- Product: Garmin Forerunner 620
- Style: Athletic
- Price: $239.99
- Colors Available: Black/Blue, White/Orange
- My Rating: 9 out of 10
Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Running Watch
The Garmin Forerunner 620 or FR620 is the latest in the Garmin Forerunner line of watches, specifically the running focused ones. It is the Garmin’s most advanced running GPS watch. It is a significant upgrade in terms of aesthetics; communications, functionality and run-functionality.
Basically it’s just a fully featured HRM/GPS running watch, albeit a top-of-the range one.
The FR620 is a very comfortable watch, and attractive enough to wear all day long like a regular wristwatch.
It has a big circular screen that’s easy to read while running, and the screen is fairly bright, so you can still keep up without pressing the backlight button from time to time.
The watch also has a color display like most modern digital gadgets and this did much to improve the visibility of the display.
The FR620 is one of the few GPS running watches with a touch screen, but it also has four conventional buttons. You can use the FR620 for up 10 hours when GPS is enabled, and the battery will last for up to six weeks in standby mode when GPS is turned off.
The FR620 tracks your distance, pace, and heart rate. It also calculates your recovery time and VO2 max estimate when used with heart rate. VO2 is your body’s maximal oxygen consumption. Knowing your VO2 max is an excellent way to measure your physical fitness and improve your performance.
A color gauge on your FR620 shows you how your VO2 max data compares to other runners of your gender and age range. The 620 can predict your race times for several distances based on your VO2 max estimate.
For indoor training, the built-in accelerometer tracks distance so you don’t have to buy a separate foot pod or anything like that.
Should I Run Today Or Rest?
It can track all that based on your heart rate data, so it factors this against your last workout and then shows how much time before you are fully recovered and ready to start your next intense running workout.
The FR620 has a color coding gauge that makes things a lot easier to interpret- green meaning you are good to go and red means you need a recovery time of more then 3 days, if you see that its safe to say to take a rest day or do some light running so your body can get loose and relax a bit.
This feature is amazing, its practically your personal coach letting you know when you should take a rest and when you should get back on the pavement and go hard.
It is important to give your body a rest from time to time so you don’t beat yourself into the dirt, there is always another day to improve yourself.
The FR620 comes in two color combinations: black with blue accents, and white with orange accents. The watch is fully waterproof, so you do not need to worry much about water damaging it.
To get started with the FR620, you’ll need to download Garmin’s software onto your computer and then connect the watch to your computer using USB-connection. If you don’t have a Garmin account, you’ll be prompted to create a new one.
Once you have an account, you can start analyzing all the data you collect with the watch on the Garmin Connect website or mobile app. You can either upload the data via Bluetooth from the watch to the mobile app or plug the watch into your computer to transfer data.
Personally I like The FR620 and I say it’s worth it for $239.99, especially if your a runnerholic. Just think about it, it’s like paying a one time fee for a personal coach.
A watch that can track your every step with an easy to read display, and to top it off it lets you know when you need a break and when you need to work harder and push yourself to the next step.
This is a watch you need to add to your fitness collection because it will help you improve your run in so many ways and it’s touchscreen!! Need I say more??
Garmin has so many great products out there and they’ve been around for a while now so it’s one brand you can count on. Their products only get better and the FR620 is proof of that.
- Back to the option of the old school way of using a USB in a new & very nice style (the watch becomes a USB stick and the data can be accessed directly)
- Touchscreen with a high resolution screen that fits nice around the wrist
- New run metrics: how long your foot stays on the ground (lovely); built it cadence monitor (clever); VO2max info (what will you do with it?); Training Effect (harmless); how much you bob up and down (even lovelier). These run metrics is enough to convince anyone to purchase it.
- Quite intelligent and fast predictive start-up satellite lock. Many will like that.
- Comes with a new improved HRM strap that works well, no spikes or dropouts yet. Many will love that.
- Properly and fully waterproof so you don’t have to worry about your watch breaking and having to get a new one. Quite a few will like that.
- Very lightweight. Most will appreciate that especially for the runners, no one wants a brick on their wrist.
- Still supports getting data into SportTracks & Training Peaks through FIT files.
- Food pod for indoor running isn’t accurate.
- If you are coming from a Garmin FR305, FR310XT, FR910XT, then the device use is not initially intuitive.
- Garmin have created yet more bits of software to confuse us: Connect Mobile; Connect; and Express Fit (replacing Garmin Training Centre).
I hope my article has helped out and gave you enough information about what the Garmin FR620 has to offer.
If you have any questions or comments or just your own pros and cons about the watch, please feel free to leave them below.
What do you think about the Garmin FR620? Do you think its worth getting? Let me know.
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