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    So... I'm really keen to get a running/activity/exercise watch. Whatever you want to call it.

    I've done a bit of research, but there's just so many out there. Firstly I was drawn to the TomTom's, then the Garmin, then Fitbit... and I've gone around in circles.

    So any recommendations?

    My top line requirements would have to include... built in heart rate monitor, built in GPS, rain proof, generally beginner to intermediate level and under £150~ish, although flexible if it's amazing. Would be great it if it has a treadmill mode too as i'm on the treadmill 2-3 times a week.

    Any of you guys know your stuff when it comes to this tech?
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    Garmins are market leader and are pretty good

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    For you I'd say the best bet would be the Garmin forerunner 220. It measures your activity and can be connected to a laptop to save workouts. It also has an "accelometer", which makes it good for a treadmill or indoor track, and has a heart rate monitor. Right now it's on offer on Amazon UK for £90, but it would normally cost about £160.
    There's a VERY in-depth review for it here:
    http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/11/g...th-review.html

    However, if you want to go for something a bit more high-tech you could go for the Garmin forerunner 620, which is on amazon for £179 (so it's a lot more expensive than the 220 on offer)
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    I use the forerunner 220 and have been really happy with it, especially considering I paid a lot more for its current price a few years ago. It's very easy to use and has a large screen so you can see stats mid run. It's comfortable to wear too. It doesn't have a built in heart rate monitor, but having used a watch with one I would probably say you're better off with a chest strap monitor if you are really interested in training for specific heart rate zones.


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