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I am taking the easy way out here, instead of spending hours on research. I have a very sporty daughter. She is doing a few sports at the moment, running, lifting, swimming etc. She as represented our country more than once in sport so you get the picture...sporty lady.

Next on her list is a IM, So I am thinking... GPS watch. I have a Timex global trainer buts its HUGE so it wont do for her. Anything with a similar functionality but will fit on a ladies wrist? Suggestions please 



2013-04-18 11:35 AM
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Polar and Suunto both make plesantly smaller watches. The high end Polar is a triathlon watch (PC5X or something). 

Garmin's smaller watches do tend to be run specific, so if she just wants it for the running I would go that way.

2013-04-18 11:56 AM
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I have a very tiny wrist but love my Garmin 910.  Yes, it's a big watch face but it fits just as well as something with a face half the size.  The holes in the strap go up the entire strap so tightening it down is no issue.

I like the fact that it's sporty looking and not ultra feminine looking.  I imagine many other sporty girls would feel similarly Smile

2013-04-18 11:58 AM
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Although I'm a muscular build, I have absolute TWIGS for wrists. The Garmin 305 fits me just fine - I don't even go down to the last "notch." Love it! It did me a good stead through IMLP.
2013-04-18 12:00 PM
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Has she said a "huge" watch won't due for her, or are you just guessing that?

A watch is a pretty personal gift, and I know you're her DAD and all, but sometimes, just sometimes, my Mom or Dad pick out something for me that I wouldn't necessarily pick out for myself, and sometimes even I pick out the "wrong" stuff for my own kids;)

Maybe you could tell her you'd like to get her a watch and then include her in the decision?

I have an everyday watch that I wear when I'm not training, but I love my 910xt, and I can't imagine a better IM training gift.  The swim and tri modes and data are killer.  It is huge, but the data is so valuable, and you can see 4 screens at once.  More data = better.

Oh, 910xt, how could I ever be mad at you!

2013-04-18 12:01 PM
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I have teeny wrists, so the Garmin 305 didn't feel comfortable.  Haven't tried the 310, so I can't speak to it.  Since I only use mine for running, I went with the Garmin 210.  You can get it with or without the HRM strap.  It's a big improvement over the 405 because it has actual buttons instead of the crazy touch screen.  Not too big on my wrist.


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switch - 2013-04-18 1:00 PM

Has she said a "huge" watch won't due for her, or are you just guessing that?

A watch is a pretty personal gift, and I know you're her DAD and all, but sometimes, just sometimes, my Mom or Dad pick out something for me that I wouldn't necessarily pick out for myself, and sometimes even I pick out the "wrong" stuff for my own kids

Maybe you could tell her you'd like to get her a watch and then include her in the decision?

I have an everyday watch that I wear when I'm not training, but I love my 910xt, and I can't imagine a better IM training gift.  The swim and tri modes and data are killer.  It is huge, but the data is so valuable, and you can see 4 screens at once.  More data = better.

Oh, 910xt, how could I ever be mad at you!

 This ^^ A watch is really personal. 

2013-04-18 12:22 PM
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noelle1230 - 2013-04-18 12:56 PM

I have a very tiny wrist but love my Garmin 910.  Yes, it's a big watch face but it fits just as well as something with a face half the size.  The holes in the strap go up the entire strap so tightening it down is no issue.

I like the fact that it's sporty looking and not ultra feminine looking.  I imagine many other sporty girls would feel similarly Smile

I am also a petite lady - 5'3" and you would have to pry my 310 out of my hands!! The battery life is excellent for the whole iron distance (it still had juice in it when i finished in 13:19) - waterproof so it can be worn on the swim. And with the quick release kits it can be used in a variety of ways - on the bike, in the swim cap, on the wrist ... I would of course love the 910 for swimming indoors but can't justify replacing the perfectly good 310 I already have ...

It's big but i haven't found it to be a hassle and it's more compact than previous versions (had the 305 and similarly LOVED it). 

