O.K., so everybody wants to know – what is the best GPS sports watch for me? Well, the answer is, it depends. It depends upon your particular use, sports, if you need navigation, do you want Bluetooth data transfer, how much battery life your need and a whole host of questions too lengthy to elaborate upon in a brief article.
guy that repeats himself. Just scroll down and look at the post I did on skiing at Big Sky resort. The maps were awesome, the elevation charting was awesome, the heart rate data was awesome and I even used it to remote control my Garmin VIRB Elite helmet camera. Not too shabby for a guy who was born long before computers were even mainstream. What I like about the Garmin fenix 2 is the fact that it adopted all the advanced running features of Garmin’s revolutionary Forerunner 620. It also has a barometric altimeter, a 3-D compass, 1,00 waypoint markings, Backtrack navigation on screen, sunrise/sunset calendars, moonrise/moonset calendars, hunting/fishing calendars, does laps and strokes in the pool and can do just about everything besides giving you a back massage. It’s killer, it’s my “go-to” watch and, yes, it is what i have on my wrist right now. It is much more intuitive to use and has a better sports menu than the original Garmin fenix, and, while it might not be as perfectly intuitive as the Suunto Ambit 2, it is a darn big improvement. #2 Polar V800 – Polar V800 is Polar’s new Bluetooth Smart version of their long course
triathlon watch. Swim, run, bike and this baby has got you covered with extraordinary data including heart rate in the water, which none of its competitors can do. Polar is the best with heart rate data and they migrated their R and R heart rate, or heart rate variability, into this new watch from what was their Polar RS800CX – Polar’s former best-in-class watch. They are also the most accurate in calorie testing compared with a true VO2 test, so we like their products a lot because years in the trenches do matter. Yeah, they haven’t kept up with the latest “cutting edge” stuff like most of the newer players, but that is not always a bad thing because they don’t make as many big mistakes once they do commit to a direction. They committed to Bluetooth Smart and, quite frankly, have done it better than the majority of other players. #3 – Suunto Ambit 2 – What is to like about the Ambit 23 is sheer simplicity, Suunto is
good at intuitive and there is not a giant learning curve to learn how to use their watches. They also have nicer daily watch styling and their Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire is the most durable GPS watch ever made. Altimeter, barometer, 3-D compass, trackback navigation, waypoints, loads of sports, swim functions, bike, run and you name it – this watch has it. About the only thing the Suunto Ambit 2 lacks is Bluetooth Smart, which for the mobile generation is a big deal, but it makes up for this with its ease of use. #4 – TomTom Multisport Cardio – TomTom GPS watches are to be admired for their
super simplicity and ease of use. Now add in the new optical blood flow reading which requires no strap and you have a watch well worthy of consideration, especially by the strap averse. Be warned, however, in that these wrist straps must, I repeat must, be worn snugly for the heart rate to be accurate. #5 – Garmin Forerunner 620 – This is the best ever running watch ever made, period, no if, ands or buts about it. Garmin created some accelerometer technology in the chest strap that allows run cadence, with no foot pod, plus run oscillation (stride bounce) and ground foot contact time/ These are all important
biomechanical aspects for runners, so knowing this data can help you improve your running by helping you adjust your stride technique. Of course the touch screen, customizable data fields and more make this watch the one that everyone else is aspiring to be. Add Wifi and Bluetooth Smart and you’ve got an uber-running watch. TALK TO THE EXPERTS If you want to discuss any of these products you can always call us at 866-586-7129. Over and out. –Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, firstname.lastname@example.org