Running GPS — Accelerate Your Running Experience
Running GPS are they worth your money ?
This is a legitimate question when thinking about buying a running GPS, they aren’t cheap piece of equipment . You might also wonder how it can help you in your running or even make you a better runner?
I’ve long been an advocate of running by feel and perceived exertion, not quite a running purist but thinking I didn’t need all that gadgetry to figure things out.
That was until strapping a GPS wrist watch a friend of mine bought. Boy was I wrong! Way too optimistic about my distances. I also thought I was good at gauging my pace which wasn’t the case.
That was hard to admit it but I wasn’t honest with myself as far as my perception of where my running was. Back to reality was a bit harsh but never regretted getting my first running GPS watch.
What exactly will it do for you?
Some might argue that it will get in the way of your running pleasure and freedom but it is very much how you use it and what you do with it that matters.
Running GPS watches are powerful tools when it comes to tracking your running. However they have been designed with the average runner in mind not rocket scientist so they are fairly simple to operate.
How can it help the average runner who wants to have fun running and have the satisfaction to experience some improvement?
Understanding your pacing and learn how you can control it for better running comfort and endurance.
Set up your running program and challenge your built in virtual running partner to add more fun to your training.
Check your heart rate:
Record and store your HR stats under effort and show the graphs to your doctor during check ups. Also recommended to pregnant running women to not go over 140 pulses / minutes.
Find your way back:
Very handy when trail running in unfamiliar terrain or away from home on holiday or business trip.
Very useful to keep count of your shoe mileage and avoid injury related to insufficient cushioning. Always nice to be able to brag about distances covered (or maybe that’s just me).
Can GPS watches really help you move your running to the next level?
You can only improve what you can measure. Running watches with GPS will be a great help in collecting your running data and check important parameters during exercise and race:
Monitor and control your target pace during training and races
Set up and follow your pace-based running programs
Get motivation to work out harder
Track the physiological impact of your running workload
Follow improvements in your performance
Analyze and evaluate your training and race results
The good news is your running GPS experience doesn’t stop here.
There are online services (most of them free) that will allow you to compute your data and :
This is real value added to the tool and will really help you to spot the bigger picture pattern in your running no matter what level your at. Being able to share and compare your data with your running partners or other runners online is a great motivator. Many experience runners in those online communities will be more than pleased to help you understand your stats based on the data collected.
Lets review in more details what GPS for running really are:
How accurate is the information collected?
The devices are spot on as far as distance, pace and HR are concerned but don’t expect runner GPS to be great topo devices, that’s not what they have been designed for. Still very handy to get back to where you started from in case you lost your way.
There are in fact a bad news and a good news about running GPS accuracy. It is a fact that watch GPS are not good with elevation data. However, this can be adjusted once you have uploaded the data. Online analysis websites have an elevation plug-in that will correct elevation to give more accurate readings.
How good is the satellite signal acquisition?
It might take several minutes on start to lock in the sat signals. Newer running watch with GPS have a technology that allows to shorten acquisition to below a minute. Once locked in signal is very stable even under heavy tree cover or tall buildings. You will temporally loose signals under bridges or dense forest. The solution to signal loss is to add a foot-pod that connects to your GPS watch and will record data when satellite signal is missing.
How waterproof are they?
GPS watches for running aren’t diving gear but fine and water resistant enough for your outdoor training. Check with the limitation of the models you are looking at. You either find models that are waterproof to IPX7 standard which means it can withstand immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes meaning water-resistant not waterproof, or 50 m waterproof watches which are more suitable to swimmers and triathletes.
How long will the battery last?
GPS function is energy greedy but they are not more of a hassle to recharge than your cell phone. Full load with GPS and trainer on will last 15 hours non stop. A fully depleted battery will take 3 hours to recharge on average. You can plug it to any power source or to the USB port of your computer. If used as a regular watch the battery will last a week.
What are the running GPS software available?
As previously mentioned online GPS data analysis services unleash the true power of your running GPS and are a great extension. On side of helping you crunch the numbers they are helpful meeting places where you can share and compare your stats with other users as well as ask questions and learn from experienced runners.
Here is a quick list of the best websites and description of services offered:
Running GPS softwares and web applications provided by GPS watch manufacturers
Mapping and analysis website allows to import GPS data from the GARMIN GPS units. It offers the most comprehensive mapping options and features of any GPS watch manufacturers. It is free to sign up and use.
