The Hottest Fitness Watches
by Lindsey Paholski
When you’re working out, the clutter you have to carry with you only weighs you down. Still, the ability to record your time, measure your heart rate, or create programs to maximize your training comes in handy when preparing for a race or trying to beat your personal best. If this seems too good to be true, you haven’t met the latest generation of fitness watches, designed to help you monitor your workout on the go.
These fitness watches sport such features as heart-rate monitors, training software, and GPS. Some models are geared toward specific sports, while others will serve more-general fitness purposes. These models are some of the best fitness watches currently available.
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
The Garmin Forerunner 910XT is basically an update to Garmin’s 310XT. That’s fine because the 310 was an amazing sports watch and the Forerunner 910XT improves upon it even further. The interface displays up to four data points at once on a screen. Since you can save up to four sport screens on the watch, it’s perfect for triathlon training. The Forerunner 910XT is king of the water: It’s waterproof up to 50 meters, tracks your swim distance, stroke count, laps, and even your swolf score (a measurement of swimming efficiency).
Want to analyze performance metrics and weight loss? If you have a Tanita scale, the Garmin can track your weight and body fat percentage. Heart rate-based calorie counting shows what you’re actually burning. For further analysis post-training, all data transfers wirelessly to your computer. This fitness watch really can do it all.
Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor – T5K444
The Global Trainer seems like a nice watch at first glance. The watch can store 20 workouts, and you can download them to TrainingPeaks to free up space. Like the Garmin, it can display up to four data points at once. Fields to track include speed, distance, heart rate, total amount climbed during a workout, or the amount of time spent in a certain altitude zone. Its 50 meters of waterproofing should have you covered during swims. It’s noticeably heavy and the interface is a bit crowded.
Nike+ SportWatch GPS
This watch delivers where the Timex doesn’t: It’s slim, stylish and even hip. Beneath the fancy infrastructure lies a TomTom GPS chip and the ability to connect to a Polar WIND monitor and Nike Plus shoe sensor. It’s capable of tracking all the normal stuff, and it delivers cool next-gen features like heatmaps of area running routes. Plus, it’s super intuitive to use so you don’t need to stress out about how to operate it on the go. The Nike+ SportWatch works well for beginning runners on up to advanced trainers.