For those of you who unfailingly workout on a daily basis, an advanced sports watch with all the relevant features incorporated including a heart monitor for keeping tabs on heart rate, timer, stopwatch or even the number of calories burnt during the workout session, makes for a good investment. If you’re seriously considering buying one, we suggest that you first gain adequate know-how regarding the different brands of timepieces available for fitness enthusiasts.
Following is a selection of the 10 best brands of running watches for the current year, along with their key features.
Table of Contents
- 1 TomTom’s Runner Watch GPS
- 2 TomTom’s Sport GPS Watch
- 3 Garmin’s GPS Forerunner 110 Heart Rate Monitor
- 4 Garmin’s GPS Watch Forerunner 10
- 5 Multi-Sports GPS Watch Heart Rate Monitor
- 6 Garmin’s GPS Forerunner 210
- 7 Forerunner 405 with HRM & USB
- 8 Polar’s Sports GPS Watch RC3
- 9 SkyCaddie’s GPS Golf Watch
- 10 Garmin’s Touchscreen Forerunner 610 GPS Watch
TomTom’s Runner Watch GPS
Tomtom features for the second consecutive time on the list with this sports watch that provides you with an easy-read, extra-large display, from where you can glance easily at your status and be at par with goals. Featuring an intuitive graphical training companion to assist you in training harder, this watch displays full-screen graphics and three training modes. A single-button operation allows navigation through the watch’s menu.
TomTom’s Sport GPS Watch
An efficient GPS watch that enables users to stay updated in terms of their overall progress & performance standards, this sports watch permits easy checking of pace, distance, heart rate, calories burned and time taken for your daily run, home workouts or any other sporting activities for that matter. A Li- polymer battery is incorporated with the device that can be easily recharged using USB port, and can operate for a maximum of 8 hours when the GPS and sensor are continuously in use.
Garmin’s GPS Forerunner 110 Heart Rate Monitor
Famous for producing high-performance, advanced products in the sports watch category, Garmin predictably makes an appearance on this list with its GPS watch that effectively monitors your run distance and speed. With no unnecessary and lengthy setups required, this user-friendly model only needs you to press start and go. Offering basic features in the form of heart rate check, speed and time as well as distance covered, this watch is capable of storing data to go over your progress a week/month later.
Garmin’s GPS Watch Forerunner 10
Another user-friendly option from Garmin, this model comes with advanced functions that comprise identifying the personal records of users, quick-start operation, tracking of running speed, calories burned and distance covered. The device features a breakthrough technology, Virtual Pacer that compares your current pace with your goal. With an easy push-button start, this hi-tech model also comes with a Garmin Connect feature to plan, track as well as share your routine runs. The watch comes in 2 cool combinations for you to choose from- orange/black & red/black. Its battery run is a good 5 hours for continuous GPS usage.
Multi-Sports GPS Watch Heart Rate Monitor
This large display sports watch is the perfect companion to those who wish to keep track of their stats while jogging, running, swimming or cycling to keep you at par with fixed goals and standards. Just a glance at your watch while in motion will effectively show you all you want to view and you need not stop in between your activity, as halting causes loss of precious time. Navigation through the watch’s functions is simple as it is designed in a simple, user-friendly style for optimal usage convenience. The most distinguished features of this model include cadence sensor, monitor for checking and tracking heart rate as well as altimeter.
Garmin’s GPS Forerunner 210
Yet another Garmin sports watch with GPS incorporated, this model features all of the standard functions mentioned in previous models like heart-rate display monitor that shows your stats in beats/min, notification that indicates decrease/increase of heart rate compared to the standards set as well as indoor/outdoor capabilities for user convenience. Some select indoor fitness equipment can also work in perfect compatibility with this model.
Forerunner 405 with HRM & USB
A high-tech GPS watch having touch-bezel that allows changing of screens with only a tap, this sports watch enables simple, hassle-free navigation through the device’s menu-list. The watch can be conveniently connected to a computer for transferring data, and the model provides you with the ability to download any recorded courses for you to compete with and outperform the device’s virtual partner.
Polar’s Sports GPS Watch RC3
An advanced GPS technology is what makes this particular sports watch stand apart. The watch features basic functions such as speed, distance and route monitoring along with more complex options in the form of running index, training benefit index, rechargeable 12-hour run time battery for full GPS use, and a sleek, lightweight design that works well for the fashion-conscious consumer.
SkyCaddie’s GPS Golf Watch
A futuristic model that features large display, 3000 updatable, preloaded and high-precision maps, with the distances being updated constantly as you run, this watch also enables you to avail of basic functions such as its odometer that effectively tracks the speed, distance, time, laps as well as location.
Garmin’s Touchscreen Forerunner 610 GPS Watch
This topnotch quality sports watch is the ideal workout companion that possesses embedded GPS, weather resistance, training plan support, customizable data screens and a touch-screen interface for easy toggling of data fields. You can also review run history and adjust settings, and the device offers customizable vibration alerts for cadence, distance, heart rate and calories.