The Best GPS Watches for Multisport Athletes

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Garmin Forerunner 920xt (Ant+)
96
Best in Class
2015
GPS Accuracy 9
Battery Life 8
Features 10
Intuitiveness 9
Satellite Acquisitio... 10

Very light with relatively sleek design

Easiest, most ergonomic buttons

“Smartwatch” functions like messaging and call notifications

Outstanding array of features/data with excellent on-the-fly customization

Bluetooth (with phone app) and Wi-Fi connectivity

Color readouts very limited, more flash than function

ANT+ only means no underwater heart rate signal (though strap/sensor is waterproof)

Bluetooth doesn’t work (yet) with Motorola phones

MSRP
$500.00
BEST DEAL
$246.46
Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire (Ant+)
93
GPS Accuracy 9
Battery Life 8
Features 8
Intuitiveness 10
Satellite Acquisitio... 8

Sharpest screen in group

Deep selection of cycling and multisport functions

Highly programmable

Fashion-forward with many watch-mode options and “smart watch” functions

Multiple sport modes and bike profiles

Very glitchy Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (should be addressed in software updates)

No dual-pedal power readout

Screen too dark unless using backlight

Heaviest in group at 3 oz (6.5 oz with metal strap)

Poorly designed route guidance zoom function

MSRP
$600.00
BEST DEAL
$549.99
Suunto Ambit3 Sport (Bluetooth Smart)
91
GPS Accuracy 8
Battery Life 10
Features 8
Intuitiveness 7
Satellite Acquisitio... 8

Intuitive operation with easy-to-press buttons

Outstanding customer service

Creative, full-featured online training support

Strong navigation and route guidance

Fastest, most reliable GPS

Limited on-the-fly customization

No dual-pedal power readout

Bluetooth only limits compatibility

Still no % grade readout!

MSRP
$550.00
BEST DEAL
$378.95
Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch (Bluetooth Smart)
89
GPS Accuracy 6
Battery Life 9
Features 8
Intuitiveness 8
Satellite Acquisitio... 8

Compact and comfortable but very durable

Intuitive, user-friendly operation

Strong built-in and online training support

Excellent four-line readout despite small screen

Wireless data transfer (through phone app only)

Fewer cycling features and data options

Only rudimentary route guidance

Limited customization during workout

Lower value for cycling use

MSRP
$550.00
BEST DEAL
$369.99