Category: GPS Watch Buyers Guide
Activities | Triathletes and Swimming

Activities | Triathletes and Swimming

Swimmers These watches need one capability: be waterproof. While every GPS watch can withstand rain and sweat, only certain models are waterproof enough to make swimming ...

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Activities | Ultrarunning, Hiking, Skiing

Activities | Ultrarunning, Hiking, Skiing

Ultrarunners We’re looking for watches with a long battery life that display elevation. While elevation tracking isn’t a necessity, we wanted to include it as a key feature as ...

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Features | Hardware

Features | Hardware

Battery-life Most watches run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and hold enough power to last for up to 8 hours per charge in exercise mode. This means that, in theory, you ...

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Features | Data Fields

Features | Data Fields

Distance, Time, Pace/Speed The cornerstone of any GPS watch. This is the difference between a GPS watch and a standard sport watch. Briefly, distance is measured real-time, ...

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Features | Maps & History

Features | Maps & History

History GPS watches come with varying degrees of memory. In turn, this directly determines how many laps, activities, and waypoints (see below) a watch can remember. How much ...

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Features | Alerts & General Features

Features | Alerts & General Features

Auto Lap Found on almost every GPS watch, this feature does what it sounds like: automatically marks a lap. How often can be adjusted by programming the watch. With most watches, ...

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Features | Syncing

Features | Syncing

Computer Downloads Most watches will download your workouts from watch to computer. Usually this is done with a USB cord, but some can download wirelessly. Downloading is left ...

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Features | Accessories

Features | Accessories

Heart rate monitors By far the most common GPS watch accessory – and something worth considering even if you think you might not use it right away – are heart rate monitors. ...

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Features | Training Aids

Features | Training Aids

Interval Workouts Found mostly on mid- and high-end GPS watches, interval workouts allow you to program a set of intervals based on time or distance. We love this feature ...

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Features | Other Functions

Features | Other Functions

Basic Watch Functions These are fairly common especially on budget and mid-range watches that can double as standard watches. In addition to time and date, many watches have dual ...

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