Well over a year ago I heard about a new GPS watch especially for female runners. It was called the Bia and it was still in development at that time. I was interested because of its unique SOS feature which claimed you could call for help with the touch of a button and your location would be sent along with your SOS.
A few months later, a colleague of mine was brutally murdered and I knew I had to have a Bia.
I’ve been waiting for months for it to arrive and today was the big day! A couple events conspired to prevent me from testing it with a real run, but I couldn’t wait to share my initial impressions.
First, I adore the cylindracal package! It’s very minimal with almost no paperwork (aka waste).
I won’t go into the details that cut a run out of my schedule for the evening, but I couldn’t wait to try it out, so I took with me while I walked the dog. I tried the alert button and this is the message my husband received, along with the one he got when I cancelled the alert.
I love that I can cancel the SOS. I think I’ll be more inclined to actually use the SOS as soon as I feel uncomfortable knowing I can easily cancel it.
The Go Stick is quite a bit bigger than I expected, but still far smaller than my iPhone and I’m sure it’s much more durable. I took advantage of the engraving offered by Bia and I love that. I had my cell phone number put on it in case it is ever lost and I wish my watch was also engraved!
Finally, the one thing I really didn’t think through is the only problem I have with my Bia. See, I hate wearing any kind of jewelry when I run. I take off my wedding rings. Even stud earrings drive me crazy. So, wearing this watch is going to take some getting used to.