Garmin is a popular name in the world of tracking devices so it should be no real surprise that Garmin would make a series of fitness trackers. Separate from the company’s vivo line of fitness trackers, the Forerunner series is primarily designed for runners. The Forerunner 620 ships with the GPS watch, a charging data cradle and manuals. If you opt for the Forerunner 620 bundle, though, you will also be treated to the HRM-Run monitor (heart rate monitor).
Available for $349.99, the Garmin Forerunner 620 is a watch that features a variety of monitors and review features to help people get the most out of their running workouts or races. Including a touchscreen, GPS, heart rate monitor, algorithms that can calculate your recovery time and VO2 max estimates, different settings for cycling-running-racing, and a connection to Garmin’s Garmin Connect, the Forerunner 620 is one of the smartest running/cycling watch available.
The Forerunner 620 is a convenient watch that you can wear during just about anything you are doing while working out, but offers the most value for running workouts. The specifications of this watch include the following:
- 1-inch display screen with 180x180 resolution
- Touchscreen controls
- 1.5 ounces in weight
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery that works for up to ten hours while in training mode or six weeks in a standard watch mode
- GPS tracker
- Water resistant up to 5 ATM
- Vibration alerts
- Records 200 hours of data
The watch itself comes with a charging data cradle to keep the watch charged up as needed.
Special Tracking Features
The GPS tracker paired with a heart rate monitor, an accelerometer and other sensors allows the Forerunner 620 to be very accurate in its predictions of your current state and position. Primarily designed to be a running watch, it offers special features for useful for both training and racing.
1. Virtual Pacer – The virtual pacer offered by Garmin allows you to compare your current pace with a target pace that you can set.
2. VO2 Max Estimator – The Forerunner offers the ability to estimate your VO2 max, which refers to your maximum oxygen consumption. The actual value that is reported by the watch is the “maximum volume of oxygen you can consume per minute, per kilogram of body weight at your max performance” (Garmin). Provided this estimate, the Forerunner 620 calculates an attainable target for your next race.
3. Recovery Advisor – Based on your heart rate, the Forerunner 620 is able to predict your required recovery time after your last workout.
4. Running Form Dynamics – Potentially the most beneficial feature of the 620 is its ability to monitor your running form dynamics and compare how you run to other runners. It provides data for your vertical oscillation, ground contact time and your running cadence.
5. Bike Speed/Cadence Sensor – If you plan of using the Forerunner 620 for cycling, you will be able to gather some critical information about your ride, but not nearly the depth offered by some cycling specific watches and monitors.
Along with the optional heart rate monitor and foot pod, the Forerunner 620 comes loaded with many features expected in a premium running watch. Like many GPS trackers, the 620 will automatically pause and resume your workout based on its ability to detect if you have stopped moving. During your running workout (or cycling) it offers the ability to train with a virtual partner, record laps automatically, auto information scrolling, pace/time/distance alerts, interval training, and calories burned. The advanced nature of the watch also allows the user to create custom workouts and goal-oriented workouts as well as create customizable screens.
How the Screen Works
The full color screen on this watch showcases the details on your movements and how well your workouts are running. You can use the buttons on the side to move from one screen to the next. It helps you check on the times for your workout and even your workout history. This in turn helps you keep a close eye on your workout – monitoring pace, time, distance, lap, and other features.
The Forerunner 620, like many of the Garmin GPS products, allows you to automatically sync your data into the Garmin Connect hub. Garmin Connect offers an abundance of graphs, charts and lists that allow you to easily track your history in one hub. This includes the ability to track your runs and rides using Garmin’s mapping system for details on your starting point, ending point, elevation change, and pace. Using this data you can choose a goal and create a custom training plan for running, cycling, or racing. You will be able to connect with the Garmin online community, giving you access to connect with friends and professional athletes to keep up with what workouts they’re doing and share your own.
A Great Design
The Forerunner 620 also features a series of great colors for you to try out. You can choose from one of many band and face colors that fit your interest and your lifestyle. The watch is very versatile in terms of how well it looks and how appealing it can be for your workout requirements.
Who Can Use This?
This great running and fitness watch is perfect for those who engage in regular walking or running workouts, activities, or races. The device has plenty of analytical features and controls that will keep tabs on all of your walking and running movements (as well as cycling). Whether you run to keep fit, are training for a race, need a training partner, or need a tracking method for a race, this is a great watch. You can be confident that the Forerunner 620 packs more than enough technology and features in a great looking package for your wants and needs as a runner. As a plus, the Garmin Connect that you can use as a hub for your current, past and future workouts is a fantastic piece of software and is great for connecting with your friends and professional athletes.