Best Activity Tracker for Running – Activate Body and Mind

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All of these products reviewed here are good and generally work well. However, you have to investigate further and do some more research because only you know exactly what you are looking for. This Best Activity Tracker For Runners Review will help you only so far – then the final decision rests with you. You are the one who has to use it and wear it.

From a certain perspective, they are all the best activity tracker for runners – they all work well for it, and step counting and so on. But when you want your exercise analyzed, I think that is where the problems arise….

Each person wants something different. You might love the calorie counter, while your boyfriend could not care two hoots about what he eats – he wants to track his running and weight training. Then you have to consider the price and whether you want to spend a lot or a little – the price range varies quite a lot. Sometimes you will find a much better priced running tracker than the ones reviewed here – it is all up to you.

And sometimes, you can simply download an app from Google Play or Apple, and there you have your fitness tracker – maybe you do not even have to spend any money on it. You can use the tracker on your phone for a while until you decide exactly what you want.

Quick Comparison: Top 5 Best Activity Tracker For Runners

Best Activity Tracker for Runners

Original Apple Watch 42mm Silver Aluminium Case, White Sport Band Edition

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch with HRM-Run

(Editor's Choice)

Fitbit Surge 2

Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch and Activity Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor

Microsoft Band 2 Medium

Original Apple Watch 2
Garmin Forerunner 920XT 2
Fitbit Surge 2 2
Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch and Activity Tracker 2
Microsoft Band 2 Medium 2

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Rating

Ease of Use

Interface can be confusing

It is messy trying to navigate simple things

Dead simple to use

Absolutely great

Very sharp and easy to use

Adjustable Inter-Changeable Strap

Yes

No

Yes (and the watch face is customizable)

No

No

Overall Look

Fashionable and good looking

Slim, comfortable and looks good

Comfortable

Comfortable and Durable

Comfortable, lightweight and slim

Waterproof

No, only splash proof

Yes

No, only water resistant

Yes

Definitely Not

1. Original Apple Watch 42mm (fits 5.5” – 8.2: wrists) – Silver Aluminium Case, White Sport Band Edition

  • Aluminium anodised case
  • Does not beep or ring with messages or fitness info, it “taps” your wrist
  • Stainless Steel Strap
  • Water-resistant while exercising, but not waterproof
  • Has an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, microphone, speaker, Bluetooth

Pros

Cons

  • Fabulous software rewards you with medals when you reach your goals
  • Great device for older people to measure their health check and to keep in touch with family
  • Battery only lasts one day
  • Has no fitness motivators

2. Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch with HRM-Run

  • Gives you all the stats you need on running – cadence, ground contact and so on
  • Has an action camera to record and relive your exercise
  • Good notifications on phone calls, text message, calendar items
  • Predicts your race times with running, cycling, swimming
  • High resolution, color display

Pros

Cons

  • Loads automatically to Garmin collect
  • Great for use as an everyday watch as well as all the fitness tracker
  • Serious syncing + GPS problems

3. Fitbit Surge 2

  • Tracks the fat you have burnt, your cardio rate and when you peak
  • Shows calls, messages & calendar items
  • Tracks your sleep and the quality thereof
  • Silent vibrating alarm
  • Set goals for yourself – also tracks floors climbed, steps taken
  • Gives you personalised breathing exercises

Pros

Cons

  • You get a daily snapshot of your fitness level
  • You can use SmartTrack to record certain exercises
  • Reminds you to move and stretch during the day
  • Does not count steps accurately
  • The heart rate sensor is not always accurate

4. Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch and Activity Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor

  • GPS tracker of pace, distance and altitude
  • Tracks all workouts – exercise, steps, sleep
  • Will work with H7 heart rate sensor
  • With the Polar Flow app – you can sync, plan and share your info

Pros

Cons

  • Developed specially for runners to be comfortable and durable
  • Individual training targets
  • Gives you recovery time
  • Have had 2 watches and both times the whole system crashed

5. Microsoft Band 2 Medium

  • Continuous heart rate monitor
  • Works with Android phones and windows and iPhone
  • Gives you email, messages, calendar and call alerts
  • Tracks biking, golf, running and many more

Pros

Cons

  • It has a UV monitor and a barometer
  • Tracks your weight and your calories and you can use Microsoft Health for tips
  • You can set your own voice for personal reminders
  • Golf tracking with Taylor
  • MadeYou can download gym fitness app from Gold’s Gym
  • The rubber band is not very strong
  • The device just does not last – it falls apart

Please go to the next page to see an easy Comparison Chart.

Best Activity Tracker for Runners

Original Apple Watch 42mm Silver Aluminium Case, White Sport Band Edition

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch with HRM-Run

(Editor's Choice)

Fitbit Surge 2

Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch and Activity Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor

Microsoft Band 2 Medium

Original Apple Watch 2
Garmin Forerunner 920XT 2
Fitbit Surge 2 2
Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch and Activity Tracker 2
Microsoft Band 2 Medium 2

Price

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Rating

Ease of Use

Interface can be confusing

It is messy trying to navigate simple things

Dead simple to use

Absolutely great

Very sharp and easy to use

Adjustable Inter-Changeable Strap

Yes

No

Yes (and the watch face is customizable)

No

No

Overall Look

Fashionable and good looking

Slim, comfortable and looks good

Comfortable

Comfortable and Durable

Comfortable, lightweight and slim

Waterproof

No, only splash proof

Yes

No, only water resistant

Yes

Definitely Not

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