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Do any of the GPS watches on the market allow for two users?  My husband and I both want a nice one but don't have the kind of cash to buy 2.



2014-10-08 11:24 AM
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Are you talking about storing cumulative miles and/or having separate history stored on the watch?

2014-10-08 11:28 AM
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Originally posted by emferg

Do any of the GPS watches on the market allow for two users?  My husband and I both want a nice one but don't have the kind of cash to buy 2.




Garmins assume only one user and will only allow you to upload to one Garmin connect account.
But it is very easy to export a file and upload it to another account manually.

So for example you could have the Garmin synch to your Garmin connect account, then each time your husband uses it you can export the files and upload them to his account (or any other app that uploads .gpx files, which is the standard).
Then you can delete the files from your account (unless you were together on the workout, then you can both keep the files).

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2014-10-08 3:32 PM
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What are you looking for out of a GPS watch. Full feature watch with data downloading +++, or just a simple watch that gives distance, pace and memory to store several runs?

My wife and I each have our own simple GPS watches.  We're using the previous version of the GPS Easy Trainer, does all I need and the new version is only $80. http://www.timex.com/watches/timex-ironman-easy-trainer-gps-t5k754f5

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2014-10-08 9:30 PM
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Originally posted by jennifer_runs

Originally posted by emferg

Do any of the GPS watches on the market allow for two users?  My husband and I both want a nice one but don't have the kind of cash to buy 2.




Garmins assume only one user and will only allow you to upload to one Garmin connect account.
But it is very easy to export a file and upload it to another account manually.

So for example you could have the Garmin synch to your Garmin connect account, then each time your husband uses it you can export the files and upload them to his account (or any other app that uploads .gpx files, which is the standard).
Then you can delete the files from your account (unless you were together on the workout, then you can both keep the files).


This. I think most GPS watches are made for an individual account. You could probably score an used GPS watch on eBay though.
2014-10-09 7:51 AM
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Use mapmyrun app. It's free and records tons of info. I only use my watch during races.


2014-10-09 9:13 AM
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Originally posted by zballinger Use mapmyrun app. It's free and records tons of info. I only use my watch during races.
Good point zballinger.  I also sometimes use the Runkeeper app.  I haven't had any significant distance errors using both at the same time and I keep my phone in a pouch on my running belt vs. using an armband.

2014-10-09 1:17 PM
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Originally posted by zballinger

Use mapmyrun app. It's free and records tons of info. I only use my watch during races.


It is ok if you want basic distance and time data, but if you want more advanced metrics like workout splits, the phone apps are not great. Also, they can't be used in the pool.
2014-10-09 10:11 PM
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You van also use google my tracks. If you dont need the extras, pools usually have clocks on both end of the lanes.
2014-10-10 8:46 AM
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I would never want to use phone as GPS watch on a run.

A. You can't glance at your pace very easily
B. Not waterproof. Waterproofing add another bulk to the already huge size of the phone
C. Battery life sucks on phone
D. Crack screen/breaks easily
E. It's just plain bulky
2014-10-10 9:25 AM
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The app gives you split times, elevation and more actually. I have found it to be very accurate. Also it tells your mile time every mile along with your overall time. IMO the watch is more a hassle than the phone. I'm going to carry it anyway so might as well use it. I use as an iPod anyway


2014-10-10 10:23 AM
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Originally posted by zballinger

The app gives you split times, elevation and more actually. I have found it to be very accurate. Also it tells your mile time every mile along with your overall time. IMO the watch is more a hassle than the phone. I'm going to carry it anyway so might as well use it. I use as an iPod anyway


When I'm doing a running workout, I want to be able to hit the lap button on my watch and see the current lap time and pace. Also, the phone apps lose accuracy over short distances and curves like on a track.

I use iSmoothRun on my iPhone (and I know there are many other GPS apps that do the same thing) for things like long runs and easy runs where I am just interested in basic data like time and distance after the fact. It will also give me my current lap pace by voice in my headphones, but it isn't as fast or as good as seeing the split times on the watch. So it just depends on how how much real-time feedback you want.
2014-10-10 1:56 PM
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Originally posted by emferg

Do any of the GPS watches on the market allow for two users?  My husband and I both want a nice one but don't have the kind of cash to buy 2.




Having the perfect tool is nice. You did state you do not have sufficient money to buy 2 watch.
If you have an intelligent phone, I would try the free running apps and see if it is sufficient. Personally all I need is my time, my distance and my speed. I find it sufficient to know if I am improving. Of course, if you want to calculate steps, heart beat etc you may end up buying more.
2014-10-10 2:03 PM
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theoretically- you can make any of them work for two people, by using alternate tracking web sites.  For instance- you can upload your workouts to BeginnerTriathlete.com, and he can upload his to Strava.

But- I'm in favor of you each having your own watch.  Not sure what features and capabilities you're looking for, but there are always new models being released, and always old models on sale.  Holiday season (here before you know it) generally has a few great deals.

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