In my opinion, Amazon is one of the easiest ways (if not very scientific) to see small trends in the GPS industry as it sells for all of the different GPS manufacturers. It isn’t super accurate or really all that important, but it’s certainly interesting!
Today we’re gonna look at the running GPS units, some of which are GPS watches and some of which are not, as the market is pretty fractured and crazy right now. There are some duplicates in the list (due to multiple sizes or colors) which I have skipped over if they were already listed.
1. Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch – This smartwatch is part GPS device and part activity tracker and can not only track your runs but also monitor sleep and sync notifications with your smartphone. Purchase it on Amazon for $226 – $250
2. Garmin Forerunner 225 – Unlike other units, this watch has a wrist-based heart rate monitor which means you can forgo the uncomfortable chest strap while working out. It also has a move reminder, maps GPS data and acts as an activity tracker. Purchase it on Amazon for $297.
3. Garmin vivosmart – Designed as an activity tracker first, I don’t think the vivosmart actually tracks GPS location although it does track steps and the like. Of the whole list, this particular unit is really meant more for hobbyists who want shiny tech and smartphone integration than actual fitness functionality. The No. 3 unit is black, but the Vivosmart band shows up several times in the top ten in various sizes and colors. Purchase it on Amazon for $115 – $125.
4. Garmin Forerunner 10 – While this unit recently got an update in the form of the Forerunner 15, it’s still a pretty solid unit with a high sensitivity GPS tracker, a lap pacer (which was lost on the newest unit) and some other great running features. You definitely wouldn’t go wrong with this unit. Purchase it on Amazon for $130 – 87.
5. Garmin Forerunner 220 – This GPS watch is pretty standard and has all the features you’d expect including auto sync with Garmin Connect and a bright, vivid color display. It tracks location and route and allows for live tracking during events. Purchase it on Amazon for $200 in red and black or white and violet.
6. Nike+ SportWatch GPS (powered by TomTom) – This is one of the only non-Garmin units on the top ten. Created by Nike, this watch features GPS and maps from TomTom to track distance and location, which syncs with NikePlus.com (works similar to Garmin Connect). The unit is compatible for heart rate monitors as well. Purchase it on Amazon in various colors for $154 – $200.
7. Garmin Forerunner 110 – This slightly older device is pretty simple and really only tracks GPS location, distance, time and pace. Does not include bells and whistles like heart rate monitors or smartphone sync. It does use Garmin Connect, but would be good if all you want is your GPS location. Purchase it on Amazon in various colors for $70 – $120.
8. Garmin Forerunner 920XT with HRM – Easily one of Garmin’s most expensive and advanced units, the 920XT has a huge range of features including recording speed, distance, heart rate, power and more. It syncs with smartphones and provides live tracking. Basically, every feature Garmin offers is probably included in this unit. Purchase it on Amazon in a couple color choices for $500 – $458 with a heart rate monitor.
9. Garmin Forerunner 15 – This entry-level GPS running watch is meant for light users and can track stats both indoor and out. Unlike the older Forerunner 15, this watch acts as an activity tracker as well as tracking GPS location when outdoors and distance and pace when indoors. Purchase it on Amazon in various colors for $140.
10. Garmin Forerunner 610 – This unit is one of Garmin’s older running watches and when paired with compatible devices can measure heart rate, cadence and more. The device, being a Garmin, does of course also track distance and route and syncs with Garmin Connect. It also has ANT support. You can purchase a refurbished one from Amazon for around $130.