Asics AP01 SPM Training Watch: A Short Review

Asics AP01 SPM Training Watch

One of the latest addition to L-Time Studio Boutique’s array of its sports watch collection is the Asics AP01 SPM Training Watch and it has plenty of meat to its slim, sporty frame. Quietly introduced locally last 2013, this watch made a resounding debut last February 1, 2015 when the L-Time Studio (cum Soleus) Runners wore this watch and the Team shirt during the Condura Skyway Marathon.

Asics sports watches have become very popular in many countries specially for young athletes who are into running, biking and racing. It’s no wonder why many Japanese athletes are into it’s concept and have embraced it as their sports watch of choice. The AP01 has a unique style and purpose in the Asics line with very interesting specifications that is less about being fashionable and more about being reliable and useful.

“ASICS watches are designed in the tradition of the technologically advanced, high-quality ASICS shoes that have earned the allegiance of many of the world’s top athletes. Their run training watches, which include the AP01 and AH01, have been developed in collaboration with the ASICS Institute of Science in Kobe, Japan.

The goal and objective of the ASICS Institute of Sport Science is to research, study, and analyze the biomechanics and movement of the human body. All of this work is done for the main goal of improving the training, performance, and enjoyment of both professional and recreational athletes all over the world”, as quoted from the Asics Institute of Sports Science.

Now, let’s see what this particular watch does. With all the functions and cues this watch was meant to represent, the AP01 SPM is meant for running. Everything about this watch directs you to train properly and judiciously. It’s stylish but rugged appearance points you to its three (3) stellar features:

The AP01 SPM Trainer very accurately measures your steps per minute (SPM) and Speed and Distance while you run so you can learn your optimal running stride rate. It manages your pace, running efficiency and reduce the risk of over striding.

SPM Function:

By sensing with the built-in sensor the acceleration generated in the runner’s body during running, this watch measures the number of steps taken, and converts it into the SPM Data (the number of steps taken in 1 minute). It also enables you to control the exercise intensity during running. Using the SPM Data and the data measured with the 1/100 sec chronograph function in combination, you can run in different paces, either faster or slower than usual as desired.

PACE and Distance Function:

Using the algorithm developed by ASICS Institute of Sports Science, this watch can estimate the running pace and the distance run on the basis of the SPM measure during running. The estimate of the distance varies depending on the course and weather conditions and it should be noted that it serves as a general guideline only.

Shoes Impact Meter Function:

You can see how worn out your shoes are from the conditions of the outsole and the upper, but it is difficult to know to what extent the cushioning performance of your shoes have deteriorated. The Shoes Impact Meter indicates the reduction in cushioning performance of your shoes using an index based on such data as total number of steps.

Other great features this training watch possess include:

Double Repeat Timer Function:

Two timers repeat counting down the set time alternately.

Change-over Between Two Time Zones:

The current time of two time zones can be set in the Time mode.

3-Channel Daily Alarm Function:

The alarm can be set to ring at three different times of the day. The alarm of each channel can be engaged or disengaged independently of one another.

300-Lap Memory Function:

Up to 300 measurement data can be stored in memory.

More features here:

  • Plastic case
  • Aluminum bezel
  • Stainless-steel caseback
  • Acrylic glass
  • Urethane band
  • 5bar Water Resistance
  • SPM (Steps Per Minute) measurement
  • Estimated Pace & Distance measurement
  • Shoes Impact Meter
  • Time display (dual time)
  • Chronograph (300 lap memory)
  • Data (recall / SPM, Estimated Pace & Distance , 300 lap memory)
  • Timer (double repeat timer)
  • Alarm (3-channel daily alarm)
  • Backlight
  • Power saving function
  • Display contrast adjustment
  • Two-year battery life

There’s something very enticing about wearing this sports watch that optimizes you to perform effectively. It gives you a sense of pace in real time, knowing when to adjust whether to go faster or slower and having control of your steps to get maximum results.

The Asics AP01 SPM watch on yours truly 🙂

The L-Time Studio-Asics Running Team at the recent Condura Skyway Marathon 2015

You can purchase this watch at just under P5,000.00 at any L-Time Studio Boutique. For its price and features, i cannot recommend the Asics AP01 SPM enough specially if you are particular about pace, stride rate and perceived effort of your runs. It’s one important tool for runners on training!