GPS Watch Guide

GPS Watch Guide

It’s been a while since the days of simple watches where all you could do is press stop and start. How far did you go? Well, you would only know if you went and drove the course or were maybe able to map it out online. Today there are tons of different GPS watches to choose from, each with their own special features. But what watch is best for you and your needs? We have compiled a list of some of the watches we carry below along with a few of the specs. Hopefully, this will help narrow it down. Have questions? Stop in at one of our locations and we will be happy to help you out!

Garmin Forerunner 45

Who’s it For: New Runners, Runners on a Budget, No Fuss Watch Lovers 

Features:

  • Basic running watch: Tracks your time, distance and pace.
  • Heart rate, Activity tracking & health stats
  • Tracks: Running (outdoors), Treadmill, Cycling (outdoors), Walk, Cardio and more
  • Live Track, incident Detection Assistance
  • Battery Life: 9 days watch mode, 13hrs GPS Mode

Garmin Vivoactive 4/ Vivoactive 4 Music

Who is it for:: The runner who needs a watch for their runs and their life. Ideas for the person who wants a nice watch whether they are in running clothes or business professional attire. 

Features:

  • Tracks your time, distance, pace, Heart rate, general activity tracking, floors climbed & health stats
  • Music with storage of up to 500 songs 
  • Touchscreen-swipe function and bright backlight
  • Barometer
  • Garmin Pay
  • Tracks: Running (outdoors), Treadmill, Cycling (outdoors), Walk, Cardio, yoga, elliptical, pool swimming, cross country skiing, and more
  • Live Track, incident Detection Assistance
  • Rated 5 ATM
  • Back to Start Function
  • Battery Life: 7 days watch mode, 13hrs GPS Mode, 5hrs GPS mode+music



Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music

Who’s it For: The runner who is looking to get a little more out of their watch than just basic functions

Features 

  • Tracks your time, distance, pace, Heart rate, general activity tracking, recovery time pulse ox & health stats
  • Music with storage of up to 500 songs  
  • Tracks: Running, Treadmill, Cycling, Walk, Cardio, yoga, elliptical, pool swimming, cross country skiing, and more
  • Live Track, incident Detection Assistance
  • Rated 5 ATM
  • Three buttons on the left side of the face and two on the right control the screen, backlight, and GPS functions. 
  • Courses Back to Start Function
  • Battery Life: 7 days watch mode, 24 hrs GPS Mode, 6hrs GPS mode+music

Coros Pace 2

Who’s it For:  The runner who wants a long-lasting, simple GPS watch with a built-in barometer and heart rate monitor

Features:

  • Tracks your time, distance, pace, Heart rate, floors climbed  general activity tracking, 
  • Optical Heart Rate Monitor, Barometric Altimeter, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope . Thermometer
  • Tracks Run, Indoor Run, Track Run, Bike, Indoor Bike, Pool Swim, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GPS Cardio, Strength, Training
  • Triathlon Mode
  • Rated 5 ATM
  • running power without any accessory
  •  On watch training plans
  • Battery Life: 20 days watch mode, 30 hours in Full GPS mode, 60 hours in UltraMax mode

Coros Apex:

Who’s it For: The runner that’s looking for a premium watch at a budget-friendly price

Features:

  • Tracks your time, distance, pace, Heart rate, floors climbed  general activity tracking, 
  • Optical Heart Rate Monitor, Barometric Altimeter, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope . Thermometer, Wrist-based heart rate monitor
  • Pre-load breadcrumb trail maps
  • Tracks: Run, Indoor Run, Trail Run, Track Run, Mountain Climb, Hike, Bike, Indoor Bike, Pool Swim, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GPS Cardio, Ski, Snowboard, XC Ski, Ski Touring, Multisport, Strength, Training
  • Rated 10 ATM
  • Battery Life: Up to 100/80 Hours in UltraMax GPS Mode, Up to 35/25 Hours in Full GPS Mode, Up to 30/24 Days for Regular Use
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Coros Apex Pro:

 

Who’s it For Ultra Runners and Triathletes who want all of the data but don’t need music

Features:

