Reviewers say the Timex Ironman Global Trainer is a good alternative to Garmin's line of GPS-enabled sport watches. It tracks speed, distance, pace, altitude and heart rate, and it includes a host of training features, including a customizable display, 20-workout memory, waypoint recording, auto splits and the ability to upload your workout data to a Mac or PC. Even with all these features, experts say the Timex Ironman Global Trainer is easy to use, thanks to a simple button-based navigation. The buttons are large and easy to push, even while exercising, reviewers say. Durability is also excellent. Although the Timex Ironman Global Trainer gets high marks in professional reviews, some users are less positive. Numerous owners say the watch takes a long time to acquire a satellite signal, and some users question the accuracy of the mapping feature. (Some reviewers, however, note improvements after downloading a firmware update from the Timex website.) The watch is also large and bulky, which bothers some reviewers with small wrists. Overall, Garmin's GPS sport watches earn more consistent feedback, including the top-rated Gamin Forerunner 210 (*Est. $200; $250 with heart-rate monitor).
The Timex Ironman Global Trainer is reviewed by a number of technology and fitness sources, including Engadget.com, Backpacker magazine and Men's Journal. These test-based reviews vary in their thoroughness, but no source can match the detail found at DCRainmaker.com, a triathlon blog. We also found useful reviews at About.com, The Associated Press and assorted running blogs.
Engadget.com gives the Timex Ironman Global Trainer an overall rating of 7 out of 10. Donald Melanson says his Garmin sport watch acquires satellites more quickly and seems slightly more accurate than the Timex. However, he says he likes the design, which is easy to use while exercising.
Review: Timex Ironman Global Trainer Review, Donald Melanson, Aug. 17, 2010
Backpacker magazine doesn't rate the Timex Ironman Global Trainer, but editor Joe Flowers has a reasonably detailed test-based review. The watch tracks a lot of training metrics, but Flowers acknowledges that it is very large.
Review: Gear Review: Timex Ironman Global Trainer Bodylink System, Joe Flowers, Not Dated
3. Men's Journal
Men's Journal recommends the Timex Ironman Global Trainer for serious athletes. Michael Lovato, a triathlete who tests the watch, says he likes the easy-to-read display. According to his testing, the watch was accurate, and he gives it an overall rating of 8 out of 10.
Review: Personal Trainers, Editors of Men's Journal, Feb. 15, 2011
DCRainmaker.com, a triathlon blog, has an extremely detailed review of the Timex Ironman Global Trainer. Overall, the editor says the watch is "a great new entrant to the market," and it includes a number of advanced training features. However, he notes that the GPS and heart-rate tracking doesn't work underwater.
Review: Timex Ironman GPS Global Trainer In Depth Review, Editor of DCRainmaker.com, Aug. 3, 2010
5. USA Today Magazine
Anick Jesdanun, a technology writer for The Associated Press, tests three GPS sport watches. Of the three watches he tests, the Timex Ironman Global Trainer is the slowest to acquire a GPS signal, and he says he was frustrated by frequent alerts and prompts.
Review: Review: GPS Running Watches Offer Improvements, Anick Jesdanun, March 19, 2011
Fred Zahradnik, the GPS guide at About.com, gives the Timex Ironman Global Trainer a 3-star rating (out of 5). Although he says he appreciates the customizable display and numerous performance metrics, he wishes that the workout upload wasn't limited to the Training Peaks software. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Review: Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Sports & Fitness Watch, Fred Zahradnik, Not Dated
Roughly 15 owners at Amazon.com give the Timex Ironman Global Trainer an overall rating of 3stars (out of 5). Those who like the watch say it has a lot of features and a big, easy-to-read display. However, numerous owners say it takes a long time to acquire a satellite signal.
Review: Timex Global Trainer Speed and Distance GPS Watch, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2011
The running blog RunTheLine.com gives the Timex Ironman Global Trainer a positive review. Editors call it "the most advanced GPS sports watch ever created." High points include a multisport mode, pace alerts and a customizable display.
Review: Timex IronMan Global Trainer Review, "Ross", Feb. 28, 2011
RunColo.com, a Colorado-based running blog, has a negative view of the Timex Ironman Global Trainer. Calling it "rubbish," editors say it is too big and takes too long to acquire a GPS signal. Editors also question the watch's accuracy.
Review: Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Review, Editors of RunColo.com, Sept. 21, 2010