What is the best running watch to buy right now? We’ve tested pretty much every watch that’s launched this year that promises to track your outdoor and indoor run time. Some have been good. Some have been really good. Then there’s the ones we never want to put on our wrists again.
We take a look back over the big new watches that have launched this year and tell you what our top picks are over a range of different price categories. We take a look at the best running watch under £100, under £200, best mid range option, best top end running watch and best smartwatch for runners.
Whether you want a running watch for music, maps, soaking up kudos on Strava or with big battery to tackle ultras, here are our top running watch picks.
Garmin or Polar? Is the Apple Watch the best watch for runners? In this video, we help you find the best running watch for you. Whether you have lots of money to spend or you’re on a strict budget, Mike and Nick take you through the best options available right now.
Run Tested: Top picks from our running watch reviews
And if you want to see all of the best running watches we’ve tested over the last few months, here’s a selection of our detailed running watch reviews, where we cover everything from the features and battery life, to how they performed on the run and whether they’re worth buying. Dive in…
Garmin Forerunner 55
The Garmin Forerunner 55 is a running watch that’s geared towards anyone looking for their first ever running watch. Along with offering those core run tracking basics, it’s also bringing in useful features like suggested workouts, a training advisor and Garmin’s PacePro pacing strategies to offer greater guidance on what you should do when you run and when you should put in that running time.
Testers Mike and Nick have put in some long-term testing to give their verdict on the Garmin Forerunner 55.
Polar Vantage V2
The Polar Vantage V2 sits at the top of Polar’s collection of watches and is designed for those who like to go big on stats and analysing that running time.
Along with offering the best Polar has to offer, the Vantage V2 brings in features like running power without an additional sensor, smart fuelling recommendations and tests to better assess if you’re in good physical shape to run.
Kieran, Mike and Nick offer their long-term testing take on the Polar Vantage V2 and whether this is the ultimate running watch you should have on your wrist.
Coros Pace 2
The Coros Pace 2 aims to rival watches like the Garmin Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 55 by hitting the sweet spot for a running watch in terms of price and features.
While the original Pace didn’t set the world alight, the Pace 2 promises rich training insights and tracking you’d normally expect to pay a lot more for. Plus, it’s promising big battery life too.
Mike, Nick and Kieran got early access to the Pace 2 to deliver their in-depth verdict on the Forerunner rival.
The Garmin Enduro is a sports watch that makes some big claims about battery life. Primarily designed for endurance athletes and those ultra runners, Garmin says it can offer bigger GPS battery life than its competitors.
In full GPS mode, the Enduro can go for 70 hours. With solar charging powers on board too, that can potentially boost things to 80 hours keeping you away from the charger for a month as opposed to a few weeks. In all battery scenarios whether it’s smartwatch mode or low power GPS mode promise to really go the distance when you do.
Testers Kieran, Mike and Nick have been living with the Enduro to see if it lives up to the bold battery claims and whether it makes a good running watch to have on your wrist. Here’s our long-term, multi-tester running review of the Garmin Enduro.
COROS Vertix 2
With the best battery life in the business and a features list that now includes maps, music and improved accuracy GPS tracking, not to mention ECG, has Coros finally cracked it and come up with a great Garmin Fenix rival?
Kieran and Nick have given it a thorough run testing and here’s their verdict in our Vertix 2 review.