Price, features and information you need to know to choose the best triathlon watch for your training and racing adventures.
So, you’re looking to upgrade your watch for your next big racing venture, but not sure where to start? That’s understandable! With all of the different watches on the market and companies like Garmin, Suunto and Polar releasing new models every year, it can be overwhelming to wade through the mounds of models, features and new tech included with each of the different brands.
Never fear, we’ve got your back! We did a deep dive into all of the latest and greatest smart watch models and, after assessing cost, features and overall value, have resurfaced with our top five favorites.
Faults: There isn’t much to dislike about this watch. Sure, it may be a bit bulky, but let’s be honest, all triathlon watches are bulky. This one gives the best functionality for the price, in our opinion.
Garmin Fenix 6 (also sold in the Pro and Sapphire Editions)
Cost: $449.99 (Pro edition, which includes music, Maps and WiFi, runs at $549.99)
Faults: The Fenix is a tad bulkier than the 945, so may feel a bit heavier on the wrist. Other than that, the watch itself has a lot of the same functionality as the 945 with a bit lower price.
Cost: $279.93 (Oh yeah, you read that right!)
Faults: The battery life in smartwatch mode is not great - only up to five days - and the lens is hardened plastic. Not the most quality, but at this price, can you really complain?
Faults: In comparison to other Suunto models and leading smarwatches, the Suunto 5 does not have quite as much battery life and, according to some online reviews, has had some minor syncing and workout uploading issues. Otherwise, it is a cost-friendly and overall well-designed smartwatch for new and experienced triathletes alike.
Faults: It has a turn dial as a toggle between functions - a bit old school in our opinion and takes some getting used to - but it functions as well as any old button.
As you can see, most watch companies are updating their technologies left and right, and the major price differences come down to simple luxuries such as downloadable maps, music storage and in-depth recovery monitors. The question is - what’s your budget, and what are you willing to pay for some fun additions to the already-reliable brands we all know and love? The choice is yours!
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Sizing refers to body measurements, not garment dimensions.
Chest: Around the chest, just under the arms and across the shoulder blades.
Waist: Around the narrowest part of the waist.
Hip: Around the widest point of the hips.
Pro Tip: To increase accuracy, please have someone help you if possible.