To start the TICKR Run can broadcast heart rate data over both Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ so effectively every major product on the market today will work with the TICKR Run. It is nice to know that no matter what product you are using or whatever you upgrade to in the future your accessories will continue to work with it. Right now the sports technology market is definitely in flux right now with a shift from what was 100% ANT+ (and some random device specific protocols, I am looking at you Polar) to Bluetooth 4.0 starting to break in. Originally with the use of smartphones for fitness training but also some devices are now following the trend as well with both the Polar V800 and the new Suunto Ambit3 both supporting Bluetooth 4.0 and NOT ANT+.
But a dual broadcasting heart rate monitor is great but nothing groundbreaking. The Wahoo includes some other impressive features especially Running Smoothness (yea Wahoo trademarked the phrase which was a smart move) which measure vertical oscillation (how much you bounce), ground contact time, and cadence all from the TICKR heart rate monitor. This allows the Wahoo Fitness App to create a Running Smoothness score to help runners try and be more efficient and healthy for their running form. Now the Running Smoothness features will only work while using the iPhone Wahoo Fitness App and not when using a normal GPS running watch.
My overly detailed review of the Garmin Forerunner 220 Here). Garmin also captures many of the same metrics as Running Smoothness does with their New HRM Run heart rate monitor but it is only compatible with Garmin's top end running watch the Forerunner 620. But the Garmin FR 620 is $400 and the HRM Run is $100 where as the Wahoo TICKR Run is $80 and uses the phone you already use. I think we can clearly see which is the better value but I'll leave that up to you all.
So, I will be testing the Wahoo TICKR Run in the coming weeks and then posting my usual Overly Detailed review. In the meantime if you would like to support this site you can head over to Amazon.com to get yourself a TICKR Run. It allows you to get an awesome product at a great price (amazon is usually the cheapest) and I get a small percentage back from amazon at no cost what so ever to you.. So to recap: you get a great product and I get to keep writing some way overly detailed reviews...Sounds like a win-win to me! Or you can visit Wahoo.com for more info on the TICKR Run.