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The end of the year arrives, and with it the Christmas dates. Celebrations, gifts and above all auto-gifts; that we are going to recognize, in the end are the best. And what better time than now to update the list of recommendations for GPS watches and other sports devices and gadgets. Above all trying to get ahead of the buying window that normally exists in these dates, before Christmas Eve and Three Kings Day.

This article may be a couple of weeks late (past Black Friday), but many new features have been released in the past and I was hoping to have at least some time for testing and use, even if the corresponding tests are not published.

The list below is what I recommend to my friends when they ask me what they should buy. It is what I consider to be the best option within its range and price, or that fits best in the use it is going to be given. It is not about giving a prize to certain brands to encourage their sale or punishing others for not doing so.

This time I will organize the list a little differently from the last one, mainly because the market has changed and there are new models that jump between different categories.

Remember that if you buy it through the links I provide you will help to maintain the page, not only to host it, but also to cover the cost of testing and some of my work.

 

GPS running clockhalf three-(30)

This is the category where you have the most choice, the differences between models in the same range are minimal and the competition is fierce. These are mature products, so you will have to pay attention to small details when choosing.

Best GPS Watch - Garmin Forerunner 230

This year's Best GPS Racing Watch title is undoubtedly in the new Garmin Forerunner 230. I'd recommend it even over its big brother, the Forerunner 630. Both have pretty much the same features, adding in the case of the FR630 a lot more advanced features that your 90% probably won't take advantage of. I'd only recommend the latter to true data lovers who are willing to pay for that extra something.

The new FR230 takes the Forerunner 620 off the throne. It offers almost everything the FR620 had to offer and also improves it in many areas such as screen size and quality, connectivity and functionality. Considering the price, I also think that in the case of the FR230 it's quite reasonable, there's a lot of clock for that £249 that the basic version costs.

If the traditional chest pulse sensor bothers you, you can opt for the FR235, with an optical pulse sensor. What it offers is the same in both cases, the difference being that you will not need to wear the traditional chest sensor.

Best Value GPS Watch - Polar M400 or TomTom Runner

If your budget is tight, don't worry, because there are good options for you too. In this category there are several options, and the choice will depend on the specific offer available.

The best option in the 100-200 euro section is the Polar M400. Besides running, you can also use it with other sport profiles, such as cycling or gym. By sales volume it is the star product of Polar, and they continue their pace of updates. It also has activity monitor and mobile notifications for iOS and Android.

The TomTom Runner is always going to be a solid option at a fairly modest price. It is a GPS watch that will work very well for the occasional runner who has two or three runs a week and does not need to schedule advanced training or require a lot of post-training data, but I would only choose it if the price difference is significant compared to the Polar. If the difference is less than £30 at the time of purchase I consider the Polar to be the best choice.

Best Single GPS Watch - Garmin Forerunner 25

Many times it's not a question of price (or just price), but of simplicity. Maybe you don't want a watch full of options, and you're just looking for something basic and easy to use.

The Garmin Forerunner 25 is not the cheapest option, but it is a very easy to use watch with smart notifications and activity monitor. If you don't need a watch with lots of menu options, you'll find the FR25 your ideal training partner.

Best Optical Sensor GPS Watch - Garmin Forerunner 235

The reason for this is simple: my time with the 235 has been quite limited for the moment. It's possible that in a few weeks I'll come back here and change my mind, but first I'd have to get a unit of the new TomTom Runner 2/ Spark, because despite being several months behind one, it hasn't been possible yet. That's going to be its main rival, although I think it's going to have a hard time, even though it has a version that allows you to play music.

Both models include new optical sensors, so checking the data is very important before you can give an informed opinion. I tested the FR235 and can give the sensor a score of 7.5.

Best Trail/Ultra trail watch - Garmin Fenix 3

My personal choice in this field is the Garmin Fenix 3. It is one of the most complete options for any sports profile, not only for running, but also for cycling or swimming, among others. It is really a multi-sport watch that is perfectly valid for practicing triathlon, but also with quite advanced features in terms of navigation. To all this we add an outstanding autonomy and, above all, it is the most classic looking watch of all current models and we have a clear winner.

