USED & ABUSED

Trail (UK) - - GEAR -

USED BY Simon In­gram, techno­phobe and editor USED FOR 1 year

I don’t like fid­dly tech­no­log­i­cal things, mainly be­cause 1) I’m not clever enough and 2) I pre­fer the ana­logue aes­thetic. I’ve had techy watches be­fore and usu­ally end up de­fault­ing to a bat­tered thing that ac­tu­ally ticks. But I like this watch a lot, and it now stays on my wrist for all of my hill time and a lot of the rest. I like it be­cause it’s light and it doesn’t look like a

din­ner plate on my arm. It’s the Wrist HR model which means it mea­sures my pulse rate and comes loaded with ex­er­cise modes, bio­met­rics, all that jazz – none of which I use. What I do use (a lot) is the al­time­ter, the GPS route track­ing, the stop­watch and sur­pris­ingly, the step counter – which I find oddly com­pul­sive. The bat­tery lasts days (some­times weeks) and recharges via USB. I like that you can cus­tomise the touch­screen face, and it even con­nects into my phone, vi­brates and flashes up text mes­sages (though only for about three sec­onds – gr­rrr!). But mostly I like how in­tu­itive it is to use. Oth­er­wise I would have given up.

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