Running, how to choose smartwatches and trackers for running

A short intuitive guide to understand what aspects to consider when we are about to buy a smartwatch and a tracker for running

There are an infinite number of smartwatches for running that serve to monitor our performance. The problem then is to choose the right wearable for our needs. With this intuitive and comprehensive guide we try to see what aspects to consider when buying such a device.

As always, there is no product that can be defined as the best ever. It all depends on our needs. From what we need to do with our smartwatch and at the same time also from the economic availability. First, let's say that these devices are very useful. They combine, thanks to apps connected to the smartphone, several services in a single wearable. From monitoring our performance to the control of the route with GPS. In general, therefore, if we are running enthusiasts, fitness trackers are now almost indispensable.

The price ranges

Before listing the best features to consider during the purchase we take a look at the various price ranges of smartwatches and activity trackers to understand what to expect based on what we spend. The entry level range is the one under 100 euros. Devices with this cost often do not provide a GPS service but in return, thanks to the coupling with the smartphone, can be integrated with various functions. Beware, however, often features such as calories and step counter are not really reliable.

The middle range is the one that goes from 100 to 250 euros. In this range we will find more specific features such as heart rate, training sessions and precise performance monitoring. In addition, users can also install specific applications such as Runtastic or Strava that allow you to keep an eye on every single parameter of your training.

The top of the range cost on average from 300 euros upwards. In this range we find coaching services in real time, functions and programs to achieve the recommended weight and recovery time. Even here the choice depends on our goals, if we want to make an annual training plan with several weekly goals then it is better to bet on a top of the range.

The characteristics of smartwatches

The first function to take into account is the calculation of distance traveled. Some wearables use the smartphone's GPS sensor. But the most reliable system is the GPS sensor inside the wearable. Another very important feature is the heart rate monitoring, which unfortunately is not present on all activity trackers. The heart rate is not 100% reliable, but it is an excellent indicator of one's state of health.

If we are looking for the perfect shape it is proferable to buy those devices that offer plans to burn fat and monitor the calories burned.

If you're not very familiar with the world of running, then it's best to choose a smartwatch that has a training function. So that you can have personal plans to follow to improve your fitness. There are also smartwatches that manage intervals, moments of rest and that organize the week with different workouts, strengthening, breath and speed. If we want to improve performance then we should prefer smartwatches or fitness trackers that provide live monitoring of our activities. This will allow us to notice instantly if we are making a mistake in our training or if we need to increase the pace to achieve the set goals. There's also real-time feedback to improve posture and stride.


Running purists don't like music while running. However, if we are new to running or just going for a run to keep fit, music might be the right motivation. In most cases, to get our favorite songs we will have to rely on a smartphone. However, there are some smartwatches that integrate a microSD card to store your favorite songs.