5 Best GPS Running Watches 2020- A Complete Buying Guide

The summary 5 best GPS running watches 2020 could not be missed out by you anyway . I chose 5 best models that deserved a special difference, although this is not a complete list at all. These are the best GPS running watches that in a unique means appeared on the market place in 2020 and are still a great offer for 2020 as well.

What is noticeable here after a quick look at the subsequent TOP5 list? Four of the selected models are watches classified as the smart watches. Yes, it cannot be denied that smart watches are already grown up and also are less free from some childhood ailments. They have better batteries and methods to manage energy, so that the consumer is not forced to load them at every day.

Best GPS Running Watches - Comparision


Item Name

Special Features



Maps and pulse ox, Heart rate monitoring, Custom apps, watch faces and bands

Premium materials, robust performance

Touchscreen Outdoor Smart Watch, Stainless Steel, Synthetic Sapphire Digital Compass; Activity Tracker; Dual Layer LCD Structure; Altimeter; Barometer; Original Watch Face

Go nonstop for days,Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor, Light Sensor, Galaxy Watch, Bluetooth connection

Timer, GPS, World time, Stop watch ,Shock-resistant, Bluetooth, 200-meter water-resistant

Rugged GPS watch, TracBack feature , Built-in 3-axis compass, multiple global navigation satellite systems

The Fenix series has been a class in itself for the years, so it might not be missing in TOP 5. In 2020, the Garmin presented a refreshed line of the Fenix 5 / 5S / 5X Plus models.

 Though, these are mostly multisport watches, it works well on the tourist trips as well and on the wrist of any active customer Of the 3 variants, the 5X Plus version with an 51 mm envelope in the field can prove to be the most sensible - it is not a size for everybody, but it means a bigger battery as well.

The Garmin Fenix 5X Plus gives high resistance to the external conditions. The screen protects its  sapphire glass, resistant to the scratches, and the whole protects its  reinforced structure - the frame, buttons and also its back cover are made from carbon coated stainless steel (DLC).

A version with the titanium frame with the polished titanium bracelet was created. The watch might withstand immersion up to 10 ATM (100 m).

Inside the Fenixa 5X Plus envelope there are more sensors: a barometric altimeter, a gyroscope, a three-axis compass, as well as a GPS receiver, GLONASS and Galileo.

There is also a wristband and a second sensor called a pulse oximeter that can use rays of light to measure your oxygenation of the blood. This is really helpful for checking the level of the acclimatization at high altitudes.

This sensor uses the light beams to calculate the absorption of the hemoglobin in your blood so that the consumer can assess how rare air at high altitudes affects your level of oxygen in the blood.

Therefore, the oximeter monitors additional functions related to your sleep and activity. The Garmin Fenix 5X Plus also has more helpful features created for the mountain trips.

The watch gives real-time information on your current and upcoming approaches. You must check the degree of the length, slope, and height changes at each stage of your climbing, as well as see how far the distance is yet to the end.

Throughout each of your journey, the built-in maps and navigation functions might be useful. The factory has colorful TopoActive Europe maps loaded on this watch.

 For the enthusiasts of the running and cycling on the watch, there is also a function of routing by popularity, which uses data for millions of kilometers from the Garmin Connect.

The Fenix 5X Plus is ready to monitor the sporting activities of various disciplines, from the gym, cycling, skiing, through running, swimming and many more, to golf.

The watch can let you to make your physiological measurements, monitor yourdynamics of the run, measure your progress, track your workout statistics, and improve your physical condition, including fitness.

With other interesting features, it is really worth noting the support of the Garmin Pay function, which can agree to you to pay with the watch, as well as the ability to save up to 500 songs in your memory and listen to them on the Bluetooth headphones.

The Fenix 5X Plus working time is up to 20 days in watch mode, up to about 13 hours in the GPS mode with the music playback.

This is only part of the capabilities of the Fenix 5X Plus, but from what I mentioned here, it is understandable that this is definitely the first place in TOP5. The price of about $930 is not low, but unlike the Casio G-SHOCK Rangeman GPR-B1000, such an expense can make sense.

The Casio WSD-F30 Pro Trek is the 2nd model that can combine the features of the Casio Pro Tek watch with the benefits of smartwach.

Something that originally was a bit of a bizarre curiosity of the producer who did not have much in ordinary with the smart equipment, is gaining more and more attractive shapes and I'm sure that the search for Casio are going to be in the right direction.

The WSD-F30 is not much substandard to the classic Casio Pro Trek models. It has passed the MIL-STD-810 strength tests; it gives water resistance up to 5 bar (50 meters).

Compared to the standard Pro Treks (100 m) it is a small value, but considering the application profile (tourism and sport), it is a acceptable value. The Casio watch also gives resistance to low temperatures down to -10 ° C.

