As fall marathon season approaches, you may already be ramping up your mileage, but you should also consider upgrading to a better GPS watch to improve your training. Nowadays, you won’t only get GPS tracking with a smart watch, but also a range of sport modes, built-in visual maps, in-depth running metrics, and customized workouts and goal setting to motivate you.
Plus, plenty of these smart watches are loaded with lifestyle features that you can use during and after your workouts. Features like cellular service and Wi-Fi connectivity will allow you to access calls, emails, texts, apps, and stream music while you’re on the go.
Because all of this latest technology can get expensive, we found the best deals on GPS watches and fitness trackers now so you can save on your training accessories. From Garmin Forerunners to Apple Watches, some of our favorite watches are up to 30 percent off.
Garmin Forerunner 235
An easy-to-use option that delivers great value.
The Forerunner 235 won’t break the bank, especially with this deal, but it’s packed with features that will satisfy most runners. Its GPS and GLONASS functionality and heart rate sensors are all accurate. Our testers also enjoyed the ease of wirelessly uploading their runs to their phone and syncing to apps like Strava and Map My Run.
Winter Running Hats
A multisport watch best for Garmin users.
One of Garmin’s best running watches, the Forerunner 735XT also has multisport features for cross-training like cycling, swimming, and other workouts. Your data will automatically and seamlessly transfer to Garmin Connect, though the watch doesn’t have Wi-Fi functionality to connect with other apps. When you’re just using the Forerunner in smartwatch mode, the battery will last up to 11 days; in GPS mode, up to 14 hours.
Suunto Spartan Sport
A powerful precision tool for competitive runners.
This Spartan watch comes with plenty of customized sport modes, mapping, and training insights. Even in challenging conditions, we found it maintained GPS signal and accurate measurements. The Sport’s 12-hour battery with GPS is plenty for everyday runs or marathons. You can also transfer your workout data to Suunto’s smartphone app for a deeper analysis of your training.
Apple Watch Series 3
A great option for Apple iOS users who want a watch that can do it all.
The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular not only lets you leave your phone behind on runs, but also has a barometric sensor for altitude tracking and in-depth heart rate monitoring. It can track your activities from running to HIIT workouts and more. Plus, at $199 the GPS-enabled Series 3 watch is now even more affordable.
Apple Watch Series 4
The best smartwatch got even better with new health features for runners.
Like the previous Apple Watch, the Series 4 with cellular lets you leave your phone at home while staying connected to take calls, read messages and emails, and access apps. The new model’s screen is 30 percent larger, and the battery life is extended up to six hours. Plus, runners can feel assured knowing that its new health features can detect a fall and call emergency services if you’re unresponsive.
Fitbit Charge 3
The affordable Charge 3 improves on health tracking with goal-setting options.
The Charge 3 comes with all the standard features you’d expect on a Fitbit such as heart rate monitoring, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, and smart notifications. But compared to the Charge 2, it’s been updated with app notifications, a brighter touchscreen with easier-to-read metrics, waterproofing, a seven-day battery life, and a health monitoring dashboard that allow you to set fitness goals.
Garmin Forerunner 35
The simplest Forerunner still has everything you need.
The Garmin Forerunner 35 is hard to beat in terms of all the features you get for the price. Now for almost $50 off, you get built-in GPS, vibration alerts, smart connectivity for music, and seamless uploads to Garmin Connect. Plus, we like its slim and lightweight design that’s especially comfortable while running.
Suunto 3 Fitness
This more affordable, but still stylish Suunto watch will guide you through your training.
The Suunto 3 Fitness can generate a basic training plan for you for the week and helps guide you through your training with its heart-rate sensor that will keep you on pace and estimate your recovery time and VO2 max. Though it doesn’t have built-in GPS, it does have GPS functionality when connected to the Suunto smartphone app. It also sends notifications from calls and texts.
Fitbit Versa Lite
Fitbit’s inexpensive, lightweight Versa is now even cheaper.
The Lite Edition of Fitbit’s Versa was designed as a more affordable option for automatic activity tracking and heart rate monitoring, and now it’s even less expensive at $30 off in white. While it doesn’t include features like elevation, music, or on-screen workouts, it’s a good option for runners who want the bare necessities like GPS functionality, 15 exercise modes, smartphone notification, and access to apps.