POLAR PERSONAL TRAINER
Among the best brand web app available. Allows you to create complete training program and download it to your running watch to follow during your workout on a daily basis.
TIMEX TRAINER ONLINE
Timex has made the choice to team up with one of the best 3rd party multi-brand online analysis website to offer analysis tools to its customers. It partners with TRAININGPEAKS that I describe below.
SUUNTO TREK MANAGER
SUUNTO integrated GPS watches are sold as trail running devices. They come with a free analysis and mapping software the TREK MANAGER specifically designed to map and analyze your trail runs and treks.
Third party running gps websites and services
There are many websites and analysis softwares you can compute and analyze your data with. They offer great tools to analyze and share your data for the most part free. We would like to mention the two that are coming out of the pack and that have been around long enough to develop the tools for running GPS owners of all running levels.
Training Peaks software and website are compatible with all GPS runners watches. I strongly recommend that you use training Peaks tools whether or not you are using your GPS watch specific training management tools. It is capable of a lot more in depth analysis and mapping than the GPS watch manufacturer tools. On side of the many analysis planning and mapping options available it is capable of instant elevation correction of your GPS data. It also has a unique nutrition feature based on your uploaded workout data that help you maintain your optimal race weight.
Worth your consideration is SPORTTRACKS free software. It is GARMIN oriented but also works well with other brands through plugins. Although it lacks the running community aspects TRAININGPEAKS offers, if you are a data junkie you are going to be a fan. SPORTTRACKS will crunch any kind of data your running watch with GPS can spit.
So what are the options available to you?
Who can do more can do less, also true with GPS watch for running but what can do more will also cost you more. If budget is not a concern to you go with top of the notch GARMIN FORERUNNER 405CX or 310XT, however if you are budget savvy and still want the best running GPS for your training goals here is a little guidance.
2 things to consider:
• Your running goals
• Your budget
4 brands share the runners GPS market. GARMIN, TIMEX, SUUNTO and POLAR. GARMIN dominates the market and has been an early entrant on the stand-alone wristwatch GPS niche. They master the technology derived from their car and handled GPS units. I had to deal with their customer service on 2 occasions and they were very efficient.
This said SUUNTO and TIMEX also are some serious pretenders. Both brands have differentiated their products from the GARMIN offer by positioning on a different angle than the GARMIN watch range. TIMEX running GPS are strongly ironman – multi sports oriented when SUUNTO looks at wrist GPS from a trail running and outdoor perspective as compared to GARMIN running GPS products which are more on the pure running side of things. Regarding POLAR they have some great heart rate monitor units but as far as POLAR running GPS are concerned they are a little behind. Their running watches do not integer the GPS receiver, it is a separate unit that you need to carry around so not as handy as the other brand products.
In my experience GARMIN makes the most reliable and best running GPS in terms of accuracy and satellite signal acquisition. It has been 98% accurate measuring distances on roads. It is less accurate on tracks therefore if you do a lots of track runs I recommend that you also get the footpod. It will turn your watch into a GPS pedometer that wirelessly transmit data to the watch and compensate on inaccurate GPS readings. GARMIN products can also be mounted on bikes as bicycle GPS which also connects to speed and cadence sensors.
Timex is a newer entrant on the GPS watch market than GARMIN and only recently launched its first GPS integrated running wristwatch the TIMEX IRONMAN GLOBAL TRAINER. Timex positioned its best running GPS watch on the multi-sports triathlon running watches segment. I don’t have enough feedback yet to give a definite opinion about the Global Trainer but at a very reasonable price it integers some very nice features for multi-sporting, very functional with the waterproofness required by triathletes.
POLAR has been the heart rate monitor company for many years. They have integrated very advanced features in there running units. they have made the choice to keep their POLAR GPS receiver separate from the running watch, worn on the upper arm. It is as accurate as the GARMIN FORERUNNER watch technology but less convenient.
I’ve classified the products available to you in all four brands by athlete profiles:
You are a casual runner or want to get active:
You are a recreational exerciser or want an easy start into running and benefit from the latest tools available :
GARMIN FORERUNNER 305 GPS
The time tested 305 bulkier and older model but with a lot more options for the price. If you go through running GPS reviews from users this is the product that gets the more positive votes as the best GPS for running. It has its limitations (satellite signal acquisition can be slow) but its drop in price due to launch of the new GARMIN FORERUNNER 405 GPS watch makes it a great deal.
