How To Test A Running Watch At Home For Free

Lumoid is letting runners test out a crop of watches and trackers (for free!) before making their final purchase decision.

Courtesy of Lumoid
Courtesy of Lumoid

There’s a reason why GPS watches always rank #1 when we ask readers what running gift they want most. It’s because they’re expensive!

Running watches and fitness trackers often have price tags of $200-plus. Runners often buy them on the recommendation of others and have to throw down the dollars sight unseen. If they don’t work as well as advertised, the only recourse is to complain—or maybe resell on eBay.

One company is answering this issue with a try-before-you-buy program. Lumoid lets you “rent” a box of products for $25 and keep them for two weeks to see how they work on your runs before shipping them back. If you find one you love, you can purchase directly from Lumoid and that $25 fee gets taken off the purchase price. So cool!

We thought the idea was so genius, so Lumoid let the Women’s Running’s editors curate a box. Check it out here to make sure your next watch purchase is a total win.