Top 10 Best Triathlon Watches 2020 Reviews

Times have definitely changed in the fitness world as Technology has become the great equalizer in triathlon watches. Watch manufacturers have delivered quality triathlete watches since the 1970’s with chronographs and lap split capabilities. The 1980’s and 1990’s delivered better displays such as Indiglo for nighttime running and jogging. As time as gone on, more components were squeezed into the small watch frame and display as manufacturers slowly made the switch from an analog display to a digital display. Wearables (wrist bracelets, e-pedometers, etc.) also changed the game and combined the step counts of pedometers and the tracking capabilities of GPS and cloud computing into one watch unit. Which manufacturer makes the best triathlon watch? We’ll find out below as we gather them all up and get testing!

10. Polar Ignite Advanced Waterproof Fitness Watch

Polar Ignite Advanced Waterproof Fitness Watch

The Polar Ignite is a great watch that packs a lot of features that will aid the jogger in the family. The watch comes in five different color options and has a heart rate monitor with optical sensors and bio-impedance electrodes to get the most accurate heart rate. One unique thing about this watch is the Polar Nightly Recharge which measures your recovery while you sleep. Sleep tracking, text message notification, email notification, call notification, and integrated GPS round out the long list of features with this watch.

Features:

  • Integrated GPS – Speed, Distance, and Route Tracking
  • Sleep Tracking
  • Polar Fit Spark Daily Training Guide
  • Color options: Black/Silver, Black Copper, Pink/Rose, White/Silver, and Yellow Black

9. Timex Mid-Size Ironman Sleek 50 Classic Watch

Timex Mid-Size Ironman Sleek 50 Classic Watch

The Timex Ironman Sleek 50 comes with six different color options as well as a countdown timer and alarm. This watch also lights up the night with a Indiglo watch dial for night running and comes with a breathable co-molded resin strap with buckle closure. There’s also an integrated stopwatch with 50 lap memory and interval training timer to keep an eye on your splits. The Sleek 50 is also water resistant up to 100 meters which enables you to keep the watch on your wrist during swims and snorkeling.

Features:

  • 50 lap memory and interval training timer
  • Indiglo watch dial
  • Water resistant to 100m
  • Color options: Black, Blue, Plum, Black/Silver-Tone, Mint Blue, and Purple/Gray

8. Garmin Forerunner 945 – Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Smartwatch with Music

Garmin Forerunner 945 - Premium GPS Running/Triathlon Smartwatch with Music

The 945 happens to be the most expensive of the ten watches listed here, but the features that it comes with are staggering. This is the only watch of the ten that has download capabilities for music which you can pull songs from playlists from Amazon Music, Spotify, or Deezer. VO2 Max monitors performance training and takes into account environmental changes (rain, heat, altitude, etc.) into your runs. Garmin Pay contactless payments can be made with this watch with select banks and cards. The large 240×240 display can show full color maps as you jog to show you your route visually. You can even set the safety parameters to message a friend if your watch detects that you’ve had an incident on the trail and will display your location via GPS so that you can be found quickly, really smart thinking from Garmin!

Features:

  • Download songs to your watch to listen while you jog
  • 240 X 240 color display
  • Performance monitoring and safety monitoring
  • Battery Life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS mode with music, up to 60 hours in UltraTrac Mode

7. Willful Smart Watch

Willful Smart Watch

The Willful Smart Watch comes out of the box with IP68 rated water-resistance for swimming. The smart watch is compatible with Iphones (iOS 8 and above) and Samsung (Android 4.4 and above) for maximum range of device compatibility. You can receive all of your smartphone notifications on this watch to keep you from glancing at your phone all the time. This watch also has 14 different Sports Modes for activity tracking and has a long battery life.

Features:

  • 7-10 day battery life
  • IP68 rated water resistant
  • Integrated GPS and Heart Rate Monitor
  • Color options: Black, Purple, and Red

6. Timex Full-Size Ironman Endure 30 Shock Watch

Timex Full-Size Ironman Endure 30 Shock Watch

The Timex Endure 30 is a sensible fitness watch with many features included such as shock resistance and gray digital display. The watch comes with a 100-hour chronograph with 30 lap memory and has an Indiglo light up display. This watch has the best water resistance rating of the bunch with a rating of 200m which opens up the options to take small dives into the water. No scuba dives on ocean floors with these watches just yet!

