Timex, the American watchmaker, has been in business since 1854, making a variety of time pieces that have become nearly synonymous with the concept of wrist watches. The slogan “takes a licking and keeps on ticking” was one of their more memorable slogans, and the company itself is reflective of this idea: starting as the Waterbury Clock Company, then the United States Time Company, then Timex in 1969, this clock and watch company seems to be in an ever-constant change with the times. With this in mind, their entry into the activity tracker market seems appropriate, bringing their company’s signature product into the 21st century.
The Timex Ironman Sleek 150 is a training watch that lets the user access real-time workout data without interrupting a workout. With one tap on the screen (thanks to their TapScreen technology), users can see logged split times of their current performance. Recording laps, either while running or swimming, is the major function of the Ironman Sleek 150, with the watch recording best lap, average lap, and total time. Featuring a 150-lap memory recall, 199-lap counter, lap or split recall, and hydration and nutrition alarms, this is a straightforward activity tracker that lacks a GPS and a heart rate monitor--it’s also a middle of the road Timex Ironman edition, falling between their Sleek 50 (for 50 laps) and Sleek 250 (250 lap) models.
With a large, easy-to-read backlit LCD screen, the Ironman Sleek 150 comes in seven versions with two gender designs: four in “female” colors and three “men’s” colors. Although it’s not a particularly versatile activity tracker, it’s a great entry-level sports watch that’s unbelievably affordable. Timex hasn’t made the most complex activity tracker but it has made a solid fitness watch suitable for runners and swimmers alike.
Surrounding the large digital watch face is sturdy resin that protects it from wear and tear. As a one-piece unit, with the band and face connected, the Ironman Sleek 150 looks like sports watch--which, of course, it is. But this fits form with function, which Times also knows a few things about. Bold, simple, and to the point--just like the straightforward function of the watch itself.
- Can hold a 150 laps in its memory
- Runners can choose a stored lap time to run against
- Sound notifications that lets the runner know if they are ahead or behind in pace
- Water-resistant up to 100 meters
But for some runners, they just want a basic sports activity watch that gets the very basic job of recording their lap times, stores them for further analysis and to play them against each other, and that’s almost it. For these runners, the Timex Ironman Sleek 150 is just what they’re looking for.
Featuring a large, easy-to-read LCD display, a simple menu that’s easy to navigate, and an accurate recorder of their time, the Ironman Sleek 150 stays in step with Timex’s reputation as one of the best watchmakers in the world. Its one-touch Tapscreen will also appeal to runners who like to note their time as they run without having to break stride, and the sound notifications that play when runners fall behind or ahead of pace of their previously logged lap time will also help encourage performance and maximize their ability.
And yet, the Ironman Sleek 150 is a very basic sports watch, as well: it’s a minimalistic activity tracker that’s best for runners trying to improve their lap times and swimmers looking for the same. Waterproof up to 100 meters and with a backlight to read its information in the dark, there are only a few amenities to the Sleek 150 that anyone could consider “advanced.” But for those looking for a running watch that will provide the basic function of recording their running time and logging up to 150 training sessions, the Timex Ironman Sleek 150 will gives runners a great value for this purpose.