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.