Many of you will miss the Ambit3 Peak, and consider that the GPS reception is much better than that of the Garmin. This may sometimes be the case (in places with coverage problems, such as lush forests), but the truth is that it rarely happens. In many of the tests that I do I use both models (Fenix 3 and Ambit3) to compare data and the results obtained are always very similar. And the chances that one of the two gets lost are the same, because it is not always the Ambit3 that behaves best of the two, there are times when it also messes up and loses the route.

Recommended GPS watchesAmazon SpainAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon ItalyReviews
TomTom Runner--------Link
Polar M400--------Link
Garmin FR25132,02 €109,65 €--109,65 €Link
Garmin FR230--EUR 179,00----Link
Garmin FR235--427,97 €----Link
Garmin FR630--------Link
Garmin Fenix 3--------Link
Suunto Ambit3 Peak197,48 €189,00 €330,95 €198,98 €Link
TomTom Runner 2 Cardio439,89 €----439,89 €Link
TomTom Runner 2 Cardio Music--------Link

 

GPS watch for triathlon / multi sport

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Even if you don't practice triathlon, you might be interested in a multisport watch, and even if you only compete in road races, it's quite likely that you'll include other sports routines in your training.

They allow you to quickly change from one sports profile to another and also support specific swimming metrics for your pool training.

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Best GPS Triathlon Watch - Garmin Forerunner 920xt or Garmin Fenix 3

Last year, the Garmin Fenix 3 did not qualify for this category because it did not have a quick release kit. This year, Garmin has listened to many of us and it is already available, so it is a very interesting option for triathletes as well. Besides serving you in your training and competitions, it also fits perfectly on your wrist, being the most classic option of sports watches.

The Fenix 3 shares features with the Forerunner 920xt, but the Fenix 3 has better mountain performance if you're also a trail blazer and mountaineer, so it's up to you to decide between the more traditional round dial of the Fenix 3 or the more square screen of the Forerunner.

Best Value Triathlon GPS Watch - Garmin Forerunner 310xt, or Garmin Forerunner 910xt on sale

The Garmin FR310xt is big, ugly and has been around for years. But if you want an affordable triathlon watch that will save you the ticket with more than enough performance. So if you have to invest in wetsuit, jumpsuit and GPS and you're on a tight budget, Forerunner 310xt can get you out of trouble. But keep in mind that it doesn't have pool metrics.

The second option is the Garmin Forerunner 910xt. Lately it is being seen sporadically at prices close to 310xt, and this one does support pool metrics. If they are at similar prices opt for the 910xt. If this one is at a normal price it is better to opt directly for the 920xt or, why not, an Ambit3 Sport.

Recommended multisport GPS watchesAmazon SpainAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon ItalyReviews
Garmin FR310xt--EUR 153,99-----
Garmin FR910xt---
Garmin FR920xtEUR 422,00----EUR 418.09Link
Garmin Fenix 3--------Link

Cycling computer

Garmin Edge 520 - K-Edge Support

In this section there is not much to choose from, mainly Garmin, then Garmin, in third place Garmin... and I think they have left some market to Polar or Wahoo, but in a rather marginal way. While in Garmin you can find 8 different cycling computers in Polar there are two. Wahoo has just launched a new unit, but they are more focused on the North American market and it is not going to be frequent to see it around here, at least for the time being.

Best Cycling Computer - Garmin Edge 520

The only reason I would say that the Garmin Edge 52o is not the perfect unit for you is if you depend too much on navigation, and even then it wouldn't be a reason, because even though the memory space is not very large, it is more than enough to include cartography of two or three complete provinces and that you have too much space for the rest of the files.

Otherwise it's small, light, but with a good display; perfect for training and competition, with ANT+ FE-C for smart roller control, with Strava sectors and soon with the possibility of installing applications through Connect IQ.

Best Value Cycling Computer - Polar M450

Following in the footsteps of the successful M400, Polar introduced the M450 cycling unit. The recipe is the same as with the M400, the Finns have been able to offer almost the same performance as the equivalent Garmin but at a much tighter price.

The only problem is that it does not support ANT+ connectivity, so if you have sensors of this type on your bike (especially power meter) you would have to replace it with Bluetooth sensors. And to be honest, it is quite rare to find sensors that incorporate Bluetooth connectivity.

