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The Halo has a sensor built into the sole that apparently can detect cadence, foot strike location, and ground impact force and send that info to a synced iFit watch or a smartphone. Devices that measure cadence have been around for awhile, but a shoe that can show foot contact location and impact force could be interesting.
A big question will be pricing – will runners be willing to shell out $180 for this technology? There’s also the question of what to do with the info that the shoe provides – there’s no conclusive data showing that one type of foot strike is best under all conditions, and there is considerable debate about whether impact force is related to injury risk. I’m also not sure which exact [url=http://www.paardreizen.nl/Nike-Air-Presto-Heren-c-64_66.html]Nike Air Presto Heren[/url] aspect of force they are measuring – max impact force, max ground reaction force, loading rate, all of the above? We’d also need some [url=http://www.paardreizen.nl/Nike-Air-Max-TN-Dames-c-49_50.html]Nike Air Max TN Dames[/url] kind of norms for force data to make them useful.
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For me, the main thing that sets the Rhythm+ apart from the Link is the band used to attach it to your arm. The Mio Link is a wrist-based device – it has a watch-like plastic band that I found somewhat uncomfortable, particularly when cinched tightly. There is really no alternative with the Link other than attaching it to your wrist, and this has caused problems for some people [url=http://www.pierrerobyr.ch/adidas-zx-700-c-23/adidas-zx-700-damen-c-23_24/]Adidas ZX 700 Damen[/url] as HR measurement requires a good, tight fit (those with bony wrists have reported dropouts and other problems).
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