Product Type: Nike Chronograph
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Nike Triax C3
Member Name: slender_toned
Nike Triax C3
Advantages: Unisex, Works well, Reliable, Looks good
Disadvantages: Chest strap can feel tight/annoying, Lacks features, Not that cheap
I received this watch as a present for my birthday quite a while ago. It was great as I have always done quite a lot of long distance running and this watch came in useful for tracking my heart beat. After looking it up, I figured it costs around £50 new, which isn't that cheap but it has some good technology built in.
The watch comes with a strap that goes round your chest and picks up your heart rate from the heart itself. This then wirelessly sends the reading to your watch so you can see it flashing on the screen, when on the heart rate screen. Besides this, the watch gives you the time and also has a stopwatch. It lacks alarms and many other features but it's extremely easy to use.
The watch is grey and is unisex - it would look perfectly fine on either a guy or girl. The rubber strap curves outwards where the screen is to surround a silver frame to the screen. The strap has many elongated holes for the buckle to be fastened to and it should fit a large range of wrist sizes including those which are small as mine was when I first got this watch!
The screen shows a black digital display of the time and heart rate. Seconds are not shown on the time and when on the heart rate menu, a little heart shaped symbol will also flash to the beat of your heart along with the actual beats per minute being displayed in numerical format too.
The strap that goes round your chest is quite comfortable but can be hard to get on. You must get it in good contact with your skin too. It does have some pads, which seem to improve the contact with your skin. The front of it has a Nike logo and a simple grey design to match the watch. It doesn't feel too uncomfortably cold to get on usually. You must put it round your chest and buckle it up like the watch strap. I find it easiest to do this when the buckle bit is on the front of me as it's quite hard to do blindly! Once done up tightly (but not too tight), you may have to adjust it until the watch starts picking up your heart rate.
It usually finds it pretty quickly but the strap can be a bit annoying to have on whilst running as I'm always conscious it's there. It can appear to be a bit tight at times too and when you take deep breaths, you feel as if you're stretching the strap as your chest expands. The heart rate feature is the prominent one of this watch and is useful for cardiac training. If you want to train your heart and get it to be more efficient, you should aim to train with your heart rate at 80% of your maximum heart rate. Your maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age.
I found this watch pretty useful and both batteries in the chest strap and watch itself are still going! Made by Nike, it certainly is reliable and I've made a lot of use out of it. The chest strap can be a bit annoying and takes some getting used to but it's a good feature. I have had no problems with this and so would recommend it if you're looking for a watch that can monitor your heart rate! The only problem is you need to wear the chest strap whereas nowadays some watches can sense your heart rate on your wrist directly to the watch.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A good watch for monitoring your heart rate
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