Five Best GPS Watches For 2013 by HRWC

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The five best GPS watches for 2013 have been named by fitness electronics leader Heart Rate Watch Company and its testing staff. Garmin, Suunto, and Polar all made the list.

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We test GPS watches daily, year round, and these represent the very best watches available regardless of brand that we feel bring the best characteristics to the table for various applications

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The following are the five best GPS watches made for various sporting applications according to the Heart Rate Watch Company testing staff.

"We test GPS watches daily, year round, and these represent the very best watches available, regardless of brand, that we feel bring the best characteristics to the table for various applications," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "Our chief tester John Yarington is in Kyrgyzstan skiing the big back country with legendary ski mountaineer Ptor Spricenicks, and he's updating his Facebook page daily."

#1 Suunto Ambit
Suunto Ambit is our favorite GPS adventure watch, great for running, skiing, back country and some navigation with its 100 way points. It syncs to ANT+ devices and takes it all on well. While not a pure triathlon watch, it does everything well and is built bombproof, so it will last three times longer than the cheap plastic GPS watches that 99% manufacture. It is $500 but worth every dime. "The old adage you get what you pay for rings true in spades," says Squire.

#2 Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin Forerunner 910XT is absolutely the best triathlon watch in the world with no other watch even holding a close second. The 910XT does all major metrics for swimming, cycling, and running with the exception of heart rate in the water. This was the easiest pick of the lot according to Squire.

#3 Garmin Forerunner 10
For basic pacing for running, walking or cycling, along with some pretty sweet maps on Garmin Connect, this new GPS watch from Garmin is the first ever under-$130 Garmin wrist unit. "For people looking for simply pacing data and distance that are not interested in heart rate, this unit is a nice option," says Squire.

#4 Polar RC3
Polar's first ever integrated GPS watch is not at the high end of the Polar line, but it still does a pretty nice job with distance, pacing and heart rate data according to chief tester John Yarington and elite cross-country skier Brandy Stewart. "At two ounces, this is the lightest fully integrated GPS watch on the market that can go for eight hours plus," says Squire.

#5 Garmin fenix
After March 1st, when the newer Garmin fenix versions arrive that are water tight, will be the time to buy. These watches over 1,000 way points and are the best navigator wrist top units on the market, but other than basic heart rate, they give up some ground to the Suunto Ambit on the fitness side.

"Hopefully there will be some new entrants this year that will allow us to update this list but for now this is our list of favorites from tried and true testing here in the mountains of Montana," says Squire.

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