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Let's Talk the Best Garmin Watches for Men

The best Garmin watch for men depends on a number of multisport features and personal preferences. Weight & size, multisport performance monitoring, heart rate senors, GPS tracking, navigation tools, durability, battery life, recreational activities, and device connectivity are the standard criteria when researching sport-savvy GPS watches.

If you're looking to treat yourself or that special guy in your life (who's to say they're not one in the same), we've curated a list of the top 10 Garmin watches from our collection.

PlayBetter.com is a proud dealer of Garmin products, with whom we have a long-standing, trusted relationship. All purchases include FREE 2-day shipping and FREE 60-day returns, no questions asked.  

And check out this Garmin fēnix® 7 review from our partner Dave at Chase the Summit.


Top 10 Garmin Watches for Men | Table of Contents


Best Garmin Running Watch for Men — Forerunner 955

  • Weight: 52 grams
  • Size: 46.5 x 46.5 x 14.4 mm
  • Display size: 1.3″ (33 mm)
  • Lens: Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch mode: Up to 15 days/20 days with solar
    • GPS-only mode without music: Up to 42 hours/49 hours with solar
    • All-Systems GNSS mode plus Multi-Band with music: Up to 8.5 hours
    • All Systems GNSS mode plus Multi-Band without music: Up to 20 hours/22 hours with solar
    • Ultratrac mode: Up to 80 hours/110 hours with solar
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS, GLONASS, Galileo; multi-frequency position; SATIQ technology
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
  • Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)

You need functionality, precision, and options when chasing down your insane goals, and the Garmin Forerunner 955/955 Solar has all this and more to help you analyze and optimize your performance. And use traditional button controls or the new touchscreen interface to access selections.

It's loaded with the best tracking and navigation tools, including Multi-band frequency access to multiple satellites for more advanced tracking in challenging enviroments. You'll also get an altimeter for elevation data, a barometer to monitor weather, and a 3-axis electronic compass. Plus a flotilla of preloaded maps and super-handy there-and-back-again features.

Store up to 200 hours of activity data, allowing you to go back and analyze your past several workouts without needing an app. The Forerunner 955 offers wrist-based heart rate, VO2 Max for Run and Trail Run, heat altitude acclimation, Training Status, Training Load, Training Effect, Realtime Stamina, Virtual Partner, Auto/Manual Multisport Activities, Running Dynamics, wrist-based Running Power, Race Predictor—and SO MUCH MORE!

Not only does this best Garmin running watch provide sport modes and training for running, biking, swimming, and loads more activities—but you can practice competing with Garmin and Strava Live segments.

Bonus: with this smart triathlon watch, you can stream your music and podcast to your bluetooth headphones and store up to 2,000 songs on watch for phone-free listening.

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Best Garmin Triathlon Watch for Men — Enduro 2

  • Weight: 70 grams
  • Size: 51 x 51 x 15.6 mm
  • Display size: 1.4″ (35.56 mm)
  • Lens: Power Sapphire
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch: Up to 34 days / 46 days with solar
    • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 111 days / 550 days with solar
    • GPS: Up to 110 hours / 150 hours with solar
    • All Satellite Systems: Up to 78 hours / 96 hours with solar
    • All Satellite Systems and Multi-band: Up to 68 hours / 81 hours with solar
    • All Satellite Systems and Music: Up to 20 hours
    • Max Battery GPS: Up to 264 hours / 714 with solar
    • Expedition GPS: 77 days / 172 days with solar
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS, GLONASS, Galileo; multi-frequency position; SATIQ technology
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
  • Water rating: 10 ATM (up to 100 meters)

The Garmin Enduro 2 is an ultraperformance multisport GPS watch created for endurance runners, trail runners, and anyone who trains and participates in marathons, triathlons, ultra marathons, and days of backcountry hikikng. The rugged, lightweight design won’t slow you down, and the light UltraFit band offers a secure, comfortable fit during all activities.

Solar power comes standard on this Garmin watch that provides battery life of up to 150 hours in GPS mode with solar charging—that'll help you outlast anything! A variety of built-in sports apps as well as endurance, realtime stamina, and other performance metrics will help take your training to the next level. This watch has all the training tools, perfomance metrics, and analysis and the Forerunner 955 and fēnix 7. And like with those Garmin GPS watches, you can choose traditional button controls or the new touchscreen interface to access features—plus this watch is fully customizable.

