Garmin Forerunner 620 - Black/Blue Bundle (Includes Heart Rate Monitor)
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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
- When paired with a heart rate monitor, Forerunner 620 can help gauge your fitness level through advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate
- When paired with the HRM-Run monitor1, the Forerunner 620 provides feedback on running form by measuring cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time.
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|Are Batteries Included||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Are Batteries Required||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Display Type||Color Touchscreen||180 x 180 pixels, Color display||touchscreen 180x180 pixel, Color touch screen||180 x 180 pixels - LCD, Color Display||LCD||Digital|
|Item Dimensions||1.8 x 1.8 x 0.5 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in||11.3 x 0.6 x 1.9 in||1.8 x 0.56 x 2.5 in|
|Item Weight||1.6 ounces||1.44 ounces||1.44 ounces||1.6 ounces||1.92 ounces||6.4 ounces|
|Sport Type||Running, Track_&_Field, Triathlon||Wireless||Wireless||Wireless||cycling||Running, Track_&_Field, Triathlon|
|Style Name||With Heart Rate Monitor||Without Heart Rate Monitor||With Heart Rate Monitor||New||Base Model||With Heart Rate Monitor|
Advanced Running Watch with Recovery Advisor
- Touchscreen GPS running watch with high-resolution color display that tracks distance, pace and heart rate¹
- Calculates your recovery time and VO2 max estimate when used with heart rate
- HRM-Run™ monitor¹ adds data for cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation
- Connected features²: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, social media sharing
- Compatible with free training plans from Garmin Connect
It’s the next best thing to having your own personal running coach. Forerunner 620 features recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate so you can train smarter. When used with the HRM-Run monitor¹, the 620 also gives you feedback on your running form by showing your cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation. For indoor training, the built-in accelerometer tracks distance, so you don’t need a separate foot pod.
It Knows Your Potential
Forerunner 620 can estimate your VO2 max, your body’s maximal oxygen consumption. Knowing your VO2 max is a great way to measure your physical fitness and improve your performance. When used with a heart rate monitor, the 620 crunches data, including your running speed, beats per minute and heart rate variability to estimate your VO2 max. The number itself indicates the maximum volume of oxygen you can consume per minute, per kilogram of body weight at your max performance.
A color gauge on the watch shows how your VO2 max data compares to other runners of your gender and age range. Based on your VO2 max estimate, the 620 can predict your race times for several distances. This can give you a time target for your next race, assuming you’ve completed proper training.
Rest Day or Run Day
With Forerunner 620, you don’t have to guess how much recovery time you need between workouts. It knows your physiology 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 for your next hard running workout.
When wearing HRM-Run, the 620 provides a recovery check, which is a real-time indication of your state of recovery within the first several minutes of your run. When you’ve completed a run, the recovery time shows how long before you should attempt another hard workout. Color coding on the gauge makes it easy to interpret — green means you’re good to go. When you see red and a recovery time of more than 3 days, you might consider taking a rest day or just doing a light recovery run.
Following Your Form
The 620 is the first GPS running watch that provides feedback on your running form by reporting multiple metrics. When used with the HRM-Run monitor¹, the 620 reports your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. These metrics are called running dynamics, and they effect your running economy.
The HRM-Run has an accelerometer, which measures your torso movement as you run to compute these metrics. Cadence is the total number of steps you take per minute, left and right foot combined. Vertical oscillation is the degree of “bounce” in your running motion, measured in centimeters. Ground contact time is just like it sounds — the amount of time your foot spends on the ground during each running step, measured in milliseconds. A color gauge makes it easy to see how your running dynamics compare to other runners.
Forerunner 620 can send your data wirelessly to Garmin Connect. It can transfer the data through the Garmin Connect Mobile app on your smartphone. You can also set up one or more Wi-Fi hot spots, and the 620 will automatically sync with Garmin Connect when in range.
It also features live tracking, which allows your friends and fans to follow along and see your stats in real time. Pair your phone with the 620 throughout your run to use LiveTrack. You can also share your victories by posting updates through social media with the Garmin Connect Mobile app. And, for real-time coaching as you run, the 620 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.
¹Included with some models, sold separately on others.
²When paired with a compatible smartphone.
Top customer reviews
Bottom line if you are a runner and want a serious HRM with GPS that can provide you with a significant amount of accurate data look no further.
Pros: It's no bigger than the watches a man would typically wear nowadays and it is very light; the band itself is quite comfortable. The touch screen seems to be more responsive than the 610 and satellite acquisition was instantaneous (I never even saw it search, it was just ready to go when I pushed start). Pairing it with my iPhone was extremely easy and the LiveTrack feature (where you can invite others to watch your progress live on the interweb) worked flawlessly. Uploading my workout date to Garmin Connect, both via my phone and over wifi, has proven to be a little hit or miss a couple of times but if that is my only complaint then this watch is still far superior to anything else on the market. The fact that you can upload over wifi is pretty impressive in itself and I only expect things will improve with future firmware updates. (It bothers me a little to even say that because I used to have a huge problem with all of these tech companies releasing expensive unfinished products, in effect, and expecting the customer to just put up with it but I've mellowed out a bit on the subject.) The sensor tracks heart rate just fine, as expected, and the cadence and oscillation readings are useful, if those metrics matter to you. The 620 rates my VO2Max in the orange, "fair" zone, which I'd say is accurate (and a great feature). Also, I'm glad that Garmin got Firstbeat's Training Effect measurement right on this model. The charger attaches to the watch perfectly, unlike some previous Forerunner models.
Cons: None to speak of, really. I wish the Garmin Connect website wasn't so stark and soulless and it could use more social networking features, like the Nike+ site. That being said, the information displayed is top notch and very much geared towards serious runners.
I've read reviews online from people complaining about foot pod calibration, that the screen "gives" too much, that the watch feels too "cheap", and that the colors on the screen aren't very brilliant. Yeah, I guess the screen "gives" when you push on it but I never would have thought anything of it if I hadn't read those reviews beforehand and the same goes for it feeling "cheap"; I still don't consider them flaws (and I half-suspect that Garmin designed the screen that way for better touch recognition). To be honest, out of all the features of this watch, the colors on the screen are the least important to me. And as far the foot pod goes, Garmin added an internal accelerometer to the watch so that nobody would need to use a footpod. Which reminds me, go ahead and add internal accelerometer to LiveTrack, uploading-via-wifi, and VO2Max rating as another reason why no other HRM compares to this one.
Seriously, I don't think you could go wrong buying this.
My main complaint for this is the limited profiles. Considering this is a running watch, I hate how "Indoor Running" isn't an automatic activity profile to select from. This watch is easier to turn off the GPS than other models, but I still forget to do it and get some really messy stats for the first 5 minutes on the treadmill.
The run dynamics are cool, but they did me more harm than good. When I tried adjusting my form to get more ideal stats, and got pretty injured as a consequence of leaning too far forward trying to reduce my bounce. Now I turn off that screen, and just look at it later in the app as a neat FYI.
I get tempted by some of the fancier models, but keep sticking to this watch. Wrist based HR sensors don't work well for me. I don't swim. I do strength train where I do a work around of using the heart strap and turn off the GPS. It still records it as a run, but you can adjust the activity type in the App or website after syncing.