O.K., so I'm going to be honest, I have been a bit suspect with the Timex GPS products up until now, however with the recent Timex Run Trainer I do believe they
have finally got it right. Basically by right I mean built-in GPS, not the dimensions of a small cooler, appears to be a daily wrist watch, has an reasonable selling price,
will not take 5 minutes to acquire satellites as well as integrates with Training Peaks Online Log.
With Timex aiming to roll-out Run Trainer in the Fall of 2011 and offer a under $200 running GPS this watch looks ready to perform this Christmas.
Timers In Abundance
The newest Timex Run Trainer provides you with up to five programmable repeating timers with labeling capability. The Ironman Run Trainer offers a recovery timer with a
operator defined duration, which looks like a reasonably nice attribute. We certainly have always advocated for testing recovery to determine how fitness has advanced.
A New and Upgraded Softer Strap - On The Strapped Model Only!
The newest Flextech Digital chest strap delivers 2.4 mHz transmission and it's ANT+ suitable. This specific strap is much more pleasant than the old Timex plastic and
rubber straps, plus it is a lot lighter, making a win/win for running enthusiasts of all types. This heart rate monitor strap is very comfortable and accurate.
There are also built-in food and drink electronic timers if you want to be advised about that sort of factor.
Acquire Your Information
It is possible to transfer your information through a provided USB cable connector that also doubles as the charging system. Pretty much all GPS watches employ rechargeable
lithium-ion batteries because they consume lots of power acquiring signal. The provided cable allows you to make use of Training Peaks Online Log by just attaching Device Agent
within your Timex Run Trainer.
How Long Does The Battery Keep Ticking
Timex promises the battery will last nine working hours with a charge. Considering the sleeker profile with this brand new watch we're depending upon more like 7 to 8
continuous hours however we are going to learn more once we get the opportunity to examine it in person.
This type of life of the battery definitely makes the watch suitable for marathons but it might get expired on ultra runs of over 8 hours. For this particular kind of
running you would probably be smarter to look at the Global Trainer GPS. This holds exactly true for long course triathlon in that the Timex Global Trainer will be your most
When all is said and done the Timex Run Trainer competes directly with the Garmin 210, yet at a slightly lower cost level. Training Peaks Online log won't perform every
one of the advanced map functions and altitude functions with the Garmin Connect software program, so there's nonetheless this fight among price point as well as features. The
supporting software is among the most essential issues to consider when purchasing a fitness gadget and yet it's among the least considered elements by the end users.
This new watch is loaded with lots of great stop watch and timing capabilities, as Timex watches often do. The new faster GPS reception and nicer heart rate strap should
make this watch the single most interesting new GPS watch from Timex in a long time.
Our testing has uncovered that if you utilize the Timex foot pod with the Timex Run Trainer watch it overrides the GPS for speed and distance. This is important to know because, depending upon the type of terrain you are running on, you may, or may not, want to use a foot pod.
Foot pods are great for flatter terrain where stride length does not vary much but when you get into very hilly, or mountainous, conditions the GPS works better.
copyright 2012, Rusty Squire, author, email@example.com