I have been eyeing up replacing (and upgrading) my little old Timex Marathon GPS watch. I got it used from a friend, and hadn’t even really considered having a GPS watch until I got this one two years ago. Prior, I would just know what time I started to run, what time I finished, and use the internet to figure out my pace. Then, I got the watch, and on long runs especially, I’ve come to enjoy knowing my pace.
However, I think the time has come to get with modern (runner) times…. And get myself a more capable GPS watch.
After googling around and reading tons of reviews, I’ve become mesmerized by the fun idea of knowing my heart rate from a wrist-based HRM (even if it’s not as perfect as a chest strap one, I’d never wear a strap), and the thought of actually being able to sync to an app to see stats, as well. This would probably encourage me to actually wear the watch every time I run, too. I’m not a huge data head, but I do like the idea of knowing. So those are the drivers to the choices I’m considering.
Currently, I’m hung up on two different watches. I want to stay in the neighborhood of $250ish or less, and these two stick out to me as having a decent amount of features, and value for the price:
- Music without another device!!! Supposedly this holds 500 songs and syncs to wireless headphones. Major fun factor, at the same price as the Garmin option with no music.
- Seem to get a decent amount of features for the price
- I like the style better, and the colorful band
- Reviews say the app is less extensive (but do I care?)
- I don’t see this out there much in the running blogs/instas that I follow– why? Are people using it?
- Are TomToms as reliable as Garmins?
- Tried and true Garmin GPS! Everyone loves Garmin (or so it seems)
- Decent amount of function for price
- Garmin App has good reviews (But will i use all that data anyway?)
- already replaced by the cuter, but much more expensive 235 model.
I know that I don’t need a smartwatch, so the more expensive “do everything ever” watches don’t necessarily appeal to me as much. It is unlikely that I’ll wear a sport watch every day outside of running, and I don’t particularly want to get a text on my watch while I’m running, so that is a-ok with me. For me, that would be money poorly spent.
This is where you come in. HELP!
Do you use either of these watches? TELL ME WHAT YOU LOVE/HATE about them!
If not, what GPS watch do you use? Tell me what you use and why you like it!!