Garmin Forerunner 225 (Certified Refurbished)
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- WRIST-BASED HEART RATE - Run without a strap - the Forerunner 225 uses a built-in sensor to measure heart rate at the wrist
- GRAPHIC INTERFACE - A colorful gauge shows your zone at a glance: warm-up (gray), easy (blue), aerobic (green), threshold (orange) or maximum (red).
- GPS - GPS-enabled, Forerunner 225 provides accurate distance and pace data. You can also view your run on a map when you upload to Garmin Connect.
- ACCELEROMETER - A built-in accelerometer provides distance and pace data when you're running indoors, with no need for a separate foot pod
- ACTIVITY TRACKING - It doubles as a watch and activity tracker. Count steps, calories and distance throughout the day. The move bar with vibration alert motivates you to move when you've been sitting too long. (sleep monitoring as well)
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Know your zone with Forerunner 225 - the first Garmin GPS running watch with wrist-based heart rate. Now you have the option to run without a strap because this watch has a built-in sensor that measures heart rate at the wrist. A colorful gauge shows your zone and beats per minute at a glance: warm-up (gray), easy (blue), aerobic (green), threshold (orange) or maximum (red). Create customized workouts or download free training plans at Garmin Connect, send to your watch and get coach-like guidance. The 225 offers vibration alerts and a built-in accelerometer to record distance for treadmill workouts. Connected features include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and social media sharing.
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I opted to buy it refurbished because the previous 2 Garmin watches I've owned lasted so long. The first is ~10 years old, the other ~6 years old. After charging up, they still work fine. They both used chest-strap hear rate monitors. I'm glad the Forerunner 225 has its own built-in. Nothing to strap on when I want to know what my heart is beating like.
I used it the 2nd night after arrival on my walk/run with my dog. Why of course I used it - I was wearing it all day, naturally. That in and of itself is a great benefit - nothing to carry with me in my pocket or my hand. My phone(s) are not too large, but they are something to bring along in some fashion. The watch is simply there already. This is of the greatest benefit in warmer weather when one is doing something with their hands; typically summer clothing has fewer if any pockets.
I am really impressed with how easy it is to use. I spent a few minutes over the last 3 days looking at Garmin's short videos and their on-line manual, and by 2nd night I was well versed in how to use it on my first real run. I ran the night before, but that was just a mile, you could call it my "shake out" run. Garmin Connect did not sync by itself for some odd reason to my 3 running web sites: Endomondo, MapMyRun, and Runkeeper. I had to export and then upload TCX files to the each one individually. But the 2nd night's run worked like Garmin Connect has always worked for my Forerunner 110: it just worked, automatically, over the cloud.
The GPS is very accurate on this watch, at least as reported by what I consider the premium GPS tracking app, MapMyRun. It tracked all the ups and downs of the nearby trail. I can see where I was going faster and slower, and the small dips and "hills" that I ran through.
I really like this watch. I used it to track 3 nights of sleep and it just works. For tracking a run, it just works. For counting my steps or telling me to get up and move around if I've been sitting too long - it just works. And for heart rate monitoring - once I cinched up on the band, it just works too. No more garbage readings, like I had the first shake out run when it read 180 in the first 1/4 mile. All I had to do was move the band one more notch tighter, and it tracked great, never missing a beat. As to the HR accuracy, it agrees with the readout on the "Instant Heart Rate" app on my phone. They both vary a bit as I watch them because I'm pretty sure my heart rate actually varies - these devices measure that average. So for me, all this back and forth I'm reading about HR issues is a tempest in a tea kettle. Just like any sensor, it has to have good enough data to present an accurate result. My advice to those who can't get the watch to show an accurate HR: tighten up the band a notch, maybe two if you wear it very loosely. [that being said, if you have a lot of dark hair on your wrist, or have tattoos, this might not be your best bet]
Because this watch can receive software updates and Garmin has been very good about pushing updates out to their watches over the years, I am pretty confident that the Forerunner 225 may actually gain additional features over its useful life, which I expect will continue after I replace it for another device that is even smaller, that does even more. However, a watch being small does me no good if I can't see the display or get my fingers on the control buttons. The numbers displayed on this unit are larger and easier to read than any Garmin I've used, and the buttons are very easy to actuate, in part because the larger circumference allows the buttons be placed farther apart. So this watch is well sized proportionally, and I wouldn't want it to be much smaller.
The GPS syncs up in a few short seconds on this watch. I really like that convenience. Both of my older Forerunner watches required up to a minute or two to lock in so that GPS tracking was available.
One last thing for now, I am glad the watch does NOT have a touchscreen. It would be too easy to screw up my workout, if during a run if all I had to do to change a setting was touch the screen once or twice. These buttons are probably not going to giving me any problems, mainly due to the fact that they are in the same place as my most recent watch, the Forerunner 110.
Damn, I like this thing.
I got the refurbished model. It was much less expensive and I couldn't tell it from a factory-new model.