You might pretend you're not keeping track of your times or that you can measure progress just by being in touch with your body, but we know better. Runners need watches. The only question is which one you're going to buy. We recommend choosing from the following five. They'll keep you informed without weighing you down.
Alone, the Echo, which had the best battery life of our test, displays only time and date. Paired with a phone, and its own app or one like Strava, it displays pace, distance, and time, lets you scroll through songs, and gives directions. A utility app lets you customize it all. "The one to own if you run with a phone," said one tester. [$145; magellangps.com]