EverymanTri has been granted the privilege of testing out one of the big players in the GPS watch market. Timex has long been associated with Ironman and the sport of triathlon, but only in the past few years have they dipped their big toe in the GPS market to complete with the likes of Garmin and Polar.
EMT Gear reviewer, Ryan Falkenrath , has been shipped a nice shiny new Timex Global Trainer (TGT) triathlon watch to fiddle with. By fiddling, we mean use it for training in all three sports, run his training plan from the watch and support system, drown in the pool, strap to a speeding bike and bake in the sun of 100 degree runs in Kansas.
How will is shape up? How will is compare to the Garmin 310XT? Keep reading EMT for installments of the TGT as we put it through the paces.
In this introduction, we’ll look at what comes with the watch and rescuing it from the box and firing it up.
- GPS watch
- Bike mount
- Power / data transfer cord with power plug converter – which comes with a plug-in that has the ability to work with alternate voltage adapters – nice.
- Quick start manual
- Heart rate monitor and strap
Fire it up
When you get he watch, more than likely it will be completely dead. Do not get in a rush to get a workout in and grab the TGT out of the box hoping to get right to training. You’ll need a good two hours to fully charge for the first time. Timex also recommends a full charge for the first time for proper battery conservation. It’s fairly simple to plug the charger either into an outlet with an adaptor or to unplug the cable from the wall socket adapter and plug into the computer with the USB plug. Same cable, two different ways to charge. Bonus. This is also useful if you find yourself in the car with a car power port adapter and a plug for a USB. No need for wall outlets or a computer USB port. Now we actually have 3 ways to charge it up. Double bonus.
The attachment to the watch is secure; however caution needs to be applied when attaching to the watch. It relies on a level setup with tabs that hook into the sides of the watch and lining up copper pins to copper plates on the back of the watch for charging and data transfer. There is the potential to break the tabs on the charger cord. Use caution with attaching, detaching and storing the cord.
The display will show a charging battery and keep you apprised of the progress so you know when you can stop waiting and hit the streets.
The TGT resembles a regular non-GPS Timex watch, only bigger. It could potentially pass for a big watch, unless you have friends and acquaintances that see you wearing it and say, “what’s up with the huge watch?”
See the picture for the plan and profile of the watch. As you can see, compared to the Garmin 301XT, the TGT is slightly bigger in plan, but also resembles an actual watch that could be passed off when you want to take it with you and not stuff it in your short pockets or throw in a bag to get smashed. A convenient feature for the TGT is the time display when the watch is turned “off”, thus passing for a simple watch.
In profile, the TGT hugs the wrist a little closer than the 310XT with the quick release, but has a larger profile than a standard wrist watch. Also note, which will be addressed in feature installments of the review, the TGT does not feature a quick release system as of right now. With the standard strap, the 310XT and TGT would be virtually identical in profile depth.
Stay tuned as we get into the guts of the TGT with heart rate sensors, bike sensors, foot pods, using it for training, data downloads, analyzing data and more!
Ryan Falkenrath writes the blog falkeetriathlon.blogspot.com, married father of two young kids, owner of two dogs and trying to balance life, work and multisport. Ryan has participated in multisport events since 2001 from 5k's to Half Ironmans. Ryan is also the Kansas City Endurance Sports Examiner and you can read more of his triathlon thoughts HERE and he collects race reviews at www.Triathlon-Reviews.blogspot.com. Contact Ryan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on @TriJayhawkRyan.