Garmin Forerunner 220 - Black/Red
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- Advanced GPS running watch with a high-resolution color display and comfortable, lightweight design
- Built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace when indoors
- Connected features2 include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and social media sharing so you can promote your achievements to your friends
- Lets you know when you achieve a personal record
- Pauses and resumes timer based on speed
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Heart Rate Monitors USA||Market Choice||TipTopDeals||iSave||Heart Rate Monitors USA|
|Are Batteries Included||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Are Batteries Required||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Display Type||Color||180 x 180 pixels, Color display||LCD||Color Touchscreen||LCD||180 x 180 pixels|
|Item Dimensions||1.8 x 1.8 x 0.5 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in||11.3 x 0.6 x 1.9 in||1.8 x 1.8 x 0.5 in||0.5 x 1.8 x 1.8 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in|
|Item Weight||1.44 ounces||1.44 ounces||1.92 ounces||1.6 ounces||5.6 ounces||1.44 ounces|
|Sport Type||Running, Track_&_Field, Triathlon||Wireless||cycling||Running, Track_&_Field, Triathlon||Running||Wireless|
|Style Name||Without Heart Rate Monitor||Without Heart Rate Monitor||Base Model||Without Heart Rate Monitor||—||With Heart Rate Monitor|
Colorful Running Companion with Connected Features
- GPS running watch with high-resolution color display
- Tracks distance, pace and heart rate¹
- Identifies personal records
- Connected features²: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, social media sharing
- Compatible with free training plans from Garmin Connect
Just like a coach, Forerunner 220 provides the motivating feedback you need to guide your training. You can even get post-run encouragement from friends and fans, thanks to the 220’s connected features like real-time live tracking and social media sharing via the Garmin Connect Mobile app.
A Coach in Every Watch
Forerunner 220 measures essential running data including distance, pace and heart rate¹. It’s like having a coach on hand, providing constant feedback and recording all your stats so you can focus on your run. In addition to using GPS to calculate distance and pace, the 220 has a built-in accelerometer. So you know distance and pace data when you’re running on an indoor track or treadmill, with no need for a separate foot pod. The accelerometer can also track distance when GPS is unavailable, such as when you run through a tunnel. It’s compatible with free training plans from Garmin Connect, which you can schedule and send to your watch, for real-time coaching.
Easy to Use
The 220 has a color display, which makes it easy to interpret your data at a glance. It also features simple button operations and a sturdy, hinged wristband that’s comfortable for any size wrist.
Extra Training Features
You can set up alerts for heart rate, pace or run/walk intervals to help you stay in the desired range. The 220 features vibration alerts and audible alerts, and you can customize it to provide both or just one type of prompt. When your run’s done and saved in your watch’s history, a post-run summary appears so you can see how you did. The 220 also notices if you hit any personal records on that run, such as your fastest mile, 5k, 10k, half or full marathon, or your longest run to date.
Forerunner 220 automatically uploads your data to Garmin Connect even when you can't get to a computer. Get the free Garmin Connect Mobile app on your smartphone and then pair it with your watch. When you save your completed run, it will automatically upload to Garmin Connect when you’re in range of your phone.
It also features live tracking, which allows your friends and fans to follow along and see your stats in real time. You must have your phone paired with the 220 throughout your run to use LiveTrack. You can also share your victories through social media with the Garmin Connect Mobile app. And, for real-time coaching as you run, the 220 is compatible with free training plans at Garmin Connect. By regularly connecting your watch to Garmin Connect, you'll also benefit from a faster GPS fix due to satellite data that will be sent to your device automatically.
Top customer reviews
- Thinner and lighter than the FR210
- Color display with better resolution
- GPS signal works well, even in midtown Manhattan, where it's densely populated and loaded with skyscrapers (average satellite lock time: 5-6 seconds for me)
- GPS is accurate and reliable. I have yet to experience problems. Will update if this changes.
- Heart rate monitor (bought as a package) and Bluetooth to iPhone work well
- Waterproof so I don't have problems with sweat or wearing it when I shower
- Variety of screens you can choose from to display data during your run
- Can transfer data via Bluetooth to my iPhone app (which is linked to Garmin Connect) or through the cable provided
- Garmin Connect is actually quite useful in detecting patterns in your training, monitoring the physiological responses you have during various types of workouts, and sending training plans to your watch
- Functions and buttons are very intuitive; I spent less than 3 minutes looking at the manual before mastering the watch
- Wish there were more color combos (like all black)
- GPS takes forever to establish connection with the satellite for the first time (but it is very quick after)
- The Garmin Connect app on the iPhone is a bit glitchy, but tech support said they are already working on updates
- Battery life was very average in this day and age
This watch is probably one of the best I've seen in the market for a while. The $250 (or $300 if you get the heart rate monitor with it) is well worth it if you actually use it/serious about running. This little device will tell you everything you need and want to know about your body and your training. If running is a hobby, then I suggest just using mapmyrun.com and/or just getting a simple wrist watch. The value lies in being able to train on heart rate and logging decently accurate mileage (not accurate enough for tracks) without having to map it out beforehand.
As a competitive runner logging 60 to 80 miles per week, I would recommend this watch to runners who are serious and want to be scientific with their training.
The things that drive me crazy about this watch:
1. You can't enter the menu to tell it that you need to set the time manually or turn the GPS off, unless it gets a GPS fix. Getting a GPS fix after the battery runs low or you get off a plane can take a while. In an outdoor run last week, it took a half-hour. Given that one of the selling points of the new version of this watch is that you can use it on a treadmill, it's frustrating to me that I can't use it on a treadmill unless I go outside first.
2. The Garmin Connected app crashes often. When it crashes, or loses Bluetooth, or loses a mobile wireless connection, it stops tracking you and won't start automatically. My wife was using it to follow me during a marathon - until Mile 4, when it died.
3. The treadmill tracking has significant errors - +/-50% in my opinion, and doesn't provide a way to override its results. Which means, if you've connected Garmin Connect with other apps (EveryMove or Facebook), that you're transmitting garbage.
4. The pace alarm is based on instantaneous pace, as measured by a GPS. Run under a bridge? You'll probably start vibrating from low pace. Come out of a tunnel? It'll update, and you'll be at high pace. If I have to think about whether or not the alert is real, it's a pain. What I would have liked: A Kalman filtered position using the built in accelerometer along with some history.
5. If something bumps a button during a pre-programmed interval workout, there's no way to back up once it decided you're done with an interval. Would like to be able to lock the device out while running.
6. It has an accelerometer, but doesn't do step counting. Why?