There are a myriad of options when it comes to monitoring your workouts.  Garmin is often regarded as the 500lb gorilla in the space.  But now there is a new contender on the scene.  Who you ask?  Scosche.

They’ve long produced Apple accessories, so it was no surprise to see their version of a workout monitor arrive in the form of an iPhone accessory.  From a hardware standpoint it involves a Bluetooth enabled armband.  It allows you to control your iPhone’s music wirelessly, incorporates a 5 hours rechargeable battery and dual LED/optical sensors to measure your heart rate.  Generally speaking, comparable product offerings call for a bulky chest strap, so it’s refreshing to see a device that incorporates both audio controls and heart monitoring in one.  How effective the optical/LED tech is over the standard heart monitor is anyone’s guess at this point, but we love the idea of not having to wriggle into a chest strap before heading out for a run.  On the other hand, carrying one’s iPhone during a run is unappealing considering its bulk and weight.

The accompanying iPhone app can track your heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled and the total time of your workout.  Much like Garmin’s offering, it allows you to review your workouts over a set period of time, though they seem to be lacking the online community component like the aforementioned company.  No matter.  Garmin doesn’t offer the iPhone connectivity, at least not as far as we recall.

Design wise the hardware leaves something to be desired.  In fact, it looks rather old school. But hopefully its bulky aesthetic translates into durability, and by that we mean tumbles, spills and rain.

What do you think?  Will you be getting this, a Nike Run or stick with the good old, reliable Garmin?

You can by the Scosche myTrek today for $129.99.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."