I recently wrote a brief review about this GPS watch. I mentioned that I’d had a few niggles with it, but was generally happy with it. After running my first marathon at the weekend, I have now changed my thoughts.
It’s a Piece of Crap.
Imagine buying a bit of kit like this specifically to help train for a difficult event. Like, say, your first marathon! Imagine it being fairly well-behaved, with a few quirks that you’re mainly prepared to overlook – losing satellite, beeping uncontrollably, etc. Then imagine the watch malfunctioning on mile 10 of the marathon.
I almost threw it into the hedge. Almost. Beep-beep-beep … lap reader error … pressing buttons, trying to reset, trying to restart … beep-beep-beep … I was looking for a passing dog to insert the Piece of Crap into, but in the end I kept it on, and managed to get it reading my pace, at least. Upon finishing the marathon it told me I’d run 89.31 miles (it felt like it ) at an average 3 minute mile (it didn’t feel like it).
To be fair it didn’t throw me that much. I knew my time to the nearest few minutes because the ‘time’ function of the watch was still working. And the course was very well marked, so I knew the distance I’d covered.
It’s going back. It’s not a cheap bit of kit, and I unreasonably expected it to work for, well, what it was designed for. Not Fit For Purpose.