Whether you are cycling, swimming, or running, you need a great triathlon training watch. The features are many, and everyone has their own criteria: Waterproof, long battery life, solar-powered, heart rate monitor – the options are endless. Not all are great for everyone, though, even if they have the criteria that you are looking for. Below are the top-rated triathlon training watches available right now.
Garmin Forerunner 920TX
The wetsuit-friendly timepiece tracks your pace, distance and when you dive in to the pool your stroke count and rate, too. At $450 it isn’t the cheapest option around, but it is one of the best waterproof options.
The V800’s headline feature is its fantastic coaching system, which is ideal if you’re just starting out your triathlon preparation. With the Polar Flow service, you can create tailored profiles for each sport, balance your training and recovery plus analyse even the most minute details. Integrated GPS accurately tracks your runs, while pairing it with a heart rate monitor strap means it works when you’ve hit the pool. It runs about $525, depending on the retailer.
The Ambit3 is still a great watch for you triathletes. It beams all the data it captures from multi sports directly to a fantastic iPhone companion app all in one log. There’s a compass, speed, pace and distance tracking and it’ll give you an activity based recovery time so you can tell when you should take a rest day. The heart rate monitor can also be used when you’re swimming, while the tailored training programs are great to keep you on track. It runs about $500 at most retailers.
Garmin Vivoactive HR
So, not a watch – but it does tell time – so it’s on the list. The Vivoactive HR could be a a good introduction to someone that’s starting to think about venturing into the world of triathlons and wants to track more than one sport. There’s an optical heart rate monitor on board and GPS with dedicated apps included for cycling, swimming, running and a whole lot more. It also supports Garmin’s Connect IQ apps so you can additional data fields and features. With a long battery life, it’s definitely one to consider – especially since it retails for around $250.
TomTom Spark Cardio + Music
The new TomTom sports watch, which now includes a built-in music player, still packs QuickGPSFix tech picks up your location faster and increases accuracy. So your results are much more precise, a must for keeping a track of your progress. Real time information, whether you’re running, cycling or swimming is displayed on the roomy screen while the new slimmer design won’t weigh you down either. It won’t supply with you the same detailed metrics as a Garmin, but it’s a decent choice for someone who’s starting to think about venturing into the triathlon training world. It retails for around $250, so this is a great choice for beginners and those who just want a good deal.