AutoSelect mode uses SatIQ™ technology to dynamically determine the GPS mode necessary to maximize battery life without compromising positional accuracy. It's loaded up with all the ABC sensors that will help you find and track your way, plus built-in TopoActive and ski maps, so you can run, ride, or hike wherever you want and always know where you are. Enduro 2 includes an Adventure Racing World Series-approved adventure racing app. Plus, its advanced features, including the NextFork™ map guide, grade-adjusted pace, and automatic rest timer for ultra runs, will help you prepare to go the distance. A superbright LED flashlight (twice as bright as the fēnix® 7X multisport GPS watch) will even guide you in the dark. If you want “all the things” in a premium multisport GPS watch, this is it!


Best Garmin Golf GPS Smartwatch for Men — Approach S62

  • Weight: 61 grams
  • Size: 47 x 47 x 14.8 mm
  • Display size: 1.3” (33.02 mm)
  • Lens: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch mode: up to 14 days
    • GPS mode: up to 20 hours
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart and ANT+®
  • Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)

With the bigger, 1.3” sunlight-readable easy-to-view display of the S62, you can access 42,000+ maps of golf courses worldwide; get accurate front, middle and back distances to the green plus hazards and dogleg location. Scorekeeping on your watchface and a 1-year warranty also come standard along with smart notifications when paired with a compatible smartphone. But all that’s just for starters.

This watch is packed with additional shot-maximizing features. AutoShot game tracking and Green View allow you to keep better track of your game and manually drag and drop the pin to increase your accuracy. Furthermore, the PlaysLike Distance feature adjusts basic front-middle-back yardages for uphill, flat, and downhill shots. And even on blind shots, the PinPointer feature shows you on the screen which direction to swing.

Finally, Virtual Caddie factors in wind and suggests clubs for you based on the distance you normally swing for that club.

What else could make this Garmin golf watch is so special? The S62 is the king of the added extras! In addition to being one of the most accurate and helpful golf distance measurement devices you can get on your wrist, it also has activity tracking, health, safety, and workout features. 

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Best Garmin Outdoor Fitness Watch for Men — fēnix 7

  • Weight: Steel: 79 grams, Titanium: 73 grams
  • Size: 47 x 47 x 14.5 mm
  • Display size: 1.3″ (33.02 mm)
  • Lens: Corning® Gorilla® Glass (Standard), Power Glass (Solar), Power Sapphire (Sapphire Solar)
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch: Up to 18 days/22 days with solar
    • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 57 days/173 days with solar
    • GPS Only: Up to 57 hours/73 hours with solar
    • All Satellte Systems: Up to 40 hours/48 hours with solar
    • All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 10 hours
    • Max Battery GPS: Up to 136 hours/289 hours with solar
    • Expedition GPS: Up to 40 days/74 days with solar
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS, GLONASS, Galileo; multi-frequency position; SATIQ technology
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
  • Water rating: 10 ATM (up to 100 meters)

Not only does the Garmin fēnix7 have workout and recreational activity profiles and metrics out the wazoo, it's as rugged as it is sophisticated—with a backcountry battery life—especially with solar-charging models—multi-frequency GPS for the ultimate in positioning accuracy, and a military rating for durability.

Meet your match with the Garmin fēnix 7 GPS smartwatches, packed with features that will help you hone your stride for your regular workouts and outdoor pursuits, such as Running Dynamics, PacePro, Race Predictor, run workouts, and activity profiles for swimming, biking, hiking, golfing, and a whole lot more! Get Garmin's cutting-edge design on your wrist along with the latest in wrist-based-heart rate monitors, Pulse Ox, VO2 Max for Run and Trail Run. And that's just for starters. As a training tool watch it offers access to advanced features such as Training Readiness, HRV Status, heat altitude acclimation, Training Status, Training Load, Training Effect, Realtime Stamina, Virtual Partner, Auto/Manual Multisport Activities, Running Dynamics, wrist-based Running Power, Race Predictor—and SO MUCH MORE!

The fēnix 7 Sapphire Solar model comes with preloaded topo maps, while you can download full-color maps onto the fēnix 7 Standard and Solar multisport GPS watches. For those with smaller or larger wrists, there are also fēnix 7S and 7X sizes available.  

