Garmin Forerunner 15 Large, Black/Blue
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- GPS Running Watch;
- Tracks Distance/Pace/Calories
- Heart Rate Monitor Optional
- Reminds You When It's Time to Move
- Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery; Save, Plan, Share Your Activities Online; Display Size : 0.98 x 0.94 inch (25 x 24 mm)
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|Are Batteries Included||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Are Batteries Required||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Display Type||LCD||LCD||TFT LCD||180 x 180 pixels, Color display||128 x 128 pixels, Digital Display||LCD|
|Item Dimensions||1.79 x 0.62 x 2.25 in||0.6 x 2.7 x 1.8 in||1.73 x 0.67 x 2.28 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in||0.5 x 1.4 x 1.6 in||1.77 x 10.63 x 0.55 in|
|Item Weight||1.52 ounces||1.8 ounces||2.4 ounces||1.44 ounces||1.6 ounces||1.9 ounces|
|Sport Type||Basketball, Bowling, Camping_&_Hiking, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cricket, Dance, Exercise_&_Fitness, Field_Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Outdoor_Lifestyle, Running, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track_&_Field, Triathlon, Yoga||Running, Track_&_Field, Triathlon||—||Wireless||running||GPS Function, Running, Camping & Hiking, Fitness track, Climbing, Exercise, Outdoor and Indoor Activities|
|Style Name||Without Heart Rate Monitor||—||GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor||Without Heart Rate Monitor||Base Model||Athletic, With Heart Rate Monitor|
Easy-to-use GPS Running Watch with Heart Rate
- Tracks distance, pace, heart rate¹ and calories
- Activity tracking counts steps and calories and reminds you when it’s time to move
- Compatible with foot pod² for recording distance indoors
- Up to 8 hours of battery life with GPS on or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode
- Save, plan and share your activities at Garmin Connect
Run with all your heart. Forerunner 15 captures essential stats from your run like time, distance and pace. When paired with a heart rate strap¹, it also records your heart rate and heart rate zone so you’ll know when you hit your target. Training with heart rate also allows you to monitor when you need to rein it in and when you can push yourself harder.
Monitor Your Activity Between Runs
Want to track the steps you take throughout your day when you’re not working out? Now you can, without wearing a separate activity tracking device. Forerunner 15 counts your steps and the calories you burn all day. When you upload your data to Garmin Connect, this allows you to monitor your progress toward fitness goals and see overall fitness trends. Forerunner 15 also reminds you when it’s time to move if you’ve been sitting for more than an hour. When you get that cue to move, just walk for a couple of minutes to reset the inactivity indicator.
Motivation by the Mile
Forerunner 15 has an auto lap function that automatically alerts you when you complete each mile, giving you a friendly beep and a backlit screen that flashes your time for that mile. When you complete your run and save it, you’ll see a summary of how you did, including your total time, distance, average pace and calories. Forerunner 15 even lets you know when you achieve a personal record, like your fastest mile or longest run to date.
Train Indoors or Out
For outdoor runs, Forerunner 15 uses GPS to accurately record your time, pace and distance. To track distance and pace when you hit the treadmill or an indoor track, just pair Forerunner 15 with an optional foot pod, which attaches to the laces of your shoe.
Wear it All Day
You won’t have to worry about charging Forerunner every night. The rechargeable battery will last up to 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode or 8 hours when using it with GPS on your outdoor runs. Forerunner 15 has a water rating of 5 ATM (50 meters), which means it resists rain and sweat and can even join you for a swim.
With a simple connection to your Mac® or PC, you can upload your activities to our free online fitness community, Garmin Connect. Here, you can see your run on a map, get more detail on each mile, see a daily summary of your activities and share with friends. You can also join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation.
¹Included with some models, sold separately on others.
Top customer reviews
After looking at several brands such as Soleus (which is much more affordable but basic) or Nike (which has a nicer look, more mainstream and trendy, but didn't have the options I wanted), I settled on a couple different models of Garmin because I preferred because of the display of my pace and the options of different information displayed. I was drawn to the Garrmin 110 because of it's sleeker dismensions but upon doing some research I found in reviews that that it did not do well with water... I'm a swimmer by trader, so that left me with the Garmin 10 vs. the 15. Both had heart monitor capabilities, but the deciding factor was that the 15 has an activity monitor built into it (like the fitbit or jaws) and I'm a tech geek by nature.
After it arrived, I charged it with the cradle it it snaps into (and plugs to my computer) and it was pretty intuitive. It starts with a few personal questions and the rest I customized later after I did my first run and played with the Garmin online "Connect" which let me review my information.
