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Timex Ironman Run Trainer S and D with Heart Rate Monitor


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  • ASIN: B0083SUF4C
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,682 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2012
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Timex really nailed it quite well with this entry into the GPS running watch market. Nearly everything about it is as good as anything else on the market right now:

-Very accurate distance tracking (but turn your GPS on 15 minutes prior to your run or the first mile will be off)
-Features galore: great interval tracking, 4-line customizable display, recovery timer, eat & drink reminders, many more
-Decent battery life (8-10 hours with GPS on; it turns off easily and runs weeks without a charge)
-Decent waterproofing
-Not too bulky

BUT...Timex shot itself in the foot by partnering with TrainingPeaks for the software end of things. Here's why:

-TrainingPeaks is designed with pro athletes in mind. For $120/yr. you get lots of features that the average recreational runner will never need.
-TrainingPeaks Basic version, which is what you get for free with this watch, limits your analysis of the data far beyond what the (free) Garmin software gives you. Here are some no-brainer things that you CAN'T do with this software:

* Display a graph of your mileage or duration from week to week, month to month, or year to year
* Create goals and set up a plan of your upcoming runs
* Change the start of your week from Monday to Sunday (really?!)

The TrainingPeaks software is also bulkier, slower, less intuitive, and just feels clunky compared to Garmin Connect.

I run 15-30 miles per week, compete several times per year, and love analyzing my data. It's unfortunate that Timex missed it so badly on the software end of things. I chose the Run Trainer over the Garmin 210 because of waterproofing and features. I'm not disappointed at all by the watch - I think it probably is a better device. However, the inferior Timex software might have been a deal killer for me had I known it was so bad.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jefhanco on July 18, 2012
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Bought this watch just under a year ago. Used it extensively for Triathlon and Half marathon training. The products was great, and it really made training a breeze. Then one day, all the sensors stopped working. I tried to "Power On" GPS and/or HR Monitor, and it does nothing. I flashed the watch with the last software version, it worked once, then once again stopped working. I flashed it again, and again it works once and stops working.

Tried contacting Timex 3 times. They do not even acknowledge the emails from their customer service site links. I am thinking it may be fixable, but since timex won't even respond, I would advise to purchase a different watch with more reliability and support.
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Let me start that I paid for overnight shipping and the item was received right on time however the first one was DOA would NOT charge. Contacted Amazon and had a new one sent out immediatly, the new watch worked perfect,

My only complaint is that it will not work with the Timex Speed/Cadence Sensor.
Kinda confused me that it works with the older global trainer but not with this one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dd on November 12, 2012
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I have returned this watch, and would strongly advise anyone looking for a training watch to look for an alternative. The Timex Run Trainer is simply a bad choice. (Side note: props to Amazon's customer service for making the return process easy and painless.)

Cosmetically, the watch is a bit large, but not uncomfortable. I found it a bit tricky to get on and off, and I expect the band wouldn't have lasted very long. Also, a minor point, but the Indiglo backlight is absolutely awful. It's a little bit visible in absolute darkness, but completely useless if there's any ambient light at all. It's sad to see a 20(?)-year old technology that never worked well still being employed in a modern watch. Timex should abandon Indiglo and just use normal backlights like everyone else.

However, the most serious issues:

The GPS route tracking on this watch is *profoundly* inaccurate, on nearly any run in any location I tested. This is what the watch is for, and it just doesn't work.

I tested this watch in three cities on two continents, maybe two dozen times over about a month. All runs were on roads (not trails), with a consistently clear view of the open sky. On almost all runs, the following occurred:

- the watch took 5-10 minutes to lock onto GPS satellites. In several cases, it would never locate satellites at all unless I stood perfectly still, with the watch face aimed directly at the sky. In a training situation this is annoying. But in a race situation it is completely unacceptable.
- the average and lap pace shown was wrong, almost always. It would jump between paces that were obviously much too fast and paces that were obviously much too slow, despite a minimal change in actual running pace.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Colon on August 23, 2012
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The watch works well and I only have two functional complaints:
1. GPS takes forever to acquire signal. Mine takes at least two minutes on average.
2. 4 line display feels cramped and is thus difficult to read. My Garmin 405 would scroll through fields automatically and I found that much easier to glance at on the go.

My REAL complaint is the software it's attached to: TRAINING PEAKS. TrainingPeaks is a SUBSCRIPTION service that charges $20/month for premium access to your data. Without a premium account, you can only view a VERY limited analysis of your workouts that's pretty much limited to data on individual workouts. This is like buying a digital camera and finding out after purchasing it that the only way to view your photo albums is to pay a monthly fee. Charging $120/year on top of the $200 I paid for the watch is outrageous and I would never have purchased it had I known this.
There is a desktop app available for purchase through TrainingPeaks, but guess what? It only works on Windows.

Take my advice and go buy a Garmin. I am.
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