Deal of the day: This Garmin GPS smartwatch and fitness tracker with “a full suite of fitness features” is now at its lowest price ever on Amazon.

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The clocks have moved forward and that means racing season is back. For people who take their workout routines seriously — or just want to make their workouts more efficient and data-driven — a fitness tracker smartwatch can be a great motivator. We highlight this agreement on a Garmin Venu first generation, a smartwatch with “a brilliant display, strong battery life and a full suite of fitness features”, according to TechRadar: It’s on sale now on Amazon for $174.99 (usually $349.99), which according to CamelCamelCamel pricing data is the lowest price ever on Amazon. Check out the reviews below to see if this smartwatch would suit your fitness needs.

Garmin 010-02173-11 Venu, GPS Smartwatch with Bright Touchscreen

$349.99 $174.99

Keep tabs on your health with all-day health monitoring features and a brilliant display. The Garmin Venu offers up to 5 days of battery life and the ability to easily download music to your watch for phone-free listening.

What reviewers say about the Garmin Venu: This Garmin smartwatch has a high-quality screen, which “is paired with a solid selection of fitness tracking and general smartwatch features that make this watch a great all-rounder”. Tech Radar writing. However, they note that the app library may, to some, still feel a little limited compared to other smartwatches (notably the Apple Watch). “Garmin Venu is certainly comfortable to wear and train in,” according to consumer and lifestyle magazine t3.

Reviewers at Amazon let’s say the Venu presents itself as a solid workout smartwatch. Its battery life is “as good as advertised” and GPS accuracy is “generally excellent” compared to comparable smartwatches, writes one reviewer. Another reviewer says the watch is the “perfect combination of smartwatch and running watch.” A reviewer who bought the Venu as an upgrade to another Garmin smartwatch said it was “trendy and felt smaller on my wrist, which I expected.”

Other things to consider: This is Garmin’s first smartwatch with a touchscreen, which can be a little “fiddly,” writes TechRadar. And some say the design is not as sleek as other smartwatches.

The Garmin Venu GPS smartwatch with bright touchscreen is $174.99 on Amazon.

About this column: Since you’re here, allow me to introduce myself: I’m Maddy Perkins, Associate Trade Editor for MarketWatch’s Picks. And, full disclosure, I’m a distance runner eyeing this offer as well! I’m a big online shopper who likes to save money, especially when it comes to kitchen gadgets, electronics, fashion and beauty products. I’ll be here a few times a week to share with you the best deals I can find online. Do you have something you would like me to research? Email me at maddy.perkins@marketwatch.com. Cheers!

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