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62877Re: EDIT: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST: FR- TIMEX Exped Watch- Will Rice

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  • dalenmoney
    Mar 1, 2010
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      aye aye captain.

      Will

      --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, "Mark McLauchlin" <mark@...> wrote:
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      > Thanks Will,
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      > Much better description on the available functions, thank you for addressing
      > these.
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      > As mentioned in the last post, there will need to be a bit more backpacking
      > in the LTR, so go on, get out there.
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      >
      > No edits for you this time so please upload.
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      > Regards
      >
      > Mark
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      >
      >
      > From: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of dalenmoney
      > Sent: Monday, 1 March 2010 11:11 AM
      > To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST: FR- TIMEX Exped Watch- Will Rice
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      > http://tinyurl.com/yl6lurr
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      > FIELD REPORT
      >
      > FIELD CONDITIONS and PERFORMANCE
      >
      > IMAGE 2
      > On Top of Kings Mountain
      >
      > I.
      > Date: 12/28/2009
      > 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
      >
      > Performance:
      > 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)
      >
      > IMAGE 1
      > Snowboarding
      >
      > II.
      > Date: 1/1/2010-1/3/2010
      > 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)
      >
      > Performance:
      > 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.
      >
      > III.
      > Date: 1/9/2010
      > Location: Latta Plantation, Charlotte, NC
      > Weather: Cold and sunny, 15-40 F (0 to -10 C), windy (10 mph, 13 kph), 48%
      > humidity
      > Activity: Orienteering (off-trail running for 3 hours, hiking for 1.5)
      >
      > Performance:
      > 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
      > direction.
      > 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).
      >
      > IV.
      > Date: 2/6/2010
      > 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)
      >
      > Performance:
      > 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
      >
      > V.
      > 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.
      >
      > Function Display
      > 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.
      >
      > Temperature Accuracy
      > 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.
      >
      > Altimeter
      > 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.
      >
      > Timer
      > 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
      > have done.
      >
      > Alarm
      > 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.
      >
      > DURABILITY
      >
      > 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
      > well.
      >
      > SUMMARY
      >
      > 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.
      >
      > Likes
      > - easily visible
      > - like the color and appearance
      > - gives me tons of data
      > - buttons easy to push
      >
      > Dislikes
      > - 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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