Time for a change?
Arm yourself with a sports watch that maps a route, counts laps and-oh yeah-tells time.
A GPS antenna and high-sensitivity GPS receiver help Garmin’s Forerunner 305 (top left, $400) pinpoint your progress, whether you’re kayaking on Lake Michigan or running in Humboldt Park. This version comes with a heart-rate monitor, so your calorie burn and workout intensity are always available. Hard-core athletes will enjoy downloading their routes and workouts online via a USB connector. Available at Garmin (312-787-3221, 669 N Michigan Ave).
Take the plunge
The lightweight, ergonomic Speedo Fastskin ($30) won’t hamper your stroke. It’s water resistant up to 150 feet and has easy-access buttons that make it a cinch to time your laps and check your pace underwater. Available at speedousa.com.
Beat the clock
Casio’s Baby-G Atomic ($99) feels a bit fancy, thanks to an analog display and chrome detailing. But it’s also sporty with its three mini digital screens on the face that can be set to display lap splits, an alarm and the time in other major cities. Bonus: A built-in antenna receives time-calibrated radio signals up to five times a day to ensure accuracy, so you have no excuse for being late. Available at www.baby-g.com.
Tri one on
There are so many solid performers in Timex’s arsenal that you’d be hard-pressed not to pick a winner, but we’re smitten with the newest, aesthetically pleasing incarnation of the Timex Ironman ($45), thanks to its thinner wristband and easy-to-read display. It also features cycling-, running- and swimming-friendly features like a 30-lap memory recall, 100-hour chronograph and 24-hour countdown timer. Available at timex.com.
Pimp your watch
The tricked-out Nike Triax Speed 100 ($89) comes with all of the typical bells and whistles you’ll find in most sports watches (a timer, lap memory, etc.). But the coolest part about this version is that you customize it online. Choose the band and button colors and then personalize it with your name. Available at nikeid.com.
The Polar AW200 Activity Watch ($200) offers a whole slew of on-the-go features that are fun (and motivating) whether you’re working out or just at work. There’s a step counter (a digital icon walks when you walk, runs when you run), a temperature feature, a calorie counter and more. Available at Fleet Feet (312-587-3338, 210 W North Ave).
Lord of the ring
A ring around the adidas Response Digital ($59) graphically tracks your progress toward a time goal. Say you’re ten minutes through a 20-minute jog, half of the ring around the face goes dark—so you can tell at a glance how much further you need to go. Available at shopadidas.com.