Top Running Watches For 2014

With the New Year nearly here, there’s lots to look forward to if you’re in the market for a top running watch to help you take your running to the next level. A watch for running can provide you the vital feedback you need to monitor and track your workout. Whether you are looking to upgrade or just curious to see what upcoming running watches are going to be released, read on for the top running watches for 2014.

Update: You can check out an more updated list of the top 10 running watches for 2015 here.

If you’re a beginner or consider yourself a seasoned runner, we all know how useful a running watch can be. From tracking your times to mapping out your routes, having a running watch to monitor and analyse your performance is the perfect-training tool to accompany your runs.

The following watches can help you stay on your target pace, guide you towards the finish line and allow you to bear your personal bests. Here are the top running watches for 2014.

Top Running Watches for 2014

1. Garmin Forerunner 620
Garmin FR 620 is the latest and most advanced GPS running watch that features a responsive touchscreen that allows runners to easily track their distances, pace and heart rate with the optional heart-rate monitor. The lightweight design and comfortable wristband allows you to happily wear for long periods.


Garmin Forerunner 620

What’s most interesting about the Garmin FR 620 is the recovery advisor (which advises you when to take rest days), race predictor (which can predict your race times) and the VO2 max. estimator (which estimates your body’s maximum oxygen consumption). You can read a full review of the Garmin FR620 here.

2. Garmin Forerunner 220
The Forerunner 220 is another GPS watch from Garmin, except that it’s approx. $150 cheaper than the Forerunner 620. For runners that want a colourful running watch that is simple and easy to use, the Garmin FR 220 might be the watch for you.


Garmin Forerunner 220

Like the Garmin 620, the Garmin Forerunner 220 features a high-resolution color display and allows you to track distances, pace and heart rate with the optional heart rate monitor.

3. Adidas Smart Run GPS
The Adidas Smart Run allows you to track your distance, steps, calories and heart rate via your wrist. You can also customize the touchscreen so you can see the stats that are more relevant to your workout.


Adidas Smart Run GPS

What’s most interesting about the Smart Run from Adidas is it combines an optical heart rate and GPS sensor into one. Which means the watch can monitor your heart rate via the wrist while tracking your distances and pace. Also you can stream music from the watch to Bluetooth-enabled headphones.

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4. TomTom Runner GPS Watch
TomTom are best known for GPS navigation systems and enter the already competitive GPS sports watch arena with their own GPS sports watch. With a large display, users can easily track their times, distances and pace. The TomTom Runner has a battery life of up to 10 hours, which is pretty good if you run regularly.


TomTom Runner GPS Watch

The TomTom Runner also features a graphical training partner, unique one-button control, indoor tracker and the QuickGPSFix technology ensures your precise location is quickly found so you can quickly start running.

5. Suunto Ambit 2
The Suunto Ambit 2 is the ultimate GPS watch, especially if you’re a trail runner. Although a little bulky compared to some of the above watches, the Suunto Ambit 2 features a barometric altimeter that allows runners to measure altitude. Combined with GPS, you can see why trail runners would love the Ambit 2.


Suunto Ambit 2

The Ambit 2 includes a heart rate chest strap and multi-sport functionality that allows you to quickly swap between running, cycling, swimming, and training modes. This is great if you’re a triathlete.

6. Magellan Echo Smart Watch
The Magellan Echo is pretty unique in that it leverages the features of your smartphone with any fitness apps in real-time straight to the watch. The Echo solves the problem of viewing and controlling fitness apps when the phone is tucked away.


Magellan Echo Smart Watch

The downside is, you need to always bring your smartphone with you in order to get the best features out of the Magellan Echo while running. But with the relevant fitness or running app, you can quickly see your distances, pace or heart rate in real-time from your smartphone.

You can also check out some of the best running watches from 2013 here.

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