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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Value in GPS watches for runners with a few gotchas, February 7, 2012
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This review is from: Timex Global Trainer Speed and Distance with Heart Rate GPS Watch (Sports)
I purchased this watch back in December of 2010 and I have logged around a 1,000 miles with it since that time. Before purchasing the watch, I used my wife's Garmin 310xt for my runs, so the Timex layout and interface took some getting used to if you are familiar with Garmin Training Center and Garmin Connect. I now also own a Garmin 405 and I've logged over 500 miles wearing both the Timex and Garmin 405 at the same time. The early firmware releases took longer to grab satellites and were a bit off on accuracy, so I wouldn't even bother reading any review that predates the aug '11 firmware update. I just ran the 20 miler in Uwharrie and the Timex recorded 19.43 miles vs the Garmin 405 with 18.91 to give you an idea and this is on a course with a ton of elevation changes and tree cover. Since the latest firmware update the watch is much quicker to grab satellites. Previously I would just set it on my car roof while I laced up my shoes, as being perfectly still will allow any GPS watch to lock on to more satellites. Also, of note, I'm only using the Mac OS versions of the Timex DeviceAgent and Garmin software for these comparisons, as I do not use Windows for recreational computing purposes.

Pros:

*Durable (survived Tough Mudder Wintergreen, had to soak it in a bucket afterwards to get all the mud off)
*footpod support (aug '11 firmware, although I do not use a footpod outdoors)
*Accurate (I've logged over 500 miles wearing this watch and a Garmin 405 and the Timex is more accurate)
*Training Peaks (I use the free version and the iPhone app, they both work great, also works with SportTracks for Windows users)
*Buttons can be locked to avoid accidental presses during events
*Best Heart Rate Soft Strap on the market (I use the Timex strap exclusively with both Timex and Garmin products)
*Great battery life

Cons:
*no support for distance based interval workouts (you can only do time or heart rate based)
*audible alerts only (no vibration alert, as found on 310xt etc)
*no ant+ data transfer ability (must use the usb cable)
*no barometric altimeter (ok, it's not really fair to compare this watch to the $450 Garmin 910xt, but I can dream)

Overall I think this is a great GPS watch for under $160, especially for trail/mud runners or those in need of something durable and waterproof. I would put the accuracy above the Garmin 405 series and at least equal to the Garmin 310xt with the Aug '11 firmware update. As long as you don't need to setup distance based interval workouts, you can't go wrong with the Timex Global Trainer for the price.
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