July 23rd 2009

Picking the perfect training watch

Looking to up your exercise routine? Keep track of every mile run, every calorie burned, and your heart rate with the newest in training watches.

Casio Master of G Gulfman G-Shock
$130; gshock.com

These rust-resistant watches are built with a combination of stainless steel and resin for utmost durability. True to its name, the shock-resistant design can last through any activity in any environment, and it has a comfortable band, to boot. Regardless if you’ll never use all of the extras (like it’s moon graph), the bright orange hue makes it a little cooler than anything else.

Nike Triax Speed 300
$110; nike.com/timing

Many of Nike’s watches are designed with a smooth S-shape, easier to read while you’re on the run – literally. This watch is designed for the runner or triathlete in mind, with a 300-lap chronograph, five-segment interval timer, and 100m water resistance, the ventilated strap and simple style make it also easy for everyday wear.

Polar FT60
$240, polarusa.com

Polar’s Fitness line is designed to be a personal trainer attached to your wrist. A fitness test measures your level of ability, then helps design a training program to reach your goals. Basic Polar features – such as calories burned and measured heart rate – are added to give you that extra oomph in while working out. And it comes in a pretty fuchsia if your girlfriend wants to match.

Timex Expedition E-Tide Temp Compass
$170; timex.com

For the ultimate adventurer, this watch combines elegance and engineering. Featuring a tide tracker, electronic compass, and temperature sensor, it flows past any form of water-proof watch. A push of a button is all you need to switch from sleek style to functional framework – perfect for those times you suddenly find yourself lost at sea.

Garmin Forerunner 405
$300; garmin.com

Garmin’s quality GPS products are packed inside their training watch. Loaded with extras, the customizable Forerunner can monitor time, speed, distance, heart rate, and calories, then with a touch of a button, wireless send it to your computer. Because it stores each run, you can analyze the data to see how you are doing. Easy to use – you just tap the screen instead of pressing buttons – you can also share your info with other 405 users – a perfect excuse for your running buddies to buy them all together to add a little friendly competition.

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