DISCLOSURE: this post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Timex. My review and opinions are my own! Scroll down for a very special giveaway, so you can try the Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+ yourself.
One of the best decisions I ever made — fitness-wise and for my emotional healthy — was to not run during pregnancy. The move was more of a function of being burned out due to the training I put in before getting pregnant, coupled with the extreme Florida heat, than fear of harming myself or the baby.
(As a fitness professional, I know that WITH medical oversight and WITH modifications, running can be a healthy and safe activity through some or all of your pregnancy! But I also urge you to read this post from my friend Sarah. Very insightful.)
But just because I’m not running right now doesn’t mean I’m not active. Every day — twice a day, weather permitting — I walk to Audrey’s daycare and back, which is a round-trip of about 2.5 miles. If I have time, I take the extra-long way back to add on another half mile.
(Usually, I push Audrey in the stroller but all of a sudden, she’s a “big girl” and wants to walk on her own. Tough kid!)
So when I got the chance to test out the Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+, I was super excited! I have always tracked my data while running, but the devices I’ve been using are, frankly, old and a bit clunky. There were a lot of promises on the product website that impressed me:
Key features of the Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+:
- Once you activate your device, you can access the One GPS+ Portal, which allows you to really customize your settings and community.
- The insta-fix GPS connects quickly, which means you don’t have to wait around for the satellites to load.
- You get real-time pace and distance on the display, and you can choose between several different layouts.
- There is 4GB of storage space for your music, so once you connect your device to your computer and sync your song library, you can take it with you and listen on Bluetooth headphones or a speaker.
- Using the built-in technology, you can send and receive messages right on the device.
- You can let friends track you live, or even send out an SOS if you need help. It gives them your exact location.
- The display is designed to be easy to read, even in sunlight, so you don’t have to slow down or stop to see what it says.
I put it through the full test: I took it on all of our walks, I went through every setting on the menu to try to customize the device, I connected to the portal and much more. So, what’s the verdict?
- The setup and activation was really fast and easy. I wish it had come fully charged, because I was antsy to take it out the first time, but once I plugged it in, it got to 100% pretty quickly.
- The GPS really did load very quickly, and I was able to hit “start” almost as soon as I walked out the door. Other devices I’ve used take forever!
- It’s rated to 50M water-resistant, so you can take it in the pool (although it really only tracks running) or work up a sweat without worrying.
- You can connect the device to a heart rate monitor and get additional data (love this!).
- The battery life is actually pretty good! I shut the device off when I wasn’t using it, and the one time I forgot, I got an email reminder when the device was at 20% battery. Nice little feature.
- Your workouts can be uploaded to Strava and Runkeeper, so if you use those apps or communities, that’s a nice integration.
- The watch includes a year of AT&T data.
- It has auto pause, auto lap/split, vibrating alerts and interval timers so if you’re serious about getting real-time feedback on your run, this has it all!
- There are a few pre-populated messages, which is nice, and you can also add favorites to the contacts/messages.
- The keyboard is a little tricky to use, especially if you need to type a message. To get to “A,” for example, you have to hit the button that has A, B, C, etc. in it, then choose “A” from that list. So each letter or number has two or three steps involved.
- The touchscreen display is really nice, but I found it a little tough to use (maybe I have fat fingers?), especially after working up a sweat. The icons are quite small and you have to press hard. There are buttons along the side of the device that help you go through the menus.
- Getting the music synced to the device was not as easy as it could have, or should have, been. I connected it to my laptop via the USB cord, and nothing happened…until I realized that my MacBook Pro was mounting the device as an external hard drive, and I needed to copy my library into it. I tried doing that with an .mp3 file I had handy, and after three unsuccessful tries, I gave up and filed a help request with Timex.
They sent me this video, which helped (I didn’t realize that after putting the music on, I had to then connect to my headphones or speaker to see the music show up).
- Adding contacts is also hard. I would have loved to sync my phone to it, using Bluetooth, but I had to manually enter the contacts in. So I ended up only putting two people in.
- The device is a bit large, especially if you’re used to some of the smaller, sleeker activity trackers and GPS watches. And while it certainly could function as an everyday watch, I found it a bit too large to keep on outside of my workouts.
- Unfortunately, I had trouble getting answers and help from the Timex website. Two guides I googled were outdated and had broken links, and the main FAQ page provided to me had a redirect loop and never loaded! I submitted a help request by email and did get a good response but it was a lot of steps.
All in all, I think it’s a really nice device, and at $199 retail, it’s more budget-friendly than some of the other GPS devices (especially when you consider the annual data plan that comes with and the fact that it can connect to a heart rate monitor). I wish some of the connectivity features were more intuitive, and I wish that the touchscreen worked better — it’s already a bit large and clunky on my wrist, but the size of the icons really made it tough to input any data.
Want to try the Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+ for yourself? I have one device to give away! To be considered, enter below. Sorry, but this is for U.S. addresses only. I’ll contact the winner by email and he or she will have 48 hours to respond. If I don’t hear back, the entry is forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Timex.