So you're thinking about a GPS...

A GPS watch can help you with your training and race goals.  GPS is more accurate than footpods that measure your stride or cadence.  Footpods add as a backup in case if you do lose a satellite signal or use indoors.

Most GPS watches are water resistant or water proof and are very durable.  You can purchase these devices with or without heart rate monitors.  A lot of these devices can be linked to your computer and various websites that will allow you to analyze and track your data.

Great GPS devices to consider.

Garmin 10 - $130 - The 10 is a great watch for the beginner who is looking for just your basic GPS watch.  This device can connect to your computer to download training runs to view your progress.  While using the watch you can view your elapsed time and current pace, scroll down then view distance and calories burned while tracking your location.  This device is not Heart Rate compatible.

NIKE + GPS Sportwatch - $149 - The Nike+ SportWatch GPS keeps track of your location, pace, distance, laps, and calories burned. With the Polar Wearlink+, it also tracks your heart rate. It stores all your run history and has a USB port embedded on the band for convenient charging and downloading of your training.

(The $169 model will have a footpod to record cadence or indoor use.)

Garmin 210 - $200 -  The 210 lets you create customized interval sessions and see your pace for each interval. This unit will allow you to view three functions on the screen as you workout.  If you’re using the device with the foot pod, you will later be able to see your cadence, or steps per minute.  The 210 is compatible with the Garmin heart rate strap.

(The $250 model will have the heart rate strap included.)

Garmin 610 - $400 - The 610 is very sleek touchscreen that has a lot of great extra features. Virtual Racer to race your last run or race. This unit also has vibration alerts you can customize for time, distance, calories, heart rate or cadence.  The 610 also offers customizable heart rate zones, alerts and heart-rate based calorie counts.  It wirelessly uploads your run data to Garmin Connect when in range of 10 feet to your computer.

(The $450 model will have the heart rate strap included.)

Garmin 910 - $400 - The 910 is a great unit for triathlete or multipurpose athlete and is waterproof up to 50 meters. It has a multipurpose feature that lets you switch sport modes with a touch of a button for easy transitions.   This device provides detailed swim metrics such as lap count, strokes, tracks distance, pace, elevation and heart rate.  Accessories such as speed/cadence sensor for cycling, mounts, for easy viewing for those long bike rides.

It wirelessly uploads your run data to Garmin Connect when in range of 10 feet to your computer.

(The $450 model will have the heart rate strap included.)

 

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