And for you extreme and outdoor sports junkies, the fēnix 7 series is ready to go wherever you roam. It has preloaded maps for ski resorts, profiles for backcountry skiing, mountain biking dynamics, surfing features, PacePro technology for grade-adjusted guidance, and 42,000+ preloaded maps to golf courses all over the planet.

See the entire fēnix 7 series of premium outdoor watches here. 


Best Garmin GPS Watch with Music for Guys — Forerunner 255 Music

  • Weight: 49 grams
  • Size: 45.6 x 45.6 x 12.9 mm
  • Display size: 1.3″ (33 mm)
  • Lens: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
    • GPS-only GNSS mode: Up to 30 hours
    • All-Systems GNSS mode with music: Up to 6.5 hours
    • All-Systems GNSS mode: Up to 25 hours
    • All-Systems GNSS mode plus Multi-Band: Up to 16 hours
  • GPS Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo; multi-frequency position; SATIQ technology
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi
  • Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)

This more affordable Forerunner stores up to 500 songs. Just download your must-have workout tunes from your Spotify, Deezer, or Amazon account and go.

The Forerunner 255 gives you a nice chunk of Garmin running metrics, including VO2 Max for Run and Trail Run, Race Predictor, PacePro, Recovery Advisor, Training Status, and Training Load. And for health, factor in wrist-based heart rate, Body Battery energy monitor, Pulse Ox, and advanced sleep monitoring.

An this latest mid-range Garmin Forerunner watch is updated with training features such as morning report that summarizes your sleep, HRV status, and daily workout suggestion in one place as soon as you wake up. It also adds a race widget and wrist-based running power.

Additionally, you'll have multi-frenquency positioning for the most advanced GPS tracking and a compass, accelerometer, and new barometric altimeter for elevation metrics. Even though it is not preloaded with all the maps that come with the fēnix 7 and FR 955, the FR 255 still offers some highly useful navigation tools like point-to-point and back to start.  

At this price range, this Garmin Forerunner does not have the compatibility to integrate power meters or third-party platforms like Strava.  

Battery life, while not as robust as higher-end Garmin watches, is still impressive for a mid-range-priced sport watch.

This running and workout watch may not be the top choice for serious marathon and triathlon training, but it's definitely got the music and sport features to motivate serious daily pavement pounders, trail runners, and workout hounds!

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Best Men's Garmin Hiking GPS Watch — Instinct 2 Solar

  • Weight: 53 grams
  • Size: 45 x 45 x 14.5 mm
  • Display size: Custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
  • Lens: Power Glass™
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/Unlimited with solar
    • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 65 days/Unlimited with solar
    • GPS: Up to 30 hours/48 hours with solar
    • Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70 hours/370 hours with solar
    • Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 32 days/Unlimited with solar
  • GPS Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth and ANT+
  • Water rating: 10 ATM (up to 100 meters)

Take your adventures to a whole new level with solar-charging in the Garmin Instinct 2–Solar Edition rugged outdoor GPS watch!  

Wander without worry with this solar GPS watch was designed to endure. Get access to multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLOSNASS, and Galileo) to help you track in more challenging environments.

When you're blazing the trail or in the backcountry, put ABC sensors on you wrists. The Garmin Instinct Solar has an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather, and three-axis electronic compass.

Go ahead and roam in the harshest environments. This Instinct Solar hiking watch is built to the U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock, and water resistance (rated to 100 meters).

Push yourself with confidence with health monitoring tools such as heart rate, stress, estimated sleep, and Pulse Ox. Plus, get training tools like heat and altitude acclimation, VO2 Max for Run and Trail Run, Taining Status, Training Load, Training Effect, daily suggested workouts, Race Predictor, wrist-based running power and tons of activity profiles! The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar GPS sport watch has you covered on your next great outdoor pursuit!


Best Military Tactical Watch for Men — tactix 7 Solar

  • Weight: 89 grams
  • Size: 51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
  • Display size: 1.4” (35.56 mm)  
  • Lens: Power Sapphire™
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/37 days with solar
    • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 90 days/1+ year with solar
    • GPS Only: Up to 89 hours/122 hours with solar
    • All Satellte Systems: Up to 63 hours/77 hours with solar
    • All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 16 hours Max Battery
    • GPS: Up to 213 hours/578 hours with solar
    • Expedition GPS: Up to 62 days/139 days with solar
  • GPS Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo; multi-frequency position; SATIQ technology
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi
  • Water rating: 10 ATM (up to 100 meters)

Ready to reap the benefits of a tactical tool powered by the sun? Then the Garmin tactix 7 Pro Solar military watch is the piece you need.