Best Single-Cycle Computer - Garmin Edge 20 / 25

It's the same as with watches. Many users want to get away from complex devices and want something simple to use. The Edge 25 is surprising because despite being a very small unit it is perfectly valid for many of you to use. Compatible with speed and cadence sensors, it records routes with GPS and automatically shares them to Strava as soon as it connects to your mobile. And if all that were not enough, it also allows navigation routes.

The Edge 20 offers almost the same, but it does not have the option of Bluetooth or ANT+ connectivity. In my opinion it is less interesting, but if you are not going to use those options it is not logical to pay for them either.

Special mention - Garmin Varia Radar

Considered by many to be an expensive and unhelpful device. A very expensive bicycle light.

For me, it's much more than that. In fact, it's the device I've liked most about this 2015. Because at the end of the day, the most important thing is your safety.

It is not accident insurance nor does it guarantee that you won't be hit by a vehicle, but it provides vital information depending on the circumstances and increases your visibility with respect to other vehicles. In my opinion, it is indispensable as soon as you leave the city.

Recommended multisport GPS watchesAmazon SpainAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon ItalyReviews
Garmin Edge 520--------Link
Polar M450--------Link
Garmin Edge 20--------Link
Garmin Edge 25--------Link
Garmin Varia Radar--------Link

 

Sensors

Wahoo Blue SC

What would a GPS watch be without external sensors? The interesting thing is to be able to track data, the more the better. In this section everything remains the same, my recommendations remain the same as a few months ago.

Best Optical Pulse Sensor - Mio Link

I admit, I'm in love with this little bracelet. If you've ever had scratches caused by your watch's chest sensor and you're thinking of making the leap to optical measurement, then the Mio Link is the way to go.

And you don't have to worry about compatibility because it emits ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart signals simultaneously, so you can use it with the vast majority of devices on the market, both for running and cycling.

Best speed and cadence sensor - Wahoo BlueSC

Easy to install and compatible with many watches and cycling computers as it has ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity. Personally I wouldn't bother looking at exclusive cadence sensors to save 10 Euros, you never know what you will need tomorrow and with Wahoo BlueSC you cover all the possibilities of present and future use.

But buy the one I indicate in the link, because the first version only had Bluetooth connectivity, is the new one that offers dual connectivity.

Recommended sensorsAmazon SpainAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon ItalyReviews
Mio Link--------Link
Wahoo BlueSC65,65 €65,98 €59,99 €64,98 €Link

 

Activity monitor

Calibrating hands in Withings Activité Pop

Honestly, here it is already very complicated to recommend any particular product. Each brand has its own model (some even several models) and they all start from the same base. And from there, as in the cars, you can add options: heart rate monitoring, receiving notifications, screen to display information, etc.

In the end the most important thing when choosing the device will be that it meets the following requirements:

  • You are comfortable with the platform (because you already have a device of that brand or because your friends who want to compete in activity have it)
  • It offers the benefits you need
  • Aesthetically you like

From here, the step and calorie estimates for all devices are very similar, so whatever you choose, you will get good results. I still like the Withings Activité Pop for being so much more special than the rest.

 

Intelligent Scale

Fitbit Aria - Synchronization completed

Best Intelligent Scale - Fitbit Aria

It is not the only one in the market, nor the one with more possibilities of connection with third parties, nor the one that offers more features, nor is it the cheapest. But I think it is in that sweet spot of offering the right features, with the connectivity to the necessary services and at a reasonable price. Compared to the rest of the rivals, it is the one that I consider to offer more for less, thus becoming the most interesting option.

Recommended scaleAmazon SpainAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon ItalyReviews
Fitbit Aria--------Link

 

That's all. Thank you for reading me (and for supporting the site!), and I really hope that with these tips you will be fully successful in your purchases.

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  1. Hello! Would you recommend the Polar V800? In another article you made halfway through the year you mentioned it, but not in this one, has it fallen behind the competition? Thank you!

    1. Yes, last year the V800 was an option, mainly because the 920xt was having water problems.

      Today it has gone down quite a bit on my list. There is still no cadence with the integrated accelerometer, no easy way to upload navigation routes, the goals for scheduled trainings are quite simple...

