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Top 10 Running Watches

Choosing the best running watch for you much depends on the amount of detail you want from your runs and mainly comes down to personal choice. With most running watches offering simple pace and tracking information, some of the latest watches now offer more powerful tools such as heart rate data to detailed information of your running style.

Whatever your running needs, you can check out this selection of the top 10 running watches.

Top 10 Running Watches

1. Garmin Forerunner 620
Starting the list with one of our favorites, the Garmin Forerunner 620 is an advanced touchscreen GPS running watch that features a high-resolution color screen that tracks distance, pace and heart rate (optional). What sets the watch apart from other GPS running watch is the FR 620 features a recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimator, which allows runners to train smarter.

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Garmin Forerunner 620

Available blue/black or orange/white color combinations, the Garmin Forerunner 620 has a RRP of $399.99 for the base model and $449.99 for the heart-rate model. You can read our detailed Garmin Forerunner 620 review here.

2. Suunto Ambit3 Run
The Suunto Ambit3 Run follows the previous Ambit2/2S/2R models but strips out the non-running features. This makes the Ambit3 Run model specifically targeted at runners. The model features GPS, speed, pace and distance monitoring.

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Suunto Ambit3 Run

And with various running modes including trail running, indoor running or hiking, the Ambit3 Run is definitely more focused towards the runner. With a RRP of $299 or $329 for the heart rate model, the Suunto Ambit3 Run is available in black, green and white colors.

3. Polar M400
Available in either black or white, the Polar M400 is an affordable stylish GPS running watch that features a sporty design with advanced training features that tracks pace, distance and attitude via the built-in GPS unit. The M400 also contains an activity tracker that follows your daily activity, calories and daily steps.

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Polar M400

With a RRP of $199.95 for the base model or $249.95 for the heart rate sensor model, the Polar M400 is competitively priced in the market, undercutting some models with the same features.

4. Garmin Forerunner 920XT
The Garmin Forerunner 920XT is a high-end multisport GPS watch that features many advanced training features such as running dynamics, V02 max estimate, live tracking and smart notifications. The Garmin FR 920XT also features a metronome feature with vibration and audio alerts, which helps improve your cadence allowing you to perfect your running form.

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT

Available in blue/black or white/red color combinations, the Garmin Forerunner 920XT has a RRP of $449.99 for the watch only model or $499.99 for the heart rate monitor model. You can read our detailed Garmin Forerunner 920XT review here.

5. TomTom Runner Cardio
The TomTom Runner Cardio is the most advanced GPS watch from the company that is mostly famous for making Sat-Nav units. The TomTom Runner Cardio model features a built-in optical heart rate monitor and provides real-time information such as distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt.

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TomTom Cardio Runner

With a RRP of $269.99, the TomTom Runner Cardio model is available in black, white, green, turquoise/red and white/grey color combinations. For a detailed review, you can check out our review of the TomTom Runner Cardio here.

6. Runtastic Orbit
The Runtastic Orbit is recommended for people looking for a simple activity tracker or fitness band that combines activity tracking with your daily fitness data. Using the Runtastic app, users can keep tabs on calories burned during their runs or swims.

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Runtastic Orbit

The Runstatic Orbit is great if you’re only interested in tracking your daily steps, calories burned and sleep cycles. Available in 11 different colors, the Runtastic Orbit has a RRP of $119.99.

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7. Polar V800
The Polar V800 is a multisport GPS watch that tracks everything you want to reach peak performance. Whether you’re a swimmer or a runner, the V800 can help you track it. Covering pace, distance, calories burned or heart rate, the V800 has got it covered on its clear screen.

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Polar V800

Available in black or blue colors and with RRP of $469.95 for the base model or $519.95 for the heart rate sensor model, the Polar V800 is recommended for devoted athletes who want to reach peak performance from their training.

8. Timex Ironman One GPS+
The Timex Ironman One GPS+ is the flagship touch screen GPS running watch that features built-in 3G connectivity, activity tracker and GPS. No phone is required as the built-in connectivity provides live tracking via 3G and SOS alerts can also be set in case you experience any difficulties during your run.

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Timex Ironman One GPS+

If you hate carrying your MP3 player on your runs, the Timex Ironman One GPS+ also features a built-in 4GB MP3 player that can stream music wirelessly to your Bluetooth headset. Priced from approximately $399.95, the Ironman One GPS+ is recommended if you want to light on your runs, i.e. no phone and MP3 player.

9. Timex Ironman Run X50+
The Timex Ironman Run X50+ is a smartphone dependent running fitness watch that allows users to stream their workout information from their favorite fitness app to the watch. Via Bluetooth, this makes viewing metrics such as pace and distances while running more convenient on the watch than on a smartphone. This makes it also possible to view text alerts, incoming calls, emails and other notifications on the watch.

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Timex Ironman Run X50

Available in charcoal/green, black/red and black/green color combinations and priced from $149.95, the Timex Ironman Run X50+ is recommended for anyone that primarily wants to stream their workout information from their smartphone to a watch.

10. Apple Watch
A smart phone on your wrist, the Apple Watch aims to deliver the same iOS experience but on your wrist. Whether you like walking, running or cycling and with the right Apple Watch apps installed and paired with your iPhone 5 (or later), the Apple Watch will enable you to keep track of your daily activity, distances, pace and heart rate with the built-in heart rate sensor.

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Apple Watch Models

Priced from $349 up to $15,000, the Apple Watch comes primarily in three favors, Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition and under that are various models that contain different sized dial faces and wristband materials to suit every budget. For our readers, most would opt for Apple Watch Sport model, which is designed with durable materials. You can check out more of the main features of the Apple Watch here.

You can also check out some of the top running watches for 2014 here.

What are your top running watches for 2015? Let us know in the comments below.