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Justin Ritter
March 22nd, 2011, 03:24 PM
I'd like to get a small personal pace clock to use for working out at pools which don't have pace clocks (or where they don't work or are placed in odd locations). Something that's easy to throw in my swimming bag, runs on batteries, and is obviously waterproof for placing at the end of my lane. Digital would be excellent as would a minutes reading and a way to easily reset it, but none of that is 100% necessary. No need for lap counters, lap timers, calorie readouts, or anything like that. Just a simple seconds display to use for swimming sets is all I really need.

I'm having trouble finding something online, which seems odd to me. Everything is either too expensive (spending $1000 is a bit much), too big, or needs to be plugged in. I found a 15" analog pace clock, which is too big to put in my bag and lug around. There's also the Finis Lap Track which has gotten horrible reviews so I'm leery about that. I can't really find much else, at least at all the usual sites.

I have to believe that someone out there makes a waterproof digital pace clock that doesn't cost hundreds of dollars right? Wouldn't there be a market for that? Do people only wear watches? Wearing a watch drives me crazy when I swim so I'm trying to avoid that if at all possible.

Thanks for any help, it's much appreciated!

Justin

Swimosaur
March 22nd, 2011, 03:40 PM
I'd like to get a small personal pace clock ... I'm having trouble finding something online ...

Bad News: Been there, done that. Isn't it strange? I searched high & low for anything affordable and serviceable to put on the deck, but there's nothing out there that I could find.

Good News: Something just as good, or even better! I finally got a SportCount Chrono 100, which is a small, one-button stopwatch you wear on your index finger. Like a pace clock, it is good for timing interval sets (as long as your sendoffs are greater than 10 sec rest). Unlike a pace clock, it is great for timing all-out 25s. Next best thing to a deck coach.

I posted a couple of pictures of it here, along with some additional review. Please note I am talking about the "Chrono 100" model, not the lower grade models. Hope that helps.

Glenn
March 22nd, 2011, 03:41 PM
I used a 15" analog pace clock for a time when I was doing my own workouts. Yes, it will not fit in your bag, but it has a handle on it and is easy to carry. Not only that but it does signal to the noodlers that you are a serious swimmer, "so beware".

I am not using mine anymore. PM me at sca17@pacbell.net

Glenn

arthur
March 22nd, 2011, 03:51 PM
You can find water resistant shower clocks online for cheap. The digital ones probably won't show seconds but you can get analog clocks with a second hand for $15 from amazon. I also see a digital shower timers on amazon that have minutes and seconds. Make sure it counts up though.

gull
March 22nd, 2011, 03:53 PM
I like the SportCount also. Easy to read display.

Frank Thompson
March 22nd, 2011, 04:46 PM
I'd like to get a small personal pace clock to use for working out at pools which don't have pace clocks (or where they don't work or are placed in odd locations). Something that's easy to throw in my swimming bag, runs on batteries, and is obviously waterproof for placing at the end of my lane. Digital would be excellent as would a minutes reading and a way to easily reset it, but none of that is 100% necessary. No need for lap counters, lap timers, calorie readouts, or anything like that. Just a simple seconds display to use for swimming sets is all I really need.

I'm having trouble finding something online, which seems odd to me. Everything is either too expensive (spending $1000 is a bit much), too big, or needs to be plugged in. I found a 15" analog pace clock, which is too big to put in my bag and lug around. There's also the Finis Lap Track which has gotten horrible reviews so I'm leery about that. I can't really find much else, at least at all the usual sites.

I have to believe that someone out there makes a waterproof digital pace clock that doesn't cost hundreds of dollars right? Wouldn't there be a market for that? Do people only wear watches? Wearing a watch drives me crazy when I swim so I'm trying to avoid that if at all possible.

Thanks for any help, it's much appreciated!

Justin

Justin:

I just sent you a PM on company that makes underwater pace clocks.

