Surfing with the Freestyle Lockdown Watch

Have you ever been surfing at a crowded beach and wondered if that $20 bill that you left with your towel is going to be there when you got back? If you can't get your grande caramel macchiato after your surfing session, it's going to be a major bummer. While you're thinking of it, you need to be out of the water by 10 a.m. sharp or else you're going to miss an important meeting. One accessory that has you covered for both the safekeeping of your emergency $20 and getting to work on time is the Freestyle Lockdown Watch. Is it just a gimmick, or is this a timepiece worth the price? Read on for a review of the Freestyle Lockdown watch.


Overview

Freestyle is a watch company that specializes in sport watches for athletes and has been in business for over 30 years. The Freestyle Lockdown is an analog watch with three luminous hands set in a solid stainless steel rectangular face with a recessed adjustment knob. Its styling is a little on the retro side. The face has a small date window and sports a sturdy-looking black polyurethane strap with an adjustable buckle. It's water resistant to 100 meters. It also has a small secret compartment with a screw lock to keep very small items in.


Review

The watch functions of the Freestyle Lockdown are basic. It has hour, minute, and second hands for precise time as well as a date window. This is not the watch to time your triathlon laps with (no timer function), but surfing is definitely not about watching the clock. It's got you covered in case you need to be somewhere on time. However, you can't set an alarm, so you're going to have to check in with your wrist occasionally.
Now, on to the secret compartment. In order for the watch to remain stylish, the compartment had to stay pretty small.

It's got enough room to keep your secret stash safe, but the compartment is not officially waterproof, so while you can stash that $20, it's not necessarily a good place for a family photo or anything that can't get damp. The inclusion of the secret compartment (even though it's tiny) does add to the bulk of the watch, so this isn't a watch for the small-boned individual.

pros

Although Freestyle does not claim that the secret compartment is waterproof, in practice, testers have reported stashed items remain dry through extended surfing sessions. If you have something you desperately want to remain dry for after your surfing session, you're probably (but not guaranteed) safe. Another great feature of this watch is its retro style. There are a lot of modern digital timepieces out there, but this one harks back to a different era.

cons

Although stylish, this is not a discreet watch. It's going to get noticed. It's also probably not the right choice for you if you need a lot of bells and whistles because it's very basic.
The Freestyle Lockdown Watch is a good timepiece choice if you want style and the unique function of the secret compartment. It's not a good choice for those demanding a multi-function timepiece capable of tracking more than the date and time. However, for surfing some good waves, making it out of the water in time for an event, and stashing a little something for the after-surf coffee buzz, it's a killer choice. Just keep in mind that the compartment isn't technically waterproof, so you'll need to be careful about what you put inside.

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