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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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GPS speed and distance tracking

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  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B006C2UNRK
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,010 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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By J. Parks on August 14, 2011
Color: Grey/Black
This review is effectively a response to many of the reviews that have come before. Since pieces are picked up from various, rather than respond, I'll just write my own.

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.
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At first, this seemed like a great buy. The HR monitor was relatively comfortable, the watch was very easy to customize and intuitive, and it fit well.

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.
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I really don't understand the negative reviews. This watch rules!

The negative:
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?

The positive:
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!
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Make no mistake, if you are someone who is serious about your training, this is the HRM for you. During the process of training for triathlons for almost 10 years and completing 2 ironman distant races, I have used a number of various HRM's including Polar and Garmin; however, this is the first Timex I have used and without a doubt, it is hands down the best ever! Yes, it allows for an enormous number of custom settings and that is part of what makes it great. I would like to clarify an issue some others have made regarding the TrainingPeaks issue. The problem is that they are somehow attaching their issues with the costs of TrainingPeaks to the Timex and they are in no way connected. It doesn't matter what devise you are using, the free membership to TrainingPeaks is the same and if you want the extra training info you have to pay for it. The last devise I used was the Garmin 405CX and there were a number of things I did not like; for example, the issue of the touch bezel and wearing a long sleeved garment was a problem. Also, when it came to getting the battery replaced, I would have rather had to deal with having a root-canal without Novicain. The bottom line is that if you are a technophobe, most any HRM will be too much for you; however, if you are serious about your training, you really need to give this Timex a serious consideration.
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