Justin Ritter
March 22nd, 2011, 05:01 PM
Thanks very much everyone for the ideas. The one I like the best so far (seems pretty much perfect although still a bit spendy) is the Pace Pal. Thanks Frank for the heads-up.

http://www.mypacepal.com/pace-pal-swimmers-clock.html

pwb
March 22nd, 2011, 05:51 PM
I'd like to get a small personal pace clock to use for working out at pools which don't have pace clocks (or where they don't work or are placed in odd locations). Something that's easy to throw in my swimming bag, runs on batteries, and is obviously waterproof for placing at the end of my lane. Digital would be excellent as would a minutes reading and a way to easily reset it, but none of that is 100% necessary. No need for lap counters, lap timers, calorie readouts, or anything like that. Just a simple seconds display to use for swimming sets is all I really need.

I'm having trouble finding something online, which seems odd to me. Everything is either too expensive (spending $1000 is a bit much), too big, or needs to be plugged in. I found a 15" analog pace clock, which is too big to put in my bag and lug around. There's also the Finis Lap Track which has gotten horrible reviews so I'm leery about that. I can't really find much else, at least at all the usual sites.

I have to believe that someone out there makes a waterproof digital pace clock that doesn't cost hundreds of dollars right? Wouldn't there be a market for that? Do people only wear watches? Wearing a watch drives me crazy when I swim so I'm trying to avoid that if at all possible.

Thanks for any help, it's much appreciated!

JustinJustin, I was in the same boat. I did manage to get a custom-built digital pace clock built for around $300, if memory serves me. It's light enough to carry around and plugs into a standard outlet; I use it in my backyard pool and it works well. I generally swim in the dark so it's LED; hence, not easily readable in sunlight. If you're interested, PM me and I'll send you more details.

knelson
March 22nd, 2011, 06:18 PM
The Pace Pal looks really cool. Just a couple days ago during a workout I was thinking about how great it would be to have a pace clock in the water.

aztimm
March 24th, 2011, 05:29 PM
I had this same problem, since I'm now mostly swimming solo and pace clocks are really hit/miss at most pools. I looked into the bigger, plug in clocks, but didn't know how my gym would feel about that.

After a cheap 'waterproof' watch failed after 3 weeks, I consulted with a couple people (one being qbrain), and ended up buying this one:

Amazon.com: ACCUSPLIT Pro Survivor - A601X Stopwatch, Cum Split, Clock, Extra Large Display: Sports & Outdoors

I keep it in a large ziploc bag on deck. When I'm doing a timed swim solo, I fold the bag, propping it up (using a kickboard and other gear) so it is easy to see when I finish. I may be off by a second or 2 by the time my eyes refocus and I see the time, but to me that doesn't seem like a huge deal.

Been doing this now for about 6 weeks and no complaints.

SwimSwamSwum
March 24th, 2011, 08:39 PM
Pace Pal also has a Facebook page that is growing. They have updates and more info on the Facebook page as well.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PACE-PAL/185826018125667?ref=ts

ViveBene
March 24th, 2011, 10:26 PM
I got a hunkajunk at Walgreen's for $8. One battery. Alarm (unneeded), visible sweep second hand, analog. Worked great for years. I finally dropped it for the last time and the pieces sit on DR table, waiting for the right moment. Small black box, tidy.

orca1946
March 25th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Would a low price Casio watch work?

Phillip Luebke
July 19th, 2013, 03:48 AM
I'd like to get a small personal pace clock to use for working out at pools which don't have pace clocks (or where they don't work or are placed in odd locations).
That is a problem. I've developed a solution. PaceWatch, the pace clock for your wrist. See it at brilliantswim.com (http://brilliantswim.com).

Something that's easy to throw in my swimming bag, runs on batteries, and is obviously waterproof for placing at the end of my lane.
Check, check and check.

Digital would be excellent as would a minutes reading and a way to easily reset it, but none of that is 100% necessary. No need for lap counters, lap timers, calorie readouts, or anything like that. Just a simple seconds display to use for swimming sets is all I really need.
As you will see in a comparison photo on brilliantswim.com (http://brilliantswim.com), the PaceWatch's oversized white face with black markings, a red second hand and a black minute hand is a lot easier to read than all of those digital swim watches with small, black-on-gray liquid crystal displays. I had wanted to incorporate a quick-reset-to-60 button, but sacrificed that feature to be able to make the PaceWatch the thinnest swim watch on the market.

I'm having trouble finding something online, which seems odd to me. Everything is either too expensive (spending $1000 is a bit much), too big, or needs to be plugged in. I found a 15" analog pace clock, which is too big to put in my bag and lug around. There's also the Finis Lap Track which has gotten horrible reviews so I'm leery about that. I can't really find much else, at least at all the usual sites.