  • Tracks your time, distance, pace, Heart rate, floors climbed  general activity tracking, 
  • Optical Heart Rate Monitor, Barometric Altimeter, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope . Thermometer, Wrist-based heart rate monitor, Pulse-Ox
  • Pre-load breadcrumb trail maps
  • Tracks: Run, Indoor Run, Trail Run, Track Run, Mountain Climb, Hike, Bike, Indoor Bike, Pool Swim, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GPS Cardio, Ski, Snowboard, XC Ski, Ski Touring, Multisport, Strength, Training
  • Rated 10 ATM
  • Battery Life: Up to 100/80 Hours in UltraMax GPS Mode, Up to 35/25 Hours in Full GPS Mode, Up to 30/24 Days for Regular Use

Garmin Forerunner 945

Who It's For Triathletes, Trail Runners, those who need advanced mapping

Features

  • Tracks your time, distance, pace, floors climbed, Heart rate, general activity tracking, recovery time pulse ox, lactate threshold  & health stats
  • Topo maps with pop;rarity rating
  • Music with storage of up to 1000 songs
  • Tracks: Running, Treadmill, Cycling, Walk, Cardio, yoga, elliptical, pool swimming, cross country skiing,rowing, track and more
  • Live Track, incident Detection Assistance, Group Track
  • Rated 5 ATM
  • Advanced dynamics for swim, bike, run 
  • Three buttons on the left side of the face and two on the right control the screen, backlight, and GPS functions. 
  • Courses, Back to Start Function, save locations, where am I, compass, custom POI’s
  • Battery Life: 2 weeks watch mode, 36 hours in GPS, 10hrs GPS+Music, 60Hrs Ultra Track

Garmin fēnix 5 and fēnix 5 Plus

Who It's For: The athlete who needs a watch with a long battery life, compass and barometric altimeter, Great for Triathletes and Ultrarunners 

Features

  • Everything runners need
  • Compass with a gyroscope and barometric altimeter
  • Tracks your time, distance, pace, floors climbed, Heart rate, general activity tracking, recovery time pulse ox, lactate threshold  & health stats
  • Topo maps with a popularity rating
  • Music with storage of up to 1000 songs
  • Tracks: Running, Treadmill, Cycling, Walk, Cardio, yoga, elliptical, pool swimming, cross country skiing,rowing, track and more
  • Live Track, incident Detection Assistance, Group Track
  • Rated 20 ATM
  • Advanced dynamics for swim, bike, run 
  • Three buttons on the left side of the face and two on the right control the screen, backlight, and GPS functions. 
  • Courses, Back to Start Function, save locations, where am I, compass, custom POI’s
  • Battery Life: 2 weeks watch mode, 24hrs in GPS Mode , 60Hrs Ultra Trac battery saver mode

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro and Fenix 6 Sapphire

Who It's For: The runner that needs the best of the best and an even longer battery life

Features:

  • Everything runners need
  • Compass with a gyroscope and barometric altimeter
  • Tracks your time, distance, pace, floors climbed, Heart rate, general activity tracking, recovery time pulse ox, lactate threshold  & health stats
  • Topo maps with a popularity rating
  • Music with storage of up to 1000 songs
  • THree ree sizes of watches: 42mm (Fenix 6s), 47mm (Fenix 6), 51mm (Fenix 6X)
  • Solar charging on Fenix 6 Pro Solar: Termed “Power Glass”, this will increase battery life on sunnier days
  • Tracks: Running, Treadmill, Cycling, Walk, Cardio, yoga, elliptical, pool swimming, cross country skiing, rowing, track, and more
  • Live Track, incident Detection Assistance, Group Track
  • Rated 20 ATM
  • Advanced dynamics for swim, bike, run 
  • Three buttons on the left side of the face and two on the right control the screen, backlight, and GPS functions. 
  • Pro has WiFi, Maps, Music, Golf Maps
  • Courses, Back to Start Function, save locations, where am I, compass, custom POI’s
  •  New PacePro feature: This replaces old-school paper race pace bands, creating pace targets for race-based on grade/reverse splits/etc…
  • new Power Manager feature: Gives detailed information about the impacts/tradeoffs of features on battery life
  • New Power Modes feature: Allows you to create custom power/battery modes, with time remaining per activity
  • Battery Life: 2 weeks watch mode
    • In GPS Mode
      • Fenix 6S: 25 hours
      • Fenix 6: 36 hours
      • Fenix 6X: 60 hours



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