|Many GPS watches like the GlobalSat GH-625M are bulky and uncomfortable to wear on a smaller wrist.|
Sports watches featuring GPS are becoming more and more popular and it is little wonder when you consider the benefits that GPS to fun runners and athletes. A GPS watch can accurately measure speed, pace, altitude and can create a route profile of your runs.
A somewhat unrepresented area of the GPS market are Ladies GPS Watches. While there are GPS options for ladies available, sadly many of these watches tend to be much bulkier and more suitable for larger, more masculine wrist types.
So what exactly makes a GPS suitable for female athletes? The first feature as mentioned is size. Ladies tend to have sleeker wrists than men, so watch designs suitable for women, should feature thinner, sleeker designs with smaller wrist straps.
Another quality of a ladies GPS watch is a feminine design that is comfortable for women, these are usually lighter, with less masculine colors and usually with smaller watch faces and digits.
If you only wish to measure speed and distance, consider a footpod device
Two distinct benefits of GPS watches are:
- The ability to navigate with your wristwatch and
- The ability to recording maps of your runs
Yet these are two features many runners can live without.
If you only wish to measure your speed and distance, then an alternative you might consider is an accelerometer foot pod.
A foot pod threads into your laces and transmits a wireless signal to the wristwatch.
A foot pod attaches to your running shoe and measures your leg cadence to accurately calculate your speed and distance. It then transmits this information wirelessly to your wristwatch.
While it requires a little calibration in some cases, it is surprisingly accurate and equivalent to GPS accuracy in most cases.
Because a food pod device does not require a bulky GPS aerial be mounted in your wrist watch, this makes for a smaller, more comfortable fit for ladies.
Pros Of A Footpod:
- A smaller sized wristwatch
- Measures speed and distance accurately
- Unlike a GPS, a footpod is not affected around buildings and other large objects
Cons Of A Footpod:
- Cannot be used to navigate or record routes
- Cannot measure altitude
Follow the link to view a comprehensive collection of accelerometer foot pod watches.
If you do want to experience the full range of benefits of a GPS wristwatch, there are options that do suit girls, but due to the lack of options in this market, in some cases you may have to sacrifice femininity in style and design for the features you want.
Many GPS watches designed for guys, fit just as easily on a women’s wrist. In many cases, these are the Best GPS watches for female runners, despite being marketed at a more macho audience.
Here are a few recommended options…
Recommended Ladies GPS Watches
|Timex Bodylink T5G311|
|The Timex Bodylink T5G311 watch is an advanced sports watch that is actually designed for ladies. It comes with a heart rate monitor and an external GPS. Timex watches tend to be intuitive and very easy to learn, so if you want a sports watch that you can use right out of the box without reading the manual, then this might be the perfect choice.
Unlike the Garmin Forerunner, the Timex wrist watch is not bulky at all, but requires you wear the GPS device on your upper arm or on your running attire. The T5G311 does not have a navigation mode or the ability to transfer data to a PC without the Timex Data Recorder device which is a separate purchase.
The watch does, however feature altitude measurements plus almost all the sports features that are useful to runners.
|Suunto t3c + GPS Pod|
The Suunto Training Series watches feature three models that support GPS, the t3c, t4c and t6c. Only the t6c is capable of measuring altitude, so it might also be worth thinking about a foot pod instead of GPS in all but this watch. The foot pod is supported in all the Training Series watches.
These watches have increasing functionality (and cost) and like Timex Bodylink watches require you to attach an external GPS device to your body.
Overall, the Suunto watches have better quality heart rate monitors than the Timex watches and are geared at increasing your overall fitness level, but have fewer running features.
The Suunto watches have less memory capacity to store training sessions, but do feature some advanced measurement capabilities such as Training Effect, a realistic indicator of workout effort. The t6c can also measure EPOC: excess post-exercise oxygen consumption.
The ability to measure Training Effect and EPOC are not found in any other sports watch, which puts the Suunto watches in a class of their own.
|Timex Speed and Distance|
Another line of Timex Ironman Watches is the Speed and Distance watches. The Speed and Distance line is a cheaper alternative to the Bodylink watches.
Like the Bodylink watches these watches feature an external GPS, but the GPS in this watch only tracks your horizontal movement, not the altitude component, so are the equivalent of an accelerometer foot pod. There is also no heart rate monitor support.
The advantage of this watch is that it is relatively inexpensive compared to the Bodylink bundles and contains most of the Ironman sports watch features that runners need.
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