The tradition of triathlon watches was started years back with the launch of the Timex Ironman watch. Ever since then, this genre of watch has transformed with newer and smarter technology. Triathlon watches can read your heart rate, while you are working out with three or tri modes as these watches are meant for people who are into hardcore sporting activities like swimming, running and cycling. The smartest one can read your heart rate even in the depths of water. Having said that, you certainly need to know that the tri watches are different from their counterparts – the running wristwatches or the fitness trackers.
These watches are made to test your endurance levels and therefore you will find watches that are made for different race lengths. The best triathlon watch will help you train in a heart rate zone. Besides monitoring and keeping your informed about your heart rate live, the watch also helps in tracking your position and pace and keeps training you by loading improved metrics, be it underwater, while running or on the bike.
These are the features that you should be looking for when buying the best triathlon watch:
- The durability aspect- Ensure that the watch is made from materials that make it sturdy, fall-resistant and scratch-resistant.
- Comfort – your triathlon watch needs to fit perfect with your wrist and should be high on the comfort index.
- Supports multi-sport functionality
- Water resistant to the core because the watch can monitor your heart rate even underwater.
- Has a supportive battery with at least 6 to 8 hours of battery life in the GPS mode.
Today, we present to you a range of the top 15 triathlon wrist watches covering different price ranges and with various smart features.
1. Polar Vantage V – Premium GPS Multisport Watch
Priced at $579.95, this extremely suave looking triathlon watch from Polar is a must have if you love high-tech and fine-looking watches. With no additional sensors or foot pods, you can use this watch to achieve best results from your training exercises. You get a choice of colors to pick from. As a multisport wristwatch, you can expect long battery life – at least 40 hours in the GPS mode. Other features include- lightweight, premium looks, smart technology, accuracy and durability, heart rate monitor for at least 130+ sports, and provides valuable insights into sleep and recovery.
2. Garmin Vivoactive 3
The Garmin Vivoactive is a handsome watch is designed with smart notifications, Garmin connect and Garmin Pay contact less payment solution that allows you to pay for all online purchases from anywhere. You have the option to personalize the watch face and download apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store. Some of the other features include barometric altimeter, accelerometer, thermometer, compass, barometer, 15 preloaded GPS sports app that include running, swimming and cycling and more. Always be on the top of your fitness levels with VO2 max with stress level monitor, 7-timed memory activities, and 14 days of data tracking. 12 hours battery life in GPS mode, and 7 days in smartwatch mode.
3. Timex Men’s Ironman Transit
A water-resistant watch that is suitable for snorkeling and swimming but not for diving, buy this conventional looking watch from Timex, believed to be one of the earliest Triathlon watches. You get the option to choose from multiple colors – blue, gray, black with green accent, black, and black with red accent. The watch dial is bound by a dark-gray colored resin case with differently colored accents. With Indiglo backlight feature of the dial, you get the advantage of digital display, a 100-hour chronograph with 10-lap memory, 24-hour countdown timer, an alarm that can be customized, 24-hour military time display in 2-time zones and automatic calendar. You can track your swimming goals and can also be wearing as a casual day watch on a beachside.
4. Garmin Forerunner 945 Running/Triathlon Smartwatch
This is a premium GPS triathlon smartwatch with exclusive feature to download music and songs onto your watch. This new-age watch from Garmin is perfect for your running exercises. Has features like Vo2 Max, training status update, Altitude Acclimation status, training load focus, training effect measuring of aerobic and anaerobic trainings, Garmin Pay contactless payment solutions, onboard maps guide, full color option, incident detection, smartphone compatible, and best of all, sending details of location in times of emergency to your contacts. It comes with a new Sony GPS chip, Gorilla Glass and a new ELEVATE optical heart rate sensor. And to power it, the battery has long life with 10 hours in GPS mode and 60 hours in Ultra Trac mode.
5. Casio Men’s G-Shock Quartz Watch
This black colored G-shock watch from Casio is not only a reliable and durable timepiece, it has been engineered with features like shock-resistant, and tech-savvy features like the countdown timer, auto calendar, time display in two formats: 12-hour and 24-hour format. With a comfortable resin strap, the watch is powered by Quartz digital movement and has an accurate time display of about +/-15 seconds every month. There is also a 1/100-second stopwatch and because of the mineral dial window, the watch has been made to be real-time sturdy and strong. It is waterproof till 200meters. Durable with toughness and outstanding dial designs make this watch unique and perfect for casual fashion.
6. Garmin Swim 2
As the name suggests, this is your go-to watch for pool and water activities. Made to resist water, this is one of the rugged watches that supports you well through your workouts. Wrist-based heart rate monitor underwater, in the swim mode, the watch records the distance, pace, stroke type and count, and SWOLF effectively. You can wear it with ease for swimming in seas, oceans, rivers or lakes. In-built GPS technology that helps in connecting with Garmin Connect community. It is also compatible with your smartphone so that you are always connected.
