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lance armstrong nike watch(6 posts)

lance armstrong nike watchesbike
Aug 28, 2001 6:13 PM
Has anyone used the Nike Ascent watch with temp, altitude, etc? Any reviews? It seems to have an amazing number of features. It would be cool to know the altitude change on my favorite rides.
OK, call me Fred..Cartman
Aug 28, 2001 7:25 PM
I have one, and it is a great watch. You can get the non-Lance watch for $179 (the Lance edition is $235) The altimiter has to be adjusted occasionally, but it is nice to know the altitude of the hills you climb. I splurged, and bought the Lance watch, what the heck, call me Fred!!
OK, call me Fred..TooSlothike
Aug 28, 2001 7:37 PM
I got the watch as a gift and am very happy with it. I collect watches and love the gadgetry of this one. Very accurate and cool and more reliable than the Casio Pathfinders in a smaller package. You don't need the Lance Edition, but the color is nicer than the regular black and green combo. The compass is dead on and the barometer is within a millibar to the weather channel reading. Remember, you are paying for the technology in this watch and not the finish or craftmanship of the rubber band and plastic bezel. It is a solid watch, but the outer bezel is plastic and the band is a durable rubber. The altimeter is great for seeing altitude gained and can be easily reset befor each ride. Pretty cool, but you don't need the Lance version. I guess it is nice to have though. Hey, I don't own any other Lance related product, so just a watch seems acceptable to me. If you see me riding a Trek 5900 with the Postal uniform and other garb, PLEASE SHOOT ME. I recommend it highly and you can buy it and take care of it and return it if it doesn't live up to expectations.
OK, call me Fred..Too...maybe dizzy instead!Cartman
Aug 29, 2001 11:28 AM
Yesterday, I reset the compass function, which requires you to turn the watch, or yourself in a circle. I think I got dizzy doing it!
re: lance armstrong nike watchJohnG
Aug 28, 2001 8:29 PM
I just the Nike ASC{?) version of this watch. Pluses: very accurate and stable when making slow altitude transitions.

Minuses: It's too big and it misses sharp gradients.

Overall, it's worth the $110 ... not much more than that though. This technology would be better suited to a multi-function bike computer.

YMMV
JohnG
Casio a better buyChris Zeller
Aug 29, 2001 7:37 AM
From the price I think the casio watches are a better buy. I have owned two of the casio and one avochet altimiter watches that I use in hiking climbing and skiing and they work great. Any barometric altimiter will need to be adjusted once in a while to give acurate results. The main advantages I see with the Casio are more features, barometer with plots, altimiter with plots, altimiter alarm, backlight, and thermometer. They run $150 rather than $200+ For that price, you could get a compas too with the casio. The altitude range goes up to 20,000' as well--useful for climbing fourteeners.

I like the idea of having the altimiter as a cyclocomputer. It's easier to read on the handlebar than on the wrist, but for so much dough I'd like to use it for other sports as well.

Another option is the Ploar heart rate monitor 710. I'm looking at buying this one. It is a watch, cyclocomputer in one with altimiter features and heart rate features too. It even downloads to a computer. yada yada yada. It runs around $280, more than the others but seems to be well worth it if you want a serious cycling watch.

Plus, Lance is surely a great rider, or better yet, the USPS team is great, but all this marketing around his wins is a little sickening. I mean objectively, isn't advertizing for, of all things the "Post Office," a stupid thing to have on your bike?