Running watch recommendations

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09/02/2013 at 16:03
I am looking at getting a watch for running. I want to spend under ??100. I would like one that shows current pace as well as average pace. Garmin forerunner 10 looks good so far. Any one got this? Anyone got any other recommendations? Thanks
10/02/2013 at 09:40

spend slightly over £100 and get the garmin 110, this is the first watch I used and it's great value for money!

10/02/2013 at 10:37

Spend £136 and get one of these (hopefully this doesn't reignite the 'bezel' thing again; they work fine if used properly).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Forerunner-Sportswatch-Heart-Monitor/dp/B0046BTK14/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360492477&sr=8-1

10/02/2013 at 13:25

www.hrm-reviews.com displays a good range of heart rate monitors all broken down in to activities or brands. All link to Amazon where you can buy with your own account.

The Garmin Forerunners have built in GPS which really helps as you can also see how far you have run not just how fast.

Some of the Polar and Suunto watches can be used with a foot pod to record distance, but they are usually an extra. You could go for one of these as a cheaper option and upgrade later, if you feel you want to know distance as well.

10/02/2013 at 18:39
Thanks. I really want one that shows average pace as well as current pace. Seems the garmin 110 just does average. Is that correct? Does the forerunner10 do both?
10/02/2013 at 18:55
Just current, no lap or average pace.
10/02/2013 at 22:33
Get a 205 or 305 garmin. Does all you need and you can upgrade it with an hrm later when you're more flush.
XX1
11/02/2013 at 10:08
The Garmin FR70 does current and average, plus laps (including auto lap) but it requires a foot pod and doesn't have GPS. HRM is an optional extra.
XX1
11/02/2013 at 10:11

I HATE the bezel ...... they are so fiddly ...... just give me a button to press!

11/02/2013 at 10:17

I put 'er Indoors 205 on a popular auction site last night, and was surprised to see people selling them for £160 upwards.  One seller was even selling one with a heart rate strap!

XX1
11/02/2013 at 20:02
DF3 -- What are you thoughts on these new fangled touch screen devices? Why is it better to flick a screen than to press a button?
XX1
11/02/2013 at 20:59
Taxi Driver wrote (see)
DF3 -- What are you thoughts on these new fangled touch screen devices? Why is it better to flick a screen than to press a button?

The big thing for me is that, and especially in this country and by the sheer nature of what we are doing ....... is that there is a lot of precipitation/sweat on your fingers and on the watch which makes it a bugger to slide/swipe anything.

I prefer the system where youve got two buttons and the top one cycles through the main set of options and then you can use the bottom one to select it and the repeat for the sub menus ......... but Im forever going 'over' on a bezel watch, then trying to spin back to where I want to be ........ arrgghh, what a nightmare. Maybe its just me. But I prefer a good old fashioned button.

 

 



16/02/2013 at 19:43
Thanks. Does the forerunner 10 require a footpod?
17/02/2013 at 14:36

Lizzie, the Forerunner 10 doesn't need and in fact can't work with a footpod or heart rate monitor.  If you think you might want to add these abilities in the future, then you'd need to go up the Garmin range to the 110 for the HRM and to at least the 210 for footpod capability as well.  I pulled the details of Garmin's running watch range onto one page - it took a bit of scratching around:

http://www.squidoo.com/which-gps-watch-for-running


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