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Old 04-11-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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gps watches

So I've been running for almost a year now and I just use my iPhone, Pandora and run keeper to do my daily miles (and dailymile.com too) but I see a lot of people using GPS watches when they run, either online or in person. What are your thoughts on these? What do people recommend for a less than $100?

Sorry if this has been discussed already. I'm on my phone.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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I have a Garmin Forerunner 10 and I *LOVE* it! I don't need or want a lot of extra features and this fits the bill. It tracks distance, time, pace and calories burned. It also lets you set a pace and alerts you if you get ahead or behind. You can sync it to your computer and it will show you the route that you ran, elevation changes and your pace.

Unfortunately, it is not under $100. DH bought it for me for my birthday and it was $120. Maybe you can find a coupon code or a sale price somewhere. I highly recommend it.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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Most GPS watches are over 100. I have a garmin 610 it was about $400 but I love it. They make a couple of Garmin models now around 100-200 that seem to be well loved.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:11 PM   #4
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Sweet. I was actually looking at the garmin 10. Might have to look more into it
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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I have a Nike+ GPS with the footpod for your shoe and really like it. But alas it also is more than $100.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:07 PM   #6
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I was just coming to ask the same sort of question!


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I have a Garmin Forerunner 10 and I *LOVE* it! I don't need or want a lot of extra features and this fits the bill. It tracks distance, time, pace and calories burned.
How does it calculate calories? Does it have a HR monitor on it, or is it an estimate?



My Polar FT7 (just a HR monitor) has annoyed me, because it's one that you're supposed to be able to change the batteries, for, except that we cannot get the battery cover off. Not me, DH, nor the watch repair guy can budge that thing. I could buy a whole new set (exact same thing I have) for the same amount as I can buy the actual monitor that I'm trying to change the battery on. Grr.

But I'm eventually moving towards running on something other than a treadmill, so I've been thinking of a GPS watch with HR monitor (I don't mind a strap). I use calories burned to figure out my WW Activity Points, and since I eat those points it's important to know it's as accurate as it can be. : )
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I was just coming to ask the same sort of question!

How does it calculate calories? Does it have a HR monitor on it, or is it an estimate?

My Polar FT7 (just a HR monitor) has annoyed me, because it's one that you're supposed to be able to change the batteries, for, except that we cannot get the battery cover off. Not me, DH, nor the watch repair guy can budge that thing. I could buy a whole new set (exact same thing I have) for the same amount as I can buy the actual monitor that I'm trying to change the battery on. Grr.

But I'm eventually moving towards running on something other than a treadmill, so I've been thinking of a GPS watch with HR monitor (I don't mind a strap). I use calories burned to figure out my WW Activity Points, and since I eat those points it's important to know it's as accurate as it can be. : )
No heart rate monitor. When I set it up online, it asked for my height and weight. I think it is a rough calculation based on that and your pace. I also use MyFitnessPal and I have found that the calories burned are very similar to what the Garmin says.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:31 AM   #8
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No heart rate monitor. When I set it up online, it asked for my height and weight. I think it is a rough calculation based on that and your pace. I also use MyFitnessPal and I have found that the calories burned are very similar to what the Garmin says.
Interesting, thank you.
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I have a Forerunner 405CX. I love it. I also think it's in the $100-$200 range. It does so much stuff that I haven't even learned it all in the past year. I recently started incorporating interval training in my routine and it helps out tremendously with that. It has all the basic features as well, tracking distance and speed, and it also has a HR monitor. At first I didn't think I would like the HR monitor, but now I realize it is a good training tool as well. I highly recommend it.
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I have the Garmin Forerunner 210 with the heart rate monitor. I like it. I still use my iPhone for the Galloway program, but I like being able to see my pace and distance along with my heart rate at a glance.

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:30 AM   #11
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definitely gives me some ideas. thanks everyone :D
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I have the Garmin 410 and just love it. I got it on amazon for $139. I prior had a used Garmin 405, and notice only slight changes to the 410.

As an option, you could try that approach for your first Garmin - buy it used - but you risk not knowing exactly how long it will last, etc. In my case I bought it from a friend at a great bargain price, and with full disclosure that it might only last a couple of years. But it gave me an opportunity to acclimate to a Garmin, and determine which features I really liked before getting a brand new one.
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I have a Forerunner 405CX. I love it. I also think it's in the $100-$200 range. It does so much stuff that I haven't even learned it all in the past year. I recently started incorporating interval training in my routine and it helps out tremendously with that. It has all the basic features as well, tracking distance and speed, and it also has a HR monitor. At first I didn't think I would like the HR monitor, but now I realize it is a good training tool as well. I highly recommend it.
I have this Garmin and love it. I got it on sale on Amazon last year.
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I have a Garmin Forerunner 10 and I *LOVE* it! I don't need or want a lot of extra features and this fits the bill. It tracks distance, time, pace and calories burned. It also lets you set a pace and alerts you if you get ahead or behind. You can sync it to your computer and it will show you the route that you ran, elevation changes and your pace.

Unfortunately, it is not under $100. DH bought it for me for my birthday and it was $120. Maybe you can find a coupon code or a sale price somewhere. I highly recommend it.
I completely agree. I love love love my Forerunner 10. It does all the things listed above and I have found it to be very very accurate on the pace and distance.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:07 PM   #15
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i got the 110 from amazon today. gonna get it in a few days. i'll let you know how i like it
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