Whether or not you are training for Ironman, you still need a good GPS fitness watch on your wrist if you want to have good training experience. In that case, it does not matter if you are into fitness or just a casual Sunday morning runner because our evolving times demands us to have wristwatches that allow us to have the best running experience we can have.
In that regard, the Timex Ironman GPS is one of the best watches you use. I found it as easy a watch to use as advertised and is a running watch you guys should also try to experience as well. That said, read my review to know if the Timex Ironman GPS is the running watch that fits your needs and your preferences.
A brief overview of the product
The Timex Ironman GPS is the running watch that you need if you want to get accurate measurements of your biking, running, and swimming. Timex designed it to have all of the basics that any athlete or any casual runner needs to train and perform better in their workouts. As such, this GPS watch not only tracks your progress but also allows you to monitor how well you are doing by uploading the data on your computer. It also really helps that it has a good battery life and is quite light on your wrist.
Who is this product for?
Timex Ironman GPS can mislead you with its name but this was not only made for Ironman competitors. Instead, Timex made his running watch as a good companion for anyone looking to train for the Ironman or for those who just want to use a fitness watch to monitor their fitness progress. As such, it is a product that was made for anyone. Whether you are an athlete or not, you can benefit from the features and the data you can gather from this useful training companion.
Key features and benefits
- Measure your progress
No matter what kind of workout you are doing (biking, swimming, running, or simple trekking), the Timex Ironman GPS is there to track and measure your progress so that you can see how well you are doing in those activities. You do not necessarily have to be an Ironman for you to be able to accurately measure your improvements.
- Get real-time updates of your location, speed, and pace quickly
The Timex Ironman GPS has GPS capabilities that can accurately and quickly give you real-time updates of where you are and how fast you are going. Its built-in GPS antenna is one of the most advanced in the market and will give you a signal quicker than you can think. That means that you will never get left behind other runners, who have already found signals on their own GPS devices.
- Sleek, slim, and lightweight
Unlike some other watches, the Timex Ironman GPS comes with a sleek and slim design that feels so light on your wrist. In that sense, you won’t be thinking that it is such a burden because you can hardly feel it on your wrist at all. And the best part is that it is also water-resistant for up to 50 meters.
- Simplicity at its finest
Because Timex aims to give you a quick and good running experience that will not require you to tinker around with your watch very often, the Ironman GPS has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to get to its different functions and settings with just a few taps. That means that you no longer have to waste time tinkering and figuring things out.
- Plug it virtually everywhere
With its universal cable, the Timex Ironman GPS can be plugged and charged almost anywhere. It does not come with a proprietary cable and uses the standard micro USB cable you commonly see in many devices. So in case, you lose the cable that comes with this watch, you can simply replace it by buying a similar cable in almost any kind of electronics store.
What We Like
- Very simple and easy to use and it will not give you a hard time trying to figure out how to use it.
- Comes with a lot of advanced training features that allow it to adjust to the sport or activity you are doing.
- Feels so light on your wrist that you can’t even feel it when you are busy on your workout.
What We Don’t Like
- Transferring data needs it to be connected to the computer.
- It needs to be updated regularly for it to work at its best.
FAQ and additional tips
- How long does the battery last?
The Timex Ironman GPS prides itself as having a good battery life that allows it to last 12 hours on GPS mode. However, if you are not using GPS, it can last for more than a week.
- Is it water-resistant?
Yes, it is. As mentioned, it is water-resistant for up to 50 meters and can be used even when it is raining or whenever you are swimming instead of running or cycling.
- Is it compatible with external heart rate monitors?
Unfortunately, it isn’t. The Timex Ironman GPS was not designed for an athlete that monitors his/her heart rate when training.
- Can I monitor my progress through my phone?
No. You can only check your data and progress by uploading the Timex Ironman GPS data to your computer. It does not come with its own companion mobile app.
- How does it alert you at different intervals?
The Timex Ironman GPS does not use voice alerts but uses vibrations and audible alerts from the watch itself to notify you of intervals in case you are running on intervals.
At a price that is somewhere in the $100 to $150 range, the Timex Ironman GPS covers all of the basics you need from your first running watch. It is accurate at tracking your progress and has different modes that fit various types of workouts. On top of that, it is light on your wrist and is very easy to use. I recommend it for anyone looking for an everyday running watch to use. You do not have to be an Ironman athlete to actually benefit from whatever this watch has to offer you.