Review: Timex Ironman Run X20 GPS

Introduction

The Timex Ironman Run x20 GPS fitness tracker is a superb entry-level fitness tracker. But that’s all there is to it. It’s a really basic small device, so don’t expect it to have all the bells and whistles of a Garmin or G-Shock. The Timex Ironman Run will be a trusty companion in fitness wearables, but it is inexpensive and cheerful at under $100.

This is a minimalistic watch for runners with no frills. It’s not always necessary to have something that does precisely what it says on the tin. It has a GPS connection (which some might consider a gimmick), and it uses it to track your mileage, pace, and calories expended in real-time. That is all there is to it. That’s all there is to it in terms of functionality and features.

It’s not a Garmin Forerunner 935 or a Polar Vantage V (which you should learn about here), but you wouldn’t expect it to be for $100.

Design, presentation, and power

An Ironman Run is available in various colors, including vivid magenta, black, blue, white, and yellow. Whatever option you choose, don’t expect this to be an appropriate accessory for any formal occasion. It’s only meant to be worn during your run.

The strap is secured on your wrist, thanks to a lock-in mechanism. Some customers have complained that it’s tough to open, but there is a method that you’ll get used to. The idea is that it will accompany you throughout your journey.

Given that it is a GPS watch, it is quite slim. It’s light, weighing only 60 grams. Given its nature, it does have a plastic feel to it. It’s not a pleasant surprise to feel more abundant than it is. If you’re running a marathon, you want your watch to be as unnoticeable as possible. Positively, the Ironman Run will vanish from your wrist.

It comes with a basic crocodile clip and a USB plug that bites into four charging stations on the watch’s belly. It’s a little run-down, but it does the job.

Between charges, you can anticipate waiting up to 7 days. Every day, this is based on a short to mid-length run. In full GPS mode all the time.

The always-on display is a feature it shares with the top wristwatch on the market (the Apple Watch Series 5). Unfortunately, it’s hard to read either in very bright or very dim illumination.

It contains five buttons, which is a nice feature. It implies that the Ironman is quite simple to operate. There are buttons for off and on (top left), light (which illuminates the LCD), stop, menu, enter, and return. They all assist you in navigating the menus, but it’s simple to figure out.

Keeping track of your run

The Ironman can be used in two modes: intervals or as a stopwatch. The latter is exactly what it sounds like: you’re racing against the clock. The former is more involved since you run in time or distance intervals. Anyone who enjoys HIIT will enjoy this. You may give your sessions names, which is quite convenient.

You can use either a mile or a kilometer format. It will keep track of your laps and buzz when you reach a certain number of laps. You may utilize these modes for cycling as well if you’re not simply a runner and enjoy the occasional bike ride.

The Ironman does include a 50m water-resistance level, so you can swim in shallow water but not dive. Of course, the GPS won’t work underwater.

There are no sensors for heart rate or sleep in this device. It lacks an altimeter, gyroscope, and compass. It is not compatible with contactless payments. It’s just a simple jogging companion who keeps track of the numbers while you focus on your moves. It does, however, provide an alarm to remind you to go outside.

Is it effective?

Like any other GPS watch, the synchronization process with the nearest satellite can take a long time. It’ll only function if you’re outside. It’s sometimes preferable to begin your run so that it may catch up with you. You’ll know it’s done when it buzzes. It will maintain the connection once it has been established.

It doesn’t come with a lot of onboard memory, so if you want to save a lot of runs, you’ll have to settle for 10.

Distance, duration, minutes per mile and miles per hour, number of laps, and calories burned will be stored for each run. Many options have higher storage space, such as the Fitbit Flex, which stores data more efficiently within the specialized app. The Ironman may need you to create a spreadsheet, which some individuals love doing.

When it comes to apps, there aren’t any. It also doesn’t get along with other apps. You have no digital strings, which isn’t a deal-breaker for many individuals. You’ll need that spreadsheet to keep track of your progress.

Verdict

The Ironman is ideal if you want a fitness tracker that does exactly what you need it to do and doesn’t try to impress you with anything else. If you don’t want or need to take your phone with you for a run, this wearable is ideal because it doesn’t rely on the phone to provide GPS, sync with an app, or connect to the internet.

The pricing of this watch is its strongest selling feature. It’s always under $100, although most of the time it’s around $80. It’s made of low-cost materials, and you get precisely what you pay for. On the other hand, the plastic case has the advantage of being extremely light and not weighing you down.

The time it takes for the GPS function to activate and running out of memory in less than two weeks can be aggravating. People will not think you’re cool because the design won’t win any prizes. It’s almost obnoxious in its lameness.

However, this is a major though; it nails the fundamentals. It’s dependable because its sole aim is to provide the necessities.

If you’re new to running and don’t have or want to spend lots of money but still want to measure your progress, the Ironman is a terrific alternative.

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