GARMIN FORERUNNER 110 GPS
Or slicker newer more stylish 110 more expensive (about $50 more than 305) with less bang for the buck. Its smaller size and girlie color options make it a nice women’s GPS running watch.
You want to improve your fitness and performances
Running is an important part of your life and you now want to go a step further to get fitter, control your weight or have the satisfaction to improve your performance:
GARMIN FORERUNNER 405 GPS
Same look and feel than the top of the range 405 CX but under $300 heart rate sensor is optional and doesn’t have the built in new advance calories count formula based on heart rate.
POLAR Running GPS RS300X G1
The GPS sensor has to be bought separately as an external unit worn on the forearm adding $150 to the $230 of the RS300.
You are a hardcore runner you compete and maximize your performances
GARMIN FORERUNNER 405CX GPS
This the top of the range of the FORERUNNER GPS and also my favorite, not cheap but the best in this category in my opinion.
GARMIN FORERUNNER 310XT GPS
It is the latest multi sport fully waterproof GARMIN GPS watch it has longer battery life than the Global Trainer with similar latest technology GPS chipset.
TIMEX GPS WATCH IRONMAN GLOBAL TRAINER
The newest on the market and first GPS receiver integrated running watch from Timex. Fully waterproof. Slightly slower to lock in satellite signal than the 310XT. About $100 cheaper than the 310XT so if price is an issue, that’s the right choice in this category. Downside is it doesn’t support footpod for indoor or track training.
POLAR RS800 CX MULTISPORT
POLAR GPS running watch have not integrated GPS receiver, it is a separate unit that you need to carry strapped to your forearm. The good side is that the watch has more battery life in GPS mode than the other brand models. It is also $100 more expensive than the GARMIN 310XT and nor its good looks or its powerful fitness GPS features justifies the price difference.
SUUNTO X10 GPS with altimeter and barometer
This is the only specific trail running GPS watch I could research. Even though the previously mentioned would perfectly do the trick on a trail the Suunto X10 has the advantage to incorporate an altimeter which compensates on the field the poor elevation reading given by the GPS signal alone. A barometer also alerts you when a sudden change of atmospheric pressure comes in before a storm. Those extra features have a price tag that puts the SUUNTO above the $400 ticket.
Accelerate Your Running With the
GARMIN FORERUNNER 405 CX
I have been a very happy owner and user of the GARMIN 305 for the past 3 years, so I long hesitated upgrading to the 405 unit.
The first time I saw the 405, I didn’t think it looked like a running GPS watch, I mean the bulky type. In fact it looks more like a regular digital sport watch. It actually weights 20% less than the 305.
So where have they put all the nice features we’ve been used to with the previous models?
The answer is in the bezel (outer ring of the watch). A digital touch control bezel for that matter. It actually feels like using your Iphone. Drag scroll and tap that’s how you control it.
As you are running hard and not used to this new way of displaying data, using the bezel can get a bit frustrating at first but once you are used to it it works fine. Sensitivity can be adjusted and bezel locked during use to avoid modifying settings inadvertently.
The Garmin 405 is designed for all runners, running purist and gear phobic included. A simple functional user friendly concentrate of technology. OK yes I am a fan, can you tell?
What’s in the box?
Right out of it the 405 is simple to set up. 2 training screens you can choose from and parameter with 3 functions. This set up allows you to check 6 different fields at once. Here is how I set mine:
For my tempo runs: I have my heart rate, lap distance and time.For my endurance runs: I choose overall time, distance and average km pace.
Switching from one screen to the next while running is a bit of a challenge at first with the digital bezel locked. I still think GARMIN should have thought of the possibility to do that by the press of a button. Same remark for the retro lighting of the screen during night runs.
Spotting GPS signals is fast, most of the time less than 30 seconds in fact the fastest I have seen in equivalent models included the Timex Ironman Global Trainer.
As I have mentioned before, elevation data accuracy is tricky with running GPS. That also goes for the 405. Luckily once you’ve uploaded the data onto the online analysis websites GARMIN CONNECT or TRAINING PEAKS, elevation readings plugin adjust the data.
Still not getting enough out of your 405?
You can wirelessly synchronize it with extra accessories:
• The foot pod:
Useful addition to your 405 arsenal if you run indoor or on tracks. While indoor use of footpod on treadmills is obvious, the use in tracks is to get a better distance reading since most GPS watch overestimate distance on 400 meter tracks. The other usefulness of a footpod combined to your 405 is in case of a temporary lost of sat signal while running under a bridge or too heavy tree cover.
