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Best Running Watches For 2013

With the spring season finally here, there’s never been a better time to begin or continue running. Whether you are in the market for something to help you track your progress or want to take your running to the next level, a running watch is the prefect training tool to help beginners or advanced runners. Read more for the best running watches for 2013.

If you are a beginner or a long-time runner, keeping track of your progress can be a tedious task. But thankfully, there are many watches available that allow you to keep track of your running times and monitor your progress with style. So before you go out on your next run, check out the following on what we think are some of the best running watches available this year:

Best Running Watches For 2013

1. Garmin Forerunner 910XT
The Garmin 910XT is the ultimate all-in-one GPS enabled watch that is suitable for runners, bikers and swimmers. With the Garmin 910XT, you can track your distances, pace, elevation, heart rate and even swim metrics to ensure you can closely monitor your training progress. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters (164 ft.) and provides a battery life of up to 20 hours.

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Garmin Forerunner 910XT

The Forerunner 910XT can also be synced up with the optional foot pods to track your cadence and provides very accurate map routes to visually see your training routes via Garmin Connect. Although relatively expensive, if you are looking for the best all-in-one running watches, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT won’t you let you down.

2. Timex Ironman Run Trainer (T5K575)
The Timex T5K575 is another GPS enabled watch that allows runners to measure real time speed, pace, distance and heart rate with the supplied wireless monitor. The Timex T5K575 is rugged and water resistant to 50 meters, which makes the watch prefect to withstand most of the outdoor elements.

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Timex Ironman Run Trainer T5K575

The Timex T5K575 features a large, easy to read and customizable display so you can see exactly what you want and how you are doing on your runs. The battery is not bad either providing up to 8 hours before requiring a recharge. The Time Ironman Run Trainer is recommended for anyone looking for an easy to read, accurate and customizable GPS enabled running watch.

3. Garmin Forerunner 610
The 610 is a popular and a definitely one of our favourite running watches produced by Garmin. The Garmin 610 is a water-resistant GPS enabled training device that features a user-friendly touchscreen interface, accurate data tracking such as distance, pace, heart rate, GPS position and a custom vibrate notification function. The Garmin 610 also provides a battery life of up to 8 hours.

Garmin Forerunner 610 Front

Garmin Forerunner 610

The Forerunner 610 also features Virtual Racer and Virtual Partner modes so you can race against your previous best times or see how you measure up with a set pace time. If you are looking for a basic yet highly functional sports watch that is reliable, easy to use and accurate, you can’t go wrong with the Garmin 610. Read our Forerunner 610 review for more information.

4. Garmin Forerunner 10
Primarily aimed at casual runners, the Garmin 10 is an affordable and easy to use GPS running watch that provides the basics of tracking your speed/pace, distance and calories at a touch of a button. The Forerunner 10 is one of the lightest and most comfortable watches produced from Garmin and is available in black, green and pink colors.

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Garmin Forerunner 10

With a battery life of up to 5 hours, the Garmin 10 also features a Virtual Pacer program that compares your current running pace to your target pace. This is great if you want to progress and meet your set targets. We would recommend the Garmin Forerunner 10 to anyone looking for easy to use, inexpensive and functional running watch.

5. Nike+ SportsWatch GPS
The Nike+ SportsWatch is probably one of the best looking and most stylish running watches currently available but is it any good? When we reviewed the GPS enabled watch, we liked how easy it was to set up and use. And the GPS provided by TomTom provided pretty fast and accurate data such as distance, time and pace etc.

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Nike+ SportsWatch GPS

The Nike+ SportWatch provides a battery life of up to 8 hours and provides a personal coaching mode, which aims to keep you motivated and reminds you when to run. Your progress can also be shared with fellow runners via the Nike+, Facebook or Twitter websites. The Nike+ SportWatch is ideal for anyone looking for a normal sized watch that combines functionality with style.

6. Timex Marathon GPS
Timex makes the list again with the Marathon GPS model. The Timex Marathon GPS is a great and affordable training tool that lets runners track their workouts without breaking the bank. The Timex Marathon watch allows any runner to simply monitor their speed and distances.

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Timex Marathon GPS

The Timex Marathon watch features GPS pace, speed and distance tracking, auto splits, up to 8 hours of battery life and is water resistant to 30 meters. For runners only wanting to monitor their times, distances and speed, we highly recommend the Timex Marathon GPS because it’s inexpensive and does the job straight out the box.

7. Motorola MOTOACTV
The Motorola MOTOACTV is a GPS enabled fitness tracker that allows you to precisely track your running progress. The MOTOACTV also features a smart MP3 player that learns what types songs motivates you most by measuring your performance against your music list. Runners can also wirelessly upload data to the MOTOACTV training portal to track and monitor their progress.

