2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Best In Class

Photo: John David Becker

Running Computer

Garmin Forerunner 220
$250, Garmin.com
The draw: Data lover’s dream, ease of use

Garmin has reached an important new level with the 220, the first GPS watch that functions as smoothly as a basic timekeeper. It syncs with satellites in an instant and clearly displays all the data a runner could dream of using. Having the power to collect a ton of info doesn’t weigh the watch down thanks to Garmin’s intuitive interface (you can forget about using an instruction manual). It is incredibly light, and a single charge lasts through a week’s worth of training. Its waterproofing grade should keep it safe through a swim, although it isn’t designed for use in the water.