These watches were specifically made with runners in mind, so what they lack in heft they make up for in data and durability. We’ve compiled a list of the best running options to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Best running watch overall
Casio’s G-Shock is already synonymous with watches that can stand up to whatever you throw at them, and the GW6900-1 lives up to its brethren and then some. Built to withstand falls of up to 10 feet, water resistant up to 200 meters, and designed to go 10 years without needing to be serviced, the GW6900-1 will keep going long after you’ve taken off your running shoes, thanks to its solar-powered battery.
Easiest running watch to use
A watch that tracks runs down to the step, gives you heart rate information, and gets GPS help from satellites? That used to be the stuff of science fiction, but the future is most assuredly here with the Garmin Forerunner 35. Its no-nonsense display gives you a wealth of information at the push of a button, meaning you can cycle its many data readouts with just one finger while you’re out and about.
Best simple running watch design
The minimal, monochromatic Fitbit Inspire could easily be mistaken for a designer bracelet, and performs just as well on a run as it would on a model’s wrist on a Parisian or New York runway. With the ability to log steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes, calories burned, and even sleep time, the Fitbit Inspire lives up to its name and then some.
Who said that workout wear has to be boring? With wearable tech like this, a runner’s watch will be almost as important as their shoes.
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