While Timex may be best known for making stylish yet affordable watches these days, it remains one of the most successful companies when it comes to sports watches. Sure, they no longer sell as well as they did in the 80s and 90s, but they still make some darn good wrist gadgets for athletes. The Timex Ironman R300 GPS is the latest in the line, combining a slew of training essentials with a very attractive price.
A GPS running watch, the digital timepiece is far from being the best-looking or the most feature-packed. Instead, the outfit decided to focus on essentials. That means, it looks good enough to go with your running outfit, but you’d probably want to take it off for the rest of the day. As far as features go, it sticks to running and cycling, instead of adding 30 or so multi-sport monitoring that other modern sports watches do, since, let’s be honest, most people only really use it for running (and maybe the occasional cycling or swimming on the off days). Do note, there’s a catchall setting called “any sport,” which you can use if you want to track activities other than the two above.
The Timex Ironman R300 GPS has an always-on display like old-school sports watches, so you’re never going to glance at your wrist without seeing any of the information you’re looking to get. It’s sunlight-readable, too, and come with the outfit’s Indiglo lighting, so you should be able to glean whatever’s onscreen, regardless of what time of the day you’re running. While it has large buttons on the side for various functions, the display is also a touchscreen, so you can swipe through different commands, much like many modern wearables.
There’s a wrist-based heart rate monitor and onboard GPS, so it can monitor your running metrics as capably as any fitness tracker, sports watch, or smartwatch. It also offers guided coaching, so you can tailor your workouts from training plans it recommends, based on your previous performances.
The Timex Ironman R300 GPS has a battery that can run for up to 25 days with the GPS turned off, so you can get plenty of runs between charges. Since you will likely want to turn on the GPS for more precise monitoring, the more realistic battery life is 20 hours, which, honestly, still gets you a whole lot of training before you need to plug in. It comes with a companion app that can sync with the phone to keep a log of all your workouts and send any workout of your choosing straight to the watch, so you don’t need to carry your phone with you during runs.
The watch, by the way, has a square plastic case measuring 40.5mm in width, which it pairs with a soft silicone rubber strap for comfortable wear during runs. It boasts 30 meters of water resistance, so you can keep the watch on when you want to take a refreshing swim after a long run.
The Timex Ironman R300 GPS is available now, priced at $120.