Things to consider
Some GPS watches are particularly chunky, while others are more slimline, and some others are available in a range of sizes. Consider how the watch will sit on your wrist, particularly if you intend to use it as an everyday watch too.
Some watches can show detailed mapping on their screens. Although not great for route-planning (even the largest watches have relatively small screens), it can be a helpful extra navigational tool.
Battery performance has increased dramatically over the past few years. Check the watch’s spec for battery life, paying attention to the times stated with GPS turned on and any battery-saver modes that might reduce features.
In addition to GPS, these little watches can contain a range of sensors, including an altimeter, barometer, accelerometer, compass, pulse monitor, blood oxygen and more. Make sure your choice has the sensors that are important to you.
FITNESS & SPORTS FEATURES
Do you just want a watch that gives a grid reference, or one that can also track your walks, runs, swims, or even your golf? Most GPS watches now offer some level of multi-sport function, but the specifics vary.
GPS is just one global satellite network (American). The four others are GLONASS (Russia), Galileo (Europe), QZSS (Japan), and BeiDou (China). The more your watch is compatible with, the more accurate it will be.
5 to choose from
HONOR GS PRO
Honoru2019s GPS watches cram a huge number of features into an excellent price. Built to comply with 14 military-grade standards, the GS Pro offers impressive battery life, a full set of sensors, 100 training modes and can be used as your phone! Watch face width 48mm | Weight 55g | Max battery life 25 days | Constant GPS tracking battery life 48 hours | Satellite compatibility GPS, GLONASS
Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000
Featuring a heart rate monitor, Bluetooth, and a range of sensors, the G-Shock is a great adventure watch. Its chunky case is tough, water-resistant to 200m, and works to -10u00b0C. Watch face width 63mm | Weight 101g | Max battery life 12 months | Constant GPS tracking battery life 14 hours | Satellite compatibility GPS, GLONASS, QZSS
Coros APEX Pro
Despite its light weight and slimline design, the Apex has a long-lasting battery, all the key sensors (plus 24/7 blood oxygen monitoring with Altitude Mode) and a wealth of fitness features. Also has a touchscreen for ease of use. Watch face width 47mm | Weight 59g | Max battery life 30 days | Constant GPS tracking battery life 40 hours | Satellite compatibility GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou (Galileo via future firmware update)
Suunto 9 Baro
The Suunto is compatible with all five Global Navigation Satellite Systems. Its FusedTrack algorithm combines GPS and motion sensor data to improve track and distance accuracy, allowing the user to extend battery life without reducing accuracy. Watch face width 50mm | Weight 81g | Max battery life 14 days | Constant GPS tracking battery life 25 hours | Satellite compatibility GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar Edition
The feature-rich Fenix offers functions for almost every sport you can think of, and a battery life (boosted by solar charging) that makes it the ideal companion for multi-day adventuring. Watch face width 51mm | Weight 82g | Max battery life 80 days (excluding solar top-up) | Constant GPS tracking battery life 60 hours (excluding solar top-up) | Satellite compatibility GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
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