙂 that’s totally okay that we are starting on the 2nd {or even the 3rd!}

For the next 29 days {including today} my husband and I will be hiking 3.5 miles, if you do the math you’ll discover that your mileage is going to be up at about 101 miles but I think it’s okay if we go mile over 🙂

I really want to encourage you to make some awesome strides with mileage month, but if you’re not an avid walk or hike or jogger this 3 1/2 miles a day may seem a little overwhelming to you! 100 miles may seem really overwhelming so there’s a perfect option for you, how about a 50 mile Challenge instead! This will round out to be about 1.74 miles per day! After dinner grab the kids get them on their bikes or put them in the stroller and head out into your neighborhood!

My husband and I are planning on getting our mileage this month on some really great local hiking trails! We are blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest which means that we are surrounded by a plethora of a different Trails {in town and out of town} In the P.N nature is no more than 10-15 minutes away NO matter where you live!! Our kids have selected their favorite trail {yes our kiddos are doing the challenge with us!} to be where we get the brunt of our mileage over the next month!

How we keep track of our milage?

My husband and I each have a Soleus GPS running watch {look for my in-depth review coming soon} I HIGHLY recommend if you are an avid runner or hiker. If this is just not an option for you at this time that’s ok!

Here are my two recommended apps {We have used these apps and really liked them both!}:

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The Runtastic app tracks (distance, duration, speed, elevation change, calories burned & more) your sport and fitness activities – such as running, jogging, biking & walking – utilizing GPS technology to help you build healthy lifestyle habits and reach exercise goals! What’s more? Runtastic was recently overhauled to enhance your user experience! Take the Runtastic running app out for a run and enjoy our improved app design and navigation, optimized features & new functionality.

Runtastic FREE addition for iOS & for android – Runtastic PRO addition for iOS & for android 

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The only pedometer that works anywhere on your body – download it now! No set up needed, just push a button, start walking & get healthy. What’s more? Works with the M7 processor for iPhone 5s, as well!
Runtastic Pedometer keeps track of every step you take and lets you see whether you reach 10,000 steps/day, as recommended.

for iOS & for android

Is it okay if you miss a day?

That’s absolutely fine! The point of this challenge isn’t to be rigid and make sure that we all get 100 miles this month, the point of it, is to push ourselves to strive for a healthier lifestyle for ourselves and our families! Please do not have to worry about it and stress out about it! If something comes up and you cannot get in your mileage that date that’s totally okay and if you can’t make up the mileage that’s ok too!

Challenge Start Dates and Mileage: 

100 Mile Challenge starting 9/2 – 3.5 miles per day.

100 Mile Challenge starting 9/3 – 3.6 miles per day.

50 Mile Challenge starting 9/2 – 1.74 mile per day

50 Mile Challenge starting 9/3 – 1.78 miles per day

Are you going to join us? Please leave me a comment telling me how and where you are planning to clock your miles this month! Throughout the month of September I will check in with our progress ever week- you should too!!!!

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FlipBelt GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Remember last month when I told you all about FlipBelt – the coolest fitness accessory ever? {Read it HERE!} GUESS WHAT?!?!? I’m giving one away!!

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the “FlipBelt” printed on the belt is a reflector!!!

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Yes! Recently our family went on a fairly long mountain hike, since I of course had my FlipBelt I carried my phone & our car keys {notice in the photo the keys are quite bulky} I couldn’t even tell I was carrying anything! Since the belt is double layered there is no poking or jabbing!

Does it stay on?

Yes! Honestly I was a little concerned that it would slip down during my more active workouts. I’m here to tell you that is just NOT the case! It doesn’t matter what my work out it…Running, weights, HIIT, Battle Rope…It has never once slipped no matter how many times I have ‘tested’ it!

What I LOVE about FlipBelt:

  • Awesome Colors {I love my hot pink!}
  • VERY comfortable
  • Machine washable
  • Very Easy to put on and take off
  • Stay put and snug on hips
  • Only costs $28.99
  • Perfect to wear while running, hiking, biking, and pretty much any activity including just playing with the kids
  • Reflective Lettering {you can wear it in either the front or the back!}

A few things I wouldn’t put in my FlipBelt {since these items are very small they could find a way to slip out}

  • Coins
  • Jewelry {like wedding ring or earrings

Bottom Line: If you are active – {Hiker, runner, gym lover} and want to be hands free but still have all your ‘stuff’ then the FlipBelt was tailor-made for you!