This military tactical watch was designed to survive with a fiber-reinforced polymer with titanium rear cover and knurled buttons. The rugged yet sophisticated design features a large 1.4” display, a black nylon or silicone band and a titanium bezel with scratch-resistant glass—made from Power Sapphire™—that houses solar-harvesting technology.

Garmin tactix watches are built to the U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock, and a 10 ATM water rating. They also offer dual grid coordinates and are designed with subdued color with high contrast displays.

But it's the Garmin tactix Delta military smartwatch's added tactical features that take this military tool watch to the next level. Be ready for anything at a moment's notice with night vision capability, stealth mode, kill switch, dual-format GPS, projected waypoints, and jumpmaster mode.

Both civilian and service aviators will benefit from the tactix 7 Series Direct-To Navigation feature, which allows users to navigate straight to an airport in the world aeronautical database or use the “Nearest” function to activate a path to a nearby airport. Additionally, pilots can also access aviation weather, including NEXRAD radar, METARs and TAFs, to see winds, visibility, barometric pressure and more directly on their tactix 7 unit (when paired with a smartphone).

You also get access to multi-band positioning to track in the most challenging environments like deep canyons or dense forests. The tactix 7 Pro Solar offers ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer for weather, and three-axis electronic compass. Plus stay on track with preloaded topo, road, and trail maps, TracBack® Routing, Federal Public Land Maps, Expedition Mode, and more!

Stay connected with smart notifications on your wrist and pair with a satellite communicator when you're beyond cellular towers. Stay fit and aware with the best Garmin health and fitness features right on your wrist!

The tactix 7 series gives you the option to upgrade to AB Elite Software, which you can use to calculate aiming solutions for long-range shooting in the field with a built-in ballistics calculator.

When you arm yourself with the Applied Ballistics® Synapse, you can easily create and send custom ballistic profiles to your Garmin, including full access to the Applied Ballistics Bullet Library that contains more than 1,200 custom measured bullets.

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Best Garmin Men's Running Watch for Beginners — Forerunner 55

  • Weight: 37 grams
  • Size: 42 x 42 x 11.6 mm
  • Display size: 1.04" (26.3 mm)
  • Lens: chemically strengthened glass
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks
    • GPS mode: Up to 20 hours
  • GPS Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth and ANT+
  • Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 Meters)

The Forerunner 55 is an easy-to-use running watch designed for every level of runner. At an ultra attractive price, it's loaded with tools that will help you achieve your fitness goals, take your training to the next level, and keep you in tune with your health and wellness.

Get built-in tracking for how far, how fast, and where you run. Wrist-based heart rate provides data all day and night and all-day activity tracking counts steps, calories, sleep, and more. Use Daily Suggested Workouts to take the guesswork out of training with personalized run workouts tailored to your training history, fitness level, and recovery time.

Take advantage of Garmin Coach training plans that offer on-screen guidance from expert coaches and free 5K, 10K, or half marathon training plans that adapt based on your goals. Plus, PacePro provides guidance to help you tailor your efforts to a selected course or distance. The finish time estimator lets you select a run distance and get an estimated finish time right on your wrist. Cadence alerts let you know when you’ve gone outside your target cadence range, helping to improve your running form.

Built-in activity profiles include track or virtual running, pool swimming, Pilates, HIIT, and more. A built-in recovery advisor lets you know how long to rest before your next big effort. Use the Body Battery™ energy monitor to track energy levels to find the best times for activity and rest

Receive text messages and view social media updates, emails, and automatically upload activities to Garmin Connect (a free app and global community of Garmin users), and you can download custom watch faces, data fields, and apps from the Connect IQ™ Store.


Best Strictly Golf Watch for Men — Garmin Approach S12

  • Weight: 34.1 grams
  • Size: 43.7 x 43.7 x 11.5 mm
  • Display size: 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
  • Battery life:
    • Watch mode: up to 10 weeks
    • GPS mode: up to 30 hours
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart
  • Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)

Looking to keep it simple with a fast, user-friendly lightweight GPS golf watch? The S12 might be Garmin's basic golf watch. But there’s nothing basic about its standard features and technology.

