The 3 New GPS Running Watches Incoming in 2017
The best running watch or GPS sports watch is a personal choice, and increasingly depends on the amount of detail you want from your workouts. And here are the 3 new GPS running watches.
1. New Balance RunIQ
Joining the Polar M600 and the Moto 360 Sport, the much anticipated New Balance Android Wear smartwatch is firmly designed with runners in mind. The RunIQ comes packing built-in GPS and an optical heart rate sensor to deliver continuous tracking and heart rate zone training. New Balance has also teamed up with Strava to integrate the sports tracking app making it easier to record runs, view real-time data and quickly share your sessions.
2. Garmin Fenix 5
Garmin unveiled the Fenix 5 series, a trio of watches that'll give you the usual fix of advanced running metrics including some new ones as well. The Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X all feature typically rugged, waterproof designs and Garmin's usual array of multisport tracking modes. The 5S offers a more female-friendly design, while the 5X is preloaded with full colour maps to help keep you on the right track.
3. TomTom Spark 3
We loved the original TomTom Spark and the follow up is now our top-rated running watch. As well as the usual running metrics (distance, speed, time), its optical heart rate monitor aced our tests, and it plugs into nearly every running app going. But it's perhaps the storage for MP3s, which it'll play via a pair of wireless headphones, which tips the Spark for us. The feeling of running unencumbered by your phone isn't to be underestimated.
The new version also has a Route Exploration feature, which enables you to upload GPX routes and follow them from the watch. It's a nifty feature and really useful for getting out and exploring new areas.
It's not without its issues. Pairing is still a real nightmare (we actually do this via a cable to our PC/Macs now to save blood vessels popping). But its solid stats, great heart rate sensor and extensive list of extra features earn the Spark its place at the head of our best running watches list. While a Garmin or Polar may suit you better, the TomTom Spark is a lot more fun to train with than any of its peers.