New Balance has jumped into the running watch business with their all new RunIQ. The Android Wear equipped watch works with iOS and Android devices to deliver realtime information on heartrate, pacing and distance. It works with Strava – you get three months of Strava Premium if you order the RunIQ before the 1st of February – and there’s also a partnership with headphone maker Jabra so you can listen to your tunes while running.
The Strava integration enables New Balance’s new Global Run Club, a social network for connecting with other runners. There’s integrated storage in the RunIQ so it can carry some music allowing you to run without your phone.
Battery life is rated at 24 hours for “typical use” and up to five hours when using the GPS. I suspect that’s going be a little on the light side for many. While four to five hours is a typical finishing time for many marathon runners, you can add an hour to that for trail races.
Pricing is pretty steep in our view. Pre-ordering is open for a last AUD$450 or USD$300.