The big danger faced by your typical watch reviewer is the tendency to get one’s wires crossed when determining value. Take the case of the PUMA Unisex PU910801036 Loop Digital Sport Watch. The wrong way to review this watch would be to pit it against watches that are in the same price range or the same set of features. Talk about getting your wires crossed. You can easily be tempted to dismiss this plastic sports watch.
But if your frame of reference revolves on the expectations wearers of this class of watch typically have, the Loop not only looks great but actually beats quite a number of its competitors. Funny how that works, right?
Made for sports
Sports watches really have two expectation classes: heavy duty watches you plan to hang on to for a long time and more ‘disposable’ designs that deliver quick, easy, and reliable results. Again, when it comes to sports watches, it is crucial that people looking to buy these types of watches have a clear idea regarding their intent. Strange as it may seem, durability doesn’t rank high up there in the list of values sports buyers look for. In fact, durability is either in the lower middle part of their list or it isn’t on their list at all. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not claiming that sports watch buyers should dispense with considerations of durability completely. You wouldn’t want to buy a watch that falls apart the moment you buy it. Then again, you probably weren’t looking for a watch that still works 20 years from now either.
The reality is simple: sports watch buyers are looking for watches that deliver solid, accurate, and quick information. They are also looking for timepieces that can take quite a bit of punishment and can look utilitarian in a gym setting. Also, they are looking for a unit that is versatile-it can be worn by both men and women. Based on all these concerns, the PU910801036 Loop not only looks like a great value, it actually blows away competing models. Not too shabby.
Then again, I shouldn’t be too surprised. After all, it carries the PUMA label-Puma is not exactly a novice in the sportswear market.
Loop with digital display
Powered by a quartz movement, this plastic 44m case watch has a digital display that is both functional and clear. Whether you’re clearing another mile on a treadmill or you need to glance at your watch quickly in between reps while doing heavy lifting, the PU910801036 Loop timepiece has you covered. In fact, its design is quite sleek. Very functional and very streamlined. You get information very quickly so you can rapidly go back to what you were doing previously.
Also, I would be remiss in my responsibility to you, prospective watch buyers, if I don’t point out that a big reason why this watch is so cheap is because of its quartz movement. Given the rather ‘disposable’ nature of sports watches in general, it probably would be a waste to slap on an automatic movement on this watch. Plus, the increased price would probably drive many otherwise interested buyers away.
Considering the huge amount of shaking, quaking, and pounding this timepiece can be subjected to, it’s no surprise that many of these physically challenging settings involve varying degrees of moisture. After all, it’s quite a hassle having to take off your watch when you’re changing at a gym. This is why this watch’s water resistance (to a depth of 50 meters) is such a great added value. Not only can you wear the PU910801036 while taking a shower, you can do cold dips or do a few laps in the gym pool without worrying about your watch.
Solid Activewear value
My verdict for this bad boy? Two thumbs up. Not only does the PUMA PU910801036 Loop Digital Sport Watch take care of business as far as quick and easy information presentation and stopwatch needs go, you can also go into the water with it. At a very affordable price, this is one COMPELLING sports watch indeed. Strap one on soon.