Timex Ironman Watch: Run Trainer 2.0 GPS + Sleek

Timex Ironman watch

The Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 GPS (Photo: Timex)

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, I tested two Timex Ironman watches: the Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 GPS and Timex Ironman Sleek 50-Lap. These reviews come after wearing the watches for more than four months while running, swimming, racing and more. Here’s how they stacked up. The full Timex Ironman watch reviews are available on my column at The Washington Times Communities.

Timex Ironman Watch

Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 GPS (Photo: Timex)

Timex Ironman Watch Run Trainer 2.0 GPS

Getting started with the Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 GPS really is as easy as 1-2-3.

The watch is comfortable to wear with a nicely slim profile. Its light weight of 58 grams, compared to 65.7 for its predecessor, makes it easy to wear for long runs and workouts, even for small-wristed women.

It is not the most stylish watch, but it gets points for offering an option in matte grey with bright yellow accents in addition to the basic black with orange.

The high-resolution display screen truly is crisp and as easy to use as advertised. Menu setup and navigation is straightforward and intuitive. However, the font sizes are a bit on the small side, making reading splits mid-run challenging at times.

Overall, though, this has become my husband’s go-to watch. Phil had another GPS watch from a different company that he didn’t like and had stopped wearing altogether. He already owned a basic Timex Ironman watch that he went back to wearing after he gave up on his other GPS watch. So he was happy to discover that he liked this GPS watch much better and has decided to stick with it.

Read the full Timex Ironman watch review.

Timex Ironman Watch

Timex Ironman Sleek 50-Lap (Photo: Timex)

Timex Ironman Watch Sleek 50-Lap

I have a GPS watch that I love: the Motorola MOTOACTV, which is sadly now discontinued. I will wear mine until it dies and I can no longer get support for it.

But I was looking for a more basic watch that I could wear in the water, at the track, and on the go when I want something cuter and lighter than a GPS watch.

Phil loves his Timex Ironman watch that he’s been wearing for years. So I decided to give the Sleek a try, mostly because it comes in eye-popping colors and has all the functionality I’ve been looking for.

The Timex Ironman Sleek 50-Lap watch is exactly that: sleek. With a slim profile that comes in seven color-combinations, it is the antidote to the boring, black training watch. Sure, you can buy it in black. But you can also buy it in purple, pink, or bright yellow.

With no GPS functionality, this watch is strictly for athletes looking for a basic watch. But the petite, comfortable design is anything but basic. This is the watch you see me wearing in many triathlon and travel photos. Simply put: I love it.

With a 50-lap memory, the watch clocks time, laps and splits with an easy to use push-button on the face of the watch. Plus, it is water-resistant up to 100 meters. So clocking off laps in the pool is as easy as the tap of a button. Though, Timex does not recommend pushing buttons while the watch is under water. The recall setting also saves your best lap and average lap along with total time.

Read the full Timex Ironman watch review.

Timex provided me with the watches for review. As always, all opinions are purely my own. For more information, read my Disclosure Policy.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


11 2013

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  1. 1

    Thanks for sharing this, I have a spreadsheet (nerd alert) going for all the GPS watches I am looking at as I desperately need a new one (my garmin is seriously on it’s 9th life).
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    • Karla Bruning

      It’s so hard to choose! A bonus for this one is that you can swim with it (unlike the GPS I currently wear) in case you’re planning on doing more tris. Love that you have a spreadsheet. Good luck picking!
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Timex Ironman Watch: Run Trainer 2.0 GPS + SleekMy Profile

  2. 3

    The name for the Sleek is apropos. Nice tri watch.

  3. 4

    Love the watch. I recently bought a Timex Ironman Watch Sleek 50-Lap and love it!
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