I’ve been running for over 20 years now, but not until the last 6-7 years did I actually call myself a runner. In fact, if you had asked me about 4 years ago whether I considered myself a runner I probably would have said no, despite having run several half marathons. I didn’t even know what a GPS watch was until about 4 years ago. I remember my husband saying he wanted one for Christmas and I couldn’t understand why. Well, NOW I know why. There have been very few times when I have run without a GPS watch. I started with a Nike+ watch and then upgraded to the Garmin. I’ve been running with the Garmin for about 2 years now.
I’m obsessed with data. If I leave my house without my watch I sometimes feel panicked. Anyone else? And if you say you’ve never felt that way I know you are lying. It’s ok. I get it. I truly feel naked without it on my wrist. I love the thrill of being able to look down and see how gazelle-like I’m being that day….or not. It pushes me to work harder. Sometimes it pushes me to work TOO hard. Yes, there is such a thing. It is incredibly freeing however to run without a watch sometimes. I’ve done it. Yea, I liked it…a little, but I prefer to have the numbers in front of me. I’m a detail oriented person people. I’m a pediatric ICU nurse. I deal with medication dosages in miniscule amounts and it needs to be exact. I NEED THE NUMBERS!
I love trying out new gear so when the opportunity arose to try out the new Timex Ironman One GPS+ watch I was all over it.
I practically stalked the UPS man waiting for this baby to arrive.
Based on looks alone, it had me at hello. While it’s not the smallest watch, it has a very sleek, sexy look to it. I couldn’t wait to get it out and test it out. As most of you know I’ve been doing most of my runs on the treadmill so I was literally chomping at the bit to get outside.
The watch came with an instruction booklet and a charging USB cable and had to be charged up first. After it was fully charged you have to go through a setup process which involves setting up an account with Timex and receiving several “passwords” to authenticate the unit.
Overall it was extremely easy and user friendly to set up.
I like watches that are easy. I don’t want to have to sit down and read an entire instruction booklet to figure out how to use it. That was definitely not the case with this. As soon as the set up was done it was ready to go. I barely had to use the instruction booklet. I found all of the menus very intuitive and easy to navigate.
The One GPS+ was specifically designed for athletes who like to stay connected but don’t want to take their phones with them everywhere. I can definitely see a need for that especially as our phones continue to get bigger and bigger! My phone doesn’t fit in my small zip pocket on the back of my pants anymore!
So let me give you a brief overview first.
The One GPS+ includes:
- phone free connectivity
- live tracking
- 4GB of music storage
- touch screen
- instant messaging
- safety alerts
- indiglow night light
- water resistant to 50 meters
Needless to say a TON of cool features.
Ok, so let’s get down to it. Once you set it up you come to the main screen face that has the time and date. This is a touch screen so you can change screens by swiping right to left.
The bottom left button takes you to the main menu:
From here you have the options of starting your workout, music, contacts, messaging, back to the main screen or settings. Notice the bright vibrant colors on the screen too. It features a sunlight readable Qualcomm® Mirasol™ display for easy reading. It actually gets brighter in the sunlight. Definitely a great feature.
I headed out for my run and went to start my workout.
What is your biggest pet peeve with a GPS watch? Nothing worse than sitting around for 5-10 minutes while your watch finds a satellite, is there? Because if you are like me, you won’t start until it turns green and is dialed in. I’ve used the watch about 4-5 times now and each time the watch was ready to go in about 5-10 seconds. It uses Instafix GPS technology for fast connectivity to satellites. The circle in the middle turns orange when it’s locked in.
From here you can set up your extra sensors if you have them. You are able to connect a heart rate monitor, foot pod for indoor running and bluetooth headphones. (You can also set this up in advance by going to the settings menu)
I did not have either so didn’t get a chance to try those features out. From here you can also check the stats and set up Live tracking.
Let’s talk about Live tracking.
As a female runner who sometimes runs by herself, safety is a huge concern. I’ve tried several apps that allow loved ones to track you on your runs which is really cool. But to be able to do this without my phone is awesome. I typically only run with my phone for safety reasons and to be able to leave it home is well…awesome in my opinion (minus the camera, a blogger does need her camera at all times). In your settings you can upload contacts that you would like to be able to keep in contact with. And you can even send SOS messages if you are in trouble and need help. I was hoping I could upload contacts from my phone, but sadly you have to enter them manually which was a real pain in the you know what to do all of that typing (you’ll see why below). I only ended up putting my husband in because I didn’t want to have to take the time to enter more.
One of the downfalls of the watch that I’ve found a lot of people mentioning and I’m in total agreement is the difficulty of actually typing a message. It’s reminiscent of the old cell phones before smart phones where you had to tap a number several times to get to the letter you want. It’s time consuming and not very efficient.
The music feature is pretty awesome. It does require you to have bluetooth headphones however, so if you don’t have a pair you would need to invest in a pair. Getting music loaded onto the watch was pretty easy, although I couldn’t quite figure it out on my own. I had to go to the website and watch a video. Once I watched it, it was very simple. It will store up to 4GB of music or 1000 songs.
The face during your workout shows your mileage, avg pace per mile, your split time and your heart rate if you choose to wear a HRM. (Forgive the terrible lighting. I realized that I forgot to take a pic of the face during a workout so took it at home in the evening).
After your workout you get a full summary to include any new records, your total distance and your pace per mile! You can then upload, get detailed info on the run or delete the workout.
From here you can tap the “note pad” on the bottom right to see your detailed splits or tap the little icon on the left to share your workout with one of your contacts.
After your workout you can upload your workouts to your fitness sites such as Strava, RunKeeper or MapMyFitness. You do this during the initial setup, so it will automatically upload when you complete your workout.
The phone free messaging feature is pretty cool, but not a necessity for me unless its an emergency.
As far as the battery life (which is very important to people who run marathons), it will last for up to 8 hours with GPS and cellular connected. Up to 4 hours with GPS, cellular and music connected.
Each watch comes with one year of AT&T data service but after that year you must purchase a plan from AT&T to continue using the messaging feature.
Overall, I thought the Timex Ironman One GPS + watch was great. The price point at $199 is decent as well for a watch that has so many cool features. It was super easy to use and easy to read. I love it and have been using it over my Garmin actually even after the testing was complete. I just love the big numbers and ease of viewing my info. Here are some of my pros & cons.
- easy to set up
- user friendly
- bright screen
- fast GPS connectivity
- HRM/foot pod capability
- one year of AT&T service
- difficult to “type” your messages
- unable to sync contacts from phone
- large for a female with small wrists
And now, here is the exciting part!! Timex wants to give one of YOU your very own watch!! You know what to do!
- NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
- You must be 18 years of age or older and is open to U.S. residents only
- The sweepstakes will run from 9/17/15 at 12:00am EST through 9/24/15 at 12:00am EST
- In order to enter to win you must use the rafflecopter entries.
- One winner will receive a Timex Ironman One GPS+ watch, valued at approximately $199.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
- The winner will be selected at random on 9/25/15 and will be notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email If the prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.
- All entrants are bound by the official rules of this giveaway.
- Winner must be able to prove identity and provide a legal mailing address.
- All entries are verified by myself.
- VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Timex.