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Timex Global Trainer Speed and Distance GPS Watch

by Timex
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  • GPS-enabled speed and distance watch for training harder and smarter
  • SiRFstar III GPS technology measures speed, distance, pace, and more
  • Built-in altimeter measures altitude, ascent rate, and descent rate
  • 20-workout memory; records up to 1,000 laps of information
  • ANT+ compatible; supports data downloads to TrainingPeaks.com
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Product Description

Product Description

Timex Bodylink Speed, Pace, Distance and Navigation Functions in a Single Wrist Instrument. Customizable Display with upto 4 Screen views. Performance and Multisport Modes for Training and Event use. Built for Ironman Competition. Downloadable / Recha

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It's no longer enough to train hard; you also have to train smart if you want an edge. Enter the Timex Ironman Global Trainer speed and distance watch, which gives elite athletes the performance tools they need to succeed. The Global Trainer is equipped with a SiRFstar III GPS chip, which records your performance across several dimensions and displays the data on a customizable screen. With the Global Trainer, you can easily monitor your pace, speed, distance, elapsed time, and calories burned, helping you determine how much you've improved during your training period. The watch also includes a 20-workout memory with dated summaries. As a result, athletes can record up to 1,000 laps of information and then download the data to TrainingPeaks.com, a free online training log site. Or you can challenge yourself the old-fashioned way using the integrated count-up and countdown timers, which help you measure your interval performance. The watch even includes a Performance Pacer to help you meet your finish-time goals.

The Global Trainer is more than just a pace tracker, however. Thanks to the GPS technology--which requires no calibration--climbers can use the watch to measure their altitude, along with their ascent and descent distances and rates. If navigation is your thing, the Global Trainer records up to 100 location waypoints, and offers the ability to track back old routes and create new ones. And cyclists will love the Global Trainer's ANT+ compatibility, which coordinates with third-party bike power meters and sensors to measure a bike's cadence and speed/distance. Other features include a Multisport Event Mode that records several activities and transitions in a single sequence; a customizable screen display that shows up to four windows of information; a hands-free option that automatically stars and stops data capture functions; and a rechargeable battery.

Features and Specifications:

  • Modes: 6
  • OS requirements: Windows XP or newer, or Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer
  • Battery charging options: USB or AC outlet
  • Heart rate sensor compatibility: Timex digital 2.4 heart rate sensors using ANT+
  • Bike power compatibility: 3rd-party sensors using ANT+
  • Language support: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, and Italian
  • Night light: Indiglo, with night mode
  • Case: Lightweight resin
  • Strap: Resin
  • Water-resistant: Yes, to 50 meters
  • Warranty: 1 year limited (U.S. only)


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5 x 2.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003P67HV6
  • Item model number: T5K267
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

I say, what the heck, I'll take off.
Amazon Customer
This has been a great training tool for me for running, cycling and gym workouts.
Danielito A. Andag
It is too slow to get satellite signal, sometimes take 10-15 minutes !!!
DANNY

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

112 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on December 16, 2010
The specs of the watch are really good, but it is when you start using it that one realizes that the Timex Global Trainer does not perform to expectations.

Firstly, the GPS in the watch, although it uses the same chip as that of the Garmin Forerunner, the performance in the Timex Global Trainer is extremely inaccurate. i.e. it takes an average of 5-7min to lock the satellites, unlike other devices, which can lock satellites in matter of seconds. Also, once a session is recorded and loaded onto a map (such as Google Maps), one can appreciate that the tracking of the device is very inaccurate. I have seen distance reading erros of up to 12% (e.g. you run 10miles and the watch says you have run 8.8miles!!) , which is very very bad. Other GPS watches only have a 2% error max accuracy (i.e. Garmin). I have checked this issue on the internet and other user reviews on Timex's Global Trainer GPS show this same issue. I have sent the watch to Timex, got it replaced for a new one, and the same issue persists. TIMEX HASN'T GOT A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM even with their latest FIRMWARE release (v. 3.14) made on August 2011.

