Top 5 GPS Watches for Runners

Tracking your pace, distance, and running terrain is an important part in understanding how your running has improved overtime. The following is a compiled list of the top 5 GPS watches available today.

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

The Garmin Forerunner 910XT is a very versatile piece of equipment that will be beneficial in tracking your progress in not only running, but biking and swimming as well. Apart from the great design, the watch offers training programs that let you run with (or against) either a virtual partner or your previous best times. The watch offers simple transitioning between running, biking and swimming as well as other windows showing your statistics with a click of a button.

Another interesting feature that separates this watch from others is the fact that it offers wireless uploads of workouts to your computer when in range. The online interface of the Garmin GPS watches is among the best I’ve seen. The mapping system is very well designed and reports your routes, time, distance, and elevation over the course of your run, bike, hike, or any other activity that you participated in. You will also have access to reports throughout the history of your workouts and you will be able to create and reach goals for yourself.

Battery Life – 20 hours

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Suunto Ambit2 S

The Suunto Ambit2 S GPS watch is a fantastic piece of technology offering support for running, biking, and swimming. It offers tracking of speed, pace, and distance as well as lap tracking and heart rate monitoring. This watch also offers a fully functional GPS that can provide route navigation, points of interest, and altitude tracking. This can come in very handy when running or hiking on trails and mountains.

The best part about the Suunto is the capability of acting as a smart watch. It does this by offering integration with over a thousand free apps to help you train. Apps can use data from the GPS, running, biking, or swimming data, and other mathematical functions to make the use of the watch more interesting and to a personal desire. Running apps include a Ghost Runner app and a Marathon End-time Estimator app.

Battery Life – 8 Hours

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Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0

The Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 is the updated version of this GPS watch and it comes very stylish and with many features. The interface this watch is more intuitive than the first model with a menu based system for switching through features and views. This update also provides a higher resolution screen – much easier on the eyes while running. This running watch can store up to 15 workouts, showing full statistics, along with being able to track 100 laps. These features are provided on top of the expected GPS tracking including speed, distance, and pace.

The Timex also offers compatibility with ANT+ heart rate sensors.

Battery Life – 8 Hours

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Nike+ SportWatch GPS

The Nike GPS SportWatch boasts a quick start GPS so you can instantly jump into a workout whether inside or outside. A benefit of the SportWatch is the Nike+ Sensor (sold separately) that allows you to use the watch as if it were a Sportband. The watch features a stopwatch, an alarm, tracking pace and speed, and tracking laps.

The biggest benefit of using a Nike product is having access to their online community of athletes on the Nike+ website. The site offers a very clean way to track your goals and progress over time using the built in mapping system as well as a graphical view to see your improvements overtime. Nike offers a place where you can join professionally made training plans for any type of race and distance including the 5k, the marathon, and more. Finally, you will be able to interact with other runners around the world also using the Nike+ products.

Battery Life – 8 Hours

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TomTom Runner GPS Watch

The TomTom Runner GPS Watch offers a nice looking and feeling watch with a large display for easy access to information during a run. The Runner is very easy to operate as well with only one button to have to worry about. On a normal run with the TomTom Runner, you will be able to glance at your watch and see your distance and your pace, although you can switch to other displays with the touch of the single button to show your average pace, duration, and calories burned. The watch offers many more features to choose from including racing your past times, setting goals for your runs, and pacing yourself. These features also include vibration alerts for certain instances. The watch also has the ability to use Bluetooth compatible accessories like heart rate monitors.

Finally, you will be able to upload your run results to your computer for simple viewing of your past runs.

Battery Life – 8 Hours

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