You don't have to break the bank to train smarter. We test six of the best running watches for under £100
Price £60 Contact fitnessmonitors.com
This was the cheapest model on test, but is packed with the most technology. It is a one-stop fitness trainer with heart-rate monitor, calorie and fat-burn measurement, chronograph and a vibration alert, which informs you when you stray out of a minimum or maximum heart rate zone.
It also has a Smart Training Program, which takes you through a number of training sessions including warm-up and cool-down.
It's water resistant for 50m and the heart-rate signal is excellent. It also comes with a bike mount, storage pouch and two spare batteries. Some of the functionality takes a bit of practise but overall it's a robust, common-sense, reliable device.
Add Your Review
This may sound like a plug for Timex but I feel credit where it is due. In the early 90s I purchased a Timex Ironman 50 lap model which has been my watch for everyday wear as well as for sport since. It kept perfect time as checked by the BBC pips and was not particularly looked after by your truly (I always wore it, for example, when swimming in pool or sea). Last March I found I could not use the reset button and contacted Timex about the possibility of their repairing it. I sent the watch and was advised the cost of repair would be, I think, £14 (the watch had cost me some £25 originally). I decided to proceed and some days later they sent me a new watch (same model) so either they were unable to repair my old one or it was more cost effective to just send a new one but whatever they honoured their commitment to me. So here's to another 15 years of happy timekeeping by a very satisfied customer.
I agree. My 1987 original is still running although the case fell to pieces and can't hold the strap.
The only criticism is the resin strap which is expensive and difficult to replace, I prefer the steel bracelet version instead
I cannot believe that there is an article about running watches under £100.00. I do not need to keep data stored on my watch I write it down after every run. I have a lap counter that I use occasionally for running intervals and a countdown timer. Gosh all these tools.
My watch - a lorus quartz from Elizabeth Duke at Argos. My first one was a fiver in 1989 and my current (third) one was £7.00 from the same place. It is fantastic value.
Prefer to spend the remainder of the £100.00 on a pair of shoes myself.
I'm looking to buy a watch for running that will measure my distance (I have a pedometer at the moment and this omits about a mile off my run!).
I don't want to spend a fortune, but do want something good. Any ideas?
I'm a regular runner doing a 10k soon,
Visit the official Runner's World page
Follow Runner's World on Twitter
Other Natmag-Rodale Sites
Run For Charity
About Runner's World
Runner's World is a publication of Hearst Magazines UK which is the trading name of The National Magazine Company Ltd, 72 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9EP. Registered in England 112955. All rights reserved.
Website powered by: Immediate Media Company Ltd. | © Runner's World 2002-2013 |