Budget sports watches for runners

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Polar M200Polar M430Timex Ironman R300Amazfit T-RexGarmin Forerunner 45 39mmGarmin Forerunner 45 42mmGarmin Forerunner 35Garmin Forerunner 45S 39mmSuunto Ambit3 Peak (HR)Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire
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Polar M200
Polar M430
Timex Ironman R300
Amazfit T-Rex
Garmin Forerunner 45 39mm
Garmin Forerunner 45 42mm
Garmin Forerunner 35
Garmin Forerunner 45S 39mm
Suunto Ambit3 Peak (HR)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire
Best price
Best price
Battery lifeWith a longer battery life, you don’t have to worry about charging the device as often.
Battery lifeWith a longer battery life, you don’t have to worry about charging the device as often.6 days
N.A.25 days
20 days
7 days
7 days
9 days
7 days
30 days
30 days
Battery life with GPS onThere is less chance that you will run out of battery during an adventure.
Battery life with GPS onThere is less chance that you will run out of battery during an adventure.N.A.8h
N.A.40h
13h
13h
13h
13h
20h
20h
GPSGPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.
GPSGPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.
Heart rate monitorA heart rate monitor can help show your fitness levels, enabling you to calculate a suitable intensity of exercise.
Heart rate monitorA heart rate monitor can help show your fitness levels, enabling you to calculate a suitable intensity of exercise.
Pulse oximeter sensorYour blood oxygen level is a measurement how much oxygen is reaching your muscles. It is important because low levels mean that you will become easily fatigued during exercise. The more exercise you do, the better your blood oxygen levels will become.
Pulse oximeter sensorYour blood oxygen level is a measurement how much oxygen is reaching your muscles. It is important because low levels mean that you will become easily fatigued during exercise. The more exercise you do, the better your blood oxygen levels will become.
Distance trackingIt tracks how far you travel.
Distance trackingIt tracks how far you travel.
Measures paceMeasuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
Measures paceMeasuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
Route trackerWith a route tracker you can add your route onto a map. It is helpful if you plan to do the same route again, or want to share it with your community.
Route trackerWith a route tracker you can add your route onto a map. It is helpful if you plan to do the same route again, or want to share it with your community.
CompassA compass is useful for gaming, maps, and navigation software.
CompassA compass is useful for gaming, maps, and navigation software.

Sports watches blur the lines between smartwatches and fitness trackers, serving up features that allow athletes and active individuals to optimize their training. From wind speed sensors to oximeter sensors, sports watches provide wearers with a comprehensive overview of health and fitness in a way that makes it easy to tailor workouts and track improvements.

And, you don’t have to pay luxury prices just to find all of those features and more. Budget-friendly sports watches are available for all types of athletes, and runners especially are able to snag sweet deals on these kinds of watches. Aside from a lower price, here are all of the features you should expect to see in a budget-friendly sports watch for runners.

GPS

As a runner, GPS is what allows you to track your running path and distance. While this is a common feature of any sports watch, it’s something you’ll need to consider when factoring in the watch’s battery life. Regardless of a sports watch’s battery life, you’ll notice that the battery life significantly decreases once the GPS function is activated. As a runner, this feature is essential to you, so be sure to consider the battery life of sports watches with GPS activated.

Sweat-resistant

There’s no way around the fact that runners sweat...a lot. Lucky for you, there are plenty of budget-friendly sports watches for runners that are sweat resistant. Most of the time, brands will market this a pure sweat resistance or as an overarching category of water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets or streams of sweat, but not being submerged into water.

Heart rate monitor

Whether you’re training for a half marathon or running in order to lose weight, it helps to track your heart rate to provide you with helpful analytics that allows you to optimize your training sessions. As an added plus, a sports watch with a heart rate monitor can also track health stats throughout the day, transforming heart signals into data for health and exercise reports and, in some cases, sending out alerts for elevated heart rate.

Distance tracking

Even though running is about much, much more than just racking up miles, sometimes it really is about just getting those miles in. A budget sports watch should provide you with a distance tracking feature that keeps count of miles (or kilometers) and generates insightful data and reports for you to check out at the end of each session, week, or month. We 

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