So, we have been arguing about what our next post could be about when this group of runners came across our way. Well, that’s obviously a lie.. nothing as magical as that happened. We could not think about a better and less boring introduction, that was the best we could do. Aside from our very weird introduction, you hear probably because you are looking for a good fitness tracker for running. There are multiple brands out there, and we want to make it easier for you to pick one. So on behalf of you ladies and gents out there, we did our research and came up with the best running trackers on the market that you can get in 2018.
We did try some of them, but mostly the products in our post are based on exports recommendation and people’s experiences with it. Now, as you already know there are a lot of fitness trackers on the market and all are great fulfilling one need or another. In this post our interest is mainly in running, we listed the ones that serve that the most.
Okay now .. Let’s start digging.
Best Running Trackers
The Garmin forerunner 35 is an all-day activity tracker, which means it can even detect your sleeping patterns and trends. It has very good GPS reception and a heart rate monitor that helps provide much more accurate data. It is one of Garmin’s stylish trackers, it is a wrist tracker with a great cool blue silicone strap. The forerunner 3f tracks t pace, distance, heart rate and time for running. Also, it can track cycling and has a water-resistant feature up to 5ATM.
We loved the Garmin forerunner 35 because it covers the basics very well, and considered to be a high-level fitness watch. Unlike other running trackers, the Garmin forerunner 35 is easy to use and navigate through the different modes it has.
As we mentioned, the forerunner 35 monitors your heart rate, and the collected data can be viewed in the application accompanied by Garmin’s product “ Garmin connect app”. The device can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can receive and check notification on the watch display, everything from calls and texts notifications to view weather and music control playback.
Hit features :
- Tracks steps, pace and time
- GPS enabled
- Heart rate monitor
- Sleep and activity tracking
- Battery life up to 13 hours
- Water resistant up to 5 ATM
A great at it function, the polar m200 covers the basic tracking features at a very reasonable price. It is a fitness tracker that tracks active and inactive moments, with a heart rate monitoring for all day long. The polar m200 has heart rate sensors, accurate GPS, distance and steps tracker.
On top of that, the polar m200 also tracks your sleeping and provide with hours slept and the quality of the night sleep you had. The experts recommended the polar m200 due to its simplicity, as it is very easy to navigate through its interface.
Why is it on the list of the best running trackers, you may wonder. The m200 covers the basic needs and essential features for any runner. It has a built-in GPS, which means you can depend entirely on the tracker and leave your phone at home. The watch has a pre-set activity, but you can adjust and add other via the application. With the heart rate sensors, ad a runner or someone who is starting to run it is important to check your active heart rate and resting heart rate. The polar also receives notifications, mostly messages, phone calls and the current song playing
- GPS and heart rate sensors
- Steps and distance tracker
- Sleep tracking
- Waterproof up to 30 meters
- Reasonable price
The TomTom activity tracker has a dedicated trail running mode, which makes it a good choice for runners. This tracker also has other modes like; road running, hiking, skiing and open workouts. It is one of the best trackers when it comes to outdoor multi-sport support. The tracker has both GPS and heart rate sensors, along the side with other sensors. It has an accelerometer that tracks all day activities and collects data related to steps, distance, and calorie. Also, the TomTom adventurer tracks the elevation which needed in the hiking and skiing modes. However, a great feature about the TomTom that probably worth its price is the route exploration mode. This mode helps you to upload GPX routes to the watch, which you can follow once you start your run.
When it comes to heart rate monitoring, the TomTom adventurer proved accuracy in the collected data. Other than all the cool tracking feature, there is related to music. With the TomTom adventurer, you get 3GB of storage and also the ability to pair wireless headphones to the watch.
- GPX route exploration
- Great price
- Accurate heart rate reads
- Pairing to headphones
The charge 2 is an all-day activity tracker; it tracks steps, distance, calorie burned and floor climbed. The tracker detects your inactivity, and send you reminders to keep you moving and stay healthy. Not only that, it also automatically tracks your sleeping in terms of duration and consistency. Then, the charge 2 can wake up peacefully with a silent alarm. Not only that, the Fitbit charge 2 really focused on getting your data regarding your sleep, therefore, now it can show you light, deep and REM sleep for a better understanding of sleep quality. Using the multisport mode, the tracker can detect and tracks different activities like running, weights and yoga. This one doesn’t have its own GPS sensor, but it can connect to your smartphones GPS and provide you with real-time run stats.
With a continues hear rate monitoring, the charge 2 provides you with accurate data regarding your performance. Accordingly, you will get a better understanding of your fitness level. There are also guided breathing sessions based on your real-time heart rate level, to help you calm during stressful times.
