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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Okay, so who can suggest a reasonably priced pedometer that will accurately measure distances in units of kilometers?

I'm sure at least a few reading this know why I'm asking! wink We have one, but it was a giveaway for a fitness program or something.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Carry your GPS and set it to Metric Units.

The post above is purely the opinion of the poster and is no way connected to the opinions of the WGA Board.

Looking for a pathtag idea check out Freak Designs 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I know...I know!!!

There are settings on the Oregon 9and maybe others) that will work. I would take Muggle B as he nailed it one by counting!!!

Signals from space make me wander in circles

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:04 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I've been experimenting with my eTrex Legend for this. I've been leaving it on miles though knowing I can do the conversion prior to setting out. It seems pretty accurate based on my initial tests.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:36 pm Reply with quote Back to top

There is no doubt that a GPS is more accurate than any pedometer, but not useable for all situations. I think that might be T&B's case...

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Northwoods Tom
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:48 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have a "Freestyle" Tracer pedometer that I have used that appears to be quite accurate. To be honest, I'm sure there are others out there that may be better. About $20. If you decide a pedometer is the way you want to go, I feel it's important to get one that you can program in your stride length at a minimum. This model happens to be able to measure in miles or kilometers and has other features as well.

Here's the rub, your stride length changes as you become tired, move thru a variety of terrain, change course, etc. It works great when I'm walking a road or a level trail. When I walk the bush or woods for distances it loses accuracy. What others have said about using a GPS unit for measurement is true. Especially one that you can lay a track on and/or record distance traveled. But sometimes you don't want to carry your GPS unit (O.K. I said it! Don't hold it against me!). If you want to look at the instruction manual, check out:

Hope this is of help.
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