Best watches for racing

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6/14/2018 10:25 PM

I’m sure this topic has been discussed about a thousand times through but I haven’t really found the right answer.

I want a watch that’s able to track where I’ve been without me having to put in the trail system (for when racing off-road) but also have the capability to download trail systems.
I’m also wanting to track my heart rate with a chest strap so I can mount the watch on the bar.
If it can monitor speed that would be cool as well. Or depressing when I see how slow I’m actually going.

I really would just like a miracle watch that does everything without me spending $1,000 on it. Durable and waterproof are also super important.

What does everybody use? Does a watch like this exist?

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6/14/2018 10:30 PM

I don't have a watch, but I have a Garmin 510 that does everything you mention. Garmin do make watches aswell. Take a look at their range.

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6/14/2018 10:42 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/14/2018 10:42 PM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

I don't have a watch, but I have a Garmin 510 that does everything you mention. Garmin do make watches aswell. Take a look at ...more

This is spot on

You're asking for a Garmin 510 or better. Don't get a watch if you're only going to strap it to your bars. If you are going to be doing running with it aswell maybe consider a watch.. I have a Garmin 735 and it's a great but the screen would be far too small for what you're asking.

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6/14/2018 10:44 PM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

I don't have a watch, but I have a Garmin 510 that does everything you mention. Garmin do make watches aswell. Take a look at ...more

mingham97 wrote:

This is spot on

You're asking for a Garmin 510 or better. Don't get a watch if you're only going to strap it to your bars. If ...more

I don’t necessarily need to mount it to the bar. I don’t really need to look at it while riding honestly. I just don’t usually like anything around my wrist while riding. I’d like to have something I could work out with as well.

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6/15/2018 1:52 PM

M400 Polar is what I use

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6/15/2018 2:15 PM

I took a dig into this a while ago. I have owned about 4 GPS watches. Garmin is a bit more simple, manageable. Polar v800 has the best GPS receiver. Plenty haven't the software to create lap times (Like Suunto Ambit, great watch, great GPS reciever), even some Garmins.

Right now I'm pretty happy with my v800, but I will have to test it against my Garmin Forerunner 610 (the Garmin adds upp to a seconds to a lap, it's not that precise).

Polar v800 needs a chest strap, just like the Forerenner 610. Chest straps sucks. Polar M600 is a fine watch, but I don't know about it's GPS.

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