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This article was published on September 16, 2013

    Garmin’s new Forerunner GPS watches want to be your personal coach

    Garmin’s new Forerunner GPS watches want to be your personal coach
    Paul Sawers
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    Paul Sawers

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    Screenshot_2Garmin is a well-established brand in the GPS watch space, with the likes of the Forerunner 610 (touchscreen) serving as a good piece of kit for serious keep-fit fans. Now, Garmin has launched the Forerunner 220 and 620 GPS running watches, which come in at $250 and $400 respectively.

    Judging from the video below, Garmin is taking its GPS products to the next level, with a couple of very thin, lightweight timepieces that promise to behave just like a personal coach. And they both have color screens too, though only the 620 is touch-enabled.

    The 620 has a recovery advisor feature, predicts your race time and VO2 max (oxygen consumption) estimate. Also, when used in conjunction with the HRM-Run which costs an extra $50, the 620 measures how long your foot is on the ground rather than in flight – for reference, elite runners usually spend less than 200-milliseconds on the ground for each step.

    Although it’s primarily a GPS watch, it also works with indoor running, with both the 620 and 220 featuring a built-in accelerometer to track distance and pace, similar to a Withings Pulse and other trackers.

    There’s A Coach In Every Watch: Garmin Forerunner 620 and 220 | Garmin Blog