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My other pass time ....
My old Garmin FORERUNNER (circa 2004) is on it's last legs. While I appreciate all the bells and whistles of the new watches ... I came to the realization that all I need is the basics ... time, pace, distance ... anything beyond that confuses my simple beer addled mind.
Anyone seen this one? Comments? Received the ad from ACTIVE.COM.
Personally, I'd pay extra and get a Garmin or other non-Timex unit. While I have always and will continue to buy Timex Ironman watches, it's because they are only $30 so I am ok with throwing them away when the battery goes dead (replacement has never led to a watch that lasted more than another month). I owned the first Timex GPS that came out; it only lasted a bit over a year.
Like you, I have an early Garmin GPS that is still limping along 7-8 years later. I'd bet good money no Timex unit will do that.
That, and I would not do anything that may send 1 cent the way of Active.com.
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I got the Timex GPS Run Trainer for Christmas. Mostly because I have always used Timex Ironmans and figured the all the buttons and configuration would be the same. (WRONG) Where the indiglo button was on the Ironman is now the chrono stop button on the global trainer. I do most of my running pre-dawn so this was more than a bit frustrating for me. The setup is complicated. First you must download and print the 28 page user guide. Some functions can be set in "normal" mode while others can only be set when the GPS is enabled. Although that information is not clearly stated in the instructions. All that being said, once I got the watch configured to my needs, it works great. If you know someone that has one and can set it up or you are tech sound I would say go ahaed and get the Ironman. If not get the Garmin for ease of operation.
I've been using it for a month now after only using polar heart rate monitors before and I think its the most and most useful piece of kit I've owned. I was sceptical at first as it has gotten a lot of bad reviews but I cant see why, it gets satalite fix quickly and anywhere and I haven't lost signal as yet, has every bit of information and customization I could ever need, good battery life and I love being able to upload all the data here and check my routes, HR, Pace intervals ect. Big thumbs up from me.
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Timex has a brand new GPS watch for cheapskates the does the basics..http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2012/03/99-timex-marathon-gps-in-depth-review.html
If you're not cash-strapped, I would spring for the Garmin FR210, somewhere around $200. You may not care about downloading data, interval workouts or heart rate right now, but at least you'll have those options.
There are more choices though, and more watch reviews on that blog. I'm just going based on your post that you want to keep it simple.
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