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Timex Marathon GPS Watch
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- GPS Pace, distance and speed—current or average data
- Hands Free Auto split
- 8 Hour Battery Life
- Water-Resistant to 30 Meters
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
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|Batteries are Included||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Are Batteries Required||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Display Type||—||TFT LCD||—||Digital|
|Item Dimensions||5.4 x 5.6 x 2.7 in||1.73 x 0.67 x 2.28 in||2.1 x 0.7 x 2.7 in||1.8 x 0.56 x 2.5 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||2.4 ounces||2.72 ounces||6.4 ounces|
|Sport Type||running||—||running, windsurfing, skiing, cycling||Running, Track_&_Field, Triathlon|
|Style Name||Marathon Full Size GPS Speed + Distance Watch||GPS Watch||Standard||Without Heart Rate Monitor|
The Timex Marathon GPS Watch is an affordable watch for runners and walkers who want speed and distance on their wrist with a minimum of fuss. The watch uses a fast and accurate GPS powered by SiRFstarIV and has a compact size so it does not look like a computer strapped to your wrist.Data review mode.Five alarms.Displays distance & speed in miles or kilometers.Two time zones with 106 pre-programed cities or "manual" mode.Rechargeable Li-Ion battery.Battery lasts 8 hours with GPS on.Battery lasts 2-3months with GPS off.USB charging cable included.
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For those of you new to GPS watches, you should know that GPS watches don't give you an instant pace, but an "average" current pace over some number of seconds. During my first run, I did a little experiment to see how fast this watch picks up the change in speed. At warm-up, watch was showing 6.1min/km. I sped up to the pace I know from experience was about 5 min/km. Initially nothing happened. After 20-30 seconds, pace changed to 5.8, then after another 10-15 seconds to 5.6, and it kept going down. It took around a minute to go down to 5.1min/km.
It is fairly simple to use: you press the GPS button, wait 30 seconds to pick up the signal, click "Mode" few times till you find "Run", and press "Start". Watch display is quite large, easy to see, and you can adjust the contrast of letters vs the background. Display shows time/distance/current pace. You can change that to time/distance/km/ per hour (for biking) or time/distance/calories or few other combinations.
You can do automatic laps, or splits, and you can use it indoors, like a normal chronograph watch.
The watch is fairly bulky, like other GPS watches on the market.
-Great battery life of 8 hours of running (apparently it lasts few months as a normal watch)
-Easy to re-charge off the USB port
-Waterproof, you can swim with it
-The cheapest GPS running watch on the market
-No option of downloading data , although you can save the runs and review them on the watch. One of the web reviews said that Soleus cable can be used to download data, but Timex company has obviously chosen not to offer that option.
-No heart rate monitor (there is a small heart symbol, and my suspicion is Timex has not provided that option, either, probably because nobody would be buying their more expensive watches if this one offered the same features for a third of the price)
-Buttons are sensitive, I switched indiglo light on few times by accident.
For the price of $99, this is a very good value. It's so much cheaper than other GPS watches on the market. If you need a very basic, no-fuss watch to monitor your time, distance and pace on medium to long runs, this will do the job.
I would prefer to give it 4.5 stars due to sensitive buttons, but apart from that, the watch does what it promises, and price is amazing.
From the Time display, a press of the Mode button switches the display to Run. The user has 2 choices: GPS or Indoors. With GPS the watch searches for a satellite. The Indoor selection does not use the satellite. In my backyard prior to a GPS run, I stand still while the watch searches and locks on a satellite (about 2 minutes). The watch is now in Run mode and displays all zeros for elapsed time and distance run. I push the start button and the watch shows elapsed time on line 1, distance run on line 2, and pace per mile on line 3. I head out on my course and check the display frequently as the watch recalculates position and pace. At the first mile, the watch displays and holds the information for the mile including elapsed time, distance, and pace for a few seconds. Then the watch returns to the total display as the user continues into the second mile of the run. At the end of the second mile, the display shows mile 2 information for a few seconds and then returns to the total run display.
At the end of the run, the user pushes the stop button and the totals for the run are displayed, again elapsed time, distance, and pace. Holding the stop button down for a few seconds saves the data from the run in a file labeled numerically (1, 2, …). The user can then push the Mode button to Run Data to look at the overall information or wait until later and review the performance. The first press shows the file number, date and lap number 1, and GPS or Indoor category. Then a press of the View button shows the user clock time of start and finish and elapsed run time. Pushing the view button again gives the overall elapsed time, distance, and pace. The next push of the view button gives the distance run and calories used based on performance during the run and body description the user has entered in the User mode (Gender, Age, Weight, Height) of the Set function. Pushing the view again shows Lap number 1 (1 mile from Auto Lap setting) and elapsed time for that mile. Repeated pushing of the View button shows elapsed time for each mile run until the last mile or portion of a mile. One more push of the View button allows the user to stay in View mode, Delete the file, or delete All files.
I looked at many GPS watches and all were more expensive than this Timex. It gives me all the information that I want, is easy to program, has a nice large display, has good battery life and the battery is easily charged via the included USB cable, is light and fits my wrist well. Outstanding product and I recommend it highly.