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I have a love/hate relationship with this watch.
on May 29, 2014
Last fall, I began running with the triathalon club at my university. I quickly noticed that a: everyone had a bulky-ass watch that let them know what they were running, b: the watches were expensive, but c: they seemed helpful in setting distance goals and observe running patterns.
Because I am in college and stereotypically fill my billet as a poor college student, I couldn't afford a Garmin MEGAMAN-something whatever which would almost cost a month's rent for me. However, I did want to get a GPS watch to start seeing my running behavior and make some concrete goals. So, I did some researchin', found the New Balance, and for $60 decided it was worth the try.
Let's start with the PROS:
>Holds many, many runs. Internal memory ain't half bad.
>Great little options, and set-up options; I enjoy the fact that I can see my fastest running time and slowest, my average speed and the approximate amount of calories I burned during a run.
>Clouds don't seem to effect it...entirely. (more on that later).
>Not too big, awkward or uncomfortable.
>Great feature for automatic light-up functions: you set up the time you want the watch to automatically light up if buttons are pressed while running. It can be enormously helpful.
>(Generally) Very accurate with distance. I tested this girl at a track before going running with her, and she seemed to be keeping with the distances on the track very well.
>Mountains and hills didn't seem to be too much of a problem...in MOST locations.
>Shamefully flimsy wristband. I had this watch no more than three months before the pin in one of the bands broke off. I glued the watch back together with metal epoxy and went on my merry way, but the durability of the wristband was very disappointing.
>Confusing button layout; sometimes gets in the ways of runs, or messes up lap-times/etc if you're particular or want your information to be accurate.
>The most bipolar, inconsistent GPS location I have ever dealt with. My experience in GPS technology is limited, but this watch's inconsistent GPS detection is sometimes embarassing. There will be days where I will stand in the same exact spot in my driveway that I've stood days before, on a clear day, and the watch will take more than ten minutes to detect OR won't detect at all. Other times, on cloudy or rainy days, it'll detect just fine. This can be very frustrating.
>Inconsistent GPS = some really weird run times. I have ran routes with this watch that I've ran countless times before, and it will suddenly alert me I'm hitting a mile mark I know I'm nowhere near. Other times, it'll tell me I've blitzed my first, all uphill mile in 6:30. Now, I'm not the slowest of slow, but I'm no Olympian either, and I know that kind of time is nowhere near accurate.
SUMMARY: If you want something cheap, to give you goals of something more majestic and expensive later, the New Balance GPS watch is not a bad start. This watch has some pretty neat features for a minimal price, but it is NOT the most reliable of creatures. You have to be patient, self-starting and persevere with this watch, because sometimes it will try its damndest to drive you insane.
In the end, buy carefully. Remember the old adage: you get what you pay for.