Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

GPS Running Watches

Garmin Forerunner 10

92

2014

Garmin Forerunner 10

The Garmin Forerunner 10 is a simple to use watch targeting the beginning runner or those who do not need the myriad metrics that often accompany GPS units. 

Soleus 2.0 GPS

80

2013

Soleus 2.0 GPS

A good introductory GPS watch—on par with other basic units—that comes with very poor software, and no extras (like heart rate monitoring or altitude readings).

Polar RC3 GPS

87

2013

Polar RC3 GPS

The Polar RC3 is an excellent mid-grade GPS running watch—with great battery life, and good GPS accuracy. It’s best for runners who need basic fitness and pacing metrics, and who value comprehensive heart rate functions. Serious runners will like its sleek size and ability to be worn as a daily watch.

Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS

90

2012

Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS

A waterproof GPS running watch with ANT+ heart-rate monitor compatibility, and full-slate of standard data fields and features.

Suunto Ambit

86

2012

Suunto Ambit

A waterproof GPS fitness and navigational watch designed for serious backcountry athletes—trail runners, hikers, and climbers and ultra runners.

Timex Marathon GPS

91

2012

Timex Marathon GPS

Compact, highly accurate, and cheap—is this the running GPS of the future?

Polar RCX5 GPS

80

2012

Polar RCX5 GPS

It's an incredible watch for elite athlete data junkies. But what about for you?

Tech4o Discover

85

2012

Tech4o Discover

A highly accurate, small-faced GPS watch for runners, bikers, and hikers.

Nike SportWatch+ GPS

77

2012

Nike SportWatch+ GPS

The Nike+ GPS Watch: Does it work as good as it looks? Ben Fletcher reports.

Garmin Forerunner 610

95

2011

Garmin Forerunner 610

Is the Garmin Forerunner 610 really the best in its class? Ben Fletcher says Yes!

Timex Ironman GPS

91

2011

Timex Ironman GPS

The largest GPS watch on the market for runners gets the Gear Institute treatment.