TomTom Runner 3 (Spark 3) review

TomTom Runner 3 (Spark 3) review

The TomTom Runner 3 (and Spark 3) follows its predecessor to deliver a solid sports GPS device at a super competitive price point.

 

I reviewed the Runner 2 last year and was really impressed by it.

 

I’ve gone on to recommend it to soooo many people looking for a no frills fitness device and everyone has come back pleased with their purchase – I should’ve bought those TomTom shares when I had a chance 🙂

 

The TomTom Runner 3 (and Spark 3 – FYI they are identical) continues in that vein albeit with a slight bit of disappointment. Not much has changed between iterations, except for the addition of a breadcrumbs tracking mode and an improved strap (one of my gripes from the previous model). In my opinion, it’s actually the device that the Runner 2 should’ve been when it was initially launched, and naturally I’ll be expecting even more from future versions.

 

Here are my thoughts about the TomTom Runner 3 (and Spark 3):

 

 

What worked

  • Loving the new strap. It’s definitely a solid upgrade from the previous version
  • As mentioned last year, I dig this watch and it really brings a lot to the table considering its price point (multiple sports modes, activity tracker, HRM in the wrist, plus music via Bluetooth and a simple to use app)

 

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A little Slipknot in the gym never hurt nobody 🙂

 

What needs work

  • I kind of got used to the joystick navigation this time around, but I still prefer buttons
  • Someone really needs to be ballsy enough to drop a full-on Triathlon watch at this price point – then we’ll see the bigger brands panic 🙂
  • I know that there is the new TomTom Adventurer which is aimed at mountain sports, but if they’d just put a barometer in the Runner 3…

 

The verdict

I recommended it last year and I’ll recommend it again. The TomTom Runner 3 (and Spark 3) is just so versatile and a great lifestyle device. Having all those features plus music when you are running up a big hill can really give you the boost that you need.

 

 

If you’re looking for your first fitness device, with good build quality, decent looks and with a crap load of features, but without having to re-mortgage your house (or not being able to eat for the rest of the month) then the TomTom Runner 3 (and/or Spark 3) is the one you want.

 

If I’ve left out anything in particular that you think is a critical feature/experience that you’ve had with the TomTom Runner 3 or TomTom Spark 3, please feel free to comment below.

 

– Peace

Fareed

fareed@leavethecouch.com
4 Comments
  • Philip Smith

    February 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm Reply

    TomTom have also just this past month *finally* updated their app, which is now much more user-friendly and gives a lot more info on your activity.

    • Fareed

      February 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

      That’s correct Philip. Thanks for the update bro

  • Jonathan Bishop

    February 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Great to have a local review! Have one myself and I must admit I’m loving it – simple yet so effective in all kinds of training that I do. I’m also liking the maps which you can upload., With the update of their app, its also made the ‘pacakage’ more attractive. The only thing lacking it the sleep monitor, but then again you kind of know when you’ve had a bad night!

    • Fareed

      February 28, 2017 at 11:06 pm Reply

      Awesome! Glad to have your view on the device. I’ve never really been a big fan of sleeping with a watch on my wrist so a sleep tracker is more of a nice to have than a key feature for me

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