Top 5 GPS Watches For 2012 Named By Heart Rate Watch Company

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The Heart Rate Watch Company testers have named their top 5 GPS watches for 2012. Garmin, Polar, Suunto and Timex all made the list with various new products they have introduced recently.

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We test a lot of watches every year and these represent the cream of the crop for 2012.

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Heart Rate Watch Company has named its list of the top 5 GPS watches for 2012 after thorough evaluation and testing. Here is the list:

#1 - Suunto Ambit

Coming in at number one on this year's list of top 5 GPS watches is the new Suunto Ambit GPS watch. The easy navigation, ease of use, phenomenally durable construction and overall usefulness made the Suunto Ambit tough to beat. It is ideally suited to outdoor adventures like mountaineering, distance running and cycling. Ambit does lack for watts and cadence on the bike but that is about the only place it is lacking. Using it was a dream and it has the type of styling for everyday use.

#2 - Garmin Forerunner 910XT

For the Ironman triathlete who need power on the bike and the run metrics to survive an ultra then this is the ticket. The Garmin Forerunner 910XT has features to rival any top bike computer with power, cadence and the whole smear. A new barometric altimeter makes for more accurate on board altitude and the new swim lap and stroke features were great. About all it misses is heart rate in the water but it makes number two in this year's top 5 GPS watches list.

#3 - Polar RCX5 Tour de France Premium Bundle

This watch is the official training computer of the 2012 Tour de France and will only be available through September 2012. The bundle features Polar's G5 GPS sensor, S3+ foot pod and Polar WIND speed sensor. The 5kHz chest strap transmission from the Polar Hybrid transmitter gets heart rate in the water and 5 customizable zones makes the Polar RCX5 Tour de France Premium Bundle a joy. The quick sport change interface is also very nice indeed and brings this watch in at number 3 on this year's top 5 GPS watches list.

#4 - Garmin 610

The Garmin 610 was our top GPS watch pick of 2011 and with good reason, its innovative touch screen interface and ability to measure dozens of metrics per sport put it in a class by itself. This GPS watch is at home running or on the bike and in reality works for just about any outdoor sport with the exception of swimming. Its normal size and ability to adapt to everyday use, plus vibratory alerts makes this watch a real winner. Garmin 610 comes in at number four on this year's top 5 GPS watches list.

#5 - Time Ironman Run Trainer

The Timex Ironman Run Trainer is one heck of a great value in a GPS watch for runners and offers loads of timing features. At the $200 price point level with heart rate it is a great value in a GPS watch for runners. It is perhaps a bit too large for some women but its light and delivers fantastic metrics including heart rate, real-time pace and distance. Timex Run Trainer comes in number 5 on this year's top 5 GPS watches list.

"It was a real effort to narrow this list to five watches but we wanted to stick to watches that had been introduced in the past 12 months so that eliminated some older products" says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He continues, "We test a lot of watches every year and these represent the cream of the crop for 2012."

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