Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 Review Facts
The Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 follows up the GPS One. The watch includes a few added features and a better band design. It also comes with a slight price increase. The bones of the GPS unit are mostly the same. The Fit 1.0 remains a very simple, no-frills running watch with the added benefit of USB upload and improved data storage abilities. While it’s a decent choice for the technologically savvy runner who prefers to focus on the run instead of the data, the Fit misses the mark in a few areas.
The Soleus Fit 1.0 watch is targeted towards runners looking for a simple device. The paired down run-specific features include GPS. Like its predecessor, the GPS One, the watch allows users to record their runs. The Fit, though, allows for data to be uploaded to a computer and boasts the ability to record more runs
as part of its historical data. These added features make the watch slightly more advanced than the One, but the Fit still offers the same basic functionality.
Like the GPS One, the Soleus Fit allows users to see their speed, pace, and distance all thanks to GPS recording. The watch also has an auto-lap feature and displays calorie
burn information. Like most watches, the Soleus has a backlight and include a stopwatch feature. In terms of basic functions, the Fit has the same array as its predecessor. Runners will get all the essentials needed for recording their runs.
The Soleus GPS Fit features a unique night mode feature that allows for easy visibility at night (or in the early morning
hours). The watch is also water resistant up to 30 meters. In contrast to the One, the Fit can store up to 30 runs. But most notably, it offers users the ability to upload data to their computer via USB. The watch doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities, though, so don’t expect to use it with a Smartphone. It’s a standalone device.
According to users, the Soleus watch works as intended and tracks GPS quite accurately. Users did, however, report that getting a satellite signal took a very long time. This is in stark contrast to Garmin's Forerunner 10, a similarly positioned basic run-watch, which acquires its signal incredibly fast. On cloudy days, reviewers said, waiting for the Fit’s signal was even more tiresome.
The Fit watch does not allow for Bluetooth, ANT, or WIFI data transfer. Unlike the previous version of the watch, however, the Fit 1.0 enables users to upload data via a USB cable. Reviewers reported that while the added feature was an improvement over the previous version, uploading did not always go smoothly.
With the help of software from Soleus, users can sync their watch data with Strava. While it’s a nice bit of added functionality, most users found it challenging to do so and complained about the fact that extra software was required. Downloading it was an extra step that not everyone appreciated.
The GPS Fit’s strap is much-improved thanks to a more breathable design with a greater number of perforations. Users, however, did mention that the watch itself felt bulky and wasn’t always comfortable to wear. The strap makes up for this, though. It ventilates well and is easy to adjust. Since the watch is intended for running
and does not have any daily tracking features (e.g., step counting), there’s no requirement to keep it on all day anyhow.
The chunky sporty design remains almost unchanged since the One, but this version is available in a different array of colors. The pink and purple versions each feature a thick black bezel while the black watch comes with a white bezel.
The water-resistant watch (30-meter rating) features a relatively durable plastic construction with a hardened mineral glass screen. Those who chose the Fit as their primary watch reported that it worked well without issue for years
. There were several reports of software malfunctions requiring a call to customer service, but otherwise, the watch is well made.
The round display features a 45.5 mm casing. The very large pixelated font is super easy to read but doesn’t exactly scream sophistication. A single screen can display up to three pieces of data and reviewers felt even with three data fields, the information was readable. The screen remains unchanged since the GPS One.
The Fit’s band is much-improved thanks to a new plastic strap with multiple perforations. Disappointing, however, is the lack of interchangeable strap. Like the One, the GPS Fit features an attached band with a buckle clasp.
The Fit is available in a single size and fits wrists as small as 150 cm and those as large as 210 cm around. The overall weight
of the watch hasn’t changed since the One. It still weighs 1.8 ounces. Compared to the GPS One, the Fit is the same size.
Ease of Use
The basic Fit sounds like a super straightforward watch to navigate and setup but many runners encountered ease of use issues. The four buttons are a lot for such a simple device and figuring out how to delete workouts and configure specific settings requires a peek at the manual. Charging is a bit annoying, as well, since the pins on the USB charger need to line up very precisely. Users also noted that getting a satellite signal was painfully slow and on cloudy runs, the signal was not always reliable. Uploading data was another roadblock that users mentioned dealing with. The process is not entirely intuitive and requires some trial and error since uploading works only about half the time.
The Fit 1.0 includes a rechargeable battery and comes with a USB charger that can also be used to upload data to a computer. Soleus, however, doesn’t list a battery life estimate anywhere for this device.
The Soleus GPS Fit is slightly more expensive than the GPS One. You’re mostly paying an extra bit of dough for the data upload feature. Is it worth it? The feature works intermittently at best, and it’s far less convenient than Bluetooth or WIFI upload, but for simplicity’s sake, when it works, it’s fine. Overall, the Fit is one of the cheapest GPS enabled options available. For the runner who is ready to fill out a paper log at the end of a training
session, the wonky data upload probably isn’t a huge deal, and the budget price is certainly attractive.
The Soleus Fit comes with a charger but is not compatible with any other devices since it lacks any kind of connectivity capabilities (e.g., Bluetooth or ANT+).
- GPS enabled
- Auto-lap feature
- Night mode for auto-activation of the backlight
- Distance (in miles or kilometers)
- Pace/Speed (in miles per hour or kilometers per hour)
- 30 run workout history
- USB charging and data upload
- Stopwatch functionality
Who’s the Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 for? The runner who wants a no-frills GPS watch.
However, unlike Garmin’s Forerunner 10, the paired down Fit does come with a bit of a learning curve. Navigating the four-button device takes some getting used to, and its new data upload feature isn’t perfect. But it’s still a viable option for the budget-minded runner who prefers to keep a paper running log. The sporty-looking GPS unit offers users all the necessary features required for keeping track of their progress.