Wahoo TICKR RUN Workout Tracker with Heart Rate for iPhone & Android

Wahoo Fitness, the creator of the first heart rate monitor for the iPhone, is back with an advanced, yet easy to use wearable device designed for runners. The TICKR RUN, with real-time heart rate monitoring and advanced motion analytics, is the ultimate training tool for serious runners. When paired with the Wahoo Fitness App, the TICKR RUN offers Wahoo’s Burn & Burst Heart Rate Training Programs to shed pounds and improve performance and Running Smoothness to help you improve your individual running form and become a stronger runner. The TICKR RUN connects to both smartphones and GPS watches via Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ wireless technology.

$ 72.74

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
Worse than the regular TICKR (which actually worked) – app is full of bugs and problems that make it unusable, July 28, 2014
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I wish I could give this a positive review, I really do, but this device is just not ready for prime-time. I don’t know if I was sent something early, so I hope Wahoo Fitness reads this review, but right now I just cannot recommend it. In short, the TICKR Run actually works worse than the TICKR with some software/hardware bugs that make it pretty unusable right now.

For some background on me, I wouldn’t consider myself a hardcore athlete, but I’ve been running for about 1.5 years and using my Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS watch to push myself and learn how to run better. PR’s include 5k/21:46, 10k/48:37, Half Marathon: 1:52:43, Marathon 3:55. After going through the paces with the Garmin HRM2 and HRM3, I realized that I hated chest straps and I gave them up to go optical, buying a MioLink (Scosche makes one as well). I use the MioLink with both my Garmin Forerunner 410 and my iPhone.

What could make me go back to a chest strap, especially on 95 degree humid Mid-Atlantic days? Running Analytics! I would love to see my smoothness, bounce, etc. I wasn’t going to shell out 0 for the Garmin 620/HRM-Run, but when I saw that for under 0 I could get the same thing from Wahoo, I was psyched. My plan was not to use this all the time like my HRM, but for training when I wanted to better understand my form.

First things first – you need to use this with a modern iPhone (4S or later) or Android phone. I tested it with an iPhone 5S. Most fitness devices such as Garmin watches use a low-power wireless protocol known as ANT+. ANT+ is designed for low-data throughput applications to preserve battery power. Using ANT+ with a smart phone like an iPhone requires a special external adapter. However, Bluetooth Smart or Bluetooth low energy has been included in iPhones since the 4S (but not the 4 or earlier), and works similar to ANT+. This Wahoo heart rate monitor will pair with either ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart, meaning it will work with most modern phones with no additional hardware required. It is unclear to me if it will send running analytics to the Garmin 620 (just HRM at this point). I know it won’t with the 410 because the Garmin 410 doesn’t support those values. But it will send them to my iPhone.

Compared to the Garmin HRM, the Wahoo is a bit larger, but hardly noticeable once it is on. The Garmin HRM attaches to the strap, and the strap hooks with a bra-like hook closure. The Wahoo strap uses the white-plastic monitor itself as a keystone. The strap is a single solid strap, and each free end snaps onto the HRM itself. This is a nice design that reduces clasps which could possibly irritate. The electrodes themselves seem to hold moisture a bit better than the Garmin HRM, but honestly, both seem to work quite well. Both HRM’s tend to give erroneous values during the first mile of my runs until I start to sweat, no matter how much I wet them. Much of this is due to me wearing a technical fabric shirt which builds up ESD. Running in cotton or shirtless, it works immediately.

A great feature Wahoo includes in the HRM is that it lights up with alternative red and blue LED’s while connecting. I love this visual feedback. Since all HRM’s go to sleep and must wake by sensing they are on your body, it can be frustrating if they aren’t detected immediately. My Garmin gives me no indication it is on. I need to rescan and reposition it, not knowing if the problem lies in my watch or the HRM. The Wahoo lights up immediately so I know it is powered. My phone found it almost instantly.

I decided to test the Wahoo TICKR Run with the Wahoo fitness app. It would work with Strava for HRM only, but for running analytics, you need to use the Wahoo app. The app has a bunch of really nice features that alleviate the need for visual feedback on your wrist. For instance, it gives audible feedback that is fully programmable. I set it to auto-lap every 1 mile and tell me my pace. However, you can set alerts for just about anything from pace to distance to heart rate. So if your heart rates goes too high, it can tell you audibly so you know to back off. I really enjoyed the mapping features in the Wahoo app and found them quite useful.