An attractive design element is that the WSD-F30 Pro Trek has a screen composed of 2layers, each designed for a different operating form. The display for the smartwatch is a color Of LED matrix (390 × 390, 1.2 inches).

In the standard mode, the watch can use the monochrome negative display that is typical of the Pro Trek series. Switching between modes can takes place after pressing its smart button.

The Casio WSD-F30 Pro Trek operates under the control of the Wear OS system, so its features may be expanded significantly by installing new applications that are also available in the Google watch store.

The built-in GPS might be used to display off-line maps, as well as its typical activity measurements along with the support of the other sensors. You may import various maps, routes and waypoints to this watch.

The envelope with dimensions of 60.5 × 53.8 × 14.9 mm may contain the components to be expected from the top smartwatch: GLONASS and GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, and also sensors : compass , altimeter barometer, and accelerometer. There is a microphone as well.

In the usual watch mode, when the timer and the sensors are active, the Casio WSD-F30 Pro Trek can provide a month of uninterrupted function. When used in smartwatch mode, it can need to charge after 1.5 days.

The Casio WSD-F30 premiere took place at the IFA 2018, but only now - in January 2020 - the watch goes on the sale. Unluckily, like the previous models from this line, it would not be available officially in others country outside USA.

It's a pity, but this is the distributor's policy. Despite the high price of 550 euros, it would be really an interesting model than the Rangeman GPR-B1000 that was sold with us.

The Samsung's smartwatch in the list of outdoor watches? And yet. Whatever you can say about smartwatch, their manufacturers are setting more emphasis on the endurance and the working time.

In combination with the growing number of these applications, it gives more and more attractive effects. The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the latest and best model in the Korean manufacturer's portfolio.

The steel watch case make sure that the dust and water tightness in accordance with the IP68 standard, allows immersion of 5 ATM, also  passed MIL-STD-810G tests  and such parameters are satisfactory to go on the terrain expedition in the rain or ski without trepidation.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is also available in two sizes - 42 mm and 46 mm, both of them are received the Super AMOLED screens with the always On Display function that are protected with the Gorilla DX +.

 The smaller model is really equipped with a battery with a capacity of 270 mAh, as well as a larger one - 472 mAh.

In the latter case, you might count up to 80 hours of your active work, and in practice - even 2 days using GPS in the field. The working time of the Galaxy Watch in the 42 mm variant is about 45 hours.

The Galaxy Watch gives you the Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b / g / n and also NFC communication. it positioning is guaranteed by GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS.

The Smartwach is also equipped with an accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor and a light intensity sensor. For full equipment , there is only a compass missing, which is not actually compensated by GPS.

All these features complemented with the functions and applications of the Wearable OS 4.0 system (based on the Tizen OS) make Galaxy Watch a good choice for people who are active in movement: training, but also hiking.

 Galaxy Watch tracks 6 activities, detects 39 exercises (including 21 performed at the gym) and monitors progress in training, measuring heart rate and calories burned.

The watch also has a stress monitoring function that automatically detects its level and recommends appropriate breathing exercises as well as analyzes sleep. Galaxy Watch also works well on a field trip: you can monitor altitude, atmospheric pressure and display maps on an ongoing basis.

The price of about 250 dollars, as for such possibilities and high quality of workmanship, is really beneficial, especially compared to other models from this statement.

The new Rangeman GPR-B1000, before the premiere, aroused great controversy among the die-hard fans of the G-SHOCK brand, which the manufacturer deems too far from the pendulum classics.

Ultimately, however, the Rangeman GPR-B1000 defended itself and perhaps in the next years Casio will manage to develop a completely new idea for an armored watch.

The Rangeman GPR-B10 is large (57.7 mm wide) and thick (20.2 mm), its weight also (142 g), so it is not a watch for everyone.

The envelope is made of sintered ceramic, stainless steel and plastic, which guarantees resistance to immersion up to 200 m, as well as dust, dirt and mud.

The ceramic lid allows charging with the help of an inductive charger and supports the sensitivity of the GPS receiver.

Unlike the previous Rangeman and other G-SHOCKS, the shield is one negative display protected by sapphire glass. The display can display various content, including graphic charts, icons and symbols.

  Casio G-SHOCK Rangeman GPR-B1000 has been very well equipped with sensors: it has a triple sensor called ABC, which includes a digital compass, barometer, thermometer and altimeter.

 The barometer allows the reading of pressure from 260 hPa to 1100 hPa, and also alerts about sudden changes in pressure. The thermometer measures the range from -10C to 60C.

The altimeter, on the other hand, indicates values ranging from -700 m ppm to 10,000 m above sea level. Rangeman GPR-B1000 also informs us what time we can expect sunrise and sunset. During cruises in the open water areas, the tide function will surely be useful, informing about the level of rising water.

One of the key features of GPR-B10 is the built-in GPS. The receiver allows tracking the route during hiking trips, cycling or running.

