What are the best running watches?

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    #1Garmin Forerunner 630

    Garmin Forerunner 630
    This Garmin Forerunner 630 is a second-generation fitness tracker that can calculate 6 advanced running dynamics. It logs advanced physiological measurements and has a rechargeable Li-ion battery. 
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    Kai Wang
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "The Forerunner is a GPS enabled watch targeted specifically at runners. This will track your workouts precisely and give you stats and a map once you get home. It's a little bulky and the battery doesn't last forever but this is not intended to be an every day wearing watch, it's an exercise tool so these things can be overlooked"
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    #2Garmin 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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    Aaron Bell
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Having a fitness tracker with high customization can be extremely useful with changing fitness routines. The audio prompts make it extremely convenient for running as you don't have to look at your phone. It's just an all around super useful product. "
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    #3Garmin Forerunner 735XT

    Garmin Forerunner 735XT

    This Garmin Forerunner 735XT is a smartwatch and a fitness tracker that has a lightweight casing and soft silicone bands. It tracks stats for running, cycling, swimming, and other sports, and has a 24/7 heart rate monitor.

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    #4TomTom Spark 3

    TomTom Spark 3

    The TomTom Spark 3 is a water-proof, GPS-equipped fitness watch that provides users workout metrics in real-time. It is compatible with iPhones with iOS 8 and above and devices with Android 4.4.

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    Rebecca Carter
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "All in all, I am pretty well satisfied with the functionality of this watch. A major selling point for the TomTom was its ability to play music, since I love making soundtracks for my running sessions. Although the audio quality could be improved, I am still quite pleased with this feature. The band itself, however, seems like it cheaply made and prone to breaking. However, as a runner, this watch has definitely delivered a lot of benefits, and I really like being able to track my heart rate reliably and calculate just how much distance I run any given day. "
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    #5Garmin 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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    Jennifer Alvarado
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "heart rate monitoring - warm gives you heart rate all day and night -no additional Strap required. Vibration alerts - helpful vibration alerts notify you of running prompts, activity tracking milestones, smart notifications and virtual pacing progress."
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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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    Kyle Shaw
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A great simple smartwatch, it helps when you're running but I noticed some issues. The tracking can be better and it sometimes freezes, which is odd."
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    #7Polar M400

    Polar M400
    Polar M400 is a smart fitness tracker developed for runners who want a comfortable and durable running watch with advanced GPS and features. It can track running and other exercises, monitor a user's performance.
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    Pamela Cox
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This watch started great at first, but it stopped working after about 2 months. Honestly, for something that I only use when I exercise and not all the time, I expect it to last much longer than that."
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    #8Garmin 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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    Teresa Jacobs
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "It provides accurate pace (mile/minute) for running. It have a great running, cycling, swimming, activity tracker that works better as a smart watch than many smart watches. It also have excellent battery life. It looks good to wear as an everyday watch."
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    #9Garmin Vívoactive HR

    Garmin Vívoactive HR
    Garmin Vívoactive HR is a GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate. It has a sunlight-readable, high-resolution and colored touchscreen with built-in sports apps perfect for running, biking, swimming and more. 
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    Kelly Wilson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "The Garmin Vívoactive HR is a great watch for runners. You can easily track your runs and your heart hate. "
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    #10Fitbit Charge 2

    Fitbit Charge 2

    Fitbit Charge 2 is a smart fitness tracker that sports an OLED display that can show notifications, time, and daily stats. It can track heart rate, workouts, distance, burned calories, and more. The tracker is available in different colors.

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    Hannah Delgado
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Great fitness tracker but if you're looking for something specifically for running, there are better options. My Charge 2 has lasted a year and a half of daily wear, battery life is as good as ever. The biggest drawback though is that if you're planning to take advantage of the GPS function, you're got to carry your phone with you. "

Summary

Best What are the best running watches
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Garmin Forerunner 630Electronics 23 Paid
2Garmin Forerunner 235Electronics 22 Paid
3Garmin Forerunner 735XTElectronics 21 Paid
4TomTom Spark 3Electronics 20 Paid
5Garmin Forerunner 35Electronics 19 Paid
6Fitbit SurgeElectronics 14 Paid
7Polar M400Electronics 12 Paid
8Garmin Forerunner 735XTElectronics 12 Paid
9Garmin Vívoactive HRElectronics 9 Paid
10Fitbit Charge 2Electronics 2 Paid
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