As the first virtual Comrades Marathon leaves its successful mark this past Sunday, the 14th of June. Running watches has not just become a tech necessity we cannot be without; it has also become a fashion statement with so many options to choose from. We look at some of the best running watches in 2020 at a glance. Running Into The Future
This is a great waterproof fitness watch with advanced wrist-based heart rate and integrated GPS. It is great for running, cycling and other outdoor workouts: the integrated GPS tracks your speed, distance, and route. With great features such as daily activity tracking, steps and calories, it also offers Nightly Recharge™ recovery measurement that shows how well you recover from stress and it follows your sleep stages and you get detailed sleep insights with the new Sleep Plus Stages™ sleep tracking.
Available in Black & Copper and Pink & Rose Gold, R3,995 at Totalsports and Sportsmans Warehouse
A bright, beautiful GPS smartwatch built for your active lifestyle. This AMOLED smartwatch goes up to 5 days on a single charge. With the Garmin Venu™ you do not need your phone; you can take your favourite playlists along on your wrist. It also offers full workouts with animations on your watch, or you can get a personal running coach on your wrist, for free, to help you train for your next 5K, 10K or half-marathon. This stunning display turns heads and wrists alike.
Available in 4 different colours, R8,499 at Cycle Lab
Apple Watch Series 5
A definite for all the Apple lovers out there. This watch has a display that never sleeps, with the new Always-On Retina display. To match your watch with your personality is just a step away, change the look of your watch with dozens of straps to swap. There are workouts for every way you exercise and advanced metrics for every level of athlete. You can even compete with friends in challenges. It has a great Emergency SOS and Fall Detection, which can automatically call for assistance and the BONUS, you can listen to the entire Apple Music library and the podcasts you love.
Available at iStores and Takealot, R8,999
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Bluetooth (40mm)
Express yourself with a watch face that fits your look and mood. When you snap a picture of your outfit for the day Galaxy Watch Active2 will put together a watch face to match. Besides being a fashionista’s matching accessory, it tracks your movements so you can just slip it on and start working out. With swimming added to automatic tracking you now get seven exercises, while manual tracking works for all activities. Running coach function gives you actionable advice in real-time. And to charge, just lay it on the compact magnetic wireless charger to bring it back to full, no charging jacks or wires required.
Available at Samsung Stores and Takealot, R5,989
Tag us in a selfie with your fitness watch #blosstech and let us know in the comments below which virtual race you are looking forward to next.
Written by Kim Grobbelaar – Tech Editor & BLOSS Brand Ambassador.
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