Timex Easy Trainer
Out of the box, this small wrist heart-rate monitor (HRM) worked first go. Its simple-to-use interface of distinct buttons and simple view make it live up to its name – Easy Trainer. The HR strap is soft and features gel patches where it receives the best signal. The sensor on the strap is slightly bulkier than other brands. Includes activity timers, heart-rate (high/low) alerts and Indiglo function.
Pros: Keeps things simple and to the point.
Cons: Navigating the menu and functions can be a bit of a challenge. Price.
Verdict: Ideal as a 'fun run' heart-rate monitor or first HRM.
Precision Oval-shaped drink bottle
Underestimating your fluid intake when running can affect your performance. Having an easy-to-carry, ergonomically shaped water bottle takes the pain out of carrying water. The Precision oval-shaped bottle handle has a finger-moulded handle which makes it easy to hold on to for long periods of time. The bottle holds 300ml of fluid. A larger 500ml bottle is also available.
Pros: Easy to hold for long runs.
Cons: The lid is unique to the bottle, so if you lose or damage it, you will need to buy a new bottle.
Verdict: An excellent accessory for long training runs.