Do you need a GPS watch for running? This may be a question you've asked yourself recently and have struggled deciding if you are going to bite the bullet and get one or not. Well, the answer is simple....possibly. Ask yourself this questions, why do I want one? If your answer is to simply time your run or know how many minutes you've run or worked out, then a GPS watch isn't really needed. However, if your answer is to track distance covered on a single run and over a period of time, know how fast you're going at any given moment during the run and your average pace over the entire run, track the vertical feet you've climbed, and maximize and track your overall training, then a GPS watch is your answer.
A wide variety of GPS watches exist on the market today. Some watches do the bare minimal such as pace and distance covered and usually have a shorter battery life when in GPS mode. Other GPS watches offer the minimal options plus heart rate monitoring stride length, altitude, more accurate GPS, and more. However, along with more options comes higher cost.
Below are some GPS watch options to aid in your search for finding the perfect watch for your needs. Here are five things to consider as you review and compare the different watches: (1) Accuracy of the GPS - if you stick mainly to the roads, then a cheaper option will probably do. However, if you do a majority of your runs on trails, in the trees or around tall city buildings, a model with a more accurate GPS would be to your benefit. (2) Reading visibility of the watch, can you see the info you want while running. (3) Battery life - not just how many days the watch will last on a charge, but how long it will run while in GPS mode. (4) Simplicity - how easy is it to use. (5) Budget - how much are you willing to spend.
Garmin Forerunner 35
Apple Watch Series 3
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
Polar M430 GPS