2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Watches

Pear Sports

$200, Pearsports.com
The draw: A coach in your ear

This “training intelligence system” is delivered either via the Pear Pro iPod-enhanced device, or through your iPhone and the Pear app (for $100). Users purchase workouts and/or full training plans from the Pear site/app, and get real-time, responsive audio coaching from the likes of Matt Dixon, coach to triathlon stars Linsey Corbin and Chris Lieto. During a workout, your “coach” can relay a variety of data and suggestions to fine-tune your workout based on your heart rate, distance and workout time. The motivational push of having a real person’s voice in your ear during a tough workout is a major plus.

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