What’s on your wrist? This question was asked on one of our local running forums. I find it quite interesting and always look at the wrists of other runners and sports people in general to see what watch or gadget they use.
There are many brands with numerous models on the market today. Garmin is probably the best known out there, but there are quite a few other popular brands as well. It all depends on what you want out of it. They all have their pros and cons.
Personally I use a Polar RS800 and a Suunto Ambit. Yes I use two and wear one on each wrist. I’ve tested both and find them both very good.
The Polar is definitely ahead on the HR side of things. The HR monitor is very accurate and the software that works with the Polar devices gives you great HR information and training possibilities using this HR information.
The Suunto is great on the GPS side of the scale. It also includes a great compass and has the feature of using waypoints when you go totally off road. I also use the barometer and altimeter a lot when I am out on the trails.
In short I would say the Polar is great for road running and I use all its features for my road training runs. On the trails I prefer the Suunto with its awesome GPS, altimeter and barometer. Most of the time I wear both. I use the Polar with its HR monitor and the Suunto with its GPS, altimeter, barometer and compass. Both have thermometers as well.
After each run I collect all the data from both and then this stats geek is in heaven! :D
The other very important feature for me is battery life. Many watches only have 8 to 10 hours of battery life when you use a HR monitor and GPS. I often run longer than that so battery life is very important to me. Both these watches give me long battery life and I can do my full day runs easily with HR and GPS active.
With the combination of these two devices I get everything I want and there are plenty features I don’t even use.
What’s on your wrist?