Disclaimer: I was provided an Epson Runsense SF-810 sports watch in exchange for a review on the blog. No other compensation was received. All opinions and thoughts stated are my own.
Did you know that Epson made GPS sports watches? I’m sure you knew that they are widely-known for their high-quality printers, but watches for endurance athletes? I was also surprised to learn about this line of products by Epson. More than that, I was extremely curious about them, especially how they stacked up to GPS watches like Garmin or Polar.
Epson Runsense SF-810 GPS watch/heart rate monitor gives you all the stats you might need to evaluate your runs and improve performance. The watch has an accurate GPS tracking system as well as built-in optical heart rate monitor which measures at the wrist. The device measures distance, pace, altitude, calories, programable laps and more. A built-in Smart Stride sensor captures stride length and cadence which allows for accurate data even when GPS is unavailable. It can be used with popular running apps like MapMyRun.
The features in them-self impressed me from the get-go. It sure as heck sounded like it was comparable to what I’ve come to love about my Garmin. It was easy to set up and charge. You just put it in the cradle and connect to your computer’s USB port. The charging itself is pretty fast and I’ve learned it holds a charge for quite some time. According to Epson, you can get up to 20 hours of battery life with the GPS/heart rate options in use.
My first run with the Runsense was a “two-watch” run. By that, I mean I wore both my Garmin Forerunner 405 and the Runsense SF-810, one on each wrist. I wanted to compare the GPS connectivity times as well as the accuracy of the distance on the run between the two. The result of that run was the two were right on target with one another distance-wise. I got the same distance information on both GPS watches. Now, the Runsense picked up a GPS signal faster than my Garmin, but that was something it consistently did the more I used it. I found it to grab the GPS signal within 30 seconds or less.
I love how I can check my heart rate at any time with the watch. There is no chest strap needed, the sensor is located on the watch right on your wrist. It does take about 15 seconds to read, and while it’s not as accurate as a chest strap, I believe it’s pretty darn good. It’s a feature that impresses me for sure.
Also, the watch can be used with Bluetooth devices. This works out well with my mom’s new treadmill, as I can do a run on it and the watch connects and keeps track of my workout information. So, if you are into treadmill workouts, the indoor mode will be something you’ll love about the watch.
Bottom line, I find the Runsense SF-810 to be extremely comparable to other big name GPS watches on the market. Epson really has harnessed the GPS technology with an easy to use watch with lots of features. Not to mention that there’s an Olympian standing behind the Runsense. It’s endorsed by Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi, who is also Epson’s Running Ambassador.
Check out the Runsense SF-810 as well as the other GPS watches in the line over at Epson’s website. If you are in the market for a new running watch, this one is worth considering.