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2013-09-11 6:50 PM

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Subject: Best triathlon watch that doubles as an everyday watch
Hey everyone I was wanting your opinions on what watch I should get. I'm looking for a watch that I can wear everyday but have it also double as my triathlon watch. It would be great if it had several useful features but I realize that it having GPS is probably out of the question seeing as the battery life would be an issue.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated!


2013-09-11 7:00 PM
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I've been using the same Timex Ironman 30-lap watch for like the last 10 years. Not too fashionable, but never have to change watches
2013-09-11 7:01 PM
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Timex Ironman watch usually works well.

If you want GPS, then just swap watches when you train.  Not that hard considering we usually need to change almost all our clothing everytime we want to S/B/R. 

2013-09-11 7:09 PM
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Another vote for the Timex Ironman here.

I have the orange 50-lap one.  Does time, stopwatch (chrono), timer, two interval timers, and three alarms.

Stopwatch can store workouts up to 50 laps, and shows you your average time and best lap.  The alarms can be set to daily, weekdays, weekends, along with individual days you can choose.  Also only takes one push of a button to turn these set alarms on or off.

Not too expensive, either.  Less than $40 on Amazon depending on which one you get.

2013-09-11 7:55 PM
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I use the Suunto Ambit, It lasts all week with only 1 overnight charge. That includes using the gps for all my runs, about 6-8 hrs a week.
2013-09-11 8:24 PM
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My daily watch is the Garmin FR70. Looks like a normal watch. Not too big.

With the footpod you have speed, distance, strides-per-minute, avg speed, etc.

With the bike accessory you get speed, distance, cadence, avg speed, etc.

I think it comes with a heart rate monitor (I don't use mine).

I'm thinking about one of the Suunto Ambits to have GPS. It's hard to justify when my FR70 works just fine.

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2013-09-12 12:41 AM
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I wear the Polar RCX5. I have the one with the GPS POD. The watch is slim and very good looking. You can get it in black or red. I think they also have a Tour de France version in yellow. I wear the red one and really like how it looks. As far as training goes it works great for swim, bike and run.
2013-09-12 2:32 AM
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Another vote for the Polar RCX5 - with external GPS pod

2013-09-12 4:39 AM
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Originally posted by famelec

My daily watch is the Garmin FR70. Looks like a normal watch. Not too big.
With the footpod you have speed, distance, strides-per-minute, avg speed, etc.
With the bike accessory you get speed, distance, cadence, avg speed, etc.




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My FR70 is within 1% of my GPS watch.
All of the above + it is waterproof, has an alarm clock, loads up to Garmin Connect

I actually wear it during races as a backup, and because I am too lazy to take it off.
The thing I like about it is instantaneous pace is quite accurate, much more accurate that the GPS based 910xt.
2013-09-12 9:32 AM
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RCX3 here. It's just a tad slimmer than the RCX5 but with both you get a normal-looking watch and a GPS with an advertised 20 hours before you need to charge it again. I was looking to avoid one of those giant watches that would swallow my smaller wrist but the RCX3 has been just fine for everyday use (which I do all the time!).
2013-09-12 12:22 PM
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Another vote for the Timex Ironman with 50-lap memory.  Inexpensive and readily available.

I particularly like the interval timer function since I use the Galloway run/walk in my training; I just run or walk until I hear the beep. 

The 50 lap version is more useful at the pool than the 30 lap version if you want to track your times; I used to run out of memory with my previous 30 lap model.

I've had several of them and the biggest complaint I have is that the Indiglo function usually doesn't work after you change batteries.

Mark

 



2013-09-12 1:37 PM
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When you say triathlon watch- I presume that means you want it to be waterproof?  So, that leaves out most of the garmin running watches- such as the 210, which is nicely packaged for everyday wear.

Depends on your needs.  For only $129, garmin sells their FR10.  It's waterproof, and will give you all the GPS functionality and is a good running watch, and will give you basic speed and distance for the bike.  It will auto pause, too (yay).  It's small, cheap, waterproof, and very wearable as an everyday watch.  I think that would be a better choice than a regular Ironman- which is just a stopwatch.  Biggest downside to the FR10- no ANT+  so it won't pick up a HR monitor.

