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The Ultimate GPS Watches for Runners

The Ultimate GPS Watches for Runners

What are the ultimate GPS watches for runners? If you’re an avid runner than you probably run at every opportunity and don’t let either rain or other elements get in the way. There are many runners who also will run in any type of terrain as well as both city and outback locations. These types of avid runners would do well to know where they’re running, how far they’ve run and where they’re headed. There was a recent story of a woman athlete who was training in some remote area of Arizona and got lost on a trail that she thought was a loop. Unfortunately, it was not, she got lost and didn’t make it back to her final destination. Fortunately, rescue crew found her safe after having gone missing for 36 hours.

This type of scenario is, of course, worst case. But, it illustrates the importance of certain safety precautions. These precautions of course include advising others of your training route, but you would do well to have a watch with GPS functionality as well. These types of watches are so incredibly accurate that they’re almost scary. In a pinch, they can certainly save your life.

The ultimate GPS watches for runners are not only those that have GPS functionality, but also many of the other features those digital watches are well known for, such as stopwatch and timer functions. The best GPS watches have a relatively small footprint and also include some type of compass. The reason why a compass is useful is just in case that cloud covering obscures the satellite transmission and the GPS is not able to track accurately. These compasses can be either analog or digital. Usually the analog ones are featured on the strap of the watch, while the digital compass is part of the watch face.

There are other reasons why a GPS function is useful and not necessarily just for running. Let’s say that you are in a city environment and parked your car in a certain location. With the GPS function you can mark the location of your car so that you can find your way back to it. Some GPS features on these watches also allow you to create waypoints so that you can mark multiple locations wherever you may be traveling. It really makes of a great combination.

Many avid runners like to monitor distance, altitude and other terrain related components. With these types of devices it makes it easy to keep track of your progress to figure out how to maximize your workout routine. There is no better time than now to investigate these types of watches, because technology has gotten better, cheaper and faster than their predecessors.

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