I have to believe that someone out there makes a waterproof digital pace clock that doesn't cost hundreds of dollars right? Wouldn't there be a market for that? Do people only wear watches? Wearing a watch drives me crazy when I swim so I'm trying to avoid that if at all possible.
The introductory price of the PaceWatch is $74.99. If you don't like wearing a watch (even a *really* slim watch) when you swim, and you don't need to have your personal pace clock with you at both ends of the pool, you can simply loop the band through the band retainer to create an on-deck stand for your mini pace clock, or you can simply attach it to your water bottle.

I'd love to hear your feedback.

Phillip Luebke
Founder of Brilliant Swim, maker of the PaceWatch

dbthomason
May 19th, 2014, 09:44 PM
A solution for any web connected phone, tablet, or display is available at ScWIDs.com.

poolraat
May 21st, 2014, 05:45 PM
I bought the Pace Pal a few years ago and use it a lot. It's great to have in the water for a long swim (I use it during USMS Postals and other extended swims) and great to have on deck right at the end of my lane when working out. I also use it for timing dryland workouts, particularly when I ride my bike on the trainer.

PatrickJM
May 31st, 2014, 09:52 AM
I made a personal pace clock and posted it here a while ago, but I can't find the thread now. I bought a 7" clock at Target for 4.99, snapped the plastic face cover off, took off the hands, glued a pace clock face over the original face (you'll want to laminate it), put the minute and second hands back on, and snapped the clear cover back on. If anyone wants the jpeg image of the pace face I'll post it again. If you're really a big spender you can buy a sweep-second mechanism for anoth $5 online, and even a nice big red second hand too.

pwb
May 31st, 2014, 12:07 PM
I bought the Pace Pal a few years ago and use it a lot. It's great to have in the water for a long swim (I use it during USMS Postals and other extended swims) and great to have on deck right at the end of my lane when working out. I also use it for timing dryland workouts, particularly when I ride my bike on the trainer.I had one and loved it while it worked, but it only lasted about two years for me before the waterproof seal broke. Disappointed.

I just picked up this guy -- http://www.amazon.com/Accusplit-AX850-Timer-Clock-15-Inch/dp/B00247LOXE -- from Amazon and have been very happy with it. Granted, it's not super-portable if you're driving to/from pools, but it is doable and visible from the opposite end of a 25M pool.

Karl_S
May 31st, 2014, 03:31 PM
I just picked up this guy -- http://www.amazon.com/Accusplit-AX850-Timer-Clock-15-Inch/dp/B00247LOXE -- from Amazon and have been very happy with it. Granted, it's not super-portable if you're driving to/from pools, but it is doable and visible from the opposite end of a 25M pool.
How much does it weigh? Would you dare bring this to lap swim at a community pool or would you fear that the guards would throw you out? I'm thinking about a pace pal for practices where there is no pace clock. Is this better?

Chris Stevenson
May 31st, 2014, 03:42 PM
I had one and loved it while it worked, but it only lasted about two years for me before the waterproof seal broke.This was my experience as well.

pwb
May 31st, 2014, 03:57 PM
How much does it weigh? Would you dare bring this to lap swim at a community pool or would you fear that the guards would throw you out? I'm thinking about a pace pal for practices where there is no pace clock. Is this better?This is easy to carry around as it has a handle on the top; the Amazon specs say it is 13.2 pounds and even a dry-land-weakling like me can carry it. Depending upon your energy philosophy, it is also more portable as it is battery powered. I doubt the lifeguards would throw you out. If you are planning to do any 25/75 sets that have you at the opposite end of the pool, this is way better than pace pal.

I have a small digital clock that I have used for the past four years, but the digits are too small to see at the other end of the pool. When I got my pacepal, I'd set one up at each end of the pool. Now that the pacepal is dead, I do the same with the accusplit. When I'm swimming in the bright sun and can't find shade for my digital clock (red LED), I just use the accusplit.

Given the exorbitant cost of most pace clocks, this sub $100 one is a great deal, in my books.

The only caveat I'd give is that I've only had it for about 6 weeks, so I cannot comment on its longevity.