Timex Ironman Global Trainer With GPS Watch - Speed + Distance with Flex Tech Digital 2.4 Heart Rate Sensor One Color, One Size
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First off - the utility of this watch depends upon what you do with it. If you are a straight up runner, there are probably better watches - unless you are working on using increased cadence (more on the footpod below), heart rate, distance and time at the same time in your workout. Perhaps my eyes are better than some of the reviewers, but I have no problem reading the key aspects of the 4 portion view. And seeing lap time (for example, how fast was the LAST mile), heart rate (used to control pace and exertion for me during workouts and competitions), distance (to know where I am in the aforementioned mile), and overall time in the same glance is pretty powerful for me. Throw in Pace in another view - just a click away, and I've got what I need to train and compete.
Further, the ability to completely customize any of the 6 or so screens is pretty valuable - for example, I have one of them set for Clock, so I can switch to the time of day to see whether my wife and family need me - but I don't buy the 'it's too hard to read stuff' because you can then go with a three or two window view and the font increases accordingly. In fairness, I don't think anyone could read the micro "time of day" at the very bottom of the screen unless the athlete in question was stopped (no way on a bike for example).
As I recently added biking to my working out, I added an ANT+ cadence monitor to my bag of ticks. After properly installing on my bike it was maybe 5 seconds until the cadence data was streaming real-time on the watch.Read more ›
Then, I began to notice that the pace was off by a rather large margin. I had trouble getting a GPS signal, even on clear days, standing outside, and in the same spot I last turned off the watch.
The elevation was way off. I ran on the beach right beside the water and it gave me a large range of altitudes.
And, during it's first real test in a triathlon, I noticed at the start of the run that it had lost it's GPS signal. To make a long story short, I had to fiddle with it in the middle of my race and eventually had to turn it off and on to get it to reset and find a singal. Big bummer.
I returned it for a refund.
I gave it two starts instead of one b/c it seems like the flaws are fixable with a firmware update, but the watch has been out for around a year now, and if they haven't fixed these flaws yet, will they ever???? Who knows.
I recommend not buying until you are sure that all of the bugs are fixed.
A lot of reviews seem to be complaining about the download function. Yes, that pretty much blows.
You can't really get any meaningful data from it on the swim, because if you have it on your arm it will lose the gps signal when you put it underwater, and even if it doesn't do that, the distance will get thrown off by the back and forth motion of the arm when swimming. You can't look at your watch during your swim, so who cares?
I have been using it for over a year now and have used it for bike rides, marathon training and a marathon, and triathlons. Works great for all of those.
I've used this on my bike rides just as a back up or to get other data that my bike computer isn't giving me at that moment. Excellent.
On my runs it has been phenomenal.
There are so many ways of tracking your laps and transitioning from one event to another that if you can't make it do what you want it to, it's probably because you don't know how to use it. Two thumbs up.
I also love how you can customize the screens to show up to four pieces of data. This watch is freakin' awesome! I still can't believe some people don't like it.
As for size, well the other Garmin watches are pretty big too, and you can't get the Garmins wet. GPS watches are just generally big right now. No way to get around it. On the other hand, I bought my wife one and she uses it for her marathon training as well and she's a petite 112 pounds. It's not too big for women. Good for chicks!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still trying to figure out how to use it. Not very user friendlyPublished 17 months ago by Snoopylov
Way to complex for me! Trust me when I say I am average intelligence so others won't struggle as I did. Big, bulky, hard to read screen and the buttons were difficult to operate. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Gary Dirodis
I bought this device used. It has been ok. The GPS doesn't always connect with satellites quickly. Sometimes it can be 1 mile into a run before the GPS connects. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Patricia Clements
It is programmable enough so that even if you do more than run, swim, and bike you can set the watch up perfectly. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Bill M.
This watch is huge! If you want to wear a wall clock on your wrist.... The GPS takes quite some time to acquire satellites. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by CManLax11
I was very excited to get this watch and purchased it through Amazon. I've had the watch for a year and have been reduced to using it solely as a watch to tell time and as a heart... Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Thomas E. Johnson
This is the first GPS watch I have bought. It has everything that someone needs to train for running. I Don't run without it.Published on June 22, 2012 by m_maynard
I received this Ironman GPS watch in early January and I have been essentially completely dissatisfied from the start. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Trevor