- Main screen with display time and then across the bottom you can scroll through: Date/ month, (and if you put the fitness tracker on) steps, goal (which changes depending on your general activity level), miles, and calories
-can scroll through and look at history, set your run options and personal settings
- comfortable and I like the teal option (however note that I'm biased because it's my favorite color)
-relatively small face (well... compared to other GPS watches) with the display options I wanted (Options include: pace/ distance, pace/ calories, distance/ calories, time/distance, time/pace, time/ calories)
-water resistant up to 50 m ( took my kids to Soak city all day and showered in it- no problem)
-Longer battery time-8 hours training on garmin 15 versus the 5 hours on the Garmin 10, but will go around 8 weeks in fitness tracker mode. (This was one of the bigger reasons I leaned toward Garmin 15)
-If you've been sitting/not moving for an extending period of time it will beep and give a "move!" prompt- For someone looking for a fitness tracker it might be desirable trait.
-has a run/walk options so if your training include a timed pace of running and then walking, you can pre-set these onto your watch and an alarm will sound during these pacing intervals.
-has a virtual pacer which you can set to help maintain a certain run pace
-compatible with a food pod (Garmin 10 does not have this capability)
-has autopause (which is important to me since I get stuck at lights... often :)
-you can set maximum and minimum heart alarms although I have not ventured to use my heart monitor with this yet
-will notify of every mile (calls it a lap)
-Garmin 15 will sync with the popular app "My fitness pal" on the online interface "Connect"
-Still bigger than some of the other models out there, but I couldn't find a GPS watch with the display options I wanted that were any smaller. The closest I found want watch that linked to the GPS of my phone (which is why I wanted a watch in the first place because 15 mi. plus my phone is basically dead). It makes sense why those watches could be so much smaller- blue tooth linke to the GPS on the smartphone.
- There is a timer option that appears but I found it by accident (admittedly I don't pour through the manuals so it is probably in there but I did notice it in my brief skim through). If your press the GPS button, and choose the button/option to not use it- then the timer will appear
-battery is rechargable but you have connect the cradle which is not always feasible. I would not be able to use this in a long camping trip unless I bought some sort of solar recharging device.
-the "Connect" online interface with Garmin is interesting but not terribly user friendly. Also, I found that when I attempted to sign on with my ipad that I cannot sign onto mygarmin.com and see the "dashboard" which is the section that contains all my information and splits. It states that it does not supports the Garmin communicator plugin on my tablet (ipad) I would have to be on my desktop in order for me to view my information.
-If you work in a professional setting with a particular dress code, you may not be able to get away with wearing this more cumbersome watch... hence the vivofit, fitbit, or jaws would be more discreet.
-Does not monitor sleep patterns
The price is the same just about everywhere, and I would have bought my Garmin 15 from Amazon because their customer service is spectacular but I decided to purchase it for the same price at REI ( I bought the bundle which means it includes the heart rate monitor strap) which my dividend.
Also, I added a photo of the watch on my wrist so you could see how large it is.
Update: I've had this watch for several weeks now and I definitely love it. It is much more accurate than mapmyrun (which is great because my phone doesn't drain on my long runs now) and the automatic pause feature is amazing as my long runs are more accurately tracked through many stop lights amd child drama (I run with kids in a bob).
The thing I most wanted to update (which I found purely but accident as I happened to log in food to myfitness pal) is there is an interactive app for Garmin direct! I followed the link from my fitness pal and was able to download the app and access my run information on my app. What's even better is that intially in my first two weeks of having the app, for what ever reason myfitnesspal wasn't syncing with my dashboard (Garmin connect on my computer) but now that I have the app on my phone and ipad it, my runs show up on myfitness pal and whatever cross training I enter as well as my calories entered now actually show up on my dashboard and calculate correctly. It's awesome! I now appreciate the online Garmin so much more because I can track approximate calories (I don't wear the heart monitor so it's all approximate), as well as calories exerted while running and crosstraining :) Also, the app allows me to customize my dashboard and the features I wanted present (just like online). The only drawback is the I still have to snap my watch into the cradle to download, but I am aware that some of the higher models of Garmin do have a bluetooth syncing function... Happy with mine, I can deal with down loading every day/few days.
If you're new to Garmin watches, it takes a bit of time to get used to the layout of buttons/functions, and to figure out the Settings.
Syncing/Importing/exporting your GPS tracks and other stats via Garmin Connect is easy and fairly intuitive.
My only gripe, and that's not limited to Garmin watches, is the short battery life when using GPS continuously... I use the Forerunner mostly for hiking, mountain biking and trail running and 5 hrs of measurement is just a tad too short for covering those activities, I wish I could squeeze out 8-10 hrs between re-charges...
- Easy to read
- Sync with HRM strap is solid, and doesn't seem to impact battery charge
- Durable and bezel resists scuffing
- Battery drain from GPS is borderline OK and getting worse after year of use (marathon last fall just barely made it ~ 4:30, and only one year later the watch died in mile 25 ~ 4:15)
- Leaves you wanting another display option, e.g. Total time, Pace and total miles, etc
- Beep is nearly inaudible while outdoors. If you want a reminder when you've clicked off a mile, you'll be lucky to hear it in the midst of any ambient noises
Overall, a very solid running watch for distance runners watch. It has served me well for over a 1.25 yrs, with my only major gripe being the declining battery charge on very long runs (it died during my last marathon). Having to choose over again, I would opt for a more sophisticated option with better battery specs, such as the Fenix 3.