Smart watch might seem like the odd one out among this selection of sporting power houses, but it's none too shabby. Third party apps like Strava make it a decent watch, it has multisport tracking built in but it's great training companion.
Deciding on the best sports watch for you is an extremely personal choice. Each one offers a different selection of running and performance data, some of which is aimed at beginner runners who want to keep things simple, and others at athletes that want to get scientific about their training. But what makes the perfect running watch? Well, accurate GPS is a given these days, but now the focus is on biometric data. Most running watches have heart rate sensors built in, and the ability to connect a chest strap as well, for really intense sessions.
And what does that heart rate data do? Aside from giving you the chance to tailor your sessions to specific heart rate zones, heart rate data can offer insights into VO2 Max (a great measure of your fitness), as well as gauge the effectiveness of a training session. Many watches now put a focus on recovery, which can help stave off injury. Using heart rate variability data, top running watches will suggest the amount of rest you need, as well as assessing how your body is adapting to your session. Finally, some top-end devices also look for information about your running form – assessing data like steps per minute (cadence) and the form of your body. We've highlighted our top picks below, but also followed up with other devices that have impressed during our tests and that might suit different budgets and preferences.
watch check: Multisport modes、GPS、Optical heart rate、Route guidance、Water resistant to 50m With a dedicated trail running mode (alongside road running, hiking, skiing and open workouts), the TomTom Adventurer is a great option for those who like to run off the beaten track. Altitude and elevation are tracked in trail mode and you can access a live compass, which is great when you're running with only fields in every direction.
This smart watch might seem like the odd one out among this selection of sporting power houses, but it's none too shabby. Third party apps like Strava make it a decent watch, it has multisport tracking built in but it's a great training companion. Using Wi-Fi signals around you, the Watches will lock onto GPS immediately, so no waiting around in the cold for a satellite lock. Apple Music playlist syncing is ridiculously easy, and you can pay for a drink with Apple Pay when you're done. What's more, the addition of LTE means streaming tunes on the go, and you can make a call on long runs, which adds that level of personal safety. While you'll want to opt for third-party apps (Workout is still data-light for runners), the heart rate sensor stood up well to the rigours of testing. It's far from perfect, but still capable of returning useful data, training within zones, and getting feedback on sessions.