Style

GPS watches come in two styles. We’ll refer to them as “brick” and “watch-like.”

Brick watches spawned from the earliest GPS units that were large and bulky. They’ve shrunk a ton since conception, but are still large, square-ish, and take up a big chunk of real-estate on your wrist.

Watch-like GPS models are what they sound like: watches that look like your “typical” sports watch. They tend to be circular in shape and, while still larger than most watches, could pass for a “regular” watch by a casual observer. In fact, most of these watches display the date and time in power-saving mode, making every day wear a realistic option. There’s obviously no bling-factor but they work fine for day-to-day use.

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Garmin Forerunner 15

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You might be wondering why Garmin and other manufacturers are still producing brick-style watches. They have one clear advantage over watch-like styles: a big display area. This allows room for more and larger-sized data fields, giving you access to more or easier-to-read information as you run.

In this section, we’ve broken the watches down by style and sorted by weight, with the lightest watches listed first.

Sportwatch: Lightweight

Garmin Forerunner 25 Small

Small version: 1.1 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 10

Small version: 1.3 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 15

Small version: 1.3 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 230

1.4 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 220

1.4 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 25 Large

Large version: 1.4 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 235

1.5 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 10

Large Version: 1.5 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 15

Large version: 1.5 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 620

1.5 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 630

1.6 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 110

1.8 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 210

1.8 oz

Lightweight
Garmin Forerunner 225

1.9 oz

Lightweight
New Balance NX950 GPS Runner

1.9 oz

Lightweight
New Balance NX980 GPS Trainer

1.9 oz

Lightweight

Sportwatch: Middleweight

New Balance NX990 GPS Cardio Trainer

2.0 oz

Middleweight
TomTom Runner

2.22 oz

Middleweight
TomTom Multi-Sport

2.22 oz

Middleweight
Nike Sportwatch GPS

2.3 oz

Middleweight
Garmin Forerunner 610

2.54 oz

Middleweight

Sportwatch: Heavyweight

Garmin fenix

2.9 oz

Heavyweight
Garmin fenix 2

3 oz

Heavyweight
Garmin fenix 3

3 oz

Heavyweight
Garmin fenix 3 Sapphire

3 to 4.8 oz

Heavyweight

Brick watch: Middleweight

Magellan Switch

2.4 oz

Middleweight
Magellan Switch Up

2.5 oz

Middleweight
Garmin Forerunner 310xt

2.5 oz

Middleweight
Garmin Forerunner 910xt

2.5 oz

Middleweight