Trying to decide which running watch is right for you? Here’s a comparison of two popular GPS watches. The Garmin Forerunner 305 I have used for my last 3 marathons. The Nike+ SportWatch I’ve been using for the past two months.
This GPS watch is fairly inexpensive compared to other Garmin models. The suggested retail is $199. You can find this watch online for as low as $120.
The Forerunner 305 keeps track of the following
- Elapsed Time
- Heart Rate (must use heart rate monitor strap)
- Time of day
- Lap Time
Your running data is easy to read during your run. You can select up to 4 different data points to view on one screen. This watch can be set to alert you every mile you reach.
The Forerunner 305 is on the larger side. The size can take some getting use to. The color of the watch is not that appealing, using it for anything other than running is unlikely.
This watch needs to be charged after every single run. Even if you only run one mile. Once the watch is turned on it can last as long as a marathon. If you don’t charge it after your last run it won’t work for your next one.
The Forerunner 305 picks up a signal for its GPS fairly quickly. I’ve never lost a signal, however when going under tunnels or bridges your pace will not be accurate.
There is software that comes with this watch to make storing your runs easy. There is a little map showing where you ran and all of your data from your runs come up when the watch is connected.
This watch is $199.00. I’ve yet to find another retailer to sell it for less. The Heart Rate monitor that syncs with it is an additional $75.00
The Nike Plus keeps track of the following
- Average Pace
- Elapsed Time
- Lap Time
- Heart Rate (must purchase HR strap)
The display for this watch only allows for two data points to come up. One is your lap time the other variable you can choose. By using the buttons on the side of the watch you can scroll through the other data points while running. A simple tap will end a lap if you’re trying to keep track of your miles. The display is easy to read and lights up.
When you’re finished with your run a summary will automatically come up on the watch screen with all of your data. Also, you are notified if you have broken a personal record. (fastest mile, longest distance, ect.)
The Nike Plus is far more wearable than any other GPS watch I’ve seen or used. The design of this watch is one of it’s best selling points.
The compatible heart rate monitor has an extremely comfortable strap. It’s soft and fits more comfortably than the strap that syncs with the Garmin Forerunner.
The battery life on this watch is far better than the Garmin Forerunner. I have gone for mulitple runs with out having to recharge.
This watch is powered by Tom Tom. The signal is fairly easy to pick up. For best results hook up to your computer before your run to update your GPS maps.
One of the best features with this device is the compatibility with the Nike Plus webpage. The Sportwatch plugs directly into a USB port on your computer, no need to worry about another accessory to keep track of. The watch automatically uploads your run to the Nike Plus page. All of your data is stored and easy to read. The website is very user friendly and helpful for evaluating your current running level and setting new goals.
Overall I prefer the Nike Plus SportWatch. I do find either watch to be well worth the investment.
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