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Friday, 24 August 2012

Test GPS watches on accuracy

The Polish Edition of Runnersworld features a nice test with 5 GPS watches. The test was performed by the polish editors so in case it does not make the English edition here the main results:

The test covered these five watches:
The GPS units were tested on 5 distances and 2 altitudes:
 GARMIN
Forerunner 610 
 NIKE+
Sportswatch 
 POLAR
RCX3 
 SUUNTO
Ambit 
 TIMEX
Run Trainer  
400m
slow
390m
418m
390m
400m
396m
400m
fast
390m
434m
390m
390m
404m
800m
810m
836m
800m
770m
798m
1600m
1650m
1625m
1610m
1540m
1750m
5320m
in park
5000m
5030m
5100m
5040m
4840m
415m
above sea level
420m
405m
--
409m
413m
714m
above sea level 
714m
704m
--
699m
710m
The distance tests were done on a 400 meter track with different paces and one run in the woods/park. The altitude test were done in the mountains tot the south of Wroclaw in Poland.

The Polar does not register the altitude but for normal running it is the most accurate. A plus for the Nike is that it is available in three colours (besides blue also neon green and dark grey) and the Suunto is available in silver next to the common black.



The prices may vary so I used linkes to websites of online retailers for an impression.

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