FTC Notice: The people at Milestone Pod provided the products for this Milestone Pod review and giveaway. All opinions are my own.
I first heard about Milestone Pod early last year, when they were raising money through indiegogo to bring the product to market. It sounded like such a great idea, I made a contribution and crossed my fingers that they would reach their goal.
I know that running shoes should be replaced about every 300 miles, but I am horrible about keeping track of the mileage I put on my shoes. I can’t even remember when I bought my current pair of shoes, and usually have to resort to my Facebook or Instagram history, searching for an excited “New Shoes!” post. With that information in hand, I try to estimate how much I’ve been running and caluclate a rough estimate of my shoe mileage. That all falls apart if I’ve been wearing more than one pair of shoes, which I have been doing lately, keeping my trusty Mizunos for my longer runs and having fun with lighter shoes (like the new Reebok ZQuick shoes) on shorter runs or treadmill workouts.
So, why was I so excited about Milestone Pod?
Milestone Pod automatically tracks your mileage! The Pod has a mini computer inside that tracks your mileage and keeps a running tally (no pun intended!) of every mile you’ve walked or run. How cool is that?!
As the Milestone Pod got closer to becoming a reality, I reached out to them and asked if they needed any help beta testing their pods. I was thrilled when they said that they actually did need more data from women! I spent a few months taking my pod on test runs, comparing its mileage to the mileage on my Garmin or treadmill, and sharing my “user experience” with the developers. It was so fun to be involved “behind the scenes” and watch the progress as they put on the finishing touches.
As the Milestone Mod website explains:
Simply lace the pod through your shoe and begin your work out. The pod collects data as soon as it senses movement. No buttons, no waiting, no hassle. Track your mileage for every run – your pod goes with you everywhere. There is no need to disconnect from shoe!
You can just use the pod (you can see the mileage on the face), or you can get more information about your runs using the app.
This is the dashboard view on the app. As you can see, it tracks distance, time, pace and even cadence. How cool is that?! There is a page where you can dig deeper into each run and calibrate the pod data if your Garmin or treadmill mileage data differ from what the pod recorded.
Other features of the Milestone Pod include:
- User friendly! No need to run with your phone or recharge a battery
- Rain and sweat proof (I can vouch for this after this wet run!)
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, from treadmill to trail
- No buttons to push, the Pod senses when you start your run or walk (Love this!)
- Pod remains attached to your shoe for the life of your shoes; Pod can be reset and transferred to new pair
- LED light will blink red when it’s time to replace shoes, green other times
- USB connector stores emergency medical information for first responders
- Wirelessly sync to your phone to view detailed activity data including distance, pace, cadence, and total mileage
The Milestone Pod is available on the MilestonePod website for $19.95.
(The original giveaway has been completed)