Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Best Running Watches

Guest Blogger: PerpetualRunning
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As running is becoming more popular in the public conscientiousness, running fashion is equaling gaining attention.  Simply put, people want to look their best even while exercising.  However, fashion is not the only consideration when undertaking strenuous activities like running.  The right gear is necessary in order to create an environment conducive to a successful workout.  An increasingly important tool in every runner’s arsenal is their watch.  There are three types of running watches that everyone thinking about or beginning to run should be aware of: the “all in one” watch, the GPS-enabled watch, and the “classic” running watch.  Specifically, we shall discuss the pros, cons, and fashionable aspects of three types of watches.

Running Watches to Consider: 
3.  Timex Ironman, $70
         
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
The Garmin Forerunner 910XT is an example of what we like to classify as an “all in one” running watch.  These watches use GPS to map your run, calculate your pace, calculate your distance, and keep track of your overall time.  Watches like the Forerunner 910XT can be used for multiple activities: running, swimming, etc.  However, the greatest drawback of these watches is the price.  The Garmin Forerunner 910 XT will run you upwards of $400.  These watches are also big and bulky, often not a characteristic of most fashion accessories.  However, if you are set on using GPS to track your run, there are more affordable options out there.
                                                                                                          

                                                                                       Nike+Sport Watch GPS
The Nike+ SportWatch GPS provides runners with many of the features offered by the Garmin Forerunner 910XT.  The watch will calculate your pace, distance, total time, even your calories burned.  This watch also offers an ingenious feature which the Garmin does not.  It will allow you to track your run by GPS, the Nike+ Sensor in your shoe, or both.  For only $169, this functionality is a steal.  Nike also looks to have taken into consideration not only the functionality of the watch, but the design as well.  The combination of black and lime green makes this watch stand out from the crowd in the best possible way.  However, if you are the type of runner like we are here at PerpetualRunning, you may prefer a more simple watch.

Timex Ironman Series
The Timex Ironman Series of watches are what we like to call “classic” running watches.  These watches do not offer a way to map your run, but they do provide all the functionality you will ever need on a run.  A total run time counter, a countdown timer, and the ability to track your mile splits, allows the Timex Ironman watch to track all the vital components of your run.  Priced at only $70, it is the standard price for a good running watch.  However, it is also the cheapest of the three, making this watch in particular a great buy for both the beginner runner and advanced runner alike.  These watches come in a myriad of colors also making it the most fashionable running watch series we have come across yet.

There are many choices in running watches.  Although, they vary greatly in price, functionality, and fashionability.  You must weigh your options based upon your own needs.  Based on pure value though, the team here at PerpetualRunning can recommend checking out the Timex Ironman Series to get your next run off to a great start!

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