Thinking about buying a new watch to enhance your training? With all the different types of watches and brands out there it can be hard to figure out what you really need. These are the three watches that I own and I love all of them for different reasons.
This is probably my all around favorite watch and the one that I use the most. Since I spend a lot of time running, skiing, and biking the data from this watch is great and it’s fun to see my progress. The features I use the most are the time and distance features. It does a lot of other things but I care most about how far and how fast I go so I tend not to use them. You can hook your watch up to the computer (you need to do this to charge it) and log on to Garmin’s website and all of your activities from your watch will upload onto a calendar. What an easy way to keep a training log! You will also be able to see a map of your route. The downside to this watch is that the charge only lasts around 5 hours (not awesome if you’re doing a long hike or bike or anything over 5 hours). I’d recommend this watch for anyone whose training is primarily outside (runners, bikers, nordic skiers, walkers…). While some Garmin watches are crazy expensive, the price is right on this one at $129.99!
This is pretty much your traditional sports watch. It doesn’t do a whole lot but I like it for the stop watch feature. It’s easy, it’s simple, it’s basic. This is my go-to watch when I forgot to charge my Garmin. I’d recommend this watch for someone that is looking for a watch just to keep track of how long they’re doing their activity. It’s also good for the gym if you’re doing circuits or something that requires you to do an exercise for a certain period of time. You can find them pretty much anywhere (Target, etc.) and they’re pretty inexpensive. The website says it sells for $53 but I’m pretty sure I got mine for less. Also, your Iphone is a good stop watch too, so maybe you don’t need this watch after all 😉
This watch is pretty much only good for it’s heart rate monitor feature. It says it has a stop watch, etc. etc., but I’ve found that it’s best feature is really just the heart rate. It comes with the watch and a sensor strap that you wear around your chest while you exercise. It’s helpful for keeping track of which energy zone you’re working in based on your heart rate. I use this watch for spinning because on a spin bike it can be challenging to figure out how hard you’re actually working since most spin bikes have no speedometer/odometer. Heart rate monitors aren’t as expensive as they used to be. I got mine for $75.00 and on the website it sells for $99.00
I know what you’re probably wondering why I have three different watches when there is ONE watch that has a GPS feature, a good stop watch, and a heart rate monitor. I happened to get the watches at different times and didn’t realize that right after I got a GPS watch I would need a heart rate monitor. So, if you need GPS, Heart rate and a million other features, by all means go spend $400 on a watch. However, I recommend figuring out what you really need your watch for and save some money!