• Bike speed and cadence censors:
The speed and cadence sensor allows you to enhance the biking features of the 405 and give you a reading of your pedaling strokes per minute. Sensor easily mounts on bike frame and is quickly aligned with crank and spike magnets to record pedaling cadence as you ride.
Once your training is over this is when the 405 starts unleashing its true power. After you have wirelessly transfered your training data to your computer, online analysis website like GARMIN CONNECT (free service) will help you analyze your workouts, you can then plot your run onto a Google GPS map and after comparing it with your previous trainings, share it with your running partners.
The 405 unit includes:
With the purchase of the 405 unit you receive the USB wireless transfer stick, the heart rate monitor strap, 3 different sizes wristbands provided to fit most wrists including wrist straps for the comfort of smaller wrists, charging clip with the A/C charger and the user guide on DVD.
Watch your Results
A new and accurate calorie-consumption function that computes the calories used during training with a lot more precision than previous formulas, based on small heart rate changes during effort.Sensitive GPS receiver precisely calculates information about pace distance and speed. Locking satellite signals is under 30 seconds even under cloud and tree cover.Navigation tool allows you to get back to your stating point as well as mark your location or find one.
Bike speed and cadence sensor linked to your 405 will track your cycling workouts.Improve your times and motivate yourself during training by competing against the Virtual Partner®, a runner icon displayed on your watch with preset speed goals time and distance.405 is water-resistant and can be submerse up to 1m deep.Record your indoor training on a treadmill with the optional footpod to measure speed and distance without the GPS signal.Digital touch bezel around display allows to select functions and set up training screens with the touch of a finger.8 hours of battery life in GPS mode before recharging with the included A/C charger.
Track your Heart Rate
Control and optimize your training heart rate target zone by using the chest-strap heart rate monitor wirelessly connected to your Forerunner 405.
Sync Store and Share your Workouts Wirelessly
Wirelessly and automatically transfer data from Forerunner to your computer with ANT+ technology now MAC compatible.Analyze compare and share your data with free GARMIN CONNECT website and softwareSet up functions on your 405 before training by wirelessly transferring parameters from your computerWirelessly transfer data between 405 units and train with other users workout parameters.Store up to 20 hours of training data before transfer to your computer at any time.
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Best GPS Activity Loggers: iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide
GPS is one of the many features that makes the iPhone so great, but what makes that GPS even better are the apps that take advantage of it. This AppGuide will help you find an activity logger that can track your running, hiking, skiing, biking, and other activities while giving you real time results on how you are doing.
Runmeter GPS Running
by Abvio Inc.
Runmeter gives you everything you need in order to have your iPhone check your progress and use the data in any way you wish. Runmeter keeps track of your time, location, distance, elevation, and speed for running, biking, and skiing. One of the main advantages of Runmeter over other apps in its class is the ability to organize your information in a variety of ways. These include a map, graph, and calendar view organized by routes and activities. Overall, Runmeter is fantastic for the serious runner. It is a Swiss army knife of an app and is highly recommended for those who run, bike, ski, and more.
Endomondo Sports Tracker – GPS Track Running Cycling Walking & More
Endomodo is a great free choice as an activity logger and a "personal trainer" alike. Simplistic and rich functionality such as racing, social intergration, and a route finder put Endomodo among the top apps of its kind. If that wasn't enough, there is also a pro app (listed below) that contains other amazing features that many would find useful during outdoor activity. The fact that it's free is the icing on the cake and makes this app a must to try.
runtastic PRO Running & Fitness
The app runtastic PRO is the app for tracking everything you need including running, biking, and other activities. The PRO features of this app include voice feedback during a workout, live tracking, iPod integration, a power song that you can activate for a boost, cheers and messages from friends, heart rate support, competitions, and so much more! There are several training plans available as in-app purchases varying in price based on your needs. Sync with iCloud, share your success story on Facebook, or choose to save all of your workouts at www.runtastic.com.
by Trimble Navigation Limited
AllSport GPS is a jack of all trades when it comes to outdoor sports. AllSport can track your location, speed, time, distance traveled, and calories burned. What separates this app from the rest is the number of features it has. If you don't like using a another app for music while you work out, then this app has you covered with a built in music player that plays songs from your music library. This app has an accompanying website to track progress and share your accomplishments, you also get the same option to share with Facebook. AllSport can also download GPS data from Bicycling and Backpacker Magazine as well as from other users. You can also have virtual races against your friends allowing for competition. Although this app is feature rich, it can be a little difficult to navigate at times. That as well as the occasional crash and the high price can steer one away from this app. However, the sheer number of great features outweighs the cons and makes this an app to look at.
