62846EDIT: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST: FR- TIMEX Exped Watch- Will Rice
- Mar 1, 2010Thanks Will,
Much better description on the available functions, thank you for addressing
As mentioned in the last post, there will need to be a bit more backpacking
in the LTR, so go on, get out there.
No edits for you this time so please upload.
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Subject: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST: FR- TIMEX Exped Watch- Will Rice
FIELD CONDITIONS and PERFORMANCE
On Top of Kings Mountain
Location: Kings Mountain, NC
Weather: sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 50 F (10 C)
Activity: Hiking to top of mountain (1000 ft/ 300 m elevation gain), 3.4
miles (5.5 km) roundtrip
I have grown to like using the chronometer and then using the "review" mode
to see elevation gains and losses. Although the graphical mode doesn't
really tell a whole lot (there are no labels on the axis), I enjoy looking
at the graph. It also seems like if there is not a lot of total elevation
change and the time period is long, then the graph is sort of flat.
I was expecting to be able to monitor temperature with this watch. However,
when I am wearing it, the temperature is significantly off due to my body
temperature. I would much prefer a strap that allowed the watch to be away
from my body. I have considered wearing the watch on a belt loop or
attaching it to my pack, but I am afraid of it coming off and becoming lost.
On the way down the mountain I held the watch in my hand to get a true
temperature reading. It took about 30 minutes for the temperature to lower
from around 70 F (20 C) to the actual temperature of 50 F (10 C)
Location: Gatlinburg, TN
Weather: Overcast to sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 30-40 F (-1-4.4)
Activity: Snowboarding (1500-2500 ft/ 457-762 m)
I was hoping to wear the watch outside of my base layer (but under my jacket
sleeve) in order to get a more accurate temperature reading. However, the
watch face is very large, so pulling back my outer sleeve was not possible.
The watch kept getting caught, even after taking off my gloves and using my
hands. So, my other plan was to maybe wear the watch outside my jacket, but
the strap was not long enough.
The weather prediction icons were off when I was on this trip, so I had to
recalibrate. It appears as though the weather needs to be recalibrated every
other week. It also seems like it over predicts rain (more often than it
actually rains), and it under predicts sunny days.
Location: Latta Plantation, Charlotte, NC
Weather: Cold and sunny, 15-40 F (0 to -10 C), windy (10 mph, 13 kph), 48%
Activity: Orienteering (off-trail running for 3 hours, hiking for 1.5)
Whenever I am going outdoors and I know I will be changing elevation, I get
excited about using the chronograph and review features to see my maximum
altitude and gains and losses. I am a big data junky, so these features of
the watch really appeal to me.
For orienteering, I was excited to use the compass function. The compass
works well and seemed to be accurate. I like the bearing degree number
indicator as well, so I can compare a degree heading with my friend's
compass. What I don't like though is that the compass goes blank after a
short amount of time of non-use and then after a little more non-use the
watch goes back to the time mode. This makes it less than ideal for
orienteering or any activity that requires a constant monitoring of
I am further frustrated by the temperature function. What am I supposed to
do if I am not carrying a pack or clothing that my watch can be attached to
but I want to be able to get an accurate temperature reading? It seems the
best technique is to hold it by the strap in my hand (which is no different
from carrying a thermometer).
Location: Reedy Creek Park, Charlotte, NC
Weather: Cold and cloudy, 33-45 F (1-7 C), 80-100% humidity
Activity: Orienteering (off-trail running for 3-4 hours)
This was another orienteering experience with more of the same observations
recorded after I had forgotten what I thought about using the watch last
time I orienteered. See below for notes:
- annoying to pull sleeve over wrist, annoying to uncover watch
- love to track progress using chrono. and review modes
- compass works well, but hard to shoot exact bearings, hate that it goes
off and changes mode if you don't use it often
Other Notes on Features
Double Time-Zone Feature
Similar to the Iron Man series of watched that Timex makes, this watch has
dual time zone settings. This means that you can set a time in two different
place that you might often travel between, and then just by holding the
Start/Split button, you can change between the two settings.
Temperature and INDIGLO
At night, the watch mostly sits next to my bed. This lets me wake up and
push the INDIGLO button to see what time it is and what temperature it is.
The glowing display is very visible at night for clear reading and yet it
doesn't hurt my unadjusted eyes. I like the display size.
Below the date/pressure/altitude display on the main screen, there are icons
telling you when certain features are running (stopwatch, countdown timer,
alarm). This is a pretty sutbtle feature but is usefull if you're timing a
hike or something and you have forgotten that your stopwatch is running.
When you look at the time, you see pixel indicators meaning that the
features are in use.
I like that the temperature doesn't have to be calibrated or adjusted. At
first I was wary and wondered if that meant that it might be incorrect.
However, I have tested against some other watches that tell temperature and
against known conditions (hot tub, freezing weather) and have found that it
appears to be accurate.
I like this feature, especially since it works in airplanes. I know it's not
really in the scope of testing for outdoor use, but I really enjoyed using
the watch to see the rise and descent of the airplane I took over the
holidays. It also was nice to be in an airplane where I could get a reading
from the pilot to calibrate the watch. Other than that, I have found it
annoying to find reference altitudes in my daily life that I can recalibrate
the watch to. The manual says to recalibrate often.
The timer feature allows for a countdown and alarm for any given time
setting less than 24 hours. This feature worked well for me when I was
orienteering and trying to set a pace between markers. Also, the timer can
be set so that it automatically starts over when it reaches zero. Plus, it
records how many time it has reset itself so that if you're running or
hiking a loop you don't have to remember how many counted down units you
The watches alarm is loud enough to wake me up in quiet conditions when it
is next to my head. The INDIGLO also flashes, which makes it easier to find
in the dark. The alarm is able to be set on a recurring basis for Daily,
Weekend, Weekday, or any specific day's use.
The watch has done a remarkable job of staying together. It does have one
small little nick in the face. Considering what it has gone through (spent a
lot of time with me doing thesis work in streams) I feel it has held up
All in all, the watch seems to be holding up well, is easy to operate, and
does a good job at providing easily visible data to the user.
- easily visible
- like the color and appearance
- gives me tons of data
- buttons easy to push
- size sometimes gets in the way (interferes with clothing)
- temperature indicator not correct when wearing
- compass doesn't stay on for constant use orienteering
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