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chloanne - 11/02/2019 21:12:06
   
Running watches
Just curious as to what watches folk are using on their long runs .
Having always got by using a faithful Garmin , i now feel i'm going to be i need of a watch with longer battery life .
Have St Cuthberts Way at end of June , so realistically needing something that can last 15-16hrs
And not be too hefty on the bank balance.
Suggestions and advice please !

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SarahCrunning - 11/02/2019 22:54:45
   
RE:Running watches
Hi there,

Steve Diederich recently tested the Suunto Baro 9, which has a very impressive battery life: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Running-gear/Running-equipment/Suunto-9-Baro-Smartwatch

It is quite pricey and I have no experience of the new Suunto software. It certainly looks a good bit of kit though. I have the older Suunto Ambit Peak 3. Even using navigation, I can get 18 hours out of it. I really like the watch, although the software has been unreliable at times and it isn't entirely clear what will happen as Suunto roll out their new software.. You can also charge it on the go and keep recording, and the same is true for many newer Garmins, Suuntos and other watches.

Alice Morrison reviewed the Garmin Fenix 5S last year, and this one seems to be a popular choice. It should get you 14 hours in GPS mode, but a lot longer battery life if you use the battery saver mode. You can read Alice's review here: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Running-gear/Running-equipment/Garmin-Fenix-5S-Review

I'm sure others will have other suggestions, but I hope this helps a bit.
Sarah Cooke

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bradburnp - 12/02/2019 20:43:49
   
RE:Running watches
I have the Suunto 9 Baro and I love it. In the most accurate GPS setting (albeit with screen on a timeout setting) I had 34 hours out of it with 13% battery left when I did one of the canal races last year.

It is so great not having to think at all about having to charge the battery on a race.

I moved from Garmin 5X and don't miss the maps at all.

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nikkij - 09/04/2019 09:01:12
   
RE:Running watches
The smart watch made by https://netgears.support/netgear-genie-support have a battery backup of at least 10 hours which I think is close to your requirement.

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