GPS Kit - Offline GPS Tracker
by Garafa, LLC
GPS Kit is unlike the other apps in the sense that it is for the serious outdoorsman/woman. It was designed for hiking, hunting, camping, skiing, mountain biking, and even fishing. It is perhaps not the ideal app for runners due to the features that are better suited to an adventure in the woods. The amount of features that this app has is just mind blowing and it is like nothing else in the App Store today. To start, there is an amazing feature called radar. Radar is essentially a messaging service that allows you to get the locations of your friends who have GPS Kit as well as have an in-app chat with them. This app also has a nice amount of utilities such as a flashlight (iPhone 4 and newer), a compass, elevation graph, as well as map tracking and measurement. GPS Kit also has support for weather and offline maps. Along with the radar feature, there are other social features included in the app including support for Facebook and Twitter to share your trips and accomplishments. Finally, this app of course has the ability to get information about your speed and pace. GPS Kit is an app for the true outdoors adventurer. If you fit this category, then this app is definitely for you and worth every penny. If not, then the high price and amount of features may not suit your needs and you should look elsewhere.
by Nike, Inc.
This app records your pace, distance, and route with voice feedback to inform you of your progress. Afterwards, you can send your run to Nikeplus.com. Here you can set future workout goals for yourself, communicate with the Nike+ community, and join challenges. Nike+ also allows you to connect to Facebook and Twitter to tell everyone about your latest accomplishment. A feature called Nike+ Tag was added which allows you and a few friends to play a game of "tag." The app judges who is "it" based on the person who has run the shortest distance. Whether you're a serious runner or not, this may be the perfect app for you.
If you're looking to keep your outdoor activities simple and track your coordinates, then GPS Tracks may be the app for you. The app includes a built-in compass and the ability to draw a line from one coordinate to another, providing you with exact distance and arrival time of that trip. It will also track your speed, pace, and distance traveled. Store your favorite locations, add waypoints on a map, and sync using different methods. You can also send your locations to GPS apps such as Navigon, TomTom, Google, or Maps. The app is $0.99, but is well worth it for everything it can do!
iBiker | Indoor and Outdoor Cycling & Heart Rate Monitor Training
by iTMP Technology, INc.
For the bikers, there is iBiker. Track your time, distance, pace/speed, and splits with this app. You can also map your route and share your results and maps with friends. One neat thing about this app is that you can listen to voice feedback as you're working out. This app also integrates with several other apps such as Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, LoseIt!, and more.
by Strava, Inc.
Strava is the app for someone that wants to see where they stand and continually build on that. It is great for the competitive athletes. The app is simple, but still catches the eye with its UI. Track your runs, see your stats, see where you are against friends, and find places to run. More features await if you decide to go premium later for a monthly or yearly fee.
Columbia’s GPS PAL™
by Columbia Sportswear Co.
Columbia Sportswear brings us a nifty and beautiful app called Columbia's GPS PAL. The app states that it is to preserve memorable outdoor experiences on the go, but there is so much more to it. You can track and store routes, distance, times, and paces. This app does place heavy emphasis on dynamic journaling than it does for athletic purposes. I would say that it is more for the runner that isn't training at the moment.
Jog Log Pro - GPS Running Tracker
by Serenity Integration, LLC
Jog Log Pro is the app for the beginner whom is starting out with a walk or a veteran who runs marathons non-stop. This app includes GPS mapping, custom interval timers, voice cues, heart rate monitor integration, and even a ghost pace. It is not just for running or walking, but also for cycling and swimming. You can also accomplish 20 goals and achievements that are specific to Game Center with its recent integration. There are several in-app purchases offered in this app that cater to different training programs as well.
by Six to Start
If you're the type that cannot seem to get into running even after trying multiple apps to train and condition, then perhaps you should approach running from a different direction. Zombies, Run! has taken running to that very next level. From the moment you start your run, you are immersed into the story of the Abel Township and their daily battle against the zombies. Missions can run between 30 minutes to an hour. Between transmissions, you are able to listen to your own playlists while collecting supplies to better certain parts of the base. You can even turn on a feature called "zombie chases," enabling zombies to chase you at random. If running away from zombies isn't motivation enough, I don't know what is. At the end of your run, you can share details through Facebook or Twitter. You can also view your runs online whether you chose GPS mapping or to track your steps. While this app doesn't track nearly as many details some of the other apps in this AppGuide, it is still a great one to have for the motivation or fun.
