3 Best Affordable Running Watches By HRWC

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The 3 best running watches for affordability and function have been named by the Heart Rate Watch Company.

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These are the watches that the majority of our running customers are buying in lieu of the more expensive alternatives...

The 3 best running watches for affordability for 2014 have been named by the Heart Rate Watch Company test staff.

"A lot of the multisport and high end units run $400 and more so we wanted to assess what we felt were the best values in the marketplace," says Squire. He adds, "These are the watches that the majority of our running customers are buying in lieu of the more expensive alternatives."

#1 - Garmin Forerunner 220 - "At 1.4 ounces this is the lightest and thinnest fully integrated GPS running watch, plus it has Bluetooth Smart for instant data transfer to a smartphone," says Squire. He adds, "The 220 also has built-in cadence for indoor training and delivers superb data with maps for outdoors, plus it has custom intervals."

#2 - Suunto Ambit 2R - "This watch pretty well mirrors the Garmin 220 for features with the exception of the Bluetooth Smart, but it does have the built-in cadence and adds trackback maps that the Garmin does not have," says Squire. He adds, "This is the best looking everyday watch in the running watch category and is exceptionally well built with quartz crystal and steel bezel."

#3 - Polar RC3 - "This is a 5 zone watch with advanced heart rate and training features, plus it can also do cycling data," says Squire. He adds, "This watch offers a very easy to use interface and does an excellent job with metric data."

"Polar RC3 is not for swimming but it is water resistant whereas, the Suunto Ambit 2R and Garmin Forerunner 220 are both fine to 30 meters plus," says Squire. He adds, "For women I'd rate the Garmin 220 the best because it is small, light and fits well thanks to the hinged band."

"For runners that like to bike too then I'd get the Polar RC3," says Squire. He adds, "If you like to hike and trail run then I'd pick the Suunto Ambit 2R."

"All of these watches work well; we have tested them all, but best thing people can do is call us to discuss their individual needs and requirements," says Squire.

Call The Experts

"If you'd like to talk with an expert regarding the best running watches for you then simply call us at 866-586-7129," says Squire. He adds, "We think you'll appreciate talking with folks that actually test and use the products they sell."

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