You can purchase a FlipBelt HERE

WIN IT!

I have partnered with FlipBelt to give one lucky reader a FlipBelt! Click below to enter!

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*Giveaway will run from 8/28/14 – 9/8/14  A winner will be selected 9/8/14 – contacted via email friday 9/9/14 *U.S Residents

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Bottle|Band Review and GIVEAWAY!

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I so excited to share Bottle|Band with you today! First things first:

 

What is Bottle|Band?

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Its a cool silicone band that goes around your water bottle giving it a handle and making it easier to carry! Yay! No more dropping my water bottle!
 
My husband and I almost never run with water bottles because it can feel like too much “baggage”, honestly its really annoying to hold a water bottle while running or hiking! I’m always worried about dropping it! Then at home or at the gym I can’t tell you how many times I have dropped my water bottle on the treadmill…Please tell me that I’m not the only one! 🙂 But, not taking/drinking water is so not good for us! Staying hydrated is so important when it comes to taking care of your body. A little Hydration 101: When you drink water you flush out nasty toxins that are in your body…but there are even more benefits…including metabolism boost, weightless,  beautiful and healthier skin  and most importantly {in my opinion} a healthier heart. When we are working out or just simply being active we NEED to stay hydrated, the problem? There are situations when drinking water isn’t easy…like running or when you are in a workout groove at the gym or at home. However skipping the water a pressing on can lead to dehydration, and the only thing dehydration is good for is making you tired with no energy and possibly sick…NO one wants that…and it can be dangerous!

After chatting with the guys at Bottle|Bands about trying out the Bottle|Bands, I have to admit I was pretty excited! Ooh maybe I would actually take a water bottle on my runs and hikes, maybe I wouldn’t be so worried about dropping it!

When I got my bands in the mail my hubby {who is a hardcore runner} was so stoked and immediately wanted to give them a try, sooooo we did! we were both VERY impressed! The Bottle|Band stayed secure the whole time and was really comfortable to use! Yay! We didn’t have to worry about dropping bottles!

BBBottle|Bands and Kids! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these for my kiddos! They are perfect! Our family goes on walks/jogs every night! Especially in the summer we go through a LOT of water…but whose carrying it you ask? Yep! Mom and Dad! Not anymore!  The kids can just loop there water bottle with a Bottle|Band over their handlebar and we are good to go! Mom and Dad love it and so do the kids!

What I love about Bottle| Band:

  • Its one-size-fits all!
  • It’s very comfortable to use
  • Because of the handle you can hang your bottle on your treadmill, a door knob, or at the equipment at the gym!
  • You can customize your very own band! How cool would it be to get matching Bottle| Band for your kiddos team! Walking or running in a charity event? Get matching Bottle| Band for the whole team!
  • Running in a race? BottleBand is perfect for disposable bottle because once you finished you water you can throw your bottle away and put the BottleBand on your wrist and keep on running unencumbered!
  • Bottle| Band costs about $6!!!
  • Bottle| Band comes in a bunch of colors, with different sayings! Check em’ out!IMG_4035
How to use Bottle| Band:
 

 
I don’t have any CONS at all! The Bottle|Bands fit all the bottle I tried including our ninja smoothy cups {my hubby and I have smoothies in them every morning and they are perfect to take on morning hikes}
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I would highly recommend this product to anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors or at the Gym {home gym included!} The Bottle|Band makes carrying and hanging your water bottle super easy!
 

 

 

 

You can WIN IT

I have partnered with The Bottle|Band team for a Giveaway!!!! Click Below to Enter!

Enter Bottle|Band GIVEAWAY!

*Giveaway will run from 8/15/14 – 8/29/14  A winner will be selected 8/29/14 – contacted via email friday 8/30/14 *U.S Residents

Special Thank You to Bottle|Bands for this FANTASTIC Giveaway! 

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