Running wearables are becoming a must-have item for the athletes these days. Wearables for athletes come in different forms such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, and smart shoes. They provide information like steps taken, distance traveled, heart rate, the route taken and many more. In this list, we have selected the best running wearables for you to improve your performance.
This is Garmin’s latest smartwatch designed especially for runners and triathletes. The watch is an update to the Forerunner 735XT and contains training data, on-device workouts, and smartwatch features. The watch also provides recovery time recommendations based on the difficulty of a workout. The Forerunner 745 lets users know how long to rest before another training session and accounts for factors like stress, sleep, and daily activities that impact recovery. The Garmin Forerunner 745 is priced at $499.99.
Sensoria’s smart socks have won numerous awards including “Best New Wearable Technology Device” by IDTechEX and Cool Vendors in Wearable Electronics, 2014 by Gartner, reports Sensoria. These socks let you improve speed, pace, cadence and foot landing as well as compare your shoes. The AI-powered virtual coach Mara provides audio and video real-time feedback when you pair your Bluetooth enabled Sensoria Core with the Sensoria Run app which may also help to prevent injuries. The price for Sensoria socks starts at $199.
At just 29g with the COROS nylon band, COROS PACE 2 is the lightest GPS watch in the world at its launch. One would think that the company made serious battery life compromises for the watch to be this lightweight, but Coros advertises 30 hours of GPS tracking with the new PACE 2 watch. That’s a 20% increase from the original COROS PACE. If you need a little extra life, you’ll need to switch to UltraMax mode when the watch has low battery remaining. With a new design, featuring the COROS Digital Dial, COROS PACE 2 creates an even simpler user experience. It allows you to get your splits, check your HR or plan your next workout all using just one finger. Coros Pace 2 retails for $199.
The feature-packed Fitbit inspire provides different fitness regimens like running, swimming, walking, cardio workout and so on. The step counter and continuous heart rate tracker comes in handy for the athletes. Via the Fitbit app, your smartphone displays your comprehensive workout route. The app also provides you information on burnt calories, time taken during the run, and other information to make your running more efficient. Fitbit is offering a special price of $70 (€58.32) when you buy it directly through their website.
Garmin’s Running Dynamics Pod easily clips onto your waistband to measure the running dynamics you need to beat yesterday. It gives you the option to run without a heart rate monitor chest strap. Once paired with your compatible smartwatch, just clip it to the back and center of your waistband and start your run. The Running Dynamics Pod has an accelerometer in the module that measures torso movement to calculate these six running metrics: Cadence, Ground contact time balance, Stride length, Vertical oscillation, Vertical ratio, and Ground contact time. The pod is priced at $69.99.