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Running Tech Buzz: Soleus GPS Pulse + HRM

This watch is jammed full of features that track training, headlined by GPS and wrist-based heart rate. Compared to other watches with this much technology, the GPS Pulse + HRM is priced for a great value at $229. But all these features come with a sacrifice—the screen is harder to…

This watch is jammed full of features that track training, headlined by GPS and wrist-based heart rate. Compared to other watches with this much technology, the GPS Pulse + HRM is priced for a great value at $229. But all these features come with a sacrifice—the screen is harder to read and menus more difficult to navigate than similarly priced Garmin devices lacking optical heart rate. Whether or not this watch is a good fit for you comes down to a simple decision: Do you want a lot of tech or an intuitive interface?

Breakdown

What it does

A pure training watch with GPS-based speed and distance that reads heart rate through the wrist.

How it’s better

Its price tag is super low considering the technology packed into this watch.

Why you need it

To train with speed, distance and heart rate—minus an uncomfortable chest strap.

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