NEW FOR 2018:Garmin finally integrates the music into a very complete high-end running best watches under 200 which also offers a contactless payment function Garmin Pay! No more cumbersome wearing of smartphones to go running! More multisport oriented, this model will appeal to demanding runners who may be involved in other sports. It offers an HD color screen, an optical heart rate sensor on the wrist, a GPS & GLONASS, many sensors (compass, thermometer, gyroscope), 15 sports (running, skiing, cycling, swimming, skiing, bodybuilding …) , GPS track with return to the starting point. She knows how to analyze your stride, measure your VO2max, predict race time and more. The plus compared to the Tom Tom Runner 3 or the Apple Watch 3 (see on this page): advanced tracking functions training for demanding athletes, both amateur and professional. A model that will delight athletes who like to run or roll with music.
Read our review on the Forerunner 645 Music
Multisports (80 profiles), triathlon
With adaptive drives
NEW MAY 2019: replacing the Spartan Trainer, this watch has the essential functions to satisfy most athletes. It offers GPS navigation (with trace), physiological measurements (VO2max, stress, body resource, quality of sleep), a long autonomy (up to 40 h), an intelligent management of the battery as on the Suunto 9 and a very useful function (already present on Suunto 3): personalized workouts. The watch tests your form and offers a 7-day plan adapted to your physical condition (duration and intensity objectives), the aim being to help you improve it. For more metrics, choose the Forerunner 245 or the Forerunner 735 XT (triathlon).
An elegant, comfortable and complete watch suitable for triathlon and offering an intuitive interface. Adaptive training will delight regular athletes who do not want to take the lead with complicated statistics to analyze.
The most: complete, long battery life, color screen, wrist HR, adaptive training, activity monitoring, 80 sports, sleep and stress analysis, 5 ATM water resistance
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130 sports, performance monitoring
130 sports, ultra-precise cardio optics!
NEW IN October 2018: This cardio watch is designed to follow you on your sports outings and optimize your performance, beat your records and reach your goals thanks to numerous monitoring tools. A Training Load Pro function also avoids overtraining. Thanks to Polar Flow, you can analyze your performance. Its brand new optical sensor with 9 LEDS and 4 sensors is very precise and works in the most difficult conditions, including underwater! It offers more than 130 sports. It has an activity monitoring function including a sleep analysis (time and quality). Compact and light, it is perfect for running. Its autonomy of 30 hours is rather comfortable. For a more chic look, you can change the strap. A relatively complete multisport watch in terms of tracking training, in particular for running and a finally reliable optical sensor. Available in a more complete version adapted to triathlon (Polar Vantage V).
Pros: New ultra-precise optical sensor, long battery life, athlete tracking functions and performance optimization.