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Timex Ironman Race Trainer Heart Rate Watch (T5K218)
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3 out of 5 eggs Great overall...but 07/19/2011

This review is from: Timex Ironman Race Trainer Heart Rate Watch (T5K218)

Pros: I recently purchased this Timex HRM-kit after my bulky Polar F6 bit the dust and didn't have user-replacable batteries. I was wanting a smaller sized watch and Timex has a line of nicely sized watches so I gave them a look.

The Timex Race Trainer is a good looking watch off the bat and is extremely lightweight. Most HRMs are large and unsightly on a woman's wrist but this one looks very size appropriate (I'm 5'8", 142) for my frame.

The chest strap is comfortable enough, similar to Polar's older T31 straps.

Cons: The display is pretty easy to read but navigating off of the main time/date page is a bit tricky. I'm probably just used to Polar's setup but I have been frustrated with the menu on the Timex.

The biggest drawback and the reason I am not keeping this watch is the calorie counter. There is a calorie function, but it does not ask for your age or gender (two crucial factors) and only goes off of your imputed weight and your heart rate as you exercise. It's been completely inaccurate, overshooting by more than 400 cal. If counting calories isn't your thing, then this won't be an issue.

I haven't found the ANT+ coding to work well with most standard gym equiptment. This isn't a problem for most since the watch displays your HR but some machines have programs that work with your HRM to keep you in a specific zone. It's also nice if you forget your watch but have the strap on so you don't have to hold the machine sensors to find your HR.

Other Thoughts: Overall, a good HRM watch but it just didn't have the set-up that was right for me.

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