GPS watches

Please recommend

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18/01/2014 at 20:39

Read a few reviews of a few different runners watches but just wondering what everyone's personal opinions are and what you'd recommend?

Really not sure how much I need to speed either but prices seem to range from £100 -£250, are the expensive ones worth it as all I'm looking for as incredibly accurate gps, pace and speed information, water proof, solidly made and also compatible with cycling, etc, just incase I decide to do something stupid like a triathlon or...ironman or something like that?

18/01/2014 at 21:49
If all your looking for is speed / pace / time / HR

then a basic one will do - they are all accurate and I don't think the GPS varies that much is terms of distance, possibly signal connection which is very rarely reported a problem - I have garmin 110 and it's accurate and does everything else

- it cost me 134?? and I was prepared to pay more and replace it if not happy- I have everything I need on it as a runner

Trouble is - if you want to swim and train properly you're probably going to have to pay more for one that records strokes etc

As for cycling - I have a decent odometer properly set up and would use my HRM if I wanted to .

If you have no budget as such best wait for more advice
19/01/2014 at 14:37

If all you're after is distance, time, pace etc. and aren't bothered about heart rate, the Garmin FR10 is a cracking watch for about 80 quid.

If you're after using it for other sports though, it wouldn't do the job.

I'd recommend having a good browse of He writes incredibly in-depth, informative reviews of pretty much every watch you could think of.

19/01/2014 at 15:34

The FR10 looks very good from the dcrainmaker review, I'll see if I can get one this week.

19/01/2014 at 17:18

I have the Garmin Forerunner 210 and it's perfect. I use it for all my runs but haven't used it for any other sports. It's easy to setup, easy to use, and covers everything I need and everything you list there. To be fair though (as most people have said) there's not a great deal of difference but I have had a Nike gps watch before and it wasn't as accurate as my Garmin and had a few issues but have never had an issue with Garmin. 


The thing that is just as important is what software/site you use to log and evaluate your runs. If you don't get on with the interface that would be annoying. Garmin connect is good and there will be a shiny new interface at the end of March which looks really good.

19/01/2014 at 17:44

Is there any way to interface them with runkeeper?

19/01/2014 at 19:34

I have Nike Sports Watch, as a beginner runner it is perfect for me.

I can set goals with it, view run distance, total distance, av pace, elevation, heart rate (if you have monitor to connect), av distance, compare with others, nice satellite style graph. Think you can pick one up at arround £115. Also functions as a normal watch (as you would expect haha), also good for casual wear, not too bulky, looks nice, I got blue/black. Can view history through Nike+ site and watch. Also has stopwatch and holds your records too, fastest mile, 5k, 10k etc....

20/01/2014 at 10:33
simonp83 wrote (see)

Is there any way to interface them with runkeeper?

Yes, you can upload your activities from a Garmin to Runkeeper.



20/01/2014 at 13:31

I'd go along with a couple of the comments already made here.

1) Keep it as simple as you need it - don't waste money on features that will go unused.

2) Look at DC Rainmaker's site, it's excellent.

20/01/2014 at 15:10

Going by DCRainmaker's site and a few comments in here, i've ordered myself the Garmin FR10, £89.99 from Currys and should have in time for tomorrow evenings steady run.

24/01/2014 at 11:39


I have just managed to get my hands on a Soleus GPS 1.0 (can be had for around £50.00 in the RW Shop, or various other places on line).

I use it mainly just to log my run miles and times.  I set it running on auto lap (which can be adjusted to various mi/km distances), and it automatically takes my mile splits.  I rarely look at it during a run; just the odd glance to check pace/time.  It also gives a crude calories burned based on your settings (sex/age/height/weight), and has a useful night mode where every button press operates the dial illumination.  It seems to be accurate, as all the routes I've run so far are within a few meters of the actual map distance.

It is rechargeable, and I do believe (although I haven't confirmed yet) that the data is downloadable using a USB cable (not supplied).

Even if it can't be downloaded, it is still an absolute bargain at this price.


Edited: 24/01/2014 at 11:41
24/01/2014 at 19:16
simonp83 wrote (see)

Going by DCRainmaker's site and a few comments in here, i've ordered myself the Garmin FR10, £89.99 from Currys and should have in time for tomorrow evenings steady run.

Simon how are you finding the FR10? Got mine last year when my Garmin305 died and have to say it does a great job for the money.

24/01/2014 at 19:29

Chris. Quick question. How many connections are on the charging cable and how many on the watch?

24/01/2014 at 22:57

Delighted with my FR10. Absolute steal for the money paid (£80).

25/01/2014 at 09:39

Garmin are a great product. FR10 is easy to use, small and light.

25/01/2014 at 13:03

Yep. first run with my new FR10 today and measured my usual route really well despite the mist and rain. Very happy so far.

25/01/2014 at 17:46
fat face wrote (see)

Chris. Quick question. How many connections are on the charging cable and how many on the watch?

2 on the charging cable; 4 on the watch. 

I managed to get hold of a cable today from my friendly local running shop (The Lincolnshire Runner - Lincoln).  It works a treat, and I can upload to Strava which gives me full route and lap data.  Very happy!



25/01/2014 at 19:18

Just what I was going to suggest Chris.

Nice one!!

26/01/2014 at 08:22

Loving the FR10, actually did a run yesterday with runkeeper and the watch and runkeeper was 0.03 miles ahead after a 5.4mile run.  The pace readings are great as well, only thing that has annoyed me is that it's hard to read in the dark, wish you could keep the watch illuminated instead of constantly pressing the button.

26/01/2014 at 17:17


I agree the illumination button is frustrating, cheap head torch was the easiest fix and has added benefits as well on these dark evenings.

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