|Product||Rating||Pros||Cons||User Voice||Review Summary|
|Rating: 4.5 - 5 stars: Excellent; 4.0 - 4.5 stars: Very Good; 3.0 - 4.0 stars: Good; 2.0 - 3.0 stars: Fair; 0 - 2.0 stars: Poor|
|1||4.50 starsExcellent||Garmin Forerunner 10 is a GPS running watch that accurately tracks your distance, speed/pace and calories. Forerunner 10 is button operated and is easy to setup and use. It shows your time and distance clearly displayed on 1 screen and calories and pace on another.See More|
|2||4.30 starsVery Good||The Timex T5E231 Men's Ironman 100-Lap Watch is a perfect training tool that provides lap or split options for accurate and convenient timing for athletes. It is aesthetically pleasing with the combination of black, silver/steel and some yellow that fits well around the wrist. The lens is of mineral crystal and the top ring is of stainless steel and black resin.See More|
|3||4.30 starsVery Good||Timex T5K267 Global Trainer GPS Watch gives athletes the performance tools they need to succeed. With the Global Trainer, athletes can easily monitor their pace, speed, distance, elapsed time, and calories burned, helping them determine how much they have improved during training period. The watch also includes a 20-workout memory with dated summaries.See More|
|4||4.20 starsVery Good||Timex T5K549 Ironman Run Trainer GPS Watch is a great training tool that offers a customizable display with up to four data lines and 15-workout downloadable memory with dated summary (1,000 max. laps). This feature loaded watch has a high sensitivity GPS that accurately measures pace, speed and distance without excessively draining the battery.See More|
|5||4.10 starsVery Good||Garmin Forerunner 910XT is a sleek, smart and comfortable multisport GPS-enabled wrist watch that provides accurate and detailed swim metrics, cycling distance, speed and other metrics and also tracks distance, pace, elevation and heart rate for running. This new generation device is designed for open water and pool swimming and is water resistant to 50 meters. It is the first GPS watch to offer extensive swim metrics, including swim distance, efficiency, stroke identification, stroke count and pool lengths.See More|
|6||3.90 starsGood||Timex Marathon GPS Watch is a basic and simple no-fuss GPS watch for walkers or runners. This is an affordable training tool for athletes who simply want speed and distance on their wrist during a workout. The built-in GPS accurately measures current or average speed and distance without excessive battery drain, providing an impressive eight hours of life in full GPS mode.See More|
|7||3.90 starsGood||Garmin Forerunner 110 is the easiest way to track your training. It is the basic GPS-enabled watch which accurately tracks time, distance and average pace per mile - with no extra bells and whistles. There’s virtually no setup required, so you can just press start and run or walk with it.See More|
|8||3.80 starsGood||Garmin Forerunner 310XT is a GPS-enabled training device that isn't afraid of the water in pool or lake. The rugged Forerunner 310XT is the triathlete's indispensable training tool - a GPS-enabled trainer that is water-resistant to 50 m, tracks data in multiple sport modes and sends it wirelessly to computer. This multi-sport device has an easy to read display, a nice backlight and up to 20 hours of battery life.See More|
|9||3.70 starsGood||Garmin Forerunner 210 gives you the freedom to train indoors or out, while tracking every minute and every mile. This sleek and simple, GPS-enabled sports watch accurately records how far, how fast and how hard you worked. Forerunner 210 is easy to setup and simple to use.See More|
|10||3.50 starsGood||Nike+ SportWatch GPS is the game changing combination of Nike’s popularity among athletes and Tom Tom’s expertise in GPS technology. This watch is the most dynamic and motivational running experience in the world - thanks to its unique functionality, beautiful design, and direct connection to nikeplus.com. The reasonably accurate and powerful GPS tracks and then the watch displays pace, average pace, distance, time elapsed, lap time, calories burned and heart rate (with optional sensor). The watch also has motivational features to the running experience, including run reminders and messages that inspire you before and after every run.See More|
Sports GPS watches look just like an ordinary sports watch when in fact they can do much more than just chart time and keep track of lap speed. Sports GPS watches are equipped with a GPS receiver and are capable of tracking everything from distance to heart rate. There are a wide variety of GPS running watches available. You can spend a little or a lot, depending on your needs and your preferences. The trick to finding the best GPS watch is to know what you really need.
There are as many sports specific GPS watches as there are sports. Running watches differ from cycling watches, and cycling watches differ from swimming watches. There are several things to consider when looking for a Sports GPS watch like Your Activity, Ease of Use, Battery Life, Water Resistant, Heart Rate Monitor, and Data Downloads.
The first factor to consider is the actual activity. There are different GPS watches for running, cycling and swimming. Even within an activity your choice of the GPS watch can depend on your environment. For example, in case of running, your selection will most probably depend on if you run in plains, hills, in city with skyscrapers, in wet conditions, etc. If you are a beginning runner who is running in the plains, you will want to investigate one of the more basic GPS watches that not only have an affordable price tag, but also enough features for a beginning runner. However, if you are more than a beginning runner, or running in the hills, city with skyscrapers, in wet conditions etc., then you really may need more advanced GPS.
GPS watches are worn on the wrist just like ordinary watches and they are, in most cases, lightweight and comfortable. Most GPS watches are generally quite simple to set up, just switch them on and begin running. The buttons and controls should be easy to operate while running. The watch should have a display that is easy to read, and clearly shows all essential information.
The average battery life of a sports watch is between 6 and 20 hours before the battery needs to be replaced or recharged. How much battery life you need depends on the duration of your run. It's best to have a watch that will last quite a bit longer than your longest run. For some of the models reviewed battery only lasts for about 2 hours when using GPS or other sensors. However, for most models reviewed, the battery life was long (more than 6 hours) even when using the GPS.
Most GPS watches are water-resistant and resist water up to a certain depth. If you are a swimmer then you need a watch that is waterproof. There are GPS watches that are rated as water-resistant, but not waterproof. For example, Garmin Forerunner 310XT and Garmin Forerunner 910XT are waterproof watches that can be used even for swimming.
The Heart Rate Monitoring (HRM) feature can be found on some advanced GPS watches and occasionally requires purchase of extra equipment like chest straps. The heart rate chest strap can sometimes be intrusive and can chafe. If you have a health condition or are doing cardiovascular training then heart rate monitoring can be essential for a safe, healthy, and productive workout. HRM allows you to aim for your ideal heart rate, and also calculates how many calories you've burnt during a workout.
If you are using an external Heart Rate Monitor then, in most cases, the GPS watch will use ANT+ protocol to talk to the external device. ANT+ is the most popular wireless protocol for athletic devices, due largely to the open alliance of manufacturers that back it, which guarantees broad interoperability. There are other formats out there, but the sports world seems to be converging on ANT+ for now.
Most GPS watches will connect to your PC/Mac wirelessly or using USB to download and save your training log for sharing and analysis. Many people now share their running info online, allowing them to swap tips and stories with other athletes. Even new runners are advised to store their data so that they can look back over the months and years to understand their progress.