The Garmin Forerunner® 620 is a no-nonsense running watch that has wooed many veteran runners since its beta launch in 2013. It is the first running watch to include dynamics among the metrics that it reports. A blue and black device that is no bigger than your office watch, it will set you back by $399 for the model without a heart rate monitor. For an extra $50, you get the HRM-run model that leverages HRM’s measurements to report on your recovery stage, and to predict your race time for a given distance. Garmin is respected for its quality GPS systems and this watch is an epitome of the company’s technology.
Retail price: $399 or $449
What the Garmin Forerunner 620 Can Do
Garmin has managed to pack several tough-sounding features in the Forerunner 620. The first is the accurate heart rate monitor that measures your heart beats per minute (HBM), and the variation in beats per minute to figure out your V02 max. This is the maximum oxygen that each kilogram of your body can consume in one minute when you are training at your maximum performance. The Forerunner uses your VO2 max value to predict your race times for various distances. These race time predictions help you set more realistic training goals for yourself. The Forerunner 620’s display is resistive instead of capacitive. Hence, it doesn’t exactly offer the high-res display that the company promises but it doesn’t fail at its job either.
Each time that you start or finish a run, the Garmin Forerunner 620 uses HRM data to determine your body’s state of recovery. A green light indicates your physiology is good to keep running while a red light tells you that you need to rest. The feature that has everyone swooning over the Forerunner 620 is its inclusion of dynamics in the metrics it measures. You can now know your cadence (how many steps you take in a minute), vertical oscillation (how far up you lift your feet while taking steps), and ground contact time (how long your feet are on the ground while taking a step) right from your watch. It is true that an extra ANT+ sensor or even a $20 activity monitoring device could have calculated dynamics for you but Garmin uses these metrics to generate comprehensive analysis of your performance and form.
Features of Garmin Forerunner® 620
- First watch that reports runner’s dynamics: cadence, vertical oscillation, and ground contact time
- Calculates your VO2 max and also lets you compare it with other runners of your gender and age
- HRM-Run calculates your stage of recovery every time that you start or finish a run
- Automatically syncs your running data to your phone or other wifi devices through Garmin Connect
- LiveTracking allows friends to track your progress
The best part is that the Forerunner 620 says a long-due goodbye to the ANT+ USB stick that Garmin seems to love so much, syncing your running data automatically to your wifi-enabled devices including your smartphone through the Garmin Connect app. The app provides comprehensive performance analysis-perhaps, more detailed than you will ever use. Its satellite signal acquisition is seamless. Garmin has tried to make the running watch more social with two features: LiveTrack allows friends to track your progress, and you can compare your VO2 max with other runners of your sex in your age group. All in all, this one is one of the best running watches available today and a quantum jump from its predecessor, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT.
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