The 6 best running watches we tested in 2021

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Full-featured running watches offer users advanced tracking metrics not found on other trackers.
Though many watches tout their GPS capability, few offer reliable enough connections that can benefit dedicated runners.
Our top pick, the Suunto 7, is a feature-rich smartwatch that tracks over 70 activities and a highly accurate GPS function.  

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The latest GPS running watches are like having a personal trainer on your wrist. They tell you how fast you’re going and how far you’ve run, as well as a detailed map of your route. Some also show your heart rate, how long your stride is, and how many steps you take in a minute, effectively providing you with enough detailed information to improve, tweak, or alter your run style.

But the challenge of finding the right GPS running watch is also somewhat similar to picking out a personal trainer. It’s important to choose one that specifically suits your needs and that comes pre-programmed with the features that’ll benefit you and your training most.

When shopping, keep these key questions in mind: Does it meet your budget? Does it have the workout modes you’re looking for? Is it the right size and weight for your wrist? Are you also looking for something with enough style to wear to a meeting or a night on the town? There’s plenty to consider.

What makes this process even more difficult is the sheer number of fitness wearable companies who make their own version of a GPS running watch — and the lineup is a who’s who including Garmin, Apple, Suunto, Fitbit, and Polar. Since everyone’s fitness needs are a bit different, I tested options for each of these brands, plus a few others, to find the best worth owning. 

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To do so, I ran a countless number of miles over the last few months, strapping a new watch to my wrist every few weeks. Below you’ll find the six best GPS running watches that made the cut, as well as a bonus seventh watch that was also in the running but came up just short. 

At the end of this guide, I’ve also included some tips on how to shop for a GPS watch and what else I considered, as well as the testing methodology I used while reviewing each watch. 

Here are the best running watches: 

Best overall: Suunto 7 
Best on a budget: Garmin Forerunner 35

Best multisport: Coros Apex

Best for all-around fitness: Apple Watch

Best for training feedback: Polar Vantage

Best for battery life: Fitbit Versa 3

Updated on 2/16/2021 by Dan Havlik and Rick Stella: Completely overhauled the entire guide with new picks for each category, new testing methodology, and more information on how to shop for a running watch. Currently testing new watches for a future update.Best overall

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech

      

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