In addition to providing a comfortable band and easy way to tell time, great running watches for women contain multiple features to help runners during their run. The five great running watches allow women to time their laps, monitor their heart rate and store important data. Most watches also come in special colors designed just for women.
Soleus' Chicked Watch
Soleus’ Chicked watch sells for around $50 and comes in nine different color combinations. The watch offers a thin, molded strap making it comfortable during running and its display contains the day, date and time in a digital format. Special features offered with the watch include a backlight that makes it easy to see in the dark and two alarms. Runners will especially enjoy the 5 interval timers and the 30-lap memory to help record running times.
Women's Timex Sleek 50-lap Mid
Timex is known for creating quality watches and the Women’s Timex Sleek 50-lap Mid is no exception, particularly when it comes to running watches. Part of Timex’s Ironman collection, this watch is designed for athletes and offers a sleek resin band to fit comfortably around a runner’s arm. The watch is water resistant up to 330 feet and offers an INDIGLO Night-light for easy viewing in all conditions. Also included with the watch is a 50-lap memory recall and 100-hour chronograph. The watch sells for around $65.
Named one of top running watches by “Runner’s World,” the Suunto T4 falls at the higher end of the running watch spectrum. Designed to help you monitor your heart and engage in fitness training, the watch offers software that analyzes your heart rate and run time to help make recommendations regarding other training regimens to help make your workout more effective. It includes a 50-lap memory recall and tracks how many calories have been burned during a run or other workout. You also have the option to choose from a 12-hour or 24-hour clock. The Suunto T4 is priced around $200.
Also named as a top running watch by “Runner’s World,” the Garmin Forerunner, comes in black, lilac and pink designs for women. This watch regularly tracks your heart rate and number of calories burned during a run. Sold separately, the Garmin foot pod also enables the watch to track the speed and distance of your run. With its wireless technology, the watch has the ability to automatically send data from your run to your computer and input into an analysis program. If you enjoy competition while running, the Virtual Partner feature allows you to race against a virtual opponent.
The Polar RS800 is designed for professional athletes and seasoned runners. Included with the watch is ProTrainer software which helps runners design the optimal workout after receiving data from the watch during a run. In addition to basic features such as an alarm and 12 or 24-hour time display, the watch offers a heart-rate monitor and an S3 Stride Sensor which measures your distance, stride length and speed. At the high-end of the running watch scale, this watch retails for around $500.