The Accusplit Eagle AE120XL is a basic but reliable pedometer that gets excellent reviews; owners say they like how small, lightweight and comfortable it is. Heavier or slower walkers may find this pedometer less than accurate and should consider an accelerometer pedometer instead.
Simple and accurate. Although the Accusplit Eagle AE120XL is a basic pedometer that only counts steps, experts call it both accurate and reliable. It's identical to the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-200 (Est. $20) and uses the same JW200 Pedometer Engine, which receives high marks for accuracy in numerous tests.
Yamax pedometers are hard to come by, but the manufacturer licenses its designs to other companies, including Accusplit, and the Eagle AE120XL is easier to find in the U.S. The accuracy of both pedometers is extraordinary and considered the "gold standard" by many reviewers. In fact, the Digi-Walker and its twins are often used in clinical trials as the control unit.
Not ideal for heavier or slower walkers. The Accusplit Eagle AE120XL is a simple, easy-to-use pedometer with a large display and protective flip cover. Owners generally like it, but some wish it could be calibrated for individual strides and others complain that the plastic belt clip isn't secure. As a spring-levered pedometer, the AE120XL must be positioned vertically for accurate results. Both users with large waists and slow walkers will have better luck with the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 (Est. $30) , which uses an accelerometer that works more effectively at slower speeds or when tilted forward.
Five-year warranty. With such simple operation, very few owners report any problems with durability. The most common issue they encounter is that the AE120XL's insecure plastic clip sometimes causes the device to fall. However, a cover helps protect the pedometer and owners find further comfort in the five-year warranty, which is much longer than most others. In comparison, the identical Yamax Digi-Walker SW-200 comes with just one year of protection.
The Accusplit Eagle AE120XL gets nearly 100 owner reviews and an average score of 4.1 stars out of 5. Most users call it a great value, but a few complain that the AE120XL stopped working after a few weeks.
Review: Accusplit AE120XL Pedometer, Steps Only, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
Bumgardner, About.com's walking guide, writes a brief review of the Accusplit Eagle AE120XL. She praises its light weight and accuracy, but says the clip doesn't keep the pedometer completely secured and recommends attaching an extra strap.
Review: Accusplit Eagle AE120 Pedometer, Wendy Bumgardner, June 29, 2012
3. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
This abstract summarizes a clinical study in which 20 testers wore 13 pedometers while walking, and their step counts were compared to the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-200 control that's identical to the Accusplit Eagle AE120XL. The SW-200 is proven to be one of the most accurate pedometers available.
Review: Pedometer Measures of Free-Living Physical Activity: Comparison of 13 Models, Patrick L. Schneider, et al., February 2004
4. NEA Today
In this article, Scott Crouter, Ph.D., an associate professor of exercise and health sciences, evaluates five pedometers. He calls the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-200 -- which is identical to the Accusplit Eagle AE120XL -- the best choice for people of "normal weight" and likes its low cost.
Review: Picking a Pedometer, Gini Kopecky Wallace, January 2008