      These are all things that have been present in Garmin models for a long time, so I am more inclined to the 920xt or Fenix 3 as a recommended watch for triathlon.

      1. Hello I wanted to talk about shoes until I read what you say about the v800 polar fleece, I bought it last year and I'm very happy, and with the update I had to know the lack is incredible. I would show you all the info that it gives you but I don't know how. I would ask you to take another look with the update and if you put other things can surprise even more, well I have the heartbeat because I believe more in the chest than the wrist. Well maybe I also defend it because I like it and it works very well but as in everything it is almost a year old and in the technologies that is a lot and it becomes obsolete.

  2. Hi Eduardo, I'm thinking about changing my gps log - I currently own the Polar M400, I'm the one who bought you the one for the event 😉. I'm mainly a racer, without being exhaustive in data but I like to keep track. I combine regular training and some biking once a week with the intention of increasing the number of outings. Sometimes I go out to run through the mountains "at my leisure", with no other pretensions than to enjoy myself without worrying about times, take a path and until my body holds out. The garmin, specifically the 230, I think that pod could adapt to what I'm looking for - although I doubt a little because of the bike profile, I don't know if it's very developed or just marks speed and a little more like the M400 - but on the other hand, seeing the price and features it offers, I quite like the V800. It's also Polar, it covers more deeply the sectors I practice, and I quite like its aesthetics, I plan to wear the watch every day.
    Do you think it would be a better option? for that price range ( 300 euros or less ). I have seen the phoenix or some Suunto, but I think it is too much features for what I am looking for and they are out of budget, but I am open to your advice. A greeting and sorry for the billet! thank you very much

    1. Put away that M400, a real relic

      If you switch to the V800 and don't go swimming, you'll have virtually the same performance as the M400. You'll have training load data and recovery times, but little else. You add vibration and longer range, but you'll have the same for running and basic cycling use. What you do gain is the barometric altimeter, which will give you more reliability in counting positive meters.

      But two years later it's still a little green on certain things, like not being able to have cadence data without a footpod or being able to do navigation routes. I would wait, though, to see if they come up with something to replace the V800 at the CES, because it's going to be two years old and they might want to look for a replacement.

      Right now as a running watch and some cycling I have it clear, my recommendation is the FR230. But in your situation, being already on the Polar platform, the decision is not so easy.

      I recommend you to wait until January, to see if Polar presents something new, and also to the FR230 test (I hope it will be ready next week, and I will extend it in the future with the FR235 data).

      1. Thank you very much for the answer. the truth is that you are right, the V800 is really going to give me very little objectively, and even less with the last update of the M400. actually I am very happy with it, but the problem it has is the battery. if I make an output of more than 4 hours the battery will go into overdrive. as far as I can see, I will wait until January to see if it takes out something Polar, and if not, I think I will go for the garmin 230, which has a pleiad of additional functions and a pretty good autonomy. Thank you very much and congratulations for the blog, it is a reference site for fans of sports gadgets. Best regards!

  3. Morning.
    I'm thinking about buying the garmin 225 but I don't know if it would be worth buying the 235 because of the difference in price. All this to take off the chest band that although it's not a martyrdom to wear it if it's starting to be quite annoying. In your test of the 225 you say that the pulse sensor is reliable and although I've read in other forums that it gives many problems I'll keep your opinion that it is reliable.
    In short, and as you say that the 235 is still not reliable until you try it, I do not know if the 225 will fall short or "old" in performance as I guess it will not have more updates or can be a good choice to buy.
    As the kings bring it to me the issue of the price difference would not be a problem but still I would not take full advantage of the 235 since technology and I are like water and oil.
    I'm a mess, let's see if you can undo the skein or leave me with more headache and wait for the 235 test.
    By the way, the size of the screen I guess is also in favor of 235 since presbyopia is starting to make an appearance.
    Thank you. Best regards.

    1. If you're not a big fan of technology, I don't think you're going to find much change in the 235 instead of the 225. It's a very good option and one that now has a really good price (and kings can invest the difference in other things).

