SPORT WATCHES FOR HER: Compare for performance and price

Highgear Pulseware
Sports watches have grown so advanced they've muscled their way into a whole new category of athletic gadgetry: wrist-top computing. The most high tech will keep tabs on your pulse, prescribe workouts, crunch data, even read the weather -- best of all, you don't need an engineering degree to operate them. And if you're looking for less whiz-bang, plenty of scaled-down models will just give you the basics, but in style.

Casio Baby-G 184

All the essentials are wrapped in a pretty-but-tough package. Shock resistant and water resistant to 100 meters, with alarm, timer, 1/100-second stopwatch and backlight. Available in five colors.

Nike Triax Speed 100 Regular

The Triax's interval timer will fire up your speed workouts, with a convertible display that shows lap and total time simultaneously. Data Mode reports timing/lap, best lap and average lap, and Target Time keeps you on pace to PR. Water resistant to 100 meters with 100-lap memory. Six color choices (red mahogany/flame red pictured).

Oakley, Casio, Nike

Polar RS200sd Running Computer

It's a virtual running coach on your wrist. The RS200sd tracks pace and distance, monitors heart rate and keeps you on pace with 30 customizable workouts. It'll even count down the days to your next big event. Download data wirelessly to for virtual coaching. Chest strap and foot pod are included. In black and red.

Highgear Pulseware
$85 to $125

Highgear has downsized its Pulseware heart monitor to female-friendly proportions. Ideal for walkers and light joggers, the Mini's Pulsetouch ($85) gauges heart rate with a wrist sensor (no chest strap required). For the more hardcore, the Solo ($100) gets the job done with an accompanying chest strap. Want options? The Pulseware Duo ($125) lets you switch between Pulsetouch and a chest monitor. All with stopwatch, timer, 26-lap chronograph, calorie readout and color target-zone display. (Solo pictured).

Suunto Vector

When knowing how fast you got up the mountain just isn't enough, the Vector tells you how far and fast you've climbed, keeps tabs on the weather (both temperature and barometric pressure) and keeps you on the right path with a built-in compass. A stopwatch, timer, calendar and three alarms are also included. But this big-faced beauty can eclipse small wrists, so try it on for size. In yellow, blue, khaki, black and xblack.

Oakley Jury

It won't count calories or read ambient temperature, but it'll dress up your downtime with hip, sporty style. Flirty, shiny stainless steel curves hug a sleek analog dial and second-counter inset. Wear it with the strap looped through its leather sheath backing or without it. Choose from polished sunburst white (pictured) or honed gunmetal face with brown, white or black leather band.

Polar, Highgear, Suunto

Heidi Kelchner is editor of Her Sports + Fitness magazine.

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