All About Sports Watches

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BigDad
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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by BigDad » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:38 pm

Thanks coolit, read the reviews on the website, now I have a lot more choices to think about. :smile: Does your husband like the garmin? Is it working well for him?

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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by coolit » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:38 pm

Hubby loved it and says it has helped him to see how much distance he has covered
and it has improved his running.

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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by unity123 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:51 pm

I own both a garmin and a polar.

Distance measurement - Garmin better than Polar because its has built in GPS. Polar only higher end has GPS but is external. Otherwise distance measurement will based on footpod.

Garmin can't work indoor (unless you buy their footpod) so, if you running on treadmill most of the time, polar will be better choice.

HRM - Garmin better because Polar HRM get messed up when you are running next to another runner who also uses Polar.

Battery life - Polar better because its uses battery. Garmin you need to charge it and each charge is only good for 8 hrs. It gets shorter as the watch age. Not suitable for ultra marathon or marathon (if battery age).

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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by lwm99 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:29 am

I also have both Garmin and Polar. A few more comparisons. Overall I still prefer a GPS watch as I change my shoes almost every run.

Garmin:
*Often instant pace not accurate especially when you change your pace suddenly.
*GPS measurement not accurate when in a shaded place or surrounded by tall buildings, and when going up/down slopes.
*Don't need to move footpod and recalibrate footpod when change shoes.

Polar:
*HR monitor can link up with many treadmills so you can view your heart rate on the treadmill display without wearing the watch.
*Can capture the change in pace instantly.

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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by davidchatman » Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:06 pm

timex ironman triathalon is a good sport watch.


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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by Risobia » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:00 am

Running, you should check out whether it is water resistant, if there is GPS, or if there are heart rate measurements. You can check Fitbits, Nike or Garmin. I personally prefer Garmin because they have fantastic features and durable, suits me best. I swim usually, so I am using the GarminSwim which is one of the best swim watch I chance upon. So probably have a bais view for Garmin.

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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by Risobia » Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:39 am

decathlon sells fairly cheap and good watches ! maybe you want to take a look !

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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by deardear07 » Fri May 04, 2018 8:03 pm

Is the gps in such sports watches accurate?

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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by ralphrex » Sat May 05, 2018 9:08 am

deardear07 wrote:Is the gps in such sports watches accurate?
Depends on the pricepoint you are looking at. I think most are decent but probably close to what your phone can do. The signal is usually affected when there is obstruction to the sky by tall buildings and trees.

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Re: All About Sports Watches

Post by Travis50432 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:56 pm

I advise a smart watch, they count calories, the number of steps, there is also a "healthy sleep" function.

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