The first step before starting to use the knockoff Oakleys should be to go to the More option and modify the settings at our convenience, we can edit the profile, configure and manage the connected sensors, modify the trainer’s settings (here we only have to modify the frequency of update, it would have been interesting if it was configurable, because if you want to keep this option active, it can be a bit of a binge that will update you in that short space of time, of course, you can take it off and ask your fake Oakley sunglasses when you think convenient.
In this option there are also several tutorials that show you how to use the fake Oakleys Radar Pace.
Once we have configured everything to our liking, we can start running with them, press the Start option that offers 3 options.
Free run – we can do any training, in this option the foakley sunglasses will be connected to the phone and will offer us the following data (stride pace, stride length, heart rate, training duration, distance, pace). Of course we could also have linked our ANT + sensor.
Free bike tour – same as the previous one, but for bike, in my case I have not used this option, but it seems to work the same way as the race.
We are going to see how a program is created, the app allows you to create a personalized training based on some questions that you are going to ask, you can create a plan for a bike or for a race, it asks your experience, the daily distance you can run, if you are preparing for a test or just to be in shape, the date of the test, when you want to start, the days you can run, the day you want to make your long career, and after all this will create the plan until the date of your selected test.
To improve: In the creation of personalized training, I see two problems. The first is that, if during the creation you make a mistake in some step or insert an erroneous data, you can not go back to the previous step, you have to cancel the whole program and start over. The second is that these programs are not very customizable, that is, we can not create our own plan, the app automatically creates the plan based on the questions you ask.
Well, after seeing how to configure the app, we go to the mess and with the test thoroughly. As usual we have tested the glasses mainly in training sessions in Segovia and the north face of the Sierra de Guadarrama, our usual training place. The test included both short and long runs while training for the Barcelona Marathon and the Madrid Marathon. In addition, we use the glasses in both marathons, checking that the battery life is correct for races of 3-4 hours. In the case of ultras, it probably falls short.
To start using foakley, just click on the option Start and choose the type of training you want to do, then you can click on the Start training button or, you can tell your glasses that you want to start training, with a simple ” foakleys Radar, start training “?
You’ll wonder how the voice recognition goes: Well, to be honest, I think it’s pretty decent. In most cases, the cheap Oakleys perfectly understand what you are asking. True, I noticed some problem if there is a lot of wind, but they have a piece to protect the mic in case you want to use it. As I said, I used the Oakley sunglasses during the Barcelona marathon, and even with the bustle of the people, the glasses recognized my voice and answered the questions I asked. In this marathon, I could with a simple “Oakleys knockoff Radar, what is my heart rate?” Know the same at all times, without having to be aware of my Garmin Fenix3 HR, in addition to being able to know my pace and speed. It also allows you to listen to the music of your mobile device during training.
After the training, you can see all the data in the app, also depending on the training performed, the app is able to determine your heart rate zones and rhythm that will then be used in the creation of the following plans.
CONCLUSION: Personally, I love the idea. We must recognize that the Oakley guys have hit the nail on the head, ahead of the rest of the brands and producing glasses that “have it all”? Now, even recognizing the interest of the concept, however, I think from this first development there are enough details to be polished, such as:
The app is very basic, easy and intuitive, but I think it lacks some details to improve.
There is no web page associated with the app where you can configure your data and train on your computer.
You can not customize your training plans, you have to use free training or the plan that the app creates, but you can not add your own plans.
It is necessary to take the phone with you to be able to use the voice control and to communicate the data.
Training data can not be configured
Imagine that the high quality fake Oakleys did not depend on the phone, and you could connect them to your GPS watch and consume the data directly from it, there I think cheap Oakley sunglasses would win many integers. The need to carry the phone in all races is a fact that in my case would throw me a little back when deciding on this type of gadget.