10 Best GPS Watches for 2017

Amanda Cauchi, December 29, 2016
10 Best GPS Watches for 2017

When it comes to fitness exercises, such as running, watches have become highly efficient. They can plan your route, track your heart beat, and notify you when a lap is reached and more. If you want a watch that can help you during your workouts, take a look at the following ten best GPS watches for the New Year!

Garmin Forerunner 235

1. Garmin Forerunner 235

Comprised of handy features and a simplistic design, Garmin helps keep track of your activity progress.

  • Continuous wrist-based heart rate monitoring
  • Activity tracking counts daily steps, distance, calories and sleep
  • Distance, calorie, step, and other activity tracking
  • Audio notifications
  • Full-blown smart watch
  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • 1.23 inch 180 x 180 pixels color display
  • Water resistant up to 50 meters deep

Check price at Amazon: Garmin Forerunner 235

Fitbit Surge

2. Fitbit Surge

This watch was built with eight-sensor technology, multi-sport functionality and SmartTrack™ automatic exercise recognition.

  • GPS, 3-axis accelerometers, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, optical heart rate monitor, altimeter, ambient light sensor, vibration motor
  • Continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones
  • All day activity tracking
  • Call and text notifications, songs control from your mobile list
  • Automatic sleep monitoring
  • Wireless syncing

Check price at Amazon: Fitbit Surge

TomTom Spark

3. TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

This watch is capable of tracking your progress while providing musical entertainment for your activity session.

  • Bluetooth music player, listen to music or audiobooks for motivation while you run
  • Built-in wrist-based heart rate monitoring, no chest strap needed
  • Advanced GPS capabilities with route exploration
  • 24/7 activity tracking

Check price at Amazon: TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

Garmin Fenix 3

4. Garmin Fenix 3

This watch has a traditional design and is built with durability and readability in mind due to its stainless steel and crisp color with touch input.

  • 1.2” sunlight-visible high-resolution color Chroma display
  • EXO antenna paired with GLONASS and EPO ensures faster fix and accurate position than GPS alone
  • Up to 20 hours in training/GPS mode
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters deep, suitable for swimming
  • Wireless connectivity

Check price at Amazon: Garmin Fenix 3

Suunto Ambit3 Peak

5. Suunto Ambit3 Peak

With the best battery on the market, Suunto Ambit3 Peak will not fail you during your physical activities.

  • Stable and accurate altitude and weather information with full navigation
  • 200 hours battery with 1 minute accuracy
  • Built-in altimeter, barometer, compass and GPS with 100 meter water resistance
  • Swimming HR (only with Suunto Smart Sensor)
  • Option to choose with HR monitor or without
  • Compatible with Android and iOS
  • Call and text notifications
  • Take photos and share your experience

Check price at Amazon: Suunto Ambit3 Peak

Garmin Vivoactive HR

6. Garmin Vivoactive HR

Not only is this watch ultra-thin but it is also highly customizable and encompasses proficient features for convenience.

  • No-strap needed, wrist based heart rate monitoring
  • Can add HR chest strap for more accurate HR readings
  • Up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode
  • Sunlight-readable, high-resolution color display
  • Touch input
  • Shows notifications from your iOS or Android device
  • Multi-sport compatible: run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more
  • Water resistant

Check price at Amazon: Garmin Vivoactive HR

Moto 360 Sport

7. Moto 360 Sport

Advance adjustment and charging features makes this watch dependable for your endurance needs.

  • Optical heart rate monitor (PPG)
  • Plethora of sensors: Barometric Altimeter, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope
  • Wireless charging
  • Color variety
  • Compatible with Android and iOS
  • IP67 dust and water resistant (but not fully waterproof)
  • Can be used to track your sleep via phone apps

Check price at Amazon: Moto 360 Sport

TomTom Runner

8. TomTom Runner

If you are aiming to improve your speed, then this one-button control GPS watch has all the features that can help any runner track their improvements.

  • Time, distance, pace, calories burned, and live stats on the go
  • QuickGPSFix for quickly finding your location and nearest routes
  • Ultra-slim, lightweight and waterproof up to 50 meters deep
  • Pair the watch with an external heart rate monitor strap
  • Set your own interval training program
  • Outrun your past performances

Check price at Amazon: TomTom Runner

Polar M400

9. Polar M400

This GPS watch can handle wet conditions and has advanced GPS features that help you find the optimal route back to your home.

  • Built-in GPS technology, running cadence from the wrist
  • Individual training targets
  • Water resistant up to 30 meters deep
  • Sleep quality and activity tracking 24/7
  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • Usable with an H7 Heart Rate monitor

Check price at Amazon: Polar M400

Garmin Forerunner 15

10. Garmin Forerunner 15

This simplistic watch comes in a host of colors and improves your efficiency by notifying rest times and when to start moving again.

  • Track distance, pace and calories
  • Pair with heart rate monitor and/or foot pod
  • Long battery life
  • Inactivity indicator
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters deep

Check price at Amazon: Garmin Forerunner 15

Conclusion

Depending on what you want to achieve with your running sessions, there is a watch that is suitable for you, but it all boils down to personals choice as well. The list should help you narrow down the possibilities.

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