  4. Hi Eduardo. Wishing you Happy Holidays and congratulations on your work. I would like to ask your advice. I am a mountain runner and although I am very interested in race data, I am mainly looking for a watch with charge and track tracking. My first choice is the Ambit 3 Sport, although now you can see the 910xt at the same price (250 ?). What do you think is the best option for trail? A hug and thanks for the help.

  5. Good morning, Eduardo!

    I've been surfing your blog for hours, and I can say that it's the best analysis I've read on the web!
    Even so, I haven't found the perfect watch that fits my needs: running sporadically (preparing for the Malaga average :-), playing football and sometimes swimming (but little, for the moment, although I think I would use it simply as a stopwatch).
    I wish it had GPS, and a built-in heart rate monitor.

    What are the best options?

      1. I am considering buying a heart rate monitor for running and the options I was considering are the POLAR M400 and the TOMTOM Runner 2 Cardio+GPS+Music, although after reading your analysis, I have also noticed the Garmin FR 230 and 235.

        I would prefer it to have an optical pulse sensor and accurately measure the cadence and length of the step, as the POLAR M400 does using the 1TP10 Food Pod Polar (I read that the TOMTOM RUNNER 2 only estimates the cadence from the brace, so if you stop your arm to check the clock for example, it stops counting...).

        I'd like to spend around 200 or 250 euros maximum, although if it's worth it one of the Garmins might think about raising the budget...

        I'd appreciate your guidance on this:
        1) Is there any forecast that POLAR will soon release a model similar to the M400 but with an optical pulse sensor? I thought that podria would be on the occasion of CES 2016, but it does not seem that they have announced anything about it.
        2) Do the Garmin 230 and 235 measure the cadence accurately like the M400 or do they only give an estimate based on bracing, like the TOMTOM RUNNER2?
        3) Could you briefly comment on the advantages or disadvantages of each of these four models?
        4) Which one would you recommend and why or for which sports profile? I want the heart rate monitor for running, although I do occasionally do some (mountain) cycling. This year I want to do a marathon for the first time, I don't do athletics very intensively, nor am I a data fanatic.

        Thank you very much and congratulations on your excellent analysis.
        David

        1. At the moment there is no visible replacement for the M400 with optical sensor.
          All the watches measure the cadence through the internal accelerometer, which is very precise. Additionally, if you wish, the 230/235 can also be paired with an ANT+ footpod.

          I recommend that you take a look at the list of recommendations, there you will see what I recommend according to the profile of each one: https://www.correrunamaraton.com/mejor-reloj-gps-2015-navidad/

          1. Thank you very much, Eduardo. I'm going to look at it carefully and maybe wait a little while to see what I do.
            Greetings
            David

  6. Excellent advice, sometimes you let yourself go for the most expensive without thinking about the real usefulness that you can give to the accessories (and be careful to see them only as that, that is not indispensable).

    I bought a 620 a year ago that is March 2015, I must say that I have had some problems with the wifi network and updates .... I have prescribed it three times to factory configuration, in the end the clock has served me but I think I can not get the potential .... as the option of training plans .... in conclusion:

    You're right to say that you have to be clear about what you're willing to invest in... you get too excited and lose sight of what's important.

    thanks

  7. Hi. I want to buy a watch with GPS and a heart rate sensor, but I can't make up my mind.
    If the Fitbit Blaze had a built-in GPS I would go for it directly as it is very complete as far as I could read. Discarding the Blaze, my options are the Fitbit Surge or the Garmin Forerunner 235; the TomTom Spark doesn't convince me, mainly because the data table of its application is unattractive, this is where the other two options gain points.
    I have read your analyses (I congratulate you on their quality), but there is something I would like you to clarify: is the FR235 capable of automatically detecting the activity you are doing, this is something I find very interesting since I want a watch that controls all the movements I make, as well as my continuous heart rate and sleep hours. I will use it mainly for running, cycling and going to the gym. It is also important that it indicates the calories consumed.
    I hope you can help me and guide me a little, I've been comparing watches for several days and I can't make up my mind.

      1. Thank you very much! I will wait for you to do the analysis of the Vivoactive HR to decide. I have seen the specifications on the Garmin website and it says that it does not have a pedometer but among the sports options to choose from are walks, I hope you can clarify this in the analysis.
        Again, thank you very much, and congratulations on your excellent work.

