The best GPS running watches in 2015: Polar, Garmin, TomTom, and more
Jul24

The best GPS running watches in 2015: Polar, Garmin, TomTom, and more

Whether you’re a marathon athlete or a once-a-month jogger, it’s a tricky task to find a running watch perfectly suited for your needs. We’ve whittled down the sea of options and compiled a list of the best GPS running watches that can track everything from your heart rate to the route you take home. Take a look and find the watch that works for you. Fitbit Surge The best GPS watch for quality over quantity Critics’ rating*: 4.1 out of 5 (*Wearables.com compiles the top critic ratings online for an aggregate score) The Fitbit Surge is by far one of the best simply activity trackers on the market, especially with Fitbit’s updates to the tracker’s software and built-in GPS. The GPS watch also boasts some hot features, like smartphone notifications, a touchscreen, monochrome LCD, with a display size of 20.88 x 24.36 mm. However, with all of this technology packed in, the Fitbit Surge is a bit bulkier than many might like. But with a battery that lasts nearly a week on a single charge, the smartwatch packs a serious punch in the fitness department.  Compatible with iOS, Windows, and Android smartphones. Garmin Forerunner 220 The best GPS running watch for data on the go Critics’ rating: 4.0 out of 5 The Forerunner 220 is the newest edition to Garmin’s suite of Forerunner fitness watches. Sleeker, quicker, and better equipped, the 220 combines a GPS tracker, a heart rate monitor, and a built-in accelerometer to track every aspect of your run. Both ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible, the fitness watch is able to wirelessly pair and upload data to your smartphone. The 220 is also compatible with Garmin Connect, Garmin’s online running community, where users can compare data with other athletes. Be sure to utilize the tracker’s heart rate zone to reach that perfect run. Something else we really love about this GPS watch? How it knows to pause tracking whenever you pause on your run.  Compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. Garmin Forerunner 15 The best GPS watch for getting started Critics’ rating: 3.8 out of 5 A high-tech running watch can be seriously intimidating thing (but one that’s perfectly suited for the fitness technofile), so the Garmin Forerunner 15 is stripped down to the bare essentials. For those who are just beginning a running regimen — or for those who don’t want to spend too much money on a device —  this Garmin GPS watch covers your pace, location, distance, heart rate, and calories burned, while also being waterproof up to 50m. Even when you’re not running, the 15 acts as a pedometer and calorie counter. Like the 220, this...

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