If you need more functionality and options, perhaps the Timex Run Trainer.  Lot's more functionality for the run and the bike, ANT+ for HR or foot pod, more screens and variables, etc.  Also waterproof.  not really set up for race day, but you can make it work easily enough.  MSRP $225.

the only full triathlon watch, that really does all three sports, is the 910xt, but it's not an everyday watch.  Not that it's that huge, but it doesn't display the time.  Ok, you can turn the GPS off and set up a time display, but it's really not designed for this.  Their other running watches however, when you shut them off, just go into a low power time display (210, 410, 610), and other than not being waterproof, might also meet your needs.

2013-09-12 3:05 PM
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Timex Ironman for me as well... though I have the 30 lap and wish I had the 50, mainly for swimming. 

I also should never, ever have gotten white.  I have no idea what colour it is now, but it's definitely NOT white. 

2013-09-13 7:42 AM
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So it sounds like most everyone is split between the timex ironman and a garmin GPS enabled watch. It seems the garmin really lacks the battery life needed for a day in and day out watch and the timex really lacks the functionality I was really wanting in a watch. This leads me to want to get a timex now and just use that til Christmas and then spring for a dedicated garmin triathlon watch.

Now if this is the case what would everyone's opinion be for a dedicated tri watch? Garmin 910xt? Or is there an equivalent in a different brand that does everything that the 910xt does?
2014-01-01 5:32 PM
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You should look at the Suunto Ambit 2. Gave the timex and the garmin 910 a try and liked the timex over the garmin but then a friend turned me onto the Suunto. The Ambit 2 does it all and it doubles as a watch. You can also download tons of different apps or even create your own. Best decision i have made. Bought a Garmin 210 for my wife she likes it but then she tried the Suunto, she will be switching soon. Clever Training has good prices.
2014-01-01 7:03 PM
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Timex Ironman for me, too. My day goes from teaching to coaching (swimming) to workout without a break much of the time, so my day-to-day, so I want to be able to jump in the pool without worrying about my watch. I do almost all of my training and racing with it, too. The models come in different colors so you can choose something that looks more conservative to go with work clothes. They have a women's model which is smaller and looks less like a sports watch, which works for me. I do have a Garmin (resolution is to actually use it this year) but it is HUGE--think the watch face is bigger than my wrist. I wouldn't wear it to work!


2014-01-01 7:23 PM
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My Timex Ironman 30 lap is still going strong after about 7 years. I keep thinking I'll get the upgraded model with the intervals and multiple alarms when this one dies, but it won't die!

It has been my hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, grilling, daily alarm, travel alarm, swim/bike/run timer, and many-other-things watch without a hiccup.

Tip: When you change the battery, wipe off, then coat the rubber O-ring with some silicon grease. $4 will buy you a lifetime supply of the stuff from any hardware store. Here's Lowe's version - http://www.lowes.com/pd_53861-1366-88693_0__

Mine is still fully functional after 5 battery changes, including the Indiglo feature!
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2014-01-02 6:42 PM
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Originally posted by thomas.hands You should look at the Suunto Ambit 2. Gave the timex and the garmin 910 a try and liked the timex over the garmin but then a friend turned me onto the Suunto. The Ambit 2 does it all and it doubles as a watch. You can also download tons of different apps or even create your own. Best decision i have made. Bought a Garmin 210 for my wife she likes it but then she tried the Suunto, she will be switching soon. Clever Training has good prices.

 

Yup.  I re-read my post above, and I didn't even mention the Ambit2.  turns out- three weeks ago, I bought one.  It's definitely more complicated than most, but also more powerful. And, unlike the 910xt, you can wear it as a (large) watch.  

In fact- I believe it's the only watch that meets your original request.  The 'sapphire' version would be the nicest looking.  Me- I've got small wrists, and needed to go with the Ambit 2S (S for 'smaller') which fits me a lot more comfortably.  You sacrifice battery life, a temp sensor and barometric altimeter if going with the 'S' as well.  

2014-01-03 10:46 PM
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Last summer I was away at a work conference for a week. I decided to only bring my 910XT and use it for running and for a daily use watch. All I did was put it into indoor pool mode and create a "page" on the watch that had only "time of day" showing. By putting it in indoor mode, the GPS is disabled. The only downside is that there isn't anything to show the date, if that's what you need from a watch. But if all you want to know is what time it is, then this will do the trick. Even though it hardly used any battery, I threw it on the charger when I slept.
2014-01-04 7:42 AM
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