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Hoping for Sleek 150 improvement, In fact they made it worse!
on September 10, 2014
Long time user of the Sleek 150 predecessor to the 250 (all 4 of those died on me mind you). I only keep going back as I can do proper complicated intervals & it has a huge screen and does the simple basics of a classic Timex sports watch. Just the stuff one needs to get hard work done. Not a complicated needing recharging GPS watch I don't want.
I got this one with hopes for improvments. Nope. In fact they made it worse!
-They reordered the buttons and changed their placement around the face.
-They reordered the flow of the screens.
-They removed the chime used in intervals. So if doing tabatas of 20sec on and 10sec rest at the interval end you would get a long beeping to show a new interval start. Now, 1 beep you cannot hear. So the on and off efforts are now the same 1 beep. Impossible to hear or distinguish the difference.
-they changed how the timers are setup - way more convoluted to program.
-they put the rarely ever used Settings screen ahead in order than the regularly used Alarm screen.
-BUT worse of all the "250 laps" are not savable. In fact you can only have a history of saved chrono times/workouts - seen in a new Review screen - of 25 or so laps! Pathetic. I went to go view a chrono time run from 4 days ago and its gone and I didn't get to document it. Why is it gone? I apparently did enough saved chrono workouts with laps that it erased a run time from 4 days ago! WTF! In the past I could go back weeks to review previous chrono times.
-they made the metal clasp less bulky
-they made the hold down loop smaller and tighter to hold down the excess band. Previous version was so loose the end would always come out.
-you can now erase a chrono workout whereas they were always saved even if you didn't want to keep it
No I would not recommend this watch and for 20+ racing years I have been a Timex fan.
ps - consider this... whom do you know who does any workout at any time that has 250 laps? No one. I have raced and trained all over the world for +20 years, I have never done a workout nor know of a workout that amounts to 250 laps. So, not sure of the point. And, why does this matter? 250 Laps more implies to me the ability to SAVE FOR REVIEW 250 laps worth of chrono data. This is NOT the case. On several occasions, I have lost workout details I needed because I went back to review and poof.. the workout data is gone. Overwritten. Why? Because the watch does NOT save for review 250 laps of data, in fact, it only saves about 25. So, maybe 4-5 days of workouts for review. The old 150 would save weeks of workouts for review later. Literally. So, the "250 lap" is confusing and misleading and really, an utter waste of time as we simply do not do workouts that consist of that many laps. What matters more? What matters more is the ability to SAVE 250 laps and review them later. And you cannot. Even nuttier is the fact that you can now erase chrono times and not opt to store them. So follow me; the old 150 lap did not have the ability to erase workout data and not save it but could save weeks of chrono times for review. The new 250 Lap can erase chrono workouts - so free up space - and yet can only hold about 25 laps for actual saved review later. Go figure that logic.
UPDATE: yet another issue creeps up. While doing a hallmark speed workout - Tabatas - the watch fails to beep at random times. So, in tabatas you do 20 seconds hard 10 seconds recovery. At the end of 20 seconds the watch beeps and at the end of 10 seconds it beeps. All of the sudden, for no reason, on my recent tabatas workout, 40% of the time it did NOT give it's beep at the end of the 20 seconds and thus, screwed my workout and I had to start again and watch the watch. Ugh!
UPDATE 2: My latest version of the Sleek 250 was received on roughly 9.1.14 and on 4.1.15 the band broke! And, the band broke at the watch face as the band - attached by plastic - broke off from the watch face. I can only use it because I had to epoxy it back together. So this is what, my 5th Sleek 250 that has failed on me and inside a year. Wow.