The Best GPS Watches for Runners 2014

Our top GPS watch picks in every price range and for runners of all levels

Choosing a GPS watch for logging your running endeavors is no easy feat. Especially when so many come with hefty price tags; some are more affordable than others, but essentially you’re making an investment in a product you intend to use often.

Therefore, 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 you'll like best, for each we've highlighted the additional features that go above and beyond the basic functions.

In considering models for this list we consulted several factors, including our own experiences with some of the products, other expert opinions and input from you, the reader, via social media. In compiling the final list, we also placed great weight in the affordability of each product.  

What we ended up with is the following list of this year's ten best GPS watches for runners.

Tom Tom Runner

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

Garmin FR15

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

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