Whether you are walking, hiking, running, biking, sailing, skiing, flying, or racing, MotionX GPS is up for the challenge. In addition to being GPS enabled, MotionX allows you to store maps for offline use and you can save tracks for easy access to your favorite places. The app is also capable of recording your time, distance and speed although there is no website to track your progress with. One last unique feature that this app has is the ability to be your tour guide by accessing Wikipedia. MotionX is a jack of all trades when it comes to tracking outdoor activities. While it does not have all of the features of some of the dedicated GPS activity loggers, it's a worthwhile offering.
RunKeeper - GPS Track Running Walking Cycling
by FitnessKeeper, Inc.
Simply put, if you are a runner that just wants the basic controls of the treadmill with a GPS enabled map when you are running outside, then look no further. RunKeeper Pro allows you to track your speed, pace, and distance, just like most of these apps. You can store your workouts online as well as share your progress over Facebook and Twitter. Music is also integrated into the app, so there is no need to jump into the iPod app to listen to your favorite tunes. RunKeeper Pro is an app worth looking at if you are a person who just wants to run and know how you are doing and nothing more.
Wiggle | Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Run Watch with Integrated HRM
Pair the Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Run Watch with Integrated HRM with your smartphone and get audio prompts based on your own training plan to help you stay on track. The 235 also features live tracking and smart notifications.
Heart Rate Measured at the WristForerunner 235 with Elevate™ heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist 24/7, giving you the option to run without a strap. Its colorful gauge identifies your heart rate zone and beats per minute in real time.
Customize Your Watch and Your TrainingNo two runners are the same, and neither are their goals. Set yourself up to reach yours by downloading advanced workouts and training plans to your watch from Garmin Connect. You can even customize your data fields, and download watch faces, widgets and applications all for free at Connect IQ.
On and Off the Road RunningA built-in accelerometer captures distance and pace data when you’re running on an indoor track or treadmill, with no need for a separate foot pod accessory. Once you’re done running, it doubles as an activity tracker, counting your steps and calories throughout the day. It also reminds you to move after sitting for more than an hour. Forerunner 235 is compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites to locate your position quickly and precisely whether you’re running deep in the woods or near tall buildings.
It's Simple. Period.Concise, easy-to-understand charts, graphs, maps and more let you view your activities, track progress toward goals and wirelessly upload and share relevant data directly with the online Garmin Connect network. So, you can compete with friends or family members on weekly step or running challenges — and compare your results in real time, using the LiveTrack feature. You can also use the app’s wireless connectivity links to receive current weather conditions, forecasts and smart notifications right on your compatible Garmin device.
SpecificationsDisplay size: WxH 1.23" (31.1 mm) diameter
Display resolution: WxH 215 x 180 pixels
Weight: 1.5 oz (42 g)
Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: 11 Hours training, 9 days watch + AT + Notifications + Heart rate
Water rating: 5 ATM
In the boxForerunner 235 GPS watchCharging/data clipManual
Compare the Forerunner 235 to other products in the Forerunner range here
About GPS Running Computers
GPS receivers are now made waterproof, lightweight and small enough to take outdoors and provide you with a detailed record of your journey. Run units are not intended for navigation, rather as an extremely accurate way of analysing your workout giving you information on speed, distance, elevation etc. Some units offer integrated heart rate monitors.
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About the Garmin brand
Garmin International Inc. manufactures and markets navigation and communications equipment for the aviation and consumer markets such as the popular Garmin Edge mountain bike and road bike GPS range. Garmin products serve aviation, marine, automotive, wireless, OEM, and general recreation applications.
Specifically Garmin aim to enrich the lives of customers, suppliers, distributors, and employees by providing the very best products that offer superior quality, safety, and operational features at affordable prices. What started out in 1989 with a handful of dedicated engineers and a great idea for a product has grown into the Global Positioning System (GPS) leader–both in sales and critical acclaim. Garmin has helped to take GPS to new heights by going beyond the ordinary features and performance found in typical GPS receivers.
Today, Garmin has a diverse product line and distributors in virtually every part of the world. While garmin's immediate success has resulted from developing innovative products for a variety of markets, their long-term success is based on commitment to support customers after the sale. They are winning over new customers with quality products, tremendous value, and superior service, and are working to turn them into loyal Garmin supporters for many years to come.