A friend of mine recently asked my opinion about GPS running watches, as she wanted to buy one for her husband on his birthday. She was looking at the stylish Nike GPS watches
. I told her that I knew nothing about the Nike GPS watches, never used one and I don't even know anyone who owns one. I personally have always used Garmins and all of my friends have Garmins. I told her to get a Garmin, why, well because they just work.
Highgear recently sent me their new XT7 Alti-GPS
watch for a review. The XT7 retails for $250, which puts it pricewise in the same camp as the Garmin Forerunner 210 or the Garmin Forerunner 410, which has been out for a few years. I have used the Forerunner 410 for the last two years, so my comparison will be to the Forerunner 410. The XT7 does come with a heart rate monitor, which one would have to purchase separately for the Garmin 410 watch, so that is a plus for the XT7.