  8. I miss in this list the Tomtom Runner Cardio that, besides obtaining the FC in an optical way, gives everything that a runner needs.
    I have had a Polar RC3 GPS, a Polar M400 and now with my Tomtom Runner Cardio I am hyper-satisfied.

  9. Good morning Eduardo! First of all I want to thank you for your great work. I plan to buy a GPS watch and a heart rate monitor and of course I will help your site by buying through your links.
    From what I've read in your reviews, in terms of quality/price for someone who is new to watches and runs around 4 times a week you recommend the Polar M400 and as an optical pace meter you seem very happy with the MIO Link. Do you think it's a good idea to buy both to start working on monitoring activity? Have they become obsolete in any way or have they come out better since you wrote those entries?
    Greetings and thank you very much for your patience and your work

    1. First of all, thank you very much for wanting to help support the site.

      If you don't have a device right now, I'd choose to look for something that already has everything built in, mostly for convenience. My number one choice would be the Garmin 235, but it's quite a bit cheaper than the Polar M400 - Mio Link combo. If you prefer something cheaper, I'd probably opt for the Garmin 225, with the Mio Link sensor and very similar features to the Polar.

      1. It is a pleasure to help, it is good to see so much information and so well written.
        I understand, I guess it can't be as comfortable running with two pots in your hand... I have a couple of questions about the Garmin 225 from what I read in your review and I wanted to ask you if you could help me.
        The first one worries me quite a lot, about the rubber that insulates from light to give better measurements on the heart rate monitor, isn't it annoying when you run?
        does it soak up sweat or cut off circulation a lot? The other is more generic.
        I have read in reviews from Amazon shoppers that the screen of the Polar M400 is scratched by looking at it. Do you think it is necessary or a good idea to buy a protector to protect it or have you never had this kind of problem?
        Greetings and thank you very much for your help.

      2. If you allow me one last question (sorry about the toast I'm new at this and I have a lot of doubts), is it really useful to train the heart rate monitor? Honestly I've never used it but I would like to be able to train at a higher level and I don't know if I will need it or not. I've been running for a year and my goal is to prepare myself for another year to run a marathon in 2017.
        A greeting and again forgiveness for the ember ?

          1. That's great! If you allow me one last question... What would you recommend at the moment, the FR225 or the FR230? I'm afraid to buy the 225 and that it will be obsolete soon because there is already a later generation, and for the 230 I wouldn't mind carrying a separate link of mine either. Do you think it's worth it?

  10. Hi, I just discovered your blog and it's very interesting. I'm looking for an activity monitor for girls, to monitor spinning and body pump pulses. No band. I've read the inaccuracies and problems with the Polar A 360, its lack of accuracy with the real pulse. I would like to ask you if you could advise me on an activity bracelet that is above all reliable and reasonably priced at over 200 euros. I'm not looking for something professional, but something basic to measure the pulses of the sessions in these sports. Thank you very much. Waiting for your news... Mike

    1. You can use both Fitbit Charge HR and Surge, and Garmin Vivosmart HR.
      Any of the three options is valid.

  11. Congratulations and thanks for the article, it is very useful!
    I'm looking for 2 watches (one for me and one for my partner) and after reading and reading, I wanted to ask for help given the mess this world is in:
    For my partner I am looking for a simple one, for cardio and indoor fitness, but with a built-in heart rate monitor. I have seen the following models but I don't know if I should choose one of these: Mio aplpha, FitBit surge, Garmin vivosmart HR, TomTom cardio...
    For me I would need something more powerful since I also do mountain biking, running and swimming, if possible with a built-in heart rate monitor and compatible with Strava. Possible models: Suunto Ambit3 sport, Garmin FR 235...
    Any suggestions or help? Thank you!

    1. I recommend that both devices are from the same manufacturer, to be able to take advantage of the social profile of their applications and to serve as a "pique". It could be a Vivosmart HR for her and Vivoactive HR for you. Of the latter I will publish the test next week, where you can see all the details.

