Best Smart Watches for Running in 2019

There are tons of wearables that can be purchased, but when it comes to running watches, they tend to be the top performers in the market. With smarter designs, improved performance, and better battery life, the demand for running watches are growing exponentially. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the 2019 selection of wearables that are specifically designed for running.

Polar M430

The Polar M400 was the best selling running watch in Europe as it came with a good price while being effective and simplistic. Polar simply took all the features that were available on the M400 and incorporated it into the new M430 along with a bunch of additional features. The new wearable now sports a built-in heart rate monitor along with sleep tracking and even smart notifications. It’s still extremely durable, easy to use, and features a remarkable design.

Garmin Forerunner 235

The Forerunner 235 comes with a reasonable price tag and features everything from Garmin in compact form, ideal for runners around the world. The best feature on this watch is the GPS tracking that can last for 11 hours and activity tracking around the clock for up to 9 days on a single charge. There’s even marathon-specific apps as well as customizable faces for added convenience. Should you ever get lost while running, you can utilise the innovative Back to Start feature to find your way back home.

Garmin Vivoactive 3

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is not only a fashion watch but also a GPS watch and a smartwatch. This is the first watch from Garmin that features a design loved by runners as it goes up against Android Wear and Apple Watch devices. It comes equipped with all the features you need including Garmin Pay, multi-sport support, heart rate tracking, and GPS. The battery will last for 13 hours when you use the GPS and features a stainless steel design with a rubberised strap for comfort.

Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic is essentially a fitness-focused wearable that doesn’t feature the auxiliary distractions that you will find on an Apple Watch. It comes equipped with multi-day battery life, GPs, heart rate tracking, voice coaching, music storage, and sleep stage tracking. It also has an auto pause when you need to stop at a red light while running in the city. The watch is also water resistant thanks to the Gorilla Glass.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Galaxy Watch from Samsung is considered the most refined wearable on the market and comes with a bunch of fitness tracking features along with a 4-day battery life. All features are jam-packed inside a modern and sophisticated silver and black face along with a rotating bezel for easy menu navigation. The only downside to this watch is that it’s limited when it comes to iOS apps. The Galaxy watch comes with automatic exercise tracking and utilises an extremely comfortable strap that will ensure you don’t get frustrated while running for hours on end.