Features:

  • Indiglo illuminated display
  • Shock resistant to ISO standards
  • Water resistant to 200m
  • Color options: Black, Black/Lime, Black/Yellow, and Dark Blue

5. Timex Full-Size Ironman Classic 100 Watch

Timex Full-Size Ironman Classic 100 Watch

The Timex Ironman Classic 100 watch is a good watch with plenty of usable features for the active runner. The Ironman Classic comes with a 100-hour chronograph with 100 lap memory and interval training timer. The watch comes with an adjustable black resin strap and has an Indiglo illuminated display. Water resistance to 100m and customizable alarms rounds out the package.

Features:

  • 100-hour chronograph with 100 lap memory
  • Water resistant to 100m
  • Indiglo illuminated display
  • Color options: Black/Green and Black/Yellow

4. Timex Full-Size Ironman Rugged 30 Watch

Timex Full-Size Ironman Rugged 30 Watch

The Timex Ironman Rugged 30 watch comes with three different color options and an adjustable black resin strap for maximum comfort. You can log the laps with an included 100-hour chronograph with 30 lap memory. You can keep the jogs going after sundown with the Indiglo illuminated display and water is no problem with 100m water resistance rating.

Features:

  • Water resistant to 100m
  • Indiglo illuminated display
  • 100 hour chronograph with 30 lap memory
  • Color options; Black/Red, Black/Yellow Accent, and Blackout

3. Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin Vivoactive 3

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is a great watch with features a-plenty to keep your times low and your eyes on the road. The color options are vast with seven different options to choose from and smartphone notification capabilities round out any information that comes in while you run. Garmin Pay is available for select cards and banks to use this watch to make contactless payments and transactions. You can pair this watch with your smartphone to upload data to Garmin Connect to display live tracking of your run and collect pertinent data. You can also customize this watch from thousands of free displays, apps, and widgets from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.

Features:

  • Garmin Pay contactless payment with select banks
  • 15 preloaded GPS and sports apps
  • 1.2 inch display
  • Battery Life – 7 days in smartwatch mode – 13 hours in GPS mode
  • Color options: Black with Stainless dial, Black with Slate dial, White with Rose Gold dial, White with stainless dial, black with black case, black, and granite blue

2. Timex Men’s Expedition Classic Watch

Timex Men’s Expedition Classic Watch

The Timex Expedition Classic brings a cavalcade of color options with eight options available to match any attire. This watch comes with a 100-hour chronograph with lap/split time capability. Indiglo lighting and 100m water resistance rounds out the features of this great watch.

Features:

  • Indiglo illuminated display
  • Water-resistant to 100m
  • 100 hour chronograph with lap/split times
  • Color options: Black, Black + Mini Compass, Black/Gray Fast Wrap, Black/Purple, Black/Silver-Tone Fast Wrap, Brown/Black/Green, Charcoal + Mini Compass, and Green/Black

1. Timex Unisex Expedition Classic Digital Chrono Alarm Watch

Timex Unisex Expedition Classic Digital Chrono Alarm Watch

Ladies and Gentlemen, pencils down…we have a winner! The best triathlon watch goes to the Timex Unisex Expedition Classic Digital Chrono Alarm Watch and once you read about this watch, you’ll know why it’s the best. The Timex Unisex Expedition Classic brings form and function to the fitness world with many features. Indiglo illumination helps for those runs after dark and the 100-hour chronograph with lap/split times will keep your eyes on the prize. Much like the old Ford Model T, color options are limited with this watch to just Blue/Black Stripe. This limited selection helps the price point stay reasonable and a great watch for the price.

Features:

  • 100-hour chronograph with lap/split times
  • Indiglo illuminated display
  • Water resistant to 100m
  • Blue/Black Stripe