Garmin Forerunner 255 too pricey? Casio's latest G-Shocks are a solid alternative

Casio G-Shock Move watches in brown, beige, and khaki green
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If you're in the market for a new running watch, but the best GPS watches from the likes of Garmin and Polar are out of your price range, Casio's latest G-Shocks might have you covered. The G-Shock Move range has just received an update for 2022 with new shades inspired by the great outdoors. 

The GBD200UU-9, which sports the classic octagonal-shaped digital face, is now available in a light stone color with black accents; the GBA900UU-3A with its hybrid analog/digital display now comes in olive green, and the similarly styled GBA900UU-5A is now available in khaki brown.

Unlike the Garmin Forerunner 255 and 955, these watches don't have on-board GPS units (for that you'd need something like the G-Squad Pro, which is a fully-fledged smartwatch), but they do the next best thing, using your phone's GPS and accelerometer to track your distance, pace, and speed.

For the long run

Although the G-Shock Move series aren't as feature-packed as some sports watches, that comes with one major benefit: extended battery life. Each of these watches can run for up to two years, with no recharging or battery changes necessary.

All three show your training data, together with the date, day of the week, and time. They also alert you to smartphone notifications, enable you to find your phone if you misplace it, and offer world/dual time.

All watches are also water-resistant to 200m, making them ideal for swimming, plus sports like stand up paddleboarding and kayaking (many sports watches are only rated to depths of 100m). They are available to pre-order now, and are expected to start shipping tomorrow (June 10, 2022).

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.