The Garmin 220 is the company’s latest shot at mid range running watches, and is an upgraded version to the already successful 210 unit. With the Forerunner 210 running watching, Garmin carved out the mid range niche, ahead of a foray of competitors that have simply followed suit. If you’re a runner with penchant for precise timekeeping and a keen eye for detail, the Garmin Forerunner 220 is a running watch to explore.
The Forerunner 220 is a wristwatch style GPS running watch that is similar to having a personal fitness coach strapped to your wrist. It allows for precise tracking run time, run distance, calorie consumption and heart rate among others. Furthermore, the Garmin Forerunner 220 can be used outdoors or indoors on a treadmill owing to the onsite accelerometer, and can be paired via Bluetooth/ANT+ with your heart rate monitor or mobile device.
Unlike other versatile fitness products, the Garmin Forerunner 220 is specifically designed for running enthusiasts so if you don’t run, then this is not the right product for you. Although the Forerunner 220 is a fairly new contestant in the running watch market, it is all a running watch should be – easy to read, user friendly and of course good looking. The 220 running watch addresses the above aspects extremely well, without compromising on other features such as tracking your rhythm, and deep integration with training regimes. Continue reading
The Garmin Forerunner 235 is the latest iteration of its much successful predecessor the Forerunner 225 and this time comes in with a rich new set of features. For starters, this latest wrist running watch is appointed with an optical heart rate sensor, which is not the Mio sensor but own engineered by Garmin. Upon first glance, the FR235 isn’t much of a departure from Garmin’s other fitness watches yet there are some significant aesthetical updates that make it stand out from the pack.
Weighing in at just 42 grams, the Forerunner 25 looks good on a suit and at the gym, and even comes with a swappable strap so you can mix and match on the fly. With regards to battery life, the FR 235 is good for an astounding 11 hours in training mode and up to 9 days in activity mode with smart notifications turned on.
Apart from heart rate monitoring, this Garmin running watch is designed to calculate a plethora of running metrics most notably ground contact symmetry, stress score, vertical score, stride length and vertical ratio. In addition, all run data is automatically uploaded to the Garmin Connect mobile app, and can be linked with a MyFitnessPal account to sync nutrition and calories information. Continue reading