TomTom Runner Review
Indoors or outdoors, the TomTom Runner is an easy-to-use, yet feature-rich GPS watch designed for runners and walkers of all skill levels.
With numerous styles of interchangeable wristbands, the Runner is one of the most fashion-forward GPS watches on the market. The Runner also boasts a slim design, one-button operation, and a high-resolution screen.
Feature-wise, the Runner has two ways to enhance your training. You can race against prior workouts, similar to Garmin’s Virtual Partner feature; and you can also train with pre-programmed heart rate or pace zones, to help you maintain a set pace or intensity level.
Unique to the TomTom Runner is its ability to track treadmill runs without a foot pod, eliminating the need to carry one additional piece of equipment with you. A foot pod is basically a fancy pedometer — it’s how most watches measure non-GPS running. The Runner has a built-in accelerometer which calculates distance and pace by arm swing.
Although the TomTom Runner has some nice training features, it is missing programmable interval and advanced workouts. This is most likely a trade-off for its sleek and simple design.
Overall, the TomTom Runner is a great watch for runners who want a slim, easy to operate GPS watch with a few nice training features.
- Simple and sleek design with an easy-to-read, high resolution screen
- Stylish, interchangeable watch bands
- Training features that include racing against prior workouts as well as zone and pace workouts
- Tracks treadmill workouts without a foot pod
- Missing advanced workout capability
- Designed for runners, not ideal for cyclists and swimmers (see TomTom Multi-sport instead)
As its name suggests, this GPS watch is mainly suited for runners. Simple, easy-to-use, yet loaded with some nice features, the TomTom Runner is a great watch for runners of all skill levels.
The Runner will work for casual cyclists looking to merely track time, distance, and speed. We recommend the TomTom Multi-sport for more seasoned cyclists.
The Runner is waterproof to 50 meters; however, its sibling watch, the Multi-sport, is better suited for swimming.
Battery-life: 10 hours exercise mode
Waterproof to 50 meters
Time, Distance, and Speed/Pace
Alerts & General Features
Time/distance audible alerts
Race Feature (similar to Garmin’s Virtual Partner & Racer)
Downloads activities to your computer
Heart rate monitor
Time of day