Gear Watch: Timex Ironman GPS Watch

The latest GPS watch is out. Timex has introduced the Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Sport Watch, a super-sized watch with a built-in GPS receiver. One of the first serious rivals to the Garmin Forerunner line of GPS training watches, this new gadget will likely challenge for best on the wrist.

It's still an enormous wrist watch, about the same overall size as the Garmin Forerunner 205 (Size is determined by the GPS receiver; this is as small as they currently get for consumer use) but the Timex is much better designed for a comfortable fit (assuming you have sizable wrists).

It is very intuitive to use, and easily passes the can-I-figure-this-out-without-an-instruction-manual test. Another nice feature is the ability to turn the GPS receiver—the biggest drain on battery life—off and on, and still maintain many of the basic training watch functions, like lap times etc. The battery recharges quickly, reaching full charge in less than an hour.

Otherwise it records and displays the same information as other GPS training watches: distance, speed, average speed, elevation, etc. The Timex also features a nice Navigation mode, which displays coordinates and records waypoints (up to 100). This Navigation component is much more user-friendly than the Garmin Forerunners', which are designed primarily as training tools.

Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Sport Watch is exclusive to REI at the moment, available everywhere soon. $325 with heart rate monitor, $275 without.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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