On Tue, 13 Jun 2000 21:49:35 -0400, "Brian"
>Being the total watch junkie that I am... I always make a point to stop by
>the Timex counter whenever my wife drags me shopping..... tonight on a trip
>into one of my favorite stores (Target) I was checking out the new Timex IM
>watches when I saw a really cool clear box with what appeared to be an HRM
>inside. Lo and behold, it was the new 'Timex Ironman Fitness System'. A
>fully functional, Indiglo IM watch with a HRM strap included (wireless).
>I have been looking into getting a HRM lately, the price seems very right
>($75.00), AND the watch looks way cool by itself.... the only drawback is
>all the splashy writing on the front of the transmitter....
>Anyone have one of these things?? Are they for real, or just a toy HRM??
>Should I buck up and by a Polar or the new Freestyle one??
A good friend picked up one of the Timex HRMs just a couple weeks back
and returned it within two days. He reported that
1) It did not seem to measure accurately
2) Seemed to have a much slower response time than a Polar to changes
3) The design of the transmitter strap was very poor. It uses
velcro, and the way it winds up on your torso leaves the scratchiest
part of the velcro right under your arm where it chafes you absolutely
4) He found the watchband design ergonomically uncomfortable---said
something about some bumps on the band that dug into his wrist.
Disappointing, because we all were hoping that Timex would give Polar
a run for its money. God knows we all would benefit from an HRM
that's as accurate and reliable as a Polar and has the lap saving
capabilities, but which costs less and whose battery one can change
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