Which GPS watch to get?

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29/08/2012 at 09:34

I'm sure this has probably been asked heaps of times before, so if there are any other useful threads please point me in the right direction!

I'm currently doing C25K which I will complete end of Sep, it's going really well and I'm loving it! My plan is to then progress to training for a 10K which I would ideally love to do before Christmas. As a little incentive my boyfriend has said he'll buy me a GPS running watch when I complete my first 10K- I'd really love one, and I'm hoping that my interest in running will continue, in which case I'd like to be able to use the watch to improve/do tempo runs/be more aware of my pace.  

I currently have a Suunto HRM which I use at the gym, just for HR and calorie counting, but their GPS watches are quite expensive. I know lots of people have Garmins- they seem to be the most popular, but I've also come across the MotoActv too...

Any tips on which you would reccommend? What is your favourite running watch? Thanks!  

29/08/2012 at 09:46

MotoActv is junk.  It's all bells and whistles and no practical use to someone with a proper training programme.  Pick something from the Garmin range.  Word.

29/08/2012 at 10:26
I love my suunto gps but if I was just starting out I would go for something cheaper!!! A garmin 110 or the soleus got a good write up recently, I've not tried one though!
29/08/2012 at 11:02

Try this website for excellent indepth reviews and recommendations. Really detailed, and should help you work out what you need.


29/08/2012 at 11:19

Thanks for the tips guys, I'll have a read! What would you say is the must-have feature to look for? 

29/08/2012 at 11:30

The must-have feature is whatever your must-have feature is.  Mine's the ability to add proper, structured workouts.

Edited: 29/08/2012 at 13:55
29/08/2012 at 13:09

Garmin are due to release a beginners slightly cheaper Garmin called the Garmin Forerunner 10. It works the same as other garmin GPS wtaches but doesnt pack all the pricey features. 

Garmin Review

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29/08/2012 at 14:02

Ah thanks Ricardo, another option to consider. 

Those reviews are loooong mingo! Heaps of information, thanks

20/09/2012 at 12:53

Nike Plus definately, I don't know why no one has suggested this. I have had mine for about a year now and it's brill. Take it everywhere with me and use it all the time

20/09/2012 at 14:07

I had a Nike but it died after 14 months - Replaced with a Garmin Froerunner 410 off Amazon - I got it for £130 with the HRM, but must admit I got a darn good deal. I'm hugely impressed with how much better it is at just about everything than the Nike. Had a look as the Garmin 10 (possibel pressie for Mrs Doux), but they were £100 on the Garmin website - Seemed a lot for a quite ugly & patronising watch (Especially in pink for the ladies!) - Go for a 410 - You won't regret it.

20/09/2012 at 14:29

Hmm yeah I was seriously considering the Forerunner 10 as it seemed like a simpler option to start out with, but is a bit expensive- I do like the green though! Haha...

The 410 is about £160 on Amazon atm, which could be twice the price of the 10 if you can get any discount on the new watch. Depends how many extra features the 410 has? 

20/09/2012 at 14:34
Down the side of the page is a list of outlets runnersworld recommends, a couple have discount codes for subscribers if its worth taking a look
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20/09/2012 at 14:38
On a budget, you can pick up a Nike sportband for 30 odd quid and that will give you distance, pace, duration and calories but the battery life can be a pain
21/09/2012 at 13:59

If you really want a Sportband I'll send you mine - I'm sure I've still got a chip thingy for it too - Not convinced it works, hence why I'm not selling it.

27/09/2012 at 19:18

Garmin all the way - I use a forerunner 405 and love it. Ive never used anything else mind you but friends (triathletes) also swear by Garmin and have the 910XT (which i am looking to invest in) but if you only run then the 405 is perfect. The only downside i have experienced is for GPS accuracy you need to ensure it is charged 75% so just chuck it on charge the night before. Excellent customer service too - they always send out new bits of kit if there are any problems; they sent me a new watch 1yr on due to a battery failure.

If you intend to increase your running and compete more which it sounds like you are it will be worth investing - and will soon become addicted to pace, lap times and PB's!!!

28/09/2012 at 11:22

I have no doubt that the 410 is the best for the money right now. Get it here for £160, reduced from about £330.

I have had the 101, 205, 405, 410 and reviewed them all, the 410 is the one I use and it's a great watch, I love it. For that price, you can't go wrong.

28/09/2012 at 13:40
Nike plus is pretty good for running.

A couple of points, it doesn't record total elevation during a run and it's difficult to get the gpx files off it to upload To other run tracking sites.

If you want to use the site of your choose get a garmin as they can sink to most with Nike try and trap you into there's.

Otherwise there sit is ok any way and the watch is good.

And the best looking on the market.
28/09/2012 at 13:42

Recording elevation on a GPS device is pointless - it's not accurate enough.  Most sites and applications that you load GPX data to create elevation data when the file is imported.

28/09/2012 at 14:12
Fair point, but even though gps isn't accurate enough the site is still able o give you elevation.

What I want is a stat like total distance by that gives total elevation. May be I should just add it up but after a run I would like to know how much up hill work I have done.
28/09/2012 at 14:24

RunKeeper, Strava, Connect, all give ascent/descent totals.

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