The Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap is the overwhelming favorite among basic sport watches. It doesn't include GPS tracking or advanced training features, but experts say the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap is a great value. The watch, which has been around for years, has been updated with TapScreen technology. This allows you to tap anywhere on the display to start or stop workout timers. Reviewers say the TapScreen is easy to use, even when the watch is wet. Users also like the numerous interval timers, nutrition and hydration alarms and 150-lap memory. The watch comes in full- and mid-sized versions, which accommodate different wrists. However, numerous users say the resin watch strap is stiff and inflexible; it has a tendency to break easily. We also saw a few reports that the TapScreen is easy to press inadvertently, although the sensitivity can be adjusted.
The Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap is featured in a number of professional reviews, including in running and fitness publications like Runner's World, Trail Runner and Running Times magazines. Blog postings, such as those at EverymanTri.com and RunTheLine.com, are also helpful for their in-depth reviews. Amazon.com is the best source for user ratings.
Runner's World magazine recommends the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap sports watch for those who regularly run at the track. Matthew Honan says he loves the simplicity of the lap timer, and he also appreciates the customizable nutrition and hydration alarms.
Review: Time Machines, Matthew Honan, Jan. 2010
2. Trail Runner
The Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap is one of five sport watches recommended by Trail Runner magazine in its annual Gear Guide. Editors especially like the nutrition alarms and say the watch has a good number of features for a basic sport watch.
Review: 2010 Gear Guide, Michael Benge and Elinor Fish, June 2010
Running Times magazine recommends the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap in its overview of the best sport watches for runners. Brian Metzler calls it an "innovative gem" thanks to its generous lap memory and TapScreen technology.
Review: Keeping Up With the Time, Brian Metzler, March 2010
4. National Geographic Adventure
National Geographic Adventure gives its Best of Adventure award to the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap, the only sport watch to win this award. Steve Casimiro says the new TapScreen is a big improvement over previous versions of the watch.
Review: Best of Adventure: Must-Have Gear, Steve Casimiro, 2010
CNNMoney.com recommends the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap for "a newbie runner who wants to keep up the pace." Jenny Everett particularly like the target pace feature, which alerts you if you are falling behind your desired pace.
Review: 7 Digital Fitness Coaches, Jenny Everett, Jan. 15, 2010
6. Runner's World U.K.
The U.K. edition of Runner's World magazine gives the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap a 3.5-star rating (out of 5). "It's simple to use, easy to view and it has an impressive number of features for the price," editors say.
Review: Timex Ironman 150-Lap Sleek, Editors of Runner's World (U.K.), 2010
The Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap earns a 4.5-star rating after nearly 30 reviews at Amazon.com. Reviewers say the display is easy to read and the lightweight watch is comfortable to wear. Some users complain about the stiff watch band.
Review: Timex Men's T5H721 Ironman Triathlon Sleek 150-Lap Resin Strap Watch, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2011
The running blog RunTheLine.com has a detailed and illustrated review of the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap sport watch. Editors say the TapScreen is easy to control, even when wet, and the large display is easy to read at a glance.
Review: Timex IronMan Sleek Review, "Ross", March 15, 2011
EverymanTri, a site devoted to triathlons, has a lengthy review of the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap. Danny Ward says the Timex watch is great for lap swimming, and he reports no problems with the TapScreen in the pool. However, he says he wonders whether a GPS watch or heart-rate monitor would be a better bet for triathletes.
Review: Review: Timex Ironman Sleek 150 Lap with Tap Screen, Danny Ward, March 31, 2010
Wendy Bumgardner, the walking guide at About.com, gives the Timex Ironman Sleek 150-Lap a perfect 5-star rating. She likes the easy-to-use TapScreen and says the many timers are useful. However, she would like to be able to upload her workout data to a computer. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Timex Sleek 150 Lap Watch with Tap Screen, Wendy Bumgardner, Jan. 12, 2010