On The Road Again: The 8 Best GPS Running Watches

If you are serious about your training and absolutely need to know how far you have actually run, you can’t trust some smartphone app. They tell you lies that could force you to either over or under train, both of which can end up putting you at the back of the pack the next time you run a marathon. If you’re getting ready for a 5k, a 10k, a 24k, or set a new Tough Mudder record, then you’ve got to get yourself one of our these GPS running watches to maximize your distance workout.

New Balance NX950

New Balance NX950

If you hear the calling of the road but aren’t sure if a one of the capable watches is right for you, then try the entry-level NX950. The GPS is very solid for a budget model and it keeps excellent track of your pace, speed, and averages for both so that you can monitor your progress. It includes interval and lap functions for those times when you are stuck going around a track like a show pony. Don’t expect it to do anything fancy, but if you’re new to the GPS game and aren’t ready to drop 3 bills on a really good system, this will give you basic performance for a basic price. [Purchase: $88]

Nike Plus Sportwatch

Nike+ Sportwatch

The Nike+ is powered by TomTom, so you know you’re going to get quality tracking. It is a slight step up from the New Balance NX950 just because it has a solid online component and higher data storage capacity for those that like to see their accomplishments on a cute little graph. The watch plugs right into your computer’s USB port, so there is no fiddling around with strange tech. Also monitors your calorie burn, speed, and overall pace. It is just slightly better than basic, think Basic+. [Purchase: $140]

TomTom Cardio

TomTom Cardio

Yes, like many multi-function watches the new Cardio looks like a calculator timepiece from the 80’s or something you pulled out of a cereal box, but that’s because it is meant for training, not going out to one of those fancy dinners where you eat with forks. Part of the bulk comes from the on-board heart-rate monitor. You’ll have to strap it tight to get an accurate pulse, but the band is incredibly comfortable even when you’ve got it bolted down. The simple display is great for beginners, but also gives you all the information you need when you’re deadly serious and like to run until your vision nearly goes black. Keeps track of all your workouts so you can see your progress over days, weeks, and months. No frills, only fitness with the Cardio. [Purchase: $270]

Adidas miCoach Smart Run

Adidas miCoach Smart Run

Yeah, it’s bulky, but the reason it is so damn big is because it is packed with features. Not only is it an excellent GPS watch that will track your stride, pace, and heart rate but it also comes equipped with a wireless mp3 player with Bluetooth 4.0. If you like to do your roadwork while pumping out “Eye of the Tiger” or “Mama Said Knock You Out” then the miCoach will save you from carting along your iPod or smartphone. 4GB of memory, a fully functional touch screen, as well as integrated coaching thanks to the miCoach system and it’s like having your whole routine strapped to your wrist. [Purchase: $395]

PAPAGO GoWatch 770

PAPAGO GoWatch 770

This is an excellent choice, but if you are a hiker, a biker, a climber, or even an indoor athlete, it can adjust to help your training as well. Because of that, it is one of the toughest watches on this list that can be kept on during the most arduous activities. It supervises your heart rate, calories burned, and speed. It can be hooked up to the GoYourLife system which will break down all the data into simple charts and graphs that anyone can comprehend. If you want, it can easily be bundled with a chest strap heart rate monitor that is surprisingly comfortable and won’t chafe you. [Purchase: $193]

Suunto Ambit

Suunto Ambit

The Ambit from Suunto is also built for the full-time athlete, but it somehow manages to also be intended for the die-hard geek since it allows you to create personalized apps right on the watch that help you to track whatever kind of exercise you do, whether scaling mountains, swimming laps, or doing beer curls. If you aren’t the programming type, there is a whole array of free apps that can be downloaded from other users that do almost everything a fitness junkie could want. It has a 3D compass in the event you get lost in the woods. It will monitor temperature, barometric pressure, altitude, and your heart rate. Due to the customization features the Ambit is meant to be personalized to fit your specifications and can be changed to suit your fitness needs. [Purchase: $375]

Polar RC3

Polar RC3

The digital readout sure won’t win any beauty contests, but the SiRFstar IV GPS will take home the crown for movement tracking almost every time. This is one of the smallest and most delicate running watches you can buy, so if you are worried about injuring your itty-bitty wrist then fear no more. In addition to keeping track of how far you have gone, it will also track your altitude, so if you prefer to do a little parkour or rock climbing on your runs, this will help you get credit for every inch you go up. It will hook into the Polar coaching system to help you reach your goals and stay motivated day after grueling day. [Purchase: $214]

Garmin Forerunner 15

Garmin Forerunner 15

Look at the wrist of almost any serious runner and odds are there is one name that is going to be staring back at you: Garmin. Any of the Forerunner series will do right by you, but the new 15 is the top, the zenith, the premier choice for GPS watches. What makes it so great is it doesn’t think that your training should ever stop. It will monitor your movement throughout the day so when you go home and hook it up to the Garmin Connect to check your progress, it will tell you if you’ve been a weak, pathetic blob or a lean, mean, training machine. It can also be bundled with a heart monitor as well as a footpad so that you can get credit even if you’re just jogging on a treadmill so you don’t miss a single episode of The Real Housewives. [Purchase: $200]

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