What are the best GPS running watches for fitness?

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    #1Polar M600

    Polar M600

    Polar M600 is a sports smartwatch which allows a user to monitor the heart rate with personalized fitness training. Also features GPS technology to keep track of distance. Compatible with iOs and Android.


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    Tyler Contreras
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The watch face screen on this watch seems extremely clean and has very dark blacks, I can see this being a luxury that I would not mind spending a little bit extra on."
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    #2Garmin Forerunner 735XT

    Garmin Forerunner 735XT

    The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is a smartwatch with a fitness tracking function. It monitors the heart-rate at the wrist and provides advanced dynamics for running, cycling, and running, including ground contact time balance and stride length.


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    Zhao Dong
    Written on May 18, 2018
    " First, my main use cases: Running, swimming, cycling; but majority running. I used to do Triathlon's but just run and swim now mainly for health (and honestly stress relief). I wanted an activity tracker also and liked the idea of an optical heart rate sensor. Some limited smart watch functionality would be nice also. But definitely waterproof, built in GPS for running, and basic stop-watch functionality and something I could wear 24/7 as a daily watch also. "
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    #3Garmin Forerunner 235

    Garmin Forerunner 235
    Garmin Forerunner 235 is a GPS running watch with wrist-based heart rate tracking. It can receive audio prompts from a connected smartphone, show new email, text messages, call alerts, calendar reminders and more.


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    Susan Banks
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "Garmin would be my second choice for a tracker brand. I am not sure if FitBit offers the GPS tracking though. Good choice. "
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    #4Garmin Forerunner 935

    Garmin Forerunner 935

    The Garmin Forerunner 935 Running GPS Unit (Black) is a premium smartwatch which can be used in everyday running and even in triathlons. It has advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable and durable watch you can wear all day.


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    John Reed
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "supremely overpriced for what it is, you should probably wait and see if this is what you actually want to get."
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    #5Suunto Spartan SS050000000

    Suunto Spartan SS050000000

    The Suunto Spartan SS050000000 is a smartwatch with a wrist-based heart-rate tracker. It is equipped with GPS/GLONASS route navigation system and is water resistant up to 100 meters. It has 10-hour battery life in training mode.


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    Debra Freeman
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "This was a great addition to my running gear. It's super useful in tracking my runs for my marathon training. The gps is really accurate, and it tracks my path very well. It keeps me from getting lost on the trail as well."
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    #6Fitbit Surge

    Fitbit Surge

    The Fitbit Surge is a smartwatch that features GPS tracker, continuous heartbeat rate and simplified heart rate zones. Also, it tracks your sleep and allows you to program silent wake alarm 


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    Kimberly Willis
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Fitbit Surge is a great option for a smartwatch with a lot of bells and whistles. Although there are other options on the market, Fitbit has many advantages over the competition and the price in comparison is very good."
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    #7Polar M430

    Polar M430

    The Polar M430 is an advanced sports watch for runners. It is equipped with a wrist-based heart rate monitor, an integrated GPS system, a Polar Running program, and a 24/7 activity and sleep tracker.


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    Barbara Hall
    Written on May 27, 2018
    "As a Polar athlete Polar gave me the M430 to train with and I love how I can track my Heart rate without wearing a HR monitor strap. It makes it easy to use."
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    #8Garmin Forerunner 35

    Garmin Forerunner 35

    The Garmin Forerunner 35 is a smartwatch with activity tracking function. It has a built-in GPS, a heart-rate monitor, and a vibration function, and capable of smart connectivity. It is compatible with Garmin Connect Mobile.


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    Richard Thompson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Not having to bring my phone with me when I go running is one of the most freeing things I have ever done. Not only does this smartwatch have some great battery life it has built in GPS along with heart rate monitoring and a big display. I'm getting more exercise than ever just to beat my records thanks to this watch."
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    #9Fitbit Ionic

    Fitbit Ionic

    The Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch is a wearable device with fitness tracking function. It has a built-in GPS/GLONASS to track pace, distance, and routes of the user. It can also monitor the heart-rate of the user.


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    Sharon Liang
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I really love this watch. I hated the skinny interface on past bands but the face on this watch is just perfect. "
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    #10Garmin Forerunner 645

    Garmin Forerunner 645

    The Garmin Forerunner 645 is a running watch equipped with wrist-based hear rate sensor. It can hold up to 500 songs and can connect with Bluetooth headphones. It has a battery life of 5-hours in GPS mode with music.


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    Harry Peters
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "I like to track my runs in detail so that I can compile all of the key stats after. This watch's face is pretty stunning and gives me a ton of info during and after my workouts. the GPS tracking is really incredible, and I get route, distance and speed metrics provided to me when I'm done. On top of that it has all the bells and whistles. I can even use music with it, without even having my phone with me."


Best What are the best GPS running watches for fitness
1Polar M600Electronics 21 Paid
2Garmin Forerunner 735XTElectronics 18 Paid
3Garmin Forerunner 235Electronics 17 Paid
4Garmin Forerunner 935Electronics 12 Paid
5Suunto Spartan SS050000000Electronics 12 Paid
6Fitbit SurgeElectronics 10 Paid
7Polar M430Electronics 10 Paid
8Garmin Forerunner 35Electronics 8 Paid
9Fitbit IonicElectronics 6 Paid
10Garmin Forerunner 645Electronics 2 Paid

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