 

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She had  my Timex Global trainer a few times and its just to big for her

I am worried about the following senario



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I'm another small lady who loves her Garmin 910xt.  I thought it would be big, bulky, and uncomfortable....but when my husband bought his, I borrowed it and was pleasantly surprised that it didn't bother me at all. 

It sure is nice to have information for swimming, biking, and running all on one computer, so if she's planning to stick with triathlons for more than just one IM, I'd suggest at least considering it.

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I love my 910XT as well, but if the Timex is too big, it would probably be a good idea to involve her in the decision.  What about a dad/daughter date where you take her for lunch and then go pick out her watch with her?


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PinkPrincess - 2013-04-18 11:58 AM Although I'm a muscular build, I have absolute TWIGS for wrists. The Garmin 305 fits me just fine - I don't even go down to the last "notch." Love it! It did me a good stead through IMLP.

This. (Well, except for the IM part, which I don't do. And I have the 205. BUt you know, same idea... :D)

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Well, the 910xt is the top of the line watch, and the only real three sport capable.  can time laps for swim training, pick up an ANT+ powermeter for cycling, and fully run capable.  it's not small, but it's low profile and really functional. 

Personally- I like a dedicated cycling computer on my bike, as I cannot see my wrist when riding, and don't like fiddling with taking the watch off and putting on my bike on race day.

for size/style- the Garmin 210 is probably the best.  I couldn't live with one because I'm a data geek and need programmable fields, but it could be fine for your daughter.  But- it's pretty much just a run watch.

you do know about DCRainmaker.com- right?

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noelle1230 - 2013-04-18 11:56 AM

I have a very tiny wrist but love my Garmin 910.  Yes, it's a big watch face but it fits just as well as something with a face half the size.  The holes in the strap go up the entire strap so tightening it down is no issue.

I like the fact that it's sporty looking and not ultra feminine looking.  I imagine many other sporty girls would feel similarly Smile



X2. I have the 310xt. I'm tiny and have no issues with tightness or it feeling over large.
2013-04-18 1:46 PM
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Garmin 910!
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I have a Garmin 610 since I decided I didn't care about wearing it swimming and wanted something smaller but with the touch screen and advanced workouts.  I like the watch, but my point is that the size doesn't necessarily matter without trying it.  I find the 610 to be just as difficult to wear as the 310 (maybe worse), even though it's much smaller and like a "normal watch."   The problem is the band.  With the 310 you can get the fabric strap which makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE.  I had no issues with my 310, size-wise, and my wrist is thin enough.  I don't know if you can get that kind of strap for the 910xt, but I would look in that direction.   Otherwise, I do like the 610 and it's great for  a serious runner.  I usually just use my bike computer, but I do wear it biking and it's fine for that too. 


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Another female with tiny wrists that loves her 910XT.  It's the shape more then the size, it just fits the wrist nicely for some reason.
2013-04-18 2:16 PM
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kocourek - 2013-04-18 12:27 PM

She had  my Timex Global trainer a few times and its just to big for her

 

 

 

 

 

Oooooooooooooohhhhhhh. Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

So big, so awesome. 

You could always return it?

The "good" news is, if she decided she wanted something smaller, you would get some $ back;)

 



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noelle1230 - 2013-04-18 9:56 AM

I have a very tiny wrist but love my Garmin 910.  Yes, it's a big watch face but it fits just as well as something with a face half the size.  The holes in the strap go up the entire strap so tightening it down is no issue.

I like the fact that it's sporty looking and not ultra feminine looking.  I imagine many other sporty girls would feel similarly Smile

I totally agree with this!.  I dont like girly-looking stuff/gear either but was apprehensive in buying the 910 because of its size.  Im a skinny gal too yet barlely feel it on my wrist.  My husband teases me that I swim, bike, and run lopsided. haha!   But I LOVE it!! 910 does everything!    btw, youre an awesome dad to think of giving a gift like this!  

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