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Motorola MOTOACTV Sports Watch

The Motorola MOTOACTV is pretty accurate for tracking your speed, times, distances, calories and heart rate (optional). The Motorola MOTOACTV is ideal for anyone looking for an all-in-one sports watch with an MP3 player and optional heart rate monitor.

8. Polar RCX5
The Polar RCX5 is an advanced sports watch that comes supplied with a heart rate monitor that is aimed at serious runners and triathletes. The Polar RCX5 features ZoneOptimizer program that coaches you, sport profiles that allow you to easily switch between sports and allows you to track your times, heart rate, distances and pace etc.

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Polar RCX5

The Polar RCX5 is primarily aimed at serious triathletes and if you take your training seriously across many different sports, the Polar RCX5 might be the sports watch for you. This sports watch is highly recommended for advanced athletes.

9. New Balance GPS Runner
The New Balance GPS Runner is an inexpensive no-frills GPS running watch that allows runners to monitor the basics. That is speed, distance and pace via the GPS tracker. The New Balance Runner features GPS technology, 3 line multi-view display that allows up to 49 different pre-sets and 100-hour chronograph.

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New Balance GPS Runner

The New Balance GPS Runner is recommended for anyone looking for a no-frills running watch that effectively tracks the basics while running.

10. Suunto Ambit HR
The Suunto Ambit HR is another GPS enabled watch that is primarily aimed at trail runners and ultra runners. The Suunto Ambit features an extremely accurate GPS unit, a long-lasting 50-hour battery, barometer, temperature reader and heart rate monitor. For any runner that likes to explore, this watch is fantastic as it includes everything you’ll ever need for your runs.

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Suunto Ambit HR Watch

The Suunto Ambit is also waterproof and is extremely well made so it can withstand most of the bumps and elements of the outdoors. If you consider yourself a serious backcountry runner, the Suunto Ambit is a serious piece of kit that will allow you to run and explore at the same time while on your long runs.

Update: Be sure to also check out some of the top running watches for 2014 here.

Any running watches we missed? We’d be interested to hear from anyone what running watches you use for your runs. Please let us know in the comments below.

 
  • PK

    Please specify which models out there have virtual partner, any others besides the 610?

    • Running Metronome

      Hi PK,

      Besides the 610, the Garmin models which have Virtual Partner are the Forerunner 910XT, Forerunner 310XT and FR70.

  • FFM

    Considering all the issues people have to deal with after a period of actual use with most watches, a review like this is pretty much useless.

    Yes, the Nike one looks sleek … but if you take the time to do some research, you will quickly find that a lot of users are not happy after only a few weeks of use.

    Sadly, it is not only the Nike watch that seems to give people a hard time.

    • Hi FFM,

      We’d admit the Nike is probably not for everyone but we think for the general casual runner, it works and looks good.

      What watch would you recommend?

  • Jigs

    Hi, is the Polar RCX5 a chest heart rate monitor or a wrist I really would prefer one that has the basics for say an ultra that picks up your pulse through your wrist?

    • Hi Jigs,

      The Polar RCX5 is a chest based heart rate monitor. We think strapped based heart rate monitors are best, which most of the best running watches now offer.

      • Jigs

        So it’s safe to assume that the Garmin 910xt is chest strapped too?

      • Negrirsta

        I want a good watch…I run, swin and another sports, and I want to have a watch complete (heart rate, distance, calories) maybe The Polar RCX5 is a good choice?

        • Hi Negrirsta,

          In our opinion, the Polar RCX5 is still a good choice for triathletes and endurance athletes.

          Let us know how you get on 😉

  • orcward

    I purchased a Forerunner 10 and was very happy with it until the wristband broke – a common problem apparently. My replacement with a Timex Marathon was underwhelming to say the least! It does not automatically program the time, but needs a selection of GMT +or-, so if I live in Adelaide Australia, then this watch will certainly not work for me as there is no way to program the correct time to that city. The Garmin only requires a couple of button presses to start running, and then record the run at the finish. Try that with the Timex and it is difficult to work out the sequence of button presses to complete a run recording. The Garmin allows an upload of data to computer or website. For the same price the Timex doesn’t. Getting information off the Timex is difficult, and then only gives 1km/mile laps and the final time. At least the Garmin tells me what my best 5k, 10k, 1mile, half marathon, longest run times are. Nothing on the Timex gives that information. The Garmin display is great for people who don’t want to wear spectacles while running as it is easy to see, but only gives two fields. I lived with that for almost a year. I could cycle through the settings if I wanted, or indeed cycle right through to the current time if I was on a long run and didn’t want to know. The Timex display is all wrong for such a large display. It seems that it was designed by non-runners to get cash out of the gullible. The only problem for the slow runner like me is that the Garmin battery only lasts about four hours. At that rate my marathon time was never going to be recorded, and that is precisely what happened. I found out too late, but other than that I am very happy with the Forerunner, not enthused at all about the Timex. Does it show here?

  • Karin Levin

    Fun quiz I like it.