GPS Watches and GPS Heart Rate Monitor Watches Under $200

 


Last week, we received some emails asking us what heart rate monitor watches you can get for under $100, so we put together a post called “What Heart Rate Monitor Watches Can You Buy For Under 100 Bucks?” For those of you that are looking for a GPS watch, the next logical question would be, “What inexpensive GPS watches can you buy?We went looking, and found the ones below. After looking at the prices of GPS watches, we decided that the cutoff for an inexpensive GPS watch should not be higher than $200.00.

So what are the differences between these watches? This is not an in depth review, but one of the main differences is whether the watch is compatible  with a heart rate monitor strap, and whether it is included with the watch.  The Soleus 3.0, Nike+ Sportswatch GPS, and the Garmin Forerunner 110 can all connect and display heart rate with optional heart rate monitor straps. The cost of these straps is shown in the product details. The Soleus 1.0, Soleus 2.0, and the Timex Marathon will not display heart rate, and will not connect to a heart rate monitor strap. This may bias you to one group or the other.

Here they are:

 

Soleus GPS 1.0

  • Distance: current & total in Miles or Km
  • Pace/Speed: current & average
  • Calories Burned: current & total Kcal burned
  • Chrono: 1/100 second resolution
  • Data Storage: 100-lap memory
  • Water-Resistant: 3 ATM
  • World Time: 106 cities covering all time zones
  • Rechargeable Battery: USB rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Weight= 2 ounces
  • Retail price $99.00

 

Timex Marathon GPS

  • GPS Pace, distance and speed—current or average data
  • Hands Free Auto split
  • 8 Hour Battery Life
  • Water-Resistant to 30 Meters
  • Retail price $125.00

 

 

 

Soleus GPS 2.0

  • Distance: current & total in Miles or Km
  • Pace/Speed: current & average
  • Interval Timers: set up to 5 individual timers
  • Data Upload & Storage: USB pc upload and 100 lap memory
  • Calories Burned: current & total Kcal burned
  • Chrono: 1/100 second resolution
  • Data Storage: 100-lap memory
  • Water-Resistant: 3 ATM
  • World Time: 106 cities covering all time zones
  • Rechargeable Battery: USB rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Weight= 2 ounces
  • Retail price $149.00

 

Soleus GPS 3.0 with heart rate monitor 

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Distance: current & total in Miles or Km
  • Pace/Speed: current & average
  • Interval Timers: set up to 5 individual timers
  • Data Upload & Storage: USB pc upload and 100 lap memory
  • Calories Burned: current & total Kcal burned
  • Chrono: 1/100 second resolution
  • Data Storage: 100-lap memory
  • Water-Resistant: 3 ATM
  • World Time: 106 cities covering all time zones
  • Rechargeable Battery: USB rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Retail price $199.00

Nike+ SportsWatch GPS

  • Tracks time, pace, distance, heart rate and calories burned.
  • Customized display for personalized data tracking.
  • Syncs outdoor runs with GPS and indoor runs with Nike+ shoe sensor.
  • Easily upload your run to Nike+ with the built-in USB connector for direct run-data upload or to recharge the battery
  • Access the suite of Nike+ tools: goals, challenges, coaching programs, and a new mapping feature optimized for GPS
  • Explore other users’ favorite runs on Nike Top Routes
  • Find new routes with the heat map, which highlights the most popular running areas around the globe
  • Retail price for the Nike+ Sportswatch GPS with sensor is $169.00, and if you want to measure heart rate, you can buy the Polar Wearlink+ HRM transmitter, which retails for $69.95

Garmin Forerunner 110

  •  1000 lap history
  • Auto lap
  • Garmin Connect compatible
  • Heart rate based calorie computation
  • Shock and water resistant
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Battery life – 3 weeks in power save mode, 8 hours in training mode
  • Weight -1.8 oz
  • Retail price is $179.99 for the watch only, $229.99 with a heart rate monitor strap.
Soleus 1.0 Soleus 2.0 Soleus 3.0 Timex Marathon GPS Nike+ Sportswatch GPS Garmin Forerunner 110
Pace x x x x x x
Average pace x x x x x x
Distance x x x x x x
Speed x x x x x x
Average speed x x x x x x
Auto lap x x x
Interval timers(5 timers) x
Calories burned x x x x
Calories burned – HRM calculated x
30 workout memory x
Data storage 100 lap memory x x x
Data storage 1000 lap memory x
PC software x x x x
Data upload x x x x
Optional heart rate monitor strap x x x
Retail price of watch $99.00 $149.00 $199.00 $125.00 $169.00 $179.99
Cost with optional HRM $268.95 $238.99 $229.99

 

In future posts, we will be reviewing these products in depth. For now, this should give you a good overview as to what’s out there. I will leave you with a few videos of the different products. As always,

Happy training!

 

Soleus GPS 1.0 user guide video:

 

Timex Marathon GPS overview video:

Timex Marathon GPS getting started video:

Nike+ SportsWatch GPS video:

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