Secondly, the workout data downloaded from the watch to the PC is proprietary and can only be used on the TrainingPeaks website. Forget about exporting you data to other better and cheaper websites such as MapMyRun or WorkOutLog. This wouldn't be a problem if TrainingPeaks had a good system, but it is slow and in many occasions it won't load 100% of the workout information (plenty of software improvement is needed on their side). TrainingPeaks has a cost of c. $20/month, while other websites only cost $20/year. The Free version of TrainingPeaks won't show you all of the information from your watch (e.g. HR zones, Cadence Zones, Power Zones, etc).
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By SWA on February 15, 2011
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I have a Garmin 405 which is not waterproof... I wanted something I could use for the entire triathlon... this one is waterproof but will not provide data on the swim... things I did not care for...

1. Took FOREVER to acquire signal... downloaded new firmware.. still takes minutes to acquire!
2. HUGE... this thing is HUGE... not heavy but HUGE!
3. Training Peaks software not as user friendly as I am used to... costs $$ for access to all the features.
4. None of my logs are Timex compatible so uploading requires manual insertion of data... BAD!
5. You may be able to have 4 fields of data visible at once but it is nearly impossible to read it while running because it is so small.
6. Glare based on angle makes reading watch difficult!

I was happy to go back to my Garmin... this thing was just not for me!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L.Boyd on May 11, 2012
This watch does everything you need one too. It tracks your heart rate, speed, distance, with the bike accessory you get cadence, and it evens maps your swim. It does take some getting used to and if you are the type that doesn't like looking at your wrist on the bike then you need to take the watch off and use the bike mount. It is big but we like the fact that you can see all the info you want at once. The only problem is that you can hit the buttons too easily if you bend your wrist a lot. My wife uses it to work out with and has added a bunch of splits just because of pressing the buttons while her wrist was bent. I really like how it integrates perfectly with Training Peaks an being able to go over all my training data. You get an awesome map and graph based on your workout. If you are looking for a small training watch with GPS then this may be the wrong watch for you. If you want all the features and like customizing the display for your different training plans then get this watch. We love being able to go back and review our work outs and seeing the map of the route we took.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Edgar A. De Jesus on March 23, 2011
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Like what the others have said, there are a lot of negative things that can be said of this watch. One is the slow acquisition of a GPS signal. I have the Garmin 350 and it acquires satellites faster by 1 to 2 minutes. The other one is the proprietrary software, trainingpeaks. I wish they'd just offer this for free.

It is HUGE and I like it that way. ;) I wear the watch to the office and people always look at it. If you have it set to TIME only it can last 2 weeks without charging.

Oh, and another gripe, for some reason the clasp/buckle of the watch rubs on my wrists, which can be inconvenient to slightly painful after awhile.

I also use the heart rate monitor that came with my Garmin 305 on this watch and it works fine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony T. Mai on May 10, 2011
I have had this watch for over a year now. I started to use this watch to train for my marathon however, the watch is very slow at aquiring the Satelilite. I recommend not buying this watch until they fix the GPS connection time. I am waiting for my Garmin 610 to come in to see how that watch performs. Hopefully it will be better then this one. Not worth the buy also battery does not charge to full I can only get it to charge up to 90%.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on March 1, 2014
Overall this watch works great, there are some days the GPS has trouble finding a signal which can be frustrating when its a clear sunny day. I usually start the watch 5-10 mins prior to my run but when it takes 15-20 with several resets it can be frustrating. Outside of that occasional issue the heart and cadence monitors work flawlessly and the watch functions well with a good battery life.
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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
March 5, 2014
I'm sorry you're having difficulty with the GPS connection. Please contact me at timexcustomercare@timex.com for assistance with your Global Trainer's GPS capabilities. We want you to be happy with your Timex product. Thank you, Angelina

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