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February 8, 2013

Top 5 GPS Watches

CBR rounds up the top GPS watches for the exercise-oriented professional

By Cbr Rolling Blog

Suunto Ambit

Suunto Ambit
The Suunto Ambit is suited for heavy outdoor activities like mountaineering, hiking as well as distance running and cycling. The watch has a 3D compass, barometer, temperature gauge and comes in nine different languages. The Suunto Ambit also features a heart rate graph in real time and is water resistant. The screen can be changed between a light or dark background for easier visibility or stealth mode. Users can also design, download and create their own features for the Suunto Ambit by using Suunto apps. Prices start at £310 on Amazon.

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

Garmin Forerunner 310xt
This multi sport watch is perfect for tri-athletes and with its waterproofing capabilities it is currently the only swim proof GPS watch on the market. It monitors a user’s pace distance, calories burned, and heart rate, and keeps track of lap times for swimmers. The 310XT offers virtual training software so owners can choose the distance they want to cover and time. The software then reports how users are performing against their goals. Information can also be sent to PC’s to analyse performance. Prices start at £200 on eBay.

Polar RS800CX RUN

Polar RS800CX
This watch is ideal for runners who like to analyze their data. It comes with a foot pod which users can attach to their shoe. The pod provides additional data like stride length for those who are keen to adjust their running style.
The battery life on the RS800CX is more than 200 hours and the GPS receiver can run for 20. The watch features a fitness test and also has a scale that tells users if they are under or over training. The Polar RS800CX is available for £405 on Amazon.

Garmin Forerunner 405

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Garmin Forerunner 405
The Forerunner 405 GPS watch provides information on a runner’s speed, distance, calories and running time, and comes with software that allows users to view maps of the routes they follow.
Competitive owners can also load information from a friend’s workout so they can race against them along the same route.
Unlike most GPS watches which can be bulky, the Forerunner 405 is lightweight so it can be worn comfortably all day if needed.Prices start at £290 on Amazon.

Bryton Rider 20

Bryton Rider 20
The Bryton Rider is an ideal for cyclists on a budget. It rests on your bars and measures variations in heart rate, distance, cadence and speed. The GPS device for cyclists features two profile modes that allow users to switch between road and mountain bikes, while the large screen and big lettering makes it easy to read for cyclists on the road. At a price of £99, the Bryton Rider is one of the less expensive GPS devices for those on two wheels.


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