- Tracks distance, steps, calorie, and floor climbed
- Heart rate sensors
- Sleep tracking
- Smartphone notifications
- Battery last for almost 5 days
This one right here is perfect if you just started running, and you want to go low on cash. We considered the Tom Tom spark 3 as one of the best running trackers since it covers the basic and simple running metrics; as in distance, speed and time. With its heart rate sensors, the TomTom spark 3 provides better data regarding your performance. Just like the TomTom adventurer, spark 3 has a Route Exploration feature, which enables you to upload GPX routes and follow them using the watch. Not only that, the watch stores mp3 songs, which you can pair up with wireless headphones using Bluetooth and jamming your way.
With the spark 3, you still have the GPS, multisport tracking, heart rate sensor and all day activity tracking. The spark 3 tracks also sleeping, but it doesn’t provide detailed data to it as the spark 3 focuses mainly on the activity tracking side. The TomTom spark 3 is waterproof up to 40m, which means you can swim wearing this watch.
- Basic tracking features
- Easy to use and navigate
- Accurate GPS and Heart Rate data
- Route exploration feature
The polar m430 deserved a place on our list of best running trackers because according to the experts it is a featured-packed tracker. The M430 provides you with accurate and reliable data with a strong battery life. It has a built-in GPS, and heart rate sensors which results in better indoor and outdoor tracking results. The polar M430 is easy to use, you will not find any difficulties moving and navigating around.
The M430 is a running watch, there are other sports modes as well but they are extras. Since it is a running focused tracker, it tracks the distance, speed, paced and heart rate reading during the run. It also offers a step counting, calorie burn, sleep tracking and active time tracking. However, there is no elevation or stairs counting in the polar M430.
When it comes to sleeping, you will get data related to sleep duration, also the time and quality of your sleep.
On the watch, you can see real-time progress of your movements, and compare it to your goals along with others stats. The watch offers 8 hours of intensive use with full GPS and heart rate monitoring, and 20 days if you are just using it for basic tracking.
- Accurate heart rate monitoring
- Great battery life
- Basic tracking features with the focus on running
- Simple use, paring and setting up.
Okay, this one is a little bit expensive but definitely worth every single dollar. The Forerunner product line is always impressive, we had posted about the forerunner 230 vs 235
The forerunner 645 is a running tracker with a slim and stylish look, and above everything; with MUSIC. It is a very nice looking tracker, that has a small and lightweight design. The watch tracks running, cycling and- thanks to its waterproof feature up to 5ATM- swimming. However, with the Garmin Connect IQ, you can add other sports and workouts.There is also a heart rate monitoring, as Garmin is using FirstBeat’s HRV algorithms. Now, speaking about music, the Forerunner 645 has storage for 500 songs, in which you can have different playlists or folders and browse them in the watch. You can pair up with wireless headphones via Bluetooth and enjoy a good run with the beats.
Music is not the only good thing about the 645, this smartwatch boasts Garmin Pay; which is contactless payment solution lets you make convenient payments with your watch. With that, you can have a run leaving all your unneeded cash and cards at home.
With all these features, the forerunner 645 has an advanced running dynamics and performance monitoring. With GPS and wrist-based heart rate monitoring, the watch provides accurate data related to running and performance. As well as evaluation of your current progress compared to your preset goals. When it comes to battery life, it has up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; 5 hours in GPS mode with music.
- Up to 500 songs storage
- Advanced running tracking
- Both GPS and HR monitor
- Garmin Pay support
- Performance monitoring and evaluation
The Suunto Spartan trainer is one of the best running trackers due to its great sport tracking features while having a small and slim body compared to the company’s previous products.
The tracker has optical heart rate sensors, and it is a swim friendly watch due to its water resistant feature. With GPS tracking, this fitness and running tracker tracks speed, pace, and distance. It also tracks your activities for 24/7 while taking into account your steps and calorie burn. There are around 80 different sports modes which are pre-installed to the watch. With the sport specific displays, you can view real-time training data and graphs to keep you updated with your performance.
You can set daily targets and goals for steps and calorie, this will keep you motivated and encouraged.
The tracker has heart rate sensors, that will provide you with active heart rate readings as well as Rest heart rate. If you wear the tracker while sleep, you will get data regarding the hours slept and the average heart rate during the night.
Overall, the Suunto Spartan is a great running tracker with all needed features covered and a battery life of 10 hours in training mode.
- GPS tracking with speed, pace, and distance
- Active and resting heart rate monitor
- More than 80 preinstalled sport modes
- Sleep tracking
- Water resistant
- Battery life of 10 hours