The i-gotU GT-120 GPS Travel Logger is quite the handy gadget. I was given the opportunity to conduct a product test on this unit during my recent running and outdoor expeditions and am quite pleased with its performance. Initially designed for the hiker and mobile tourist, this unit can inconspicuously log thousands of data points and synchronize pictures taken along the way…very cool. But as a runner, I was skeptical on what applications it could have for me. Here is what I found…
Weighing in at only 20 grams, this unit can jingle around with my pocket change and go virtually unnoticed. It comes with a rubber case/holder (blue) which has a belt loop on the back. I found it to very versatile in where I could carry it. I had the best luck with both a Velcro wrist strap (wearing like a watch) and putting it on the laces of my shoes. Both methods proved to be equally effective and comfortable.
The little unit is pretty tough and withstood some rather rigorous testing as I took it on runs during rain & shine. It also has a very long-lasting rechargeable battery…with 30 hours of battery life!. This added battery life with its small size make it very unique compared to my other more expensive GPS units. You can easily record multi-hour bike rides, runs, and all-day hikes without worrying.
The i-gotU GT-120 is amazingly simple to operate…one button and 2 LEDs. For those looking for visual feedback on its operation, you’ll have to wait until you plug it into your PC (with the USB cable provided). By pressing the button down for 1-2 seconds, the logger will start and stop. You can tell that it is recording by the red and blue LEDs flashing together in quick blinks. In bright sunlight, it’s hard to see these lights and I just cupped my hand over the unit to verify. But after a few trial runs, I became confident that the logger was working and recording my runs & hikes. And as mentioned above, it's very versatile in how you choose to wear it. I personally liked the wrist strap or shoe-lace methods (pictured below).
The i-gotU GT-120 comes with a USB cable and software CD that installs easily and quickly to your computer. When I came back from my run, I simply plugged in the unit, opened the @trip software and the pop-up menus walked me through the rest of the process. I really liked the pairing of the data on Google Earth, the street map in the lower right corner and the all of the running and elevation data at the bottom of the screen. The @trip software gives you the choice of 3 different styles when you pull in the data: Classic, Sporting, and Simple. I preferred the Sporting Style as it gave me my running times, speeds and distance (as pictured in the screen zoom-in below). I was also very pleased at the accuracy of this GPS unit. I use a Garmin Forerunner 405 on my daily runs which costs 5x as much as this unit and while it provides more features, the accuracy of the i-gotU and Garmin data are identical. Check out the zoom-in shot of my river run…it even shows me running on one side of the road on the way out and the other side for the way back…very precise.
Overall, I had a very positive experience with my i-gotU GT-120 Product Review. I found its data to be extremely accurate and reliable…from the time and distance of my runs to the side of the road that I ran on. It’s also worth noting that when I logged an all-day fishing trip it was accurate down to the exact dock of departure!
It’s small size, accuracy, and long battery life make it ideal for hikers, long distance runners, bikers, and anyone else that wants to map their journeys. I personally did not test the picture-pairing ability of the unit but would consider that feature to be just the icing on the cake. And at the price of just under $70, I think it’s a great deal. I highly recommend the GT-120 GPS travel logger...it's a very cool gadget!