The 10 Best GPS Watches for Runners

The 10 Best GPS Watches for Runners

The 10 Best GPS Watches for Runners

Whether you’re just starting to get serious about running and feel ready to upgrade from mobile activity tracking apps to a more reliable piece of gear, or you’re a seasoned runner on the hunt for a watch that can take your training to the next level, naturally you'll want to make sure that the investment will be worth your while. You want to be sure that whichever watch you choose (and like with any piece of sports equipment there’s a wide variety of options) is not only reliable and well-made, but also that it fits your personality as an athlete and a runner.  So, to help you narrow down the choices and find the GPS watch that will best suit your needs, we’ve compiled a list of what we feel are the ten best watches on the market right now. Of course, each of these products features the ability to track typical running stats like time, distance and pace. So, to better help you find the watch that will work best for you, for each we've highlighted the additional features that go above and beyond the basic functions.

TomTom Runner

Best Features: quick GPS connection, syncs directly to your phone, easy to use, customizable
Best For: runners on a budget; $149

Garmin Forerunner 15

Best Features: reliable GPS, 24/7 activity and sleep tracking
Best For: runners on a budget
From our readers: “It’s simple to use, dependable—I’ve never had problems with any of the functions— and it's a good size; not heavy and clunky.; $139

Garmin Forerunner 220

Best Features: livetracking and smartphone integration, customizable
Best For: intermediate runners; $249

Suunto Ambit 2

Best Features: long battery life, connects with third party apps and sites
Best For: trail and ultra runners; $319

Nike + Sportswatch GPS

Best Features: easy to use, Nike + community integration
Best For: novice road runners
From Our Readers: "I love this watch because I love everything Nike! It's stylish as well, for an everyday watch."; $140

TomTom Cardio

Best Features: no chest strap for heart rate monitoring
Best For: intermediate road runners; $269.99

Polar RC3 GPS

Best Features: smart coaching platform with Running Index and other training tools, heart rate monitoring, long battery life
Best For: intermediate and advanced road runners; $279.95

Garmin Forerunner 620

Best Features: Bluetooth capabilities, customizable, waterproof
Best For: intermediate and advanced road runners; $399.99

Adidas MiCoach Smart Run Watch

Best Features: No chest strap for heart rate monitoring, Bluetooth capabilities
Best For: intermediate and advanced road runners; $400

BIA GPS Sports Watch

Best Features: separate GPS clip makes for sleek design, quick GPS connection, SOS safety function
Best For: female road runners of any level; $279