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Best Running Watches for Men in 2015

Updated on November 18, 2014
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Choose the best watch for men runners!

Looking for the best running watches for men in 2013? There are tons of sports watches for men on the market, so there is a lot to choose from. Fortunately for you, I've done the research for you and only the best watches for runners can be found in this lens.

When it comes to choosing the best watch for runners, you need to remember that there are a lot of options. If you're a beginner and you need a watch that will help with just measuring the time of your run, you can choose one of the inexpensive running watches. They have only a few features, but there's no need tu buy an expensive sports watch if you won't use its advanced capabilities.

There are, however, some cases when you might consider buying a more advanced sports watch. First case is when you'd like to measure your heart rate. If that's the case, you should definitely choose a watch for runners that has that feature. The second case is when you'd like to track all the data from your workouts, upload it to your computer and analyze it, so you can quickly take your running to the next level. If that's true, you should consider buying a more expensive watch that has the features to collect and upload data to your computer.

Another case is when you'd like track your routes or even go for a run in a city that you're not familiar with. A GPS-Enabled sports watch will help you with that. When it comes to GPS sports watches, Garmin is the leading manufacturer (most top rated GPS watches are manufactured by Garmin). You need to remember that GPS watches are among the expensive ones.

Best running watches for men

If you're a beginner and you search for a sports watch that has only the essential features, Timex Men's T53151 is a great choice when you're looking for an inexpensive watch. If you can afford to pay little more, you can check out Casio Men's GW6900-1 as well. If you're looking for a really cheap watch with few basic features, Casio Men's W800H-1AV might be the way to go.

If you'd like to buy a running watch for men that allows you to monitor you heart rate, check out Timex Ironman Men's Road Trainer and Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. The second one allows you to upload data from your workouts to your computer.

If you'd love a watch that's GPS-enabled and allows you to monitor your heart rate, choose one of the Garmin's bestsellers: Garmin Forerunner 110 (you can buy one without the chest strap) or Garmin Forerunner 305, a watch that has probably all the features you can think of.

Sport Watches for Beginners

  • Timex Men's T53151
  • Casio Men's GW6900-1
  • Casio Men's W800H-1AV

Heart Rate Monitor Watches

  • Timex Ironman Men's Road Trainer
  • Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor

GPS Watches for Runners

  • Garmin Forerunner 110
  • Garmin Forerunner 305

Casio Men's W800H-1AV
Casio Men's W800H-1AV

Casio Men's W800H-1AV Classic Digital Sport Watch

Casio Men's W800H-1AV is a fantastic choice if you're looking for a cheap and pretty small sports watch that has only few basic features such as stopwatch with split times, snooze alarm or calendar. It also has a dual time option that allows to show two times at once. Its display is easy to read, what's especially important while running, and it has a greenish light that will allow you to read the time in low light condition. Overall, it's a great choice for beginners who want a simple and inexpensive watch.

Timex Men's T53151 Ironman Triathlon
Timex Men's T53151 Ironman Triathlon

Timex Men's T53151 Ironman Triathlon

Timex Men's T53151 Ironman Triathlon is a great and inexpensive running watch for beginners. It has the most basic features like a 100-hour chronograph with lap or split option, countdown times. It's also water-resistant (depths of about 100m), so as the name of the watch says, it's a great watch for a triathlonist as well.

If you're a beginner runner and you don't need any advanced features like transferring the data to your computer or monitoring your heart rate, this watch if definitely worth checking out. To be fair, I want to warn you that a few people have complained about the quality of the wrist band. Check out the reviews to learn more.

Casio Men's GW6900-1 G-Shock Atomic Digital Sport Watch
Casio Men's GW6900-1 G-Shock Atomic Digital Sport Watch

Casio Men's GW6900-1 G-Shock Atomic Digital Sport Watch

Casio Men's GW6900-1 G-Shock Atomic Digital Sport Watch is a stylish sports watch for beginners. It has a few features more than the Timex watch mentioned above (like water-resistant depth of 200 m (660 ft) and shock resistance). IF you're looking for a running watch that looks great and has all the features a beginning runner needs, this watch if a great choice!

Timex Ironman Men's Road Trainer Heart Rate Monitor Watch
Timex Ironman Men's Road Trainer Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Timex Ironman Men's Road Trainer Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Timex Ironman Men's Road Trainer Heart Rate Monitor Watch is a popular sports watch that has a heart rate monitor. It has all the features that you'd expect of a heart rate monitor watch - you can check on your heart rate while you run, check out max and average HR of the workout or set a target zone for HR-based workouts.

If you'd like to get the most out of a cardio workout, this heart rate watch is a good choice, but take note that if you're a big guy with a wide chest, the chest strap might be a little short for you.

Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor
Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor is another popular and best-selling heart rate monitor watch. It has all the features that a heart rate watch should have, including target zones, callories counter or a chronometer. It's also water resistant, but you need to note that if the water if highly chlorinated, the transmitter will not pick up the signal underwater.

Besides the mentioned capabilities, it has one more features that is huge for many runners that track their workouts. It's computer compatible - you can upload data from your workouts to your computer. Take note that to do that, you'd need to buy the Polar Flow Link device.

Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor
Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor is a sports watch that features both a GPS receiver and a heart rate monitor (if you don't need a heart rate monitor, you can buy one without the chest strap). It's a watch designed to be very easy and intuitive to use - there isn't a lot of configuration you need to do before you can start using it.

The package features everything you need to upload data gathered throughout your workout to the Garmin Connect website, where you can analyze it and decide how you can improve your running. The main disadvantage of this GPS watch is that sometimes it might take a few minutes to hook up to satellites, but you always can start the GPS a few minutes before you start your running session.

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor
Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor is among the best and most popular sports watches. It has a GPS receiver and a heart rate monitor (you can also buy one without the chest strap). It has a TON of features, so I won't even start naming them here. It's a great choice for someone who is really looking forward to taking his running to the next level.

You can track many different statistics, upload data from your workouts to the Garmin's MotionBased service, or prepare a route for your next run and then upload it to the watch - it'll tell where to go, so you won't have to memorize the route. If you're an advanced runner (or you're looking for a watch that gives you a lot of features to play with), it's a great choice for you!

What's the best running watch for men?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      But some times it is hard to carry a phone while running or jogging. I think sports watches are best option that fits in all types of sport.

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      garmin541s 4 years ago

      Thanks for this comprehensive information. very useful. I am a fan of Garmin Forerunner series, particularly Garmin Forerunner 110.

      http://www.cheapgpsdeals.org

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      mrsztuczkens 5 years ago

      @jonijones: Thanks! If your phone does everything you need and it's convenient for you to use it while running (or you carry it either way), that's great!

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      jonijones 5 years ago

      Nice info, i am using my phone as a GPS it give me all the info i need