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ISPO AWARD Winner 2014: Garmin Forerunner 620

Eye-catching running coach for efficient performance and live tracking

Those looking for a running watch with the bear essentials of time and the heart rate shouldn’t reach for Garmin’s new Forerunner 620. But everyone aiming to structure and efficiently execute their training, record performance and distance and get real-time tips on running speed and regeneration time should…

Light, thin and packed with many features

The Forerunner 620 is an updated version of Garmin’s FR 610 and is packed with the latest features to make the most of each training session. However, at 400 Euro, this premium running watch certainly comes at a price, even though it is definitely worth the money. Compared to its predecessor of 60 grams, the FR 620 now only weighs 40 grams and is much thinner. The rotatable wristband is more flexible and adapts easily to the slimmer wrists of women, children or skinny long-distance runners. The FR 620’s flashy surface is pretty eye-catching and definitely not for the shy and retiring types.

 

 

Customized screens

The user can open up to four screens on the watch for additional displays to just time and distance. If you are aiming for a specific target time, you can even set up a virtual running buddy for a defined pace.

The watch also comes with a chest strap (Bluetooth, ANT+) that is comfortable to wear and has many new features, including an integrated acceleration device for measuring both vertical movements and riser height in centimeters as well as the running ground contact time in milliseconds: these help evaluate efficiency and running style.

Cable-free Bluetooth syncing is also possible either with a smart phone app or via WLAN and the online community Garmin Connect. A magnetic chip connects itself to the battery recharging it over four little interfaces and like all GPS watches the FR 620 needs several satellites to display its exact position.

 

Recovery timer included

Other features include the rating of the maximum VO2 value, the evaluation of the personal maximum running speed over a certain distance and the recovery timer that assesses the length of the resting period before your next training session. The motivation feature is also a useful addition either when you’re giving it all you got or slowing down and sticking with the planned race pace.

Thanks to a ten-hour battery life in GPS mode (six weeks in the watch mode) the FR 620 has great endurance. Despite many innovations, the Forerunner 620 has all the features of its predecessor. The maxed out performance of this small device and its motto “Never change a running system!” has rightfully earned the Garmin Forerunner 620 the ISPO Gold AWARD 2014.

The FR 620 comes in two colorways (Black/ Blue and White/ Orange) for EUR 399.00 (without chest strap) or for EUR 449.00 (with premium heart rate chest strap HRM-Run). For more information visit the Garmin homepage.

 

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