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NEW! Forerunner 225 with wrist-based heart rate monitor

Forerunner 225Garmin introduced new model called Forerunner 225, and it’s the very first Garmin with wrist-based heart rate monitor. Yes!

2015 brings us a lot of cool gadgets and seems like it will be the most innovative year ever in Garmin’s products line. Lucky to be here and observe these revolutionary changes.
As for just introduced Forerunner 225, I already feel better thinking that there will be one less item to carry – the HRM strap.
Have you ever drove through the city to a park for a nice recharging run, just to find out at the destination that you left your HRM on the desk at the office? Well, with FR225 we won’t get into Forerunner 225this kind of disappointment. Really excited to check this model out. Right now available for pre-order only. Expected to show up in the market in the second quarter of this year. Price: USD 299.99 (approximately 9,900 THB).

The heart rate is provided thanks to an optical sensor which can detect changes when the blood pumps through the wrist.

Up to date, there was practically only one worldwide known company, which provides fitness trackers with wrist-based heart rate monitoring system – Fibit:

  1. Fibit Charge HR
  2. Fibit Surge

But as the electronics still are – not perfect. I was very much tempted by checking this new gadget, but before purchase, I always like spending some time on reading reviews and investigating if that model would suit my needs. At that time I came across of an article reporting that the wristband on Fitbit was causing some allergy. You can read more on BBC: “Fitbit says new wearable device can cause skin rash“, and also defensive arguments on Engadget: “Fitbit says Charge skin issues aren’t caused by its materials “.

“After more than 10 years of developing GPS running watches we are very excited to team up with Mio to introduce our first device featuring wrist-based heart rate,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales.

“We are proud of our partnership with Garmin. When the leading brand in GPS teams up with a leading brand in wrist-based heart rate monitoring technology, it’s a win for athletes at all levels,” says Liz Dickinson, CEO of Mio Global. “More and more, athletes are recognizing the role that heart rate plays in their training intensity and efficacy, and it has become evident that heart rate is a must-have feature in wearable technology.”

I believe having the writs-based heart rate monitor system working in the way that satisfies nearly all users (there always will be somebody complaining), will require another few more years of researches, but can’t wait to see how accurate the FR225 can be. I would also be glad to make some comparison with the Fitbit series if required (let me know in comments).

Related links:

  1. Garmin Blog – introducing the Forerunner 225
  2. MioGlobal
  3. MioGlobal – Discover Heart Rate Training
  4. MioGlobal – Calculate Your Heart Rate Zones
  5. Garmin Forerunner 225 product page

Garmin Forerunner 225 on Amazon (currently does not ship to Thailand)

This model will be available in Thailand from 9th July 2015.