- Runners’ GPS watches
My wife would like a new running watch, which she’d like to do the following:
Preferably Garmin (as I already use their bike computers)
Upload data via bluetooth
See text messages on the watch
Stream music (not essential)
Ability to follow directions or breadcrumb trail (important – she does trail running)
Does anyone have a recommendation? Thanks.Posted 2 months agofaddaSubscriber
I have a vivoactive 3 music, bought specifically for the music player feature. I really like it, it automatically syncs everything with the phone app and seems very reliable over the 8 months or so I’ve had it.Posted 2 months ago
And it doesn’t look very much like a running watch, which I also like…CraigWMember
I like my Forerunner 245 Music. Does all that stuff. Plays music, either your own MP3s, or Spotify etc.
Not sure about the options for follow directions. Think you can load a course for a simple breadcrumb map. Or can install extra Connect IQ apps, seems to be a few options for routing/maps.
Battery life seems pretty decent – up to 24 hours with GPS. Though lot shorter if playing music etc.
Has proper buttons, I think that’s better than the touch screen on the Vivoactive.Posted 2 months agowardeeMember
does trail running mean ultras? if so the cheaper garmins tend to have insufficient battery life. Modern garmins can’t be charged whilst in use. otherwise all of the above features (except music) can be found on most gps watches these days. for ultras, fenix series models tend to have better batteries and better navigation options than forerunner models or vivoactives. Other thing to bear in mind is watch size, some of the garmin models are a bit large for smaller female wrists.
Suunto and Coros also worth looking at.Posted 2 months agozomgMember
I often use the lap button for setting laps in interval sessions. Otherwise it’s hard to compare the efforts afterwards.
I also have a couple of screens when racing: one with large pace numbers for early on; another with a large HR number for later when not going too far into the red is more important for me than holding 4 or whateverPosted 2 months ago
does trail running mean ultras? if so the cheaper garmins tend to have insufficient battery life.
She’s looking at a 30 mile event next summer, and it’s a requirement to have a navigation device. She could take my Garmin bike computer but a watch would be a lot more convenient.Posted 2 months agowardeeMember
Events which require a navigation device are generally looking for a standalone navigation device with proper maps. Something like an etrex or a gpsmap64. A watch with maps probably won’t pass kit check. A watch which only produces a breadcrumb trail and does not have maps (most running watches) would definitely not be sufficient.
re 24 hour battery life, fine for shorter ultras, but my experience with Garmin devices is that the batteries don’t last as long as quoted. 24 hours isn’t much for the properly long stuff.Posted 2 months agoswanny853Subscriber
sold them up the swanny
(I also have a suunto. It’s fine, for MTB and running. It’s been a lot more reliable than my Edge 510, which regularly has a period of ‘wobbles’ until it settle again, but I’m given to understand that the Garmin watches are a little less flaky).Posted 2 months ago
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