As new models have emerged this year I’ve kept a relatively updated list of winners of the TRIATHLON, CYCLING and RUNNING watch awards. Most new watches for 2017 have now been released, the only exceptions being the Garmin Vivoactive 3 and possibly also a high-end Garmin Forerunner. So the list is now FINAL (ish).
AWARDS: Best GPS Running Watch 2017
AWARDS: Best GPS Triathlon Watch 2017
AWARDS: Best Cycling Watch 2017
Here are watches that won something: Garmin Forerunner 935, Garmin Fenix 3 (three), TomTom Runner 3/SPARK3, Polar M600, Polar M400, Garmin Edge 1030 520 & 820, Polar M430, Polar A360/A370, Suunto Spartan Trainer WHR, WAHOO ELEMNT (and BOLT), Garmin 230/235, LEZYNE MINI and Garmin 920XT, Suunto Spartan Sport (+/-WHR), Polar V800, Suunto AMBIT3, Garmin 310XT, Garmin 910XT, XPLOVA X5, Garmin Fenix 5X. !!
So you might call me a coward for hedging my bets across multiple categories and trying to please every possible watch vendor. But I might argue that these watches are still selling for a reason…ie someone, somewhere likes them! And other people tend to like and want different things to you and I. So each category for an award imagines a certain type of buyer and the best watch for them (yeah, yeah, I used to be in marketing, I know, I know). So if you are looking for the best watch in the Eur178.36 to Eur201.73 price range you will be disappointed. Sorry, it’s not done that way.