62877Re: EDIT: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST: FR- TIMEX Exped Watch- Will Rice
- Mar 1, 2010aye aye captain.
--- In email@example.com, "Mark McLauchlin" <mark@...> wrote:
> Thanks 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 REPORT
> FIELD CONDITIONS and PERFORMANCE
> IMAGE 2
> On Top of Kings Mountain
> 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
> 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
> 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)
> 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.
> 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%
> 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).
> 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)
> 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.
> 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.
> 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
> have done.
> 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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