THE SITUATION: Triathletes request a lot of demands on a sports watch, but the Garmin Forerunner 735XT delivers the goods for those who want a watch that functions well throughout the swim, bike and run portions of the race. This is a do-it-all watch in small package that fits sleekly on your wrist. You’ll find built-in activity profiles to track your running (indoors and outdoors), cycling (indoors and outdoors), swimming (pool and open water), as well as cross-country skiing and paddling.
THE FEATURES: Design your own workouts or use those set up by Garmin coaches, and all your data is easily downloaded so you can analyze and share it. The strapless heart-rate monitor is accurate, and you’ll find every other possible measurement an endurance athlete could want, from speed and distance to stride length and VO2 max estimates. For serious endurance athletes who want to track their fitness and work to improve their performance, the Forerunner is an excellent investment. The watch, which weigns 1.4 ounces, comes with a charging-data clip. The life of the rechargeable battery is 14-24 hours in most commons modes.