GPS capable training watches are the serious sportsperson’s dream. In one small wrist watch, there are enough functions to have a complete record of any sport you might choose, except possibly deep-sea diving. That’s only because the GPS function doesn’t work underwater. Everything else does—provided it is one of the water resistant models.
The GPS function gives highly accurate data for speed and distance measurements. It measures location with decent and ascent distances and rates. Some models record up to 100 location waypoints for tracking back, for hikers not to get lost, and to create new routes. The data recording can start and stop automatically with a hands-free option.
GPS capable training watches also have heart rate monitors and calorie burning monitors for each lap. Some models have the memory capacity to record up to 20 workouts and up to 1000 laps of information and it keeps a dated summary of the workout.
Some points to consider before buying a GPS capable training watch— is such a high tech watch needed, and what features are required. There are certain models that use the GPS better for navigation and some that use it for fitness and performance. Also, the reliability of the chip is important because sometimes in the older models the signal drops out without warning. This can be mostly avoided if the watch is used in places where there is an unobstructed view of the sky. Newer models have better technology and don’t have this problem.
Another thing to consider is the level of style and comfort wanted. GPS capable training watches are big and look like sports watches not style icons. But some are slimmer than others and very lightweight. They are actually quite comfortable and make good everyday watches too.
There are so many amazing features on GPS capable training watches that it is best to compare the different models and prices to get the features really needed to monitor and enhance the sport or workout.
About the author: James Mowery is a computer geek that writes about technology and related topics. To read more blog posts by him, go to monitors.