Whether you are a professional triathlete or a budding fitness enthusiast, a triathlon watch is key to improving your performance. There are an abundance of watches on the market and choosing the best one for you can be difficult. We have done the research for you and taken into consideration factors such as comfort, efficiency and measuring capabilities, and put together a list of the top 10 best triathlon watchs in 2017. Read our reviews to help you make the best choice for your triathlon watch.
10. Scosche Rhythm and Heart Rate Armband
The Scosche Armband can be purchased in a variety of colors and is a great basic fitness tool. Besides, simply wear the chest strap and your heart rate can be monitored throughout your workout. Moreover, the Scosche Armband can be paired with many popular smartphone apps to keep track of your progress. As far as triathlon watches go, it isn’t the most effective. Likewise, the fact that it is water resistant, not waterproof, means that it isn’t suitable for swimming and the comfort of the armband seems to diminish as sweat builds up. However, it is reasonably priced and can be a great starting triathlon watch thanks to its heart rate monitor, and distance and pace manager.
9. Timex Ironman Watch
This is a convenient sized watch which is great for measuring lap times in all three aspects of a triathlon. Likewise, the stopwatch, countdown timer and alarm make this low priced watch a great asset for the beginner athlete. Additionally, the Timex Ironman Watch provides comfort and an easy to read screen and is stylish enough to be worn as an everyday watch for the active person!
8. Garmin Forerunner 220 (with Heart Rate Monitor)
Garmin are a known and trusted brand in the world of triathlon watches. The Forerunner 220 is no exception. Additionally, it is on the upper end of the price range when compared to its competitors, but it really does offer superior function. Furthermore, it will monitor distance, pace and heart rate as well as motivating feedback during and after your training session. Besides, your peers can join in on your success courtesy of the real time tracking and social media streaming function. Of course, the Garmin Forerunner 220 saves your training history and will also notify you when you hit any personal bests! It is a triathlon watch that can almost replace your coach!
7. Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Another fine triathlon watch from Garmin. The 910XT offers GPS tracking as well as monitoring speed, distance, elevation and heart rate. Of course, this tracking and monitoring works for all aspects of triathlons – running, swimming and cycling (although heart rate will not be transmitted when you are in the water). Likewise, the price is reasonable and the size is conveniently small. Besides, the 910XT allows you to upload your workout on ‘Garmin Connect’ to regularly review your progress.
6. Garmin Forerunner 910XT Triathlon Bundle
A slight step above the regular 910XT, the Triathlon Bundle offers a range of extra features with a price tag that is reflective of of these features. It is sleek, comfortable and offers extensive planning and analyzing. As well as, body weight and composition can be measured, there is wireless connection to ‘Garmin Connect’, vibration alerts will notify you of split times and nutritional breaks, as well as the standard time, distance and speed measurements. Moreover, it is definitely more suited to the professional athlete looking to delve a little deeper into performance analysis.
5. Garmin Vivoactive Black Bundle
The Garmin Vivoactive is a super lightweight triathlon watch with a touchscreen that can pair with your smartphone to notify you of calls and messages whilst you are on the go. Additionally, it captures all the relevant data for a competitive triathlon training program such as speed, distance and heart rate across all legs of a triathlon. Furthermore, cadence and stroke count can also be tracked with the Garmin Vivocative triathlon watch and the long battery life will ensure you will never be left unmonitored again. Moreover, you can also use the Garmin Vivoactive in your training days off as it works just as well on the golf course!
4. Garmin Forerunner 220 (without Heart Rate Monitor)
This Garmin Forerunner 220 is slightly cheaper due to the fact that it does not have the ability to monitor your heart rate. However, distance and speed are still measured accurately and your progress can be tracked and stored with the ‘Garmin Connect’ feature. Your personal bests, distances and times will be automatically uploaded when the Forerunner 220 is in appropriate range with your smartphone. It is simple to operate and the adjustable strap will ensure this triathlon watch fits on any wrist.
3. Garmin Vivoactive White Bundle
The white color of this touch screen triathlon watch is a refreshing look for 2017. It has a built in app so you can track your progress on all legs of the triathlon. As well as, the golf course and general fitness, even when you are away from your phone! The White Garmin Vivoactive is lightweight yet durable and will ensure your cadence, distance, heart rate, and split times are measured in style!
2. Timex Ironman Essential
This small triathlon watch is ideal for those looking for a watch with less bulk in any color under the sun. It offers minimal features compared to many of its competitors, but the price is significantly lower so you can’t expect too much. Besides, the Timex Ironman Essential will help you count your laps in the pool and provides a basic timing feature. It is certainly for the beginner athlete, but you will definitely look like a pro!
1. Timex Men’s Ironman Classic
Don’t let the name fool you – women can also wear this classic triathlon watch. Additionally, it is on the larger size, so it may be of discomfort for some. Of course, with easy to use buttons and a good lap memory it is a great training watch. Furthermore, it provides durability and is easy to read, even in low light. Moreover, it does not have all the high-tech functions offered by Garmin, but is still a very suitable and cost effective triathlon watch. You can choose from a range of colors and it is stylish enough to wear to the office!
So there you have it, a review of the best triathlon watches in 2017. With plenty of options to choose from catering for the beginner triathlete all the way through to professional competitors, you are bound to find the triathlon watch for you!