Nike Triax 100 vs. Timex GPS

Nike Triax 100 vs. Timex GPS

Post by MNRunne » Thu, 17 Oct 2002 11:04:26


Anyone have any knowledge of the difference between the Nike Triax and
the Timex GPS? Is the Nike Triax 100 a GPS based system like the Timex?
I am also wondering about your experiences with the Timex GPS system in
wooded, hilly areas. I have a regular GPS system that I have trouble
with in these conditions because it loses the satellite signal.
 
 
 

Nike Triax 100 vs. Timex GPS

Post by Ron Natali » Thu, 17 Oct 2002 22:48:47

Quote:

> Anyone have any knowledge of the difference between the Nike Triax and
> the Timex GPS? Is the Nike Triax 100 a GPS based system like the Timex?

No, the Nike TRIAX is an accellerometer that goes on your shoe.

Quote:
> I am also wondering about your experiences with the Timex GPS system in
> wooded, hilly areas. I have a regular GPS system that I have trouble
> with in these conditions because it loses the satellite signal.

Hilly shouldn't bother it.   Heavy woods might.   I have both a Fitsense (which
is a device similar to the Nike) and the Timex GPS.   The real downside of
the Fitsense (and I think the Nike is worse) is keeping it in calibration over
a wide range of conditions (different surfaces, different shoes).   Once I
calibrate it, it's pretty spot on.   The Fitsense has a number of features that
the Timex doesn't have, primarily that it continually records the entire running
session and you can recall or download these automatically.   The Timex on
the other hand behaves just like a Timex Ironman watch with the added speed
and distance information.   It only records information when you press the split
button.   The Fitsense also has an (optional) heart rate monitor which gets logged
along with the speed/distance info.

The TIMEX requires no calibration.   You turn it on and wait about a minute and
the thing beeps and you are ready.   Nothing to mess with.  It will continually
readout the time/distance/speed/pace (both instantaneous and average).   Press
the split button on the chrono and it records all of these into the split memory.

I run in a heavily wooded area for my long runs.   The TIMEX didn't do too
badly.   It did report "weak signal" for a few seconds a couple of places in
the run, but it seemed OK.  Other runners in the area have reported similar
results.   I'm happy with it (although I think there's a lot of room for improvement
in it, including the addition of a heart rate monitor, and a way to down load the
data and perhaps a continuous logging feature like the Fitsense).

The TIMEX comes in two flavors.   The 50 lapper (lists at $200, but can be had on
the net for about $140) and teh 100 lapper (lists at $225 but can be had for $200).
In addition to the additional laps the 100 also has an alert that beeps when you
get off the pace (I believe, I don't know I've only got the 50, the Fitsense has a
similar feature).

Frankly, since I use the thing more for just distance measurement (since I run on
unmarked courses a lot) than for the other "coaching" features, the TIMEX works
better for me.

 
 
 

Nike Triax 100 vs. Timex GPS

Post by Jan » Sun, 20 Oct 2002 23:49:42

As a matter of interest, I have a "first generation " GPS that I bought in
1994, which seems to easily lose the required signals in wooded areas.  I
just bought a new Magellan SportTrak Pro which works 100% where my older one
does not.  I think the Timex device would be in the latter class and would
probably work fine.  If you read the fine print on the Timex, it states some
accuracy - I think 95%.  If this means that I can underestimate the distance
run by 5% and hence overestimate my pace, it would be unacceptable.


Quote:
> Anyone have any knowledge of the difference between the Nike Triax and
> the Timex GPS? Is the Nike Triax 100 a GPS based system like the Timex?
> I am also wondering about your experiences with the Timex GPS system in
> wooded, hilly areas. I have a regular GPS system that I have trouble
> with in these conditions because it loses the satellite signal.


 
 
 

Nike Triax 100 vs. Timex GPS

Post by akhar » Tue, 22 Oct 2002 00:57:51

Quote:

> Anyone have any knowledge of the difference between the Nike Triax and
> the Timex GPS? Is the Nike Triax 100 a GPS based system like the Timex?
> I am also wondering about your experiences with the Timex GPS system in
> wooded, hilly areas. I have a regular GPS system that I have trouble
> with in these conditions because it loses the satellite signal.

I have been pretty happy with my Nike Triax and have found it remarkly
accurate for both road and trail running. However, I am one of those
people who got it working right out of the box and your mileage may
vary. Also, the main difference between the Triax and the Timer is
that the former measures your acceleration and latter uses a GPS.

You may want to have a look at the Fitsense, which uses the same
technology as the Triax, but has more features like HR, computer IR
link, etc. On the other hand, the Triax is more elegant and
ergonomic...

Atul