You can also save the wayponity on the watch and use the track back function. The complement is the smartphone application G-SHOCK Connected, which after pairing the GPR-B10 via Bluetooth allows you to analyze the recorded traces on the screen of your phone.

Thanks to the GPS LOG function, the user receives detailed information and altitude graphs, and even a 3D view and the timeline of the journey.

The new Rangeman has two types of power supply. It can be charged with an induction charger attached to the set, but there is also a solar panel known from many Casio watches.

Without the use of GPS and without access to the sun, the watch operates for 6 months, and when it is in the range of sunlight, it practically becomes unchargeable. The minimum of action is, in turn, 33 hours - when GPS is used non-stop.

G-SHOCK Rangeman GPR-B1000 is a very interesting watch, in which Casio combines features typical for the G-SHOCK series with elements known from Garmin or Suunto watches.

Will it be accepted? Despite the advantages of this model, it is hard to resist the impression that this is just trying to develop a new concept by Casio, and maybe next watches from this series will be lighter, smaller and ... cheaper, Price about 4 thousand. PLN does not encourage too much to buy this model, especially when we compare it with the competition.

The Garmin Instinct is a rather unusual design in the Garmin portfolio - a budget watch (for this brand) with the several features from slightly higher-class models.

 Garmin Instinct has been priced at around $400 - what can we receive for this price? A sports and cruise smartwatch with a three-axis compass, GPS location, bar altimeter, GLONASS and Galileo and wrist pulsome trem.

The watch passed the MIL-STD-810G tests regarding thermal resistance, shock resistance and water resistance (up to 100 meters). The housing is made of the fiber-reinforced polymer and the display is cured chemically and scratch-resistant.

The display is monochrome (black and white), so it might not be as effective as in the higher-end models, but thanks to the fact that it is a transreflective panel, we can count on high readability in the sun without the need for a LED backlight.

In addition to GPS, an altimeter, a barometer, a magnetic compass, and a wrist heart rate monitor, Instinct offers the several applications that designed for different outdoor activities.

Among them are: hiking, swimming, canoeing, running, cycling, and skiing. Thanks to the built-in pulse measurement function, users might monitor their activity, stress level, sleep and gain access to many other data about their condition.

Garmin Instinct tracks your heart rate, past steps, distance traveled, calories burned and other data collected during normal home activities or work activities, as well as during mountain expeditions, trips, or running.

Using the GPS function in this model is a bit like using the old and simple Garmin tourist navigation - the watch does not let you to load maps, but you might use saved traces or routes based on waypoints.

Such a route might be determined on the watch directly or earlier in the Garmin Connect website or an application.

The track back function, Instinct also allows you to return, if necessary, to the track recorded during the journey. On the display you may see the route covered, tips for the further path, and also use the compass and altimeter at the same time.

The Garmin Instinct battery permits you to work for up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in the GPS mode and up to 40 hours in the UltraTrac battery saving mode.

The Garmin Instinct might not look amazing, it will not look good in everyday wear in urban conditions, but it should appeal to those who are looking for its functionality in hard conditions.

How To Choose best Best GPS Running Watches

We also love the fact that the smart watches are more and more resistant to the hardships of your sports training or also tourist expeditions - so they might be described as the armored. And although smart watches give a way to traditional watches yet as an elegant complement to your wardrobe, they are getting better and superior as a tourist’s or sportsman's equipment.

Your activity monitoring is the basis, more advanced might be appreciated by your extensive training tools, and the navigation functions are also becoming more and more interesting here.

What is significant, however, the best solution for the smartwatch development comes from its producers of the advanced sports watches, such as Garmin. Originally the multisport watches created primarily for the training applications become so increasingly versatile devices and constitute a sensible choice throughout your trips and trips to difficult the terrain.

For a change, the ordinary manufacturers of the smartphones who release smart watches as a complement to their major product lines are still producing just that.

 First of all, these are too weak constructions, they do not sin the time of their work - they are just simply urban watches conceived as an addition to that smartphone. A positive exception brand is Samsung with its latest model; it is really also worth observing the actions of Huawei who makes more and more interesting and also more resistant GPS running watches.

Polar company also introduced an interesting model in 2018 multi sports GPS – like Polar Vantage V. For those who do training, it is one of the most interesting proposals undoubtedly, but GPS is only used to the monitor training activities, so it may not work in tourism purposes.

An interesting model among the sports watches is presented in 2018 by Garmin Forerunner 645 Music, as its name suggests that geared not only to the training development, but also can also motivate to your music activity.

It is also really worth noting that the Hawei Watch GT smartwatch is equipped with a set of the sensors, called a heart rate sensor, GPS and also an outstanding battery.

The Users who do not desire to spend too much on the watch must also be interested in the budget GPS running watch of the USA manufacturer MaxCom - the Fitgo FW17 Power. This is also a pretty decent sports watch inspired by the Suunto.

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