New Bal­ance

Canadian Running - - Gear - $400

RUNIQ Late last year, New Bal­ance sur­prised ev­ery­one by an­nounc­ing the up­com­ing re­lease of a cu­ri­ous new of­fer­ing: a GPS run­ning watch. The shoe ex­perts at New Bal­ance part­nered up with a few key col­lab­o­ra­tors, in­clud­ing In­tel (pre­sum­ably for the guts of the de­vice) and Strava.

This no-non­sense GPS de­vice is es­sen­tially a run­ning-fo­cused An­droid smart­watch. It fea­tures 4 GB of on­board stor­age for Google Play playlists so you can leave your phone at home yet lis­ten to mu­sic on a pair of Blue­tooth ear­phones. It also has an op­ti­cal heart rate mon­i­tor, mak­ing it a truly all-in-one de­vice.

The RunIQ is the first run­ning watch to come with Strava en­abled, mean­ing, again, you don’t have to worry about drag­ging your phone around with you on a run. It will au­to­mat­i­cally sync and upload when you come back within range af­ter your run. While run­ning GPS, mu­sic and Strava, the RunIQ’s bat­tery will give you five hours of juice. While in standby mode, it’s good for about 24 hours per charge.

The RunIQ launches in a va­ri­ety of colours, (rose gold, Strava orange, black) and is com­pet­i­tive with Garmin, Po­lar and Ap­ple at $400 for a fairly fully fea­tured run­ning watch.

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