Ep­son Run­sense 710 1$ 300

Canadian Running - - GEAR -

A SIM­PLE, STRAIGHFORWARD WATCH Great size, ba­sic look, gives data ap­pro­pri­ate for all lev­els with­out too much com­plex­ity. Com­pat­i­ble with pop­u­lar run­ning apps in­clud­ing Strava, MapMyRun, Run­keeper.

FAN­TAS­TIC BAT­TERY LIFE Thirty-hours; sleeps af­ter ex­tended non-use. QUAL­ITY ADDED

FEA­TURES A built-in Smart Stride sen­sor that tracks your stride length and rate so the watch can be used if the GPS sig­nal is weak. This also makes it fea­si­ble to track your work­out while on a tread­mill or at an in­door track. When out­side, the Run­sense grabs GPS sig­nal quickly; typ­i­cally less than a 15-sec­ond wait time. UP­LOAD TIME Via Blue­tooth is re­ally quite slow (four-five min­utes to up­load a sin­gle work­out).

BULKY CHARG­ING PORT Some­what awk­ward for trav­el­ling. Only comes with a USB charger but no wall adap­tor.

MAR­RIED TO YOUR PHONE Many of the watch set­tings need the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion to be changed which can be prob­lem­atic for those with­out a smart­phone. At $300, Ep­son’s first foray into run­ning watches is sur­pris­ingly strong. The Run­sense gets many things right, but stum­bles with some of the mi­nor de­tails. We liked the sim­plic­ity and over­all func­tion­al­ity of the 710 and are ea­ger to see their next gen­er­a­tion of run­ning tech.

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