The Best Running Watches

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Timex Ironman GPS
100
Best in Class
2017
GPS Accuracy 10

best in class accuracy

very easy to use

easy split management during workouts

good multi-field screen

heart rate monitor compatible

very large face

no swim tracking capabilities

shorter battery life than competition

screen font is harder to see at a glance than competition

MSRP
$300.00
BEST DEAL
$641.82
Polar RCX5 GPS
99
Intuitiveness 9

Simple to get started

Low-profile watch

Easy-to-read screen

Accurate GPS unit

Long watch battery life

Pricey

Users may find external GPS unit cumbersome

MSRP
$470.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Garmin Forerunner 610
99
Value 9

Touch screen.

Ease of use.

Easy split management during workouts.

Good multi-field screen.

Heart rate monitor compatible.

Sizing is good.

Touch screen a bit difficult to use.

Screen font is harder to see at a glance than competition.

Not cheap at $349.99 ($399 with heart rate monitor strap).

MSRP
$349.99
BEST DEAL
N/A
Tech4o Discover
97
GPS Accuracy 8
Satellite Acquisitio... 9

Great size—standard watch size

Heart rate strap included

Great as a navigation tool

Highly accurate

Good battery life in GPS (8.5 hours)

Software is not Mac compatible

Inability to export data except to software

Font on display is lackluster

Software is basic but lacks sophistication

MSRP
$200.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS
93
GPS Accuracy 9
Battery Life 8
Features 9
Intuitiveness 8
Satellite Acquisitio... 9

Large array of features

Most accurate GPS running watch I’ve tested to date

Heart rate and foot pod compatible

Slew of Data Fields

Long Battery Life at 9.5-10 hrs in GPS mode

Limited storage capacity but still not bad

Near normal size but still a bit big for those with tiny wrists

MSRP
$225.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Garmin Forerunner 10
93
GPS Accuracy 9
Battery Life 8
Features 8
Intuitiveness 9
Satellite Acquisitio... 9

Accurate GPS

No average lap pace

MSRP
$130.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Timex Marathon GPS
91
GPS Accuracy 10
Battery Life 9
Features 4
Intuitiveness 9
Satellite Acquisitio... 9
Value 10

Best in class GPS accuracy with fast satellite acquisition

Compact watch size and strap make for universal fit

Straight forward and easy to use

Split Management During Workouts

Water Resistant to 30m

Not heart rate compatible

No average pace during use

No altitude

Limited data fields

MSRP
$125.00
BEST DEAL
$81.97
Polar RC3 GPS
87
GPS Accuracy 9
Battery Life 8
Features 6
Intuitiveness 7
Satellite Acquisitio... 8
Value 9

Accurate GPS

Long batter life in both GPS on and off modes

Instantaneous pace was consistent

Display on the unit is clear and crisp

Altitude Included

No average lap pace

Price a little higher than other competitors

MSRP
$280.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Suunto Ambit
86
GPS Accuracy 10
Battery Life 10
Features 5
Intuitiveness 8
Satellite Acquisitio... 10
Value 3

High quality construction

GPS is extremely accurate

Good trail features like compass and barometric altimeter

50hr battery life in GPS mode

Display on the unit is clear and crisp

Training history on the unit is limited to the last workout completed

No virtual partner or workout assistance or multisport mode

Expensive at $500

A bit large for small wrists

MSRP
$500.00
BEST DEAL
$264.95
Soleus 2.0 GPS
80
GPS Accuracy 9
Battery Life 8
Features 6
Intuitiveness 6
Satellite Acquisitio... 7
Value 4

Great accuracy with quick satellite acquisition

Attractive sizing, near normal standard running watch size

Ease of use

Good battery life

Not heart rate compatible

No altitude

Limited data fields

Bad computer software

MSRP
$150.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Polar RCX5 GPS

A feature-rich multi-sport watch that comes with the downsides of an external GPS unit and a hefty price tag. The brains in this device may be too much watch for the casual athlete, but serious athletes will find it worth the cost with its expansive data collection, wide, clear screen and hands-free navigation.

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