7. Garmin Forerunner 35
Another triathlon watch from Garmin, this has in-built GPS that helps with tracking your distance and progress. The heart rate monitor keeps a watch on your heart 24/7. Extremely sleek and stylish looking, there are four different color combinations to choose from. Alerts and prompts can be received in the vibration mode. The watch is designed for smart notifications with a HD display type, comfortable where you can get auto updates with smart connectivity. The strap is not only comfortable, but it also fits perfect with wrist of circumference between 140mm to 200mm.
8. Polar Ignite
This is a next-gen HR watch that has been made with optical sensors and bio-impendence electrodes for precise monitoring of the heart rate. Use the Polar Ignite to receive texts, emails and phone calls on the go. Use the Polar Fit Spark Daily Training Guide for your workouts and Polar Nightly Recharge feature to keep a watch over your recovery levels at night. The Polar Sleep Plus analyses your sleep quality. The GPS feature of the watch helps you monitor your distance, speed and route. Good thing – the watch is available in 6 different color combinations.
9. Walmeck’s Outdoor Triathlon Watch
Priced affordably at $134.32, this watch from Walmeck is perfect for numerous fitness activities including cycling, swimming, running as well as diving, climbing, jogging and more. The watch is powered to keep a check on your heart rate with facility to setup alarms. GPS-enabled watch that keeps a track of where you are going and guide you back, if lost. The battery can be charged from a power bank, charger as well as computer. Keep a log of your daily distance, calories and steps using the watch.
10. Polar A370 Fitness Tracker
The Polar A370 has been designed with intelligent features to keep a continuous watch over your heart rate. You can change the watch faces by tapping and holding down on the display. This is backed by the sleep monitor that provides with valuable insight into the quality of your sleep. You can pair up the watch with a fitness app as the A370 acts as the perfect HR sensor. With the GPS-enabled feature you can track your route, distance and speed, as well as receive smart notifications about phone calls, texts, emails, social media posts and calendar appointments.
11. Garmin fēnix 5
This rugged and sturdy watch from Garmin is a multisport Triathlon watch with GPS and smartwatch features. The watch case has been made from fiber-reinforced polymer and has a stainless-steel bezel. The performance widget helps you keep updated on your workouts and progress. It has been engineered with the Elevate wrist heart rate technology. You are also always updated on the go with smart notifications and updates from the Garmin Connect online community. You can personalize the watch face and download apps from the Connect IQ store.
12. Suunto 5
This is a multisport GPS watch from Suunto that is lightweight and available in multiple color options. It is designed compactly and helps with your personalized training workout plans. The in-built 80 sports mode covers the three triathlon sports – running, cycling and swimming and more. In the GPS mode, the battery can run for 40 hours. The watch is enabled for GPS tracking, sunset and sunrise times, regular software updates, charging reminder, heatmaps, stress and sleep monitor and the advantage to connect to different sports services.
13. Suunto 9
Another presentation from Suunto, this GPS watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters and has features like the barometer, 120-hour battery life in the intelligent mode and 3-button color display and a touchscreen. It also has Garmin Instinct Tactical option that adds support for military black ops kit. There are more than 80+ sports modes built-in including the triathlon modes of swimming, cycling and running. The Suunto Fused Track helps with GPS tracking features. With the Suunto app, you can plan routes and activities anywhere in the world. You can connect to 3rd party Sport services and with a premium quality heart tracker, you can keep a check on your heart rate through the day.
14. HUAWEI Watch GT 2e
Priced at $189.99, this smartwatch from HUAWEI has plenty of smart features that include the heart rate monitor, compatible with Android and iOS phones, Bluetooth-enabled, and a blood oxygen monitor too. It has been powered by an AMOLED touchscreen display and smart power-saving technology which enables the battery to run for 2 weeks. The watch supports data tracking of 15 professional sporting activities and supports GPS and GLONASS. There is a sleep monitor too to keep watching your heart rate and analyze your breathing. It also offers a cycle tracking feature catered for female users.
15. Ticwatch Pro 4G LTE Cellular Smartwatch
From Ticwatch, this smartwatch with GPS features has dual-layered ALOMED/LCD screen and has a stylish design with stainless-steel bezel and anti-fingerprint glass cover. The speakers are watch resistant, and the watch has cellular connectivity for users of Verizon plans. It comes with – Dual-layered ALOMED/LCD screens and two display mode options. Some of the other features include- Sync cloud notifications, smartwatch, smart home, SOS auto-dial, IP68 waterproof standards, six sports modes, GPS tracking, 24-hour heart rate monitor and with the TicSleep app you can keep a check on your sleep too.
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