Beat Your Best - Top Garmin Running Watches

Beat Your Best - Top Garmin Running Watches

With longer-lasting battery life, improved performance insights, GPS tracking and smarter design, the demand for better running watches grows each year. This makes it challenging for runners to gauge which of the newest devices from Garmin are indeed the best of the best. And, of course, when it comes to running, knowledge is power! Thanks to tech that can fit snugly on your wrist, improving your running has become so much simpler. Amateur athletes and fitness enthusiasts now have more insight into their training than ever before. With the right Garmin watch for your needs, you’ll be able to track your exact distance, pace, cadence, heart rate and so much more. In fact, some of these devices move beyond just tracking and analysing run-specific metrics but can also include training and coaching programmes. We’ve compiled our list of top 5 Garmin watches to get you to the top of your running game.

Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire Smartwatch

This is a top choice for more than just casual runners. The Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire with nylon band continues to be very popular with triathletes and ultramarathoners too. This is really not surprising as it provides top-of-the-line technology and incredible battery life (up to 36 hours), as well as durability. The scratch-resistant sapphire lens and rugged diamond-like carbon frame are made to thrive in any condition. It also incorporates some of your favourite features from Garmin watches, including a multisport mode for seamless triathlons, preloaded TOPO mapping and even downloadable music. Other major additions include PacePro™ which offers real-time pacing guidance that considers the ascents and descents of your projected route. It also includes Pulse Ox and VO2 Max features for monitoring your acclimatisation to higher altitudes and even heat.

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Garmin Venu Smartwatch

The Garmin Venu features a bright, beautiful display and a battery life of up to 5 days. This means that you can spend more time on the treadmill, road or countryside than wasting time on charging your battery. Not to mention that this smartwatch can also assist in peripheral training to make your running even more effective. For example, get on-screen, animated strength, cardio, yoga and pilates workouts right on your wrist. You can also leave your phone and wallet at home because this watch lets you download music for phone-free listening and even pay from the wrist using the contactless payment solution: Garmin Pay™. Additional 24/7 health monitoring features include respiration tracking, Body Battery™ energy monitor, Pulse Ox1 and more. When it comes to Garmin watches the Venu™ can show you the most comprehensive overview of your health.

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Buyers Tip

Wondering what the difference is between a Vivoactive 4 and 4s is? Or what Sapphire and Solar mean? The ‘S’ after the model number simply means small, as many Garmin watches come in two sizes. Sapphire means the watch lens is made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for added durability. Solar Garmin watches feature a Power Glass™ solar charging lens and customisable power manager modes, meaning it stays charged for longer.

Garmin Vivoactive 4

If you’re looking for a fitness coach that you can wear on your sleeve then the Garmin Vivoactive 4 is for you. Garmin Coach offers free training to help you reach your goal. Whether you're training for a half-marathon or a 10K, your plan adjusts to your performance to guide you to the finish line. Smart notifications also let you stay in touch when you're out on your runs. See all your incoming calls, texts, likes and comments without needing to check your phone. The Body Battery energy monitor also gives you the full picture by measuring your heart rate, steps and calories burned, as well as stress, and even hydration. Additional features include all-day health monitoring capabilities and being able to connect your Bluetooth headphones. This means you can easily stream your favourite running playlist from Spotify, Amazon Music or Deezer with these Garmin watches.

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Garmin Instinct

Sometimes you need more than just a smartwatch that’s suitable for running. Sometimes you need a rugged GPS device built to withstand even the toughest conditions. Constructed to U.S. military standard, the Garmin Instinct is thermal, shock and water-resistant (up to 100m). A built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) all work together to help trackability in more challenging locations and landscapes. As far as Garmin watches go, this is the ideal wrist candy for any runner who rarely follows the beaten path. Not to mention that you can train even smarter with a built-in sports app and share your progress with the track, sync and share functionality. Even more, features include a battery lifespan of up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode.

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Garmin Forerunner 35

If you’d like to own an affordable watch that packs the essentials for running, the Forerunner 35 is for you. is for you. This easy-to-use GPS watch tracks how far, how fast and how long you're running, whilst keeping you connected on your runs with call and text alerts when paired with a smartphone. Compatible with a Garmin heart rate monitor, it allows you to train with heart rate zones so you know when to push it on that last mile or when to reign it in. It also provides more calorie and step tracking. You can upload your activities to Garmin Connect to view your run on a map, get more detail on each mile, see a daily summary of your activities and share with friends. For starting out or on a budget, the Forerunner 35 is a top choice.

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Best in Class

Clearly, the time has passed where watches are used just for telling the time of day or date. Advanced technology and increasing modern challenges have crafted these devices into multisport fitness watches. If you’d like to treat yourself, or someone you know who is as enthusiastic about running as you are, then certainly consider one of these Garmin. It’s a gift to impress and you won’t be able to go back after wearing one!