1Best running Watches
Let’s discuss about best running watches, Sport is a healthy activity that more people practice every day. In the case of our country, the Yearbook of Sports Statistics of 2018 shows that almost half of Spaniards, 46%, do so at least once a week. And one of the supplements that most athletes use to accompany their exercise sessions , especially in open spaces, are the GPS watches. Thanks to them they can keep a very complete record of their physical activities and create personalized training plans. Amazon also preparing a wearable.
It is enough to carry out an Internet search or visit the web pages of the manufacturers to check the wide range of models available in the market. We have set a goal: to find the best among all of them.
What models have we chosen for best running watches?
We have selected six models of different firms that are characterized by serving for the practice of a large number of sports. This sample also includes a varied range of prices, since the budget is not the same for everyone and because each user has different needs.
The chosen models were, in alphabetical order: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music(rated with an average of 8.5), Leotec Training GPS Total Heart (7), Polar M430(8), Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro (8.25) ), TomTom 3 Cardio + Music + Headphones (7,75) and Xiaomi Amazfit Verge (7,75). For its analysis, several criteria have been taken into account:
- Design : It is essential that a watch designed for sports practice offers a comfortable design to wear and that weighs little. Its resistance and durability are also valued in the training sessions.
- Autonomy : This criterion is valued more and more. Do not forget that the battery life of a clock of this type is not the same if the GPS function is activated or not. At least it is desirable that you do not run out during training.
- Heart Rate Monitor : Required to measure the heart rate and know in real time how the body responds. Currently, almost all models incorporate this feature, and the reliability of the information they show is good.
- Precise measurements : GPS, cadence, stride length, accelerometer or altitude: The greater the precision of each of these measurements, the monitoring and analysis of sports practice will be more effective.
- Maps : The possibility of dumping them on the clock makes it easy to consult the route to follow.
So we have tested best running watches
To check how each of these six clocks work, we have used them for two weeks. We have tested the battery life, especially in the sessions with GPS training, and we have also checked how they monitor and record different sports practices, mainly in running sessions , cycling and mountain outings.
The winning GPS sports watch has been the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music . We have been convinced by its design, the reliability of its measurements and how it responds in the training sessions. Since it is possible to store music in your memory, we can pair it with Bluetooth headphones to enjoy our favorite songs without carrying the phone on you.
1. Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: the winner
It adapts well to the wrist, and its 42.2 grams of weight make it a lightweight and comfortable to wear. In addition, it incorporates a stainless steel bezel that gives it a plus of quality. Its screen has a size of 1.2 inches and 240 x 240 pixels resolution; It is transflective – which guarantees that if it receives sunlight it looks good – and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 glass, which offers greater protection against bumps and scratches. This one also among best running watches.
Display: 1.2 inches and 240 x 240 pixels resolution. Transflective and protection Corning Gorilla Glass
Dimensions and weight : 42.5 x 42.5 x 13.5 mm and 42.2 gr
Sensors : GPS, GLONASS, heart rate monitor, barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer
Compatibility: Android and iOS
Training functions : GPS speed and distance, activity profiles and customizable data pages, interval training, advanced sessions, downloadable training plans, maximum VO2, functions with Strava
Autonomy : smart watch mode: up to 7 days; GPS without music, up to 14 hours; and GPS with music, up to 5 hours
Others : water resistance, stainless steel bezel, Garmin Pay, 4 GB capacity to store and play music, smart notifications, weather forecast, sleep monitoring
With GPS and GLONASS positioning, its outdoor functions include, among many others, point-to-point navigation through routes created by the user with the Connect platform, an application that also serves to create personalized training sessions. These routes can also be imported from Connect IQ, another of the Garmin platforms, and through Strava applications . It also has the TrackBack option to return to the starting point following the route previously made. Points of interest can be registered.
Cycling, cardio, skiing or swimming in the pool are some of the proposed activity profiles. In races, some of the metrics that record are the cadence, the balance and the length of the stride. Meanwhile, an optical type sensor records heart rate thanks to Garmin Elevate technology. The internal accelerometer is automatically calibrated and also has a compass and barometric altimeter.
It can also be used as an MP3 player, since it incorporates an internal memory of 4 GB with capacity for 500 songs, to make payments with Garmin Pay – this functionality is still limited – and receive notifications from the mobile phone. The battery is the least attractive point, because with the GPS mode and the music function -one of the claims of the model- assets, the autonomy barely reaches 5 hours.
THE BEST : Full range of features and statistics, accuracy in your measurements, ease of use and option to use it as a music player.
THE WORST: The autonomy of the battery with the GPS and the function of playing active music is very limited.
VERDICT: A GPS sports watch with a resistant design and a detailed monitoring of sports practice that can also be used as a music player. Too bad that, when squeezed , the battery lasts so little.