Best GPS watches

Best GPS watches

GPS watches are terrific for athletes who want accurate information not only about where they are located, but also about how many miles or kilometers they’ve logged, and their pace. Some GPS watches have extra features like special software for analyzing athletic progress, and others have heart rate monitors. Here are 10 top GPS watches.

1. Suunto X10M Wrist-Top GPS Computer Watch ($500)

It’s expensive, but it packs a lot: GPS navigator, compass, barometer, and altimeter are included. It fixes on the satellites quickly, has up to three alarms, and is water-resistant to 330 feet.

2. Timex Ironman Bodylink Trail Runner T5J985 ($185)

This watch tracks waypoints and includes a compass. Many users find it easier to use than Garmin watches, and it generally gets points for being a lot of watch for the price.

3. Timex Ironman T5G311 ($192)

The Timex Ironman T5G311 is a midsized unisex GPS watch that combines speed and distance data with a heart rate monitor (chest strap). It has 100-lap memory, five alarms, and is water resistant to 165 feet.

4. Timex Ironman Bodylink T5F011 ($180)

This is a full-sized GPS watch and features a heart-rate monitor and elevation tracking. It’s water resistant to 165 feet and is rated as easy to use and great for runners who want a good basic fitness watch.

5. Garmin Forerunner 101 ($110)

The Garmin Forerunner 101 is considered an “entry level” GPS watch. It can track pace, speed, calories, and distances and marks waypoints. This watch is easy to use, though some users have reported problems with satellite reception in the presence of large buildings or trees.

6. Suunto T4C (220)

You have to buy an add-on module to track pace and distance, but this GPS watch wins points for an intuitive user interface. It has a heart rate monitor and tracks calories and time in addition to heart rate. And it comes in two colors: black volcano and black frost.

7. Polar RS800CX ($420)

This is a multisport watch that can be used with an add-on Cadence Sensor for running or cycling. Wired gives this watch an “above average” 8 out of 10 rating for its good training software for tracking workouts and heart rate.

8. Garmin Forerunner 310 ($350)

This is the first Garmin Forerunner watch that can be worn in the water, so it’s great for tri-athletes. It can time swim sessions as well as tracking pace and distance on land. The cycling sensor and heart rate monitor cost extra, but the basic watch includes wireless data upload.

9. Garmin Forerunner 305 ($200)

The Forerunner 305 wins raves for being reliable and easy to use. A study at the University of Arizona concluded that this is one of the best watches for accuracy in data acquisition. While it may take a bit longer to acquire a satellite signal, it is known for never losing its signal during use.

10. Garmin Forerunner 405 ($300)

This is considered one of the very best in GPS watches because of its quick satellite lock-on and good wireless data upload. It tracks pace, time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate (though the heart-rate strap is an add-on). You navigate the menus with the streamlined touch bezel for easy use.

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