The Wahoo app has some more complex features for heart rate training, but I did not see a way to setup a more complex run such as intervals, threshold runs, etc. However, if you have another app with those features, I suppose you could use those as well, just not with the analytics.

So, excited to learn more about my running form, I threw on my ASICS Gel-Lyte33’s and went out for a 15 mile run at a 9:00/pace today. I got home and saw data on my phone that made no sense. It says that my max heart rate was 195, but my "Average HR" is 5250! Lap 1 avg HRM was 10445, Lap 2 was 143, lap 3 was 27081, lap 4 was 11209, lap 5 was 18. I must have been pumping blood backwards on lap 8 because my max heart rate…

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good at measuring heart rate. Mediocre at measuring pace. Proper calibration is important., September 2, 2014
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I’m a runner who’s recovering from an injury, so I’m going to be on bikes and treadmills for a while. I bought a TICKR RUN so I could see my heart rate on my phone, and so I could log my distance and pace when treadmill running. (I don’t have a foot pod.)

Unfortunately, the TICKR RUN is a little disappointing, for two reasons. First, I don’t like the strap it comes with. It’s similar to one of Garmin’s old designs, where the transmitter’s snaps double as clasps for the strap. The hard plastic of the transmitter ends up against my skin, which I find uncomfortable. I much prefer Polar’s soft heart rate strap, which, like Garmin’s newer designs, have the transmitter snap onto the face of the strap. When I first attempted to attach the TICKR RUN to my Polar strap, the rubber sheaths around the female snaps on the strap pushed the male snaps on the transmitter out. I solved the problem by trimming the sheaths down with a craft knife, but it was still a hassle. For what it’s worth, I suspect the TICKR RUN would snap into a unmodified Garmin HRM3, because on Garmin’s straps the rubber sheaths end below the rims of the snaps.

The second disappointment was the TICKR RUN’s accelerometer. Admittedly, I made a mistake the first time I calibrated it using the Wahoo Fitness app. The procedure calls for three two-minute runs at slow, moderate, and fast paces. I chose my normal, pre-injury paces, which were below the paces I intended to use for my treadmill runs. The result was that the TICKR RUN consistently measured my pace to be around a minute per mile faster than what the treadmill displayed. However, after I recalibrated the accelerometer, the results were only a little better. At a slow pace, the TICKR RUN was about 20 seconds/mile too fast. At moderate pace, perhaps 10-15 seconds too fast. At fast pace, the TICKR RUN had it about right on average, but 50% of the time it would swing wildly between 30 seconds/mile too fast and 30 seconds per mile too slow. My next run (on the same treadmill) yielded results which were slightly less accurate. Potential buyers should also know that the TICKR RUN was never able to measure my pace at all when walking.

The TICKR RUN isn’t all bad. As a heart rate monitor, it’s as good as any other. It also fairly accurately measured my cadence. (I ran with a metronome set to 180/minute. The TICKR RUN usually thought my cadence was somewhere around 184-187.)

But if I were to make the decision again, I wouldn’t buy a TICKR RUN. I’d buy either a plain TICKR or (more likely) a Polar H7, plus a foot pod. I’ve never used a foot pod so I don’t know whether it would be more accurate, but I can hope.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Save twenty bucks now!, January 9, 2015
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I wa primarily looking for a east rate monitor that would connect to run keeper on my iPhone 4s. This device accomplishes that, with a comfortable chest strap and indicators that let me know the device is on and connected.

However, I skipped the TIKR (which also does this) because much of my running is on a gym treadmill. This device promised to track my pace and distance on a treadmill as well as heart rate. Fact is, it doesn’t work. Rates are goofy and constantly changing all over the map, even when I’m running at a constant pace. Downloaded and installed the firmware update, hoping that would solve the problem. It didn’t.

So it’s a great heart rate monitor; so is the TICKR, for twenty bucks less than the TICKR Run, which is what I know wish I had purchased instead.


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