      1. Thank you 😉 I will wait for the test of the Vivoactive HR!
        What is the difference between this and FR235?
        Which one would be best for mtb/running duathlons and indoor swimming+gym?

        1. Please note that the 235 has no possibility to be used in swimming beyond controlling the time, and neither can have a multisport application for duathlons (although there are options through Connect IQ).

          1. Any of which you can see in the triathlon / multi sport watch section, or also Suunto Ambit3 Sport.

  12. Hello Eduardo, I am writing to you from Colombia, and first of all I congratulate you for the excellent writing with so much complete and accurate information in its organization.

    I run 4 times a week, always with music, I do it with my mobile phone and Runstatic.
    I'm asking you three things:

    The first one is about the TOM TOM, I see that it can fall short of information, it has feedback every km? it has training alerts? can I upload trainings?

    Second, what kind of information does the Garmin 330 give you about cycling, swimming?

    The third and last one is that I will buy the watch for the end of June, do you know if there are any novelties in the market that deserve to be revised? For example, that Garmin will bring out a watch with music?

    Thank you very much for your help.

    1. The TomTom does not allow advanced training such as with Garmin.
      Depending on the mode you set, you will have information every kilometer, but not in every kilometer is the same.

      As for the Garmin 230, it doesn't support swimming. You have all the details about cycling in the event.

  13. Hello, I was wondering which watch with a pulse meter and GPS you recommend, I practice running, cycling, pelota, paddle and crossfit. I had thought of the polar M400 or the Garmin furerunner 310XT. Which do you recommend? Or any other watch?

    1. In your case I think that the Polar is the one that best suits your use due to its configuration possibilities for different sports and size. I don't see the 310XT. Take a look at the Garmin Vivoactive as well.

  14. Hi! I'm looking for a watch for my boyfriend that is inexpensive but at the same time good, he is an athlete (sprinter) and what he needs most is a stopwatch to take times, I'm looking for a simple digital watch, waterproof and with a stopwatch at least, which one do you recommend? thank you very much!

    1. If you are a sprinter you will be guided more by very short times and, as you say, a simple chronometer. The GPS watches I am talking about here are more oriented to endurance races, so it is not what you are looking for your boyfriend. And regretfully, in that kind of devices I can not recommend anything, because I do not know that market ;-(

  15. Wenas Eduardo, I'm looking to buy a GPS watch and I want it for running x mountain, if possible for road cycling and if possible for swimming, although mainly I want it for running x mountain and road cycling. I have seen the cardio tomtom runner, the polar m400 and the RC3, rcx5, or the Garmin forerunner 110, 210, 220? or the 15,... What do you recommend? Or any other in the same price range? Thank you very much.

  16. Hi, Eduardo,
    I'm thinking about buying a watch, basically for running. I've been running for a few years now, but I still go with the Nike Sportwatch... The time has come to change. I'm looking for more speed to capture the GPS (any watch I can buy today already has it...) and to be able to introduce trainings (series for example) in the same watch. I've seen that for this kind of things, Garmin is the best... Sunnto does not allow to introduce trainings directly IN the watch, but you have to do it from the application.
    I hesitate between the Garmin 230 and the Garmin Fenix 3, because I think that since I make the investment, with a little more I have a very good watch. What do you think?
    And if I compare the Garmin Fenix 3 to the Sunnto Ambit 3, which one? I prefer it to have better running performance than the mountain...

    Thank you very much.

    1. In Garmin you can create sessions from the clock, but it's pretty basic, it has to be through the computer as well.

      Both Garmin, Polar and Suunto allow it, but in that respect Garmin is the best option. Compatible models are from FR230 onwards.

      As for the Garmin Fenix 3If you're not sure, take a look at today's specials article, because it's on promotion for the day and I don't think it'll last much longer: https://www.correrunamaraton.com/black-friday-2016/

  17. Good morning, I want to give my husband a heart rate monitor for Christmas, but I have no idea which one to choose. He combines running, spinning and cycling. Which one do you recommend? Thank you very much.

    1. Hello, I see that the pulse meters are not very reliable, I recommend a watch that can give you a lot of information such as route, miles, speed etc ... and combine it with a heart sensor, I use the v800 polar but you have many others.

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