Timex Body Link: Now with Small GPS Receiver
The Timex Body Link products have been around for a while with all sorts of gizmos to help runners and athletes in general learn more about their workouts and train better. Timex has announced the new smaller and lighter GPS component to their lineup. The 5E671 bundle offers a Sports Watch, Heart Rate Monitor and a GPS tracking unit (the Navman II). The 5E681 bundle includes the Sports Watch and the GPS tracking unit (the Navman II). These models go directly after the Garmin Forerunner 301 with a Heart Rate Monitor, and the Forerunner 201 without the Heart Rate Monitor.
Both Timex bundles come equipped with loads of features and capabilities that help runners to max out their training. These aids can help runners set their pace, stay on it and meet their goals.
The 5E671 bundle has the ability to give you heart rate monitor, the GPS receiver that tells you your distances, and the watch sums it all up. The watch is a nice size, and can fit comfortably on most people. The information can not be downloaded to a computer, however, unless you get the additional Data Recorder 2. The recorder unit is small and can clip on your arm or slip in your pocket. It connects to your computer via USB cable to download all of the training data including the heart rate monitor, timing and GPS. With the Data Recorder 2, you also tap into the ability to use the free Timex Trainer Software.
All in the 5E671 + Data Recorder 2 costs add up, and come in somewhere higher than the Garmin Forerunner 301 which has a similar feature set including the heart rate monitor. The Timex is a nice small unit on the wrist that fits almost all people comfortably, and the Forerunner 301 is a bit larger, so you'll have to decide for yourself. Is the small 3 piece Timex system worth the extra money, or is the 2 piece Garmin unit acceptable and save a few bucks?
If you are interested in the timing functions and the location information, without the heart rate monitoring, the 5E681 and the Garmin Forerunner 201 should be compared.
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Posted by Scott Martin at October 7, 2005 2:09 PM