Timex Global Trainer Speed and Distance with Heart Rate GPS Watch
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Get pace, speed, distance, and more on your wrist. With SiRFstarIII GPS technology and ANT+ compatibility, this Ironman Global Trainer GPS watch from Timex records your performance across several dimensions--including pace, speed, distance, and more--providing real-time data on a customizable screen. The watch measures your location with altitude ascent and descent distances and rates, records up to 100 location waypoints to track back and create routes, and recalls up to 50 custom routes for pace tracking. The device offers six modes of operation including performance and multisport modes. The SiRFstarIII GPS technology requires no calibration.
- Customizable screen display show up to four windows of information
- 20-workout memory with dated summary records up to 1,000 laps of information
- Chronograph with interval and countdown timers measures performance
- Records elapsed time, calories burned, and performance data for each lap
- Hands-free option automatically starts and stops data capture functions
- Compatible with Windows XP or newer and with Mac OS X10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer
- Battery recharges when connected to USB port or to any electrical outlet with included AC adaptor
- English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Italian language support
- Indiglo night-light
- Durable, lightweight resin case
- Top pusher for easy operation
- Durable resin strap
- Water-resistant to 50 meters
This Timex watch (but not any battery, crystal, band, or strap) is warranted to the owner for a period of one year from the date of purchase against defects in manufacture by Timex Corporation--not by the dealer from whom the watch was purchased. If this watch develops such a defect within the one year period, it will be repaired or replaced at the company's option. Timex will not provide any warranty service if your watch shows evidence that it has been tampered with, misused, abused, or altered.
Timex Group designs, manufactures, and markets innovative timepieces and jewelry globally. Timex, founded in 1854, has expanded to become Timex Group, a privately held company, with several operating units and over 5,000 employees worldwide. One of the largest watch makers in the world, Timex Group companies include the Timex Business Unit (Timex, Timex Ironman, Opex, TX, Nautica, Marc Ecko); Timex Group Luxury Watches (Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo); Sequel (Guess, Gc); Vertime (Versace, Versus); and Vincent Bérard.
The Timex Story
Timex Group B.V. is one of the best-known American watch companies. Timex's U.S. headquarters are located in Middlebury Connecticut and it has substantial operations in China, the Philippines and India and full scale sales companies in Canada, the UK, France and Mexico.
The company began in 1854 as Waterbury Clock in Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley, known during the nineteenth century as the "Switzerland of America." Sister company Waterbury Watch manufactured the first inexpensive mechanical pocket watch in 1880. During World War I, Waterbury began making wristwatches, which had only just become popular, and in 1933 it made history by creating the first Mickey Mouse clock under license from Walt Disney, with Mickey's hands pointing the time.
During World War II, Waterbury renamed itself U.S. Time Company. In 1950 the company introduced a wristwatch called the Timex. Over the next three decades, Timex was sold through a series of advertisements which emphasized its durability by putting the watch through "torture tests," such as falling over the Grand Coulee Dam or being strapped to the propeller of an outboard motor, with the slogan "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking." With the help of former Olympic broadcaster, spokesman John Cameron Swayze, sales took off. The company later became Timex Corporation, then Timex Group and, to date, has sold over one billion watches.
The company has remained very competitive and the Timex brand continues its dominance through present day. Its primary market remains the United States and Canada, although the Timex brand is sold worldwide due to its ability to capitalize on its strong brand image and reputation for quality.
One of the most successful and important features available on many Timex watches is the Indiglo backlight system. Indiglo is a brand name of Indiglo Corporation, solely owned by Timex for licensing purposes. Timex electroluminescent lamps, branded Indiglo, were introduced in 1992 in the Ironman watch line. They were an immediate success. The Indiglo lamp uniformly lights the surface of the Timex’s watch dials in a manner that makes the dial read very easily in many different light settings. In some newer watches the Indiglo backlight only lights up the numbers, rather than the entire LCD display, which is achieved by means of a specialized film that inverts the LCD transmissivity.
Today, Timex Group products are manufactured in the Far East and in Switzerland often based on technology that continues to be developed in the United States and in Germany. With a large and varied line of watches, Timex has the style for everyone. From the locker room to the board room, there is a great Timex style time-piece for you.
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*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
*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.
Ok, on to the watch. BTW, anyone that knows anything should have already read DC Rainmakers reviews of this watch and every other gadget under the sun. That guy knows how to review. He wrote his review of this watch before the new firmware release and he gave it a thumbs up and actually I refer to his website just to learn what this watch can do.
Size: I have big wrists and wear it daily to work. I charge it at night and it charges quickly. The displays are easy to read and once you learn how to customize your screens, it is great.
GPS: The signal has been very reliable for me here in Las Vegas. One time thus far I have had to reboot the watch a couple of times to get a signal.
Shockproof: Another feature I like about Ironman watches and was interested in this, is that it seems to have good shock proof. I dropped my Garmin 405 about 2 feet and it cracked the bezel.
Buttons: Easy to use
Export File: Ok, this is where so many reviewers showed their ignorance. YOU CAN export your tracks to a Google .KML file. Then, using the free Babel softward you can convert that to a .gpx file type and upload to any of your favorite workout sites. I want to reiterate this. Even though the free Training Peaks software sucks, you can upload your workout to the free Training Peaks software and export the file as a .kml filetype. It might take to a while to figure this out but it can be done.
I have also come to realize as a triathlete having a watch for open water swimming is ridiculous. Most people end up putting the watch under their swim cap but that was too much of a pain for me. I just purchased to the goggle mount Finis gps unit for $100...so, especially for a race....I can log my swim yardage and time, throw my goggles in my transition bag and then click my watch for the balance of the bike and run.
I am NOT a fan of the multisport application but I have only toggled that on once so I might need how to learn it more.
I have had no problem connecting to my Windows Vista computer.
The heart rate monitor works great.
Ok...so, if ultimately my decision was based on economics.....as it stands this is how I would better rate this watch:
If this watch cost $300 I would NOT purchase it -
If this watch cost $250 I would NOT purchase it -
If this watch cost $225 I would seriously consider purchasing it -
If this watch cost $200 I would purchase it -
If this watch ever comes out with a different software program I would happily pay $300+ for it.
Paying $500 for a Garmin watch is absolutely ridiculous and the new Finis product will definitely put a nick in that business. Once racers start seeing how much better it is to have a swim-specific device, this Timex is the right price for a good product.
Few points on each watch:
-The functionality is great, and I can set up each sport with a variety of data, ultimately splitting the screen into 1,2,3, or 4 pieces of data like heart rate, pace, distance...
-It's fairly easy to use on the fly. Tracking splits, or going from a bike to a run is very easy
-It's comfortable for being such a huge watch
-Acquiring the satellites was relatively quick
-The display doesn't look very polished. When in time mode (non-gps) it's like looking at a stop watch.
-Downloading data to a PC is a joke. It's fickle, and even when you have the device agent up, and the watch connected, it's a trial in patience. This is where the 405 beats the Global Trainer hands down. The Garmin will transfer data automatically, and do it without having to connect the watch to a cable.
-Included software with the Timex is functionally minimal. You can pay $19.99 a month for a "enhanced" version of the training center, where Garmin will give you much of the same functionality for free.
Overall, the Timex is a huge disappointment. My recommendation would be wait for a future version where they have the kinks worked out, and don't nickle and dime you to see your training data after you've already plopped down a few hundred dollars.