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October 22, 2012 8:53 AM
I am thinking about getting a GPS watch. What one is the best and why?
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October 22, 2012 8:58 AM
Or whay ones should I avoid?
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October 22, 2012 9:00 AM
I have a Garmin Forerunner and I love it. It's the only one I've ever had though so I have nothing to compare it to.
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October 22, 2012 9:02 AM
What model?
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October 22, 2012 9:06 AM
Anybody have the Nike+ Sportswatch?
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October 22, 2012 9:11 AM
Whay did you pay for yours?
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October 22, 2012 9:15 AM
I have the 205, it's "old". I think I paid $170ish or $117, I can't remember, I just know that there was a 7 in it LOL.
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October 22, 2012 9:20 AM
I have a Garmin forerunner 305 and love it. It's big and relatively old (design wise). There may be some newer options out there. Some older folks note that they prefer the 305 because of the screen size (it's large) compared to some newer models because it is easier to read. But then again, the body size is big too so there is a trade-off-. I think I paid about $200.
October 22, 2012 9:25 AM
Thanks so much for your responses
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October 22, 2012 9:33 AM
Are there any that sync with MFP?
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October 22, 2012 10:42 AM
which has the best battery life?
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October 22, 2012 11:14 AM
I have the Nike+ Sportswatch and love it. I'm a runner so it comes in handy for tracking my progress with times and mileage. The GPS mapping and online syncing are also pretty nice and i've found it is pretty accurate. The battery is also pretty good. I use it 2-3 hours a week and aside from having it plugged in when syncing I have only had to charge it 2-3 times after the 2 months i've had it.
October 22, 2012 11:26 AM
buy a garmin they are the most accurate

i have a garmin 310xt, cause i like the big display.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142
October 22, 2012 11:35 AM
Garmon is good but suunto ambit is the best! Had a forerunner and thought I loved it until I upgraded to the ambit. The web app that it uses is awesome as is it's functionality and battery life, nothing comes close in my opinion. I also like that it looks like a watch, not a heart monitor. I use it every day training, as well as in tough mudders etc. any questions feel free to ask, I love talking about this thing!
October 22, 2012 11:55 AM
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Garmon is good but suunto ambit is the best! Had a forerunner and thought I loved it until I upgraded to the ambit. The web app that it uses is awesome as is it's functionality and battery life, nothing comes close in my opinion. I also like that it looks like a watch, not a heart monitor. I use it every day training, as well as in tough mudders etc. any questions feel free to ask, I love talking about this thing!


dam $550! it better be. thanks for that info.
October 22, 2012 12:18 PM
Thanks for the info, the Suunto sounds great. do you wear it as a daily watch?
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October 22, 2012 12:29 PM
$500 is way to much to spend on a sports watch.

Will you be running and biking? Just running/walking?

Garmin 305's are cheap off of ebay, i just sold mine and upgraded to a 310xt for power training. If you are just running I believe the 205 will do everything you need as well.

I've lost my weight preparing for xterras and mountain bike races and the 305 had everything I needed until i wanted to take it to the next level with power training on the bike.
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October 22, 2012 12:32 PM
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$500 is way to much to spend on a sports watch.

Will you be running and biking? Just running/walking?

Garmin 305's are cheap off of ebay, i just sold mine and upgraded to a 310xt for power training. If you are just running I believe the 205 will do everything you need as well.

I've lost my weight preparing for xterras and mountain bike races and the 305 had everything I needed until i wanted to take it to the next level with power training on the bike.


yeah garmin has specific running watches, unless your a triathlete.
October 22, 2012 12:36 PM
I have the Garmin Forerunner 110 which is a cheaper model. I bought it without the HRM for about $140, but later purchased the HRM. It plugs into the computer for syncing and charging, which is good.

I used to have a Timex where you had to change the battery, and it would sometimes go out while on my run.

I know that there's an app for my iPhone, but I haven't used tried it. I have a Digifit that connects my HRM to my phone, which I like better than using the watch for indoor cardio. For the watch, I have to connect to my computer to see the calories burned, but it shows on my phone immediately.
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October 22, 2012 12:42 PM
QUOTE:

$500 is way to much to spend on a sports watch.

Will you be running and biking? Just running/walking?

Garmin 305's are cheap off of ebay, i just sold mine and upgraded to a 310xt for power training. If you are just running I believe the 205 will do everything you need as well.

I've lost my weight preparing for xterras and mountain bike races and the 305 had everything I needed until i wanted to take it to the next level with power training on the bike.


Walking and runnning for now, however eventually will bike and swim. So water resistency is important.
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October 22, 2012 12:45 PM
Anyone out there selling one in good shape?
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October 22, 2012 12:47 PM
if you can't afford a watch, i would suggest a phone app, i used to use that and its pretty accurate. I think RunKeeper is one of the best.
October 22, 2012 12:55 PM
Sometimes I use as a daily watch, it's very comfortable. I also swim laps with it, hardly ever losing connectivity with chest strap which I hear is a problem with other brands. Many gps watches also do not even have the heart monitor function so make sure to look. The ambit has really easy presets for any activity so just chose whatever your doing and the screens will display whatever you want. My running screen shows distance and speed while my circuit training shows heart rate and calories. The gps is really really good. You can set points before a run and it will tell you where to go, or you can mark locations on way out for easy return. It's as useful as an automotive gps really. Not to mention the compass, altimeter, thermometer functions. The price is high I admit. I actually used a 20% coupon on rei for mine. However the usefulness is unsurpassed. The suunto site that watch syncs to is movescount.com check it out has lots more info. I can compare activities to those around the world, so it's really motivating. It almost has a myfitnesspal vibe to it.
October 22, 2012 1:02 PM
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Sometimes I use as a daily watch, it's very comfortable. I also swim laps with it, hardly ever losing connectivity with chest strap which I hear is a problem with other brands. Many gps watches also do not even have the heart monitor function so make sure to look. The ambit has really easy presets for any activity so just chose whatever your doing and the screens will display whatever you want. My running screen shows distance and speed while my circuit training shows heart rate and calories. The gps is really really good. You can set points before a run and it will tell you where to go, or you can mark locations on way out for easy return. It's as useful as an automotive gps really. Not to mention the compass, altimeter, thermometer functions. The price is high I admit. I actually used a 20% coupon on rei for mine. However the usefulness is unsurpassed. The suunto site that watch syncs to is movescount.com check it out has lots more info. I can compare activities to those around the world, so it's really motivating. It almost has a myfitnesspal vibe to it.

Awesome post, Thanks. Time to start saving
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October 22, 2012 1:09 PM
I just purchased the Motoactv, made by Motorola. It tracks calories burned, distance, heart rate, steps, plus its an 8G MP3 Player. When you sync with your computer, not only will it tell you your calorie burn, it will break down how many calories you burned per song that you worked out to, so in essence it learns what songs to play as "powersongs". You can set it for 40 different types of workouts that it will monitor individually. You can sync it with your Droid phone, and actually take phone calls, check your twitter and facebook throught it as well. It has a touchscreen. You can get it with bluetooth wireless headphones as well. So far so good, thewy just cut the price from $250 down to $149.99, its worth waaay more in my opinion.
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