Today is the day to buy a GPS running watch, if you are on the market.
There are a ton of great offers and instead of simply linking them out, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a quick rundown of the most popular ones and a little help to decide if they are the right ones for you.
Garmin Forerunner 235
One of the most popular GPS running watches of last year, and for good reasons.
The strong points of the 235 are the wrist-based heart rate meter, GPS and GLONASS positioning, the 24/7 activity monitoring and the personalisation options through Garmin IQ (the app store).
As a running watch it gives you access to the Garmin Connect eco system to track all your training. Nice plus: it has the ability to create custom workouts that you can then follow while on the run.
Since the “35” family is slowly being replaced by the newer “45”, these are the last Forerunner 235 that are around and retailers are ready to clear the inventory. Don’t miss out – this watch is the chance to get a great watch at a very small price.
Garmin Forerunner 35
This is the entry-level Garmin watch with both GPS and wrist-based heart rate sensor.
It does not have all the bells and whistles of the other Forerunner watches, but if you are simply looking for a great deal on a watch that can track your runs and your effort, the 35 is the watch for you.
Garmin Forerunner 935
For runners who are very serious about tracking (and improving) their performance, and for triathletes, the Garmin 935 is an excellent watch with all the most advanced Garmin functions (for example Advanced Running Dynamics) and the capability of tracking multi-sport events and things like open water swimming.
We prefer it to the more expensive Fenix 5 both because the smaller size is more comfortable and because of its lower price.
This is another of the watches in the “35” series so we expect this price to drop quite a bit on Black Friday!
Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
The Finnish brand is one of the pioneers of GPS on watches and their products rarely disappoint.
The Spartan Trainer is a beautifully designed GPS watch with optimal fit, ready to train whether you swim, cycle, hit the gym or run trails. Featuring convenient wrist heart rate measurement, the Trainer tracks your activity, calories, and steps 24/7.
Versatile sport and outdoor features make Spartan Trainer a natural partner as you push the city limits – and your own!
Since Suunto has also recently updated their line, the Spartan Trainer Wrist HR is going to be a killer value this Black Friday.
Garmin Fenix 5 ($150 off)
We usually believe the 935 is a better deal than the Fenix 5 – but this Black Friday the Fenix 5 is at an incredible $150 off on Amazon.
For around $400 you’ll bring home what’s possibly the best running/outdoor watch from Garmin.
As you all well know, there are a lot of GPS running watches out there. This excluding all the smart watches and fitness trackers with GPS capability.
The list we shared is a list of watches that due to life cycle management will receive massive discounts, but that still pack enough features (and are high quality enough) to justify a “must buy” in their respective price ranges.
If you find other watches or better offers, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to this list.
Happy deal hunting!