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This is my first connected running shoe. As a shoe, it is good value for the price. The shoe delivers good data from the connected feature, and you don’t need your phone when using the shoe.
But a couple of caveats:
1. You must make sure that the shoe is connected to the app each time before using, if you want shoe data synced with the app. Once connected, you can leave your phone in the car, at home, at the trailhead, etc, and the shoe will sync up with the app when you return (I haven’t been away for more than 1 hour, so I don’t know if longer durations affect the shoe’s data and syncing).
I have found that if I forget to connect the shoe before leaving for a run or a hike, when I returned I was not able to sync shoe data with the app (or even know if data had been collected).
2. I went hiking in a remote area (no connectivity) and found that I was not able to connect my shoe. It seems that you need either cellular or WiFi to be in range. I haven’t tried connecting first and then going out of range. However, I think the shoe might “timeout” if it doesn’t detect motion for a while. The right shoe does the syncing, so if you’re driving to a remote location in the US and other right-side-of-the-road countries, trying to create a fake motion with the left shoe would not avoid the timeout.
A third issue that I have run into, not related to shoe syncing, is that I need to keep re-connecting UA’s apps with each other each time there’s an iOS update. This might be an iOS thing, not UA. I use MapMyRun (with the shoe) and MyFitnessPlan apps.
Other than these 3 (minor) issues, the product is excellent.
What’s funny: when I initially connected the shoe to the app, out of the (shoe)box, the shoe went through a “firmware update”.