Meet your new favorite running companion.
Pace, distance, time, route—the best running watches can help you track all the long miles you’re logging in real time, without needing an assist from your smartphone. Whether you’re out pounding the pavement or trudging through the trails, that kind of feedback can be key for helping you stay safe and for ensuring that you’re pacing yourself to meet your goals.
But with all of the high-tech features out there these days—from mapping out routes to tracking how efficiently your body is using oxygen at high altitudes—and the hefty price tags for these watches, it can be hard to know which one is worth the investment. So we tapped more than a dozen seasoned running experts, all who have run marathons or ultramarathons, on the best running watches that they trust and swear by for logging miles and keeping track of PRs. Here, nine runner-approved models they stand by, stride after stride.
1. For a Bargain: Garmin Forerunner 235
If you’re hunting for an entry-level GPS watch on a budget, you’d have a hard time finding anything more consistent than a Garmin, which was a repeat recommendation on this list since its watches tend to have more intricate running-related features than the brand’s competitors. Garmin’s 235 Forerunner model is one of its most popular (and most affordable) options, and Jasmine Nesi—a three-time marathoner, run coach at Mile High Run Club, and COO at RUNGRL—who has been using it for more than three years, recommends it for all levels of runners.
“It’s proven to be durable, waterproof, have a solid battery life, and is great for all-day wear without any irritation,” she says. Nesi also notes that it connects to GPS fairly quickly, and that running notifications can be customized to your choosing.
2. For an All-in-One Watch: Apple Watch Series 4
Some people don’t want a GPS watch that can just track their miles, but also one that supports their daily routines. One popular smartwatch-sport-watch hybrid is the Apple Series 4 watch, which four multiple marathoners praised for its varied features that eliminate the need to use a smartphone on the go. Connecticut-based runner Chiara Wilson notes, “I like it because I can monitor everything—my music, audiobooks, podcasts, time, and pace—all while I am running.” Peloton Tread instructor Becs Gentry and four-time marathoner Paula Hutchinson also called out the stellar GPS and the flexibility to make calls and stay connected without using a phone.
And then there’s the fact that it has the look of an everyday watch, without looking overly techy. Portland-based runner Zhané Dadson wears the super-sleek timepiece every single day—whether she is running or not—and says, “I enjoy being able to leave my phone behind and focus on the journey ahead—on my pace, distance, and destination during my run—because my watch is able to provide everything I need.”
3. For Music Storage: Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
Runners who rely on good playlists to keep them motivated love the Garmin Forerunner Music watches for storing tunes. The 245 model has storage for up to 500 songs, and syncs with streaming apps like Spotify. “It’s got all the data and stats I want like training status, heart rate, health stats, and of course, the ability to listen to my favorite Spotify playlists and podcasts during long runs,” says Amanda Nurse, an elite runner and coach at the Boston-based Heartbreak Hill Running Company. She also appreciates the battery life and the fact that it’s stylish enough to wear every day.
4. For Easy Pairing: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2
Here’s a nice-looking running watch that would be helpful for a beginner who doesn’t need a bunch of frills: It has all the basics of fitness and sleep tracking, plus offers real-time coaching and GPS mapping through the Under Armour MapMyRun app.
Since this specific Samsung watch works in partnership with Under Armour, it also pairs to the brand’s line of HOVR sneakers through the MapMyRun app, which Alison Desir—founder of Harlem Run and Run 4 All Women—appreciates. “And it really is a smartwatch—I get reminders for when I should move as well as phone notifications synced to my watch, which help me keep it together as a new mom,” she adds.
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