In this latest model, you can expect a sunlight-readable screen, 42,000+ preloaded courses from around the world, features for referencing basic front-middle-back yardages to the green, hazard detection and avoidance features, scorekeeping on your screen (with the Garmin Golf app), stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit), the option to pair with Approach CT10 club tracking sensors, and a battery life up to 30 hours in GPS mode and up to 10 weeks in watch mode!

You get basic watch features (no touchscreen), including time/date, GPS time sync, auto daylight savings, sunrise/sunset times plus Bluetooth® Smart connectivity, smartphone compatibility—and like all Approach golf wearables—the S12 is tournament legal.

This GPS wearable made for the improvement-minded golfer comes out of the box in black, granite blue, and white.

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EXCLUSIVE DEAL! Best Garmin Fitness Watch for Men — Venu

  • Weight: 46.3 grams
  • Size: 43.2 x 43.2 x 12.4 mm
  • Display size: 1.2" (30.4 mm)
  • Lens: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch mode: Up to 5 days
    • GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
    • GPS mode without music: Up to 20 hours
  • GPS Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi
  • Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 Meters)

RIGHT NOW ON PLAYBETTER, you can get the Garmin Venu fitness GPS watch for an exclusive discount. Get top-quality training, health, music, style, and form factor in this solid Garmin watch!

Get bonus on-screen workout animations on the eye-catching, vibrant AMOLED color touchscreen.

Get the reliable wrist-based heart rate that Garmin's known for. Know your sleep score and insights by Firstbeat AnalyticsTM. Fitness Age in the Garmin Connect app estimates the body’s age using chronological age, activity, resting heart rate, and either body fat % or BMI.

Plus, Garmin added activity profiles Running, Treadmill Running, Cycling, Swimming Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Snowboarding—and a ton of Garmin's golfing features, as well! You'll get VO2 Max for Run, and this GPS smartwatch has an altimeter so that you can get elevation data for floors climbed—perfect if you walk or run hills or stairs and rare for a watch at this price point!


Best Garmin Watches for Men — Just the Hightlights

Best Garmin Outdoor GPS Watch for Men

WHY? High-quality, Tested to Military Standards for Thermal, Shock, & Water Resistance, Multi-Band GPS, Most Robust Garmin Training Tools, Advanced Health-Monitoring

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Best Garmin Golf GPS Watch for Men

WHY? Accurate GPS Distances, 42,000 Courses, Virtual Caddie, PlaysLike Distance (slope), Manual Pin Positioning, Fitness & Health Monitoring, Smart Notifications, Touchscreen

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Best Garmin Fitness Watch Display for Men

WHY? AMOLED Touchscreen, 1.2" Display, Garmin Coach, Music On Watch, Multi-GNSS, Body Battery Energy Monitor, Pulse Ox, Wrist-Based Heart Rate Sensor

Best Garmin Running Watch for Men

WHY? Lightweight, Advanced Run/Bike/Swim Performance Monitoring & Activity Tracking, Premium GPS & Navigation, Great Battery Life, Touchscreen & Button Operation

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Best Garmin Triathlon Watch for Men

WHY? UIltra Light, Advanced Run/Bike/Swim Performance Monitoring & Activity Tracking, Premium GPS & Navigation Tools, Insanely Long Battery Life

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Best Garmin Watch With Music for Men

WHY? Affordable & Advanced Forerunner, Store Up to 500 Songs, Advanced Performance Monitoring, Premium Garmin Health Monitoring, Super Light & Sleek Fit

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Best Garmin Hiking GPS Watch for Men

WHY? Unlimited Battery Life with Solar, Premium Navigation Tools, Military Rated, Health Monitoring, Fitness Tools, Smart Notifications

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Best Garmin Military Watch for Men

WHY? Solar-Charging, Best Military & Aviation Features, Durable Build Quality, Large 1.4" Display, Extensive Maps, Health & Fitness Features, Smart Noitifications

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Best Garmin Running Watch for Beginners

WHY? Easy to Use, Lightweight, Sleek, Designe for Every Level of Runner, Loaded with Performance & Health Monitoring

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