If you’re just starting off your journey to better health or you’re a running veteran, having a good reliable timepiece is incredibly important. The right watch will help you maintain your focus and concentrate on what truly matters, becoming a better you and reaching the goals you have set for yourself. More than just a timepiece, a good watch will help you surpass any and all challenges and help you to come out on top every time. Whether you’re looking for a high-tech multisport timepiece or a dedicated running watch, below we have compiled our top 5 running watches for 2020 to help guide you in your search for a new favourite watch.
The ultimate multisports watch, the Garmin MARQ Athlete is created specifically to help you succeed in any challenge and guarantees the highest quality performance. Whether you’re training for a marathon or trying to get into shape, the MARQ Athlete is fitted with a wide variety of features. The watch has a preloaded range of features for several sports besides running, including swimming, golfing and cycling. The running functions include a GPS-based distance, time and pace. It has running profiles so you can differentiate between the data depending on whether you’re running on a treadmill, track or trail. The watch will provide you with data on your cadence, training status and performance. Garmin’s patented PacePro application is also featured on the watch. To ensure the model is lightweight and comfortable the case and bezel are made of titanium and the strap is silicone. In order to ensure the high durability of the model, the display is protected by a domed sapphire crystal.
This smartwatch by Garmin will help you push your limits and pursue new heights. The model is solar chargeable giving you an extra two days on top of the 14-day battery life in smartwatch mode. If the watch is used in battery save mode, that increases the battery from 48 days to 80. Like the previous Garmin model, the watch has built-in PacePro. It records data on your cadence, the training status and its effects on our body. The watch tracks your performance and improvements and based on the data is capable of predicting future speed and training success. The case is made of fibre-reinforced polymer and has a stainless steel bezel. The sunlight-visible display is protected by a PowerGlass crystal which also aids in the watch’s solar charging.
Polar’s Vantage M model is a running watch with multi-sport functionalities. The watch was designed to be everything you need during your training sessions. Its lightweight design weighs 45 g and measures 46 mm in diameter. The case is made from glass fibre-reinforced polymer and features a stainless steel bronze-coloured bezel, buttons and buckle on the silicone strap. Its always-on colour display features a hard-coated PMMA lens. Being primarily a running smartwatch, the Vantage M has a wide range of running functions. The watch has a built-in training programme which gives you a personal and adaptive training plan. Its training benefit feature gives you motivational feedback and the benefits of the session post-workout. The watch also records your running index which records your maximal oxygen consumption and shows you your improvement over time. The watch connects to Polar’s Polar Flow app to help you plan your sessions, share and analyze your results easier.
The Lotus Smartime is a more casual piece and is ideal if you’re looking for a less complicated smartwatch to help you make and stick to healthier habits. The watch has a variety of preloaded sports and exercises to choose from. It records blood pressure and heart rate to ensure you’re mindful of the effects your sessions are having on your body. The model has a stopwatch feature, a calendar and sleep monitoring. To remind you to stay active the watch also has a sedentary reminder to alert you when you’ve been inactive for too long. The case and the bezel are black PVD coated stainless steel. The perforated black and green dual colour silicone strap gives the watch a more modern sporty look while the perforation makes the strap more breathable and comfortable to wear while training.
If you’re after a running watch however you prefer something more traditional and less high-tech we suggest the Citizen Brycen watch. The model is made of super titanium to make it more lightweight and comfortable during wear. Interest is added to the design through the black super titanium bezel and the deep blue dial. To increase the security of the watch while running the bracelet is secured with a fold-over clasp with hidden buttons. Large white hour markers make the dial easier to read while running. The push-pieces for the chronograph are large to make recording laps easier. The watch also features a perpetual calendar and a date aperture.
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