Garmin today announced the Forerunner 620 and Forerunner 220 GPS running watches – two of the lightest, thinnest, most advanced offerings for runners from Garmin, and the next best thing to having a personal running coach. The Forerunner 620 offers advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate to help runners train smarter and achieve new race goals. When used with the new HRM-Run monitor, the 620 also provides feedback on running form. The Garmin Forerunner 220 is a more affordable version with buttons for navigation rather than a touch screen and less analysis features.
For indoor training, like on a treadmill, the 620 built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace, so runners don’t need a separate sensor. Both models also boast Garmin’s unique one-inch Chroma color display to easily interpret data.
Beyond the typical measurements of GPS watches like distance, pace, and heart rate, the new Forerunner 620 now acts as an Advocate, Analyst, Motivator, Planner, and Trainer. Powerful features on the 620 include:
- Live Track - Both 220 and 620 allow others to see where you are during a training run (or race). As long as you’re carrying a smartphone and using the Garmin Connect mobile app, 620 can use that phone’s signal to convey your position to family, fans, and coaches, wherever they are in the world.
- VO2 Max – Using a proprietary algorithm from Firstbeat, 620 melds heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV) and running speed in order to estimate the maximum volume of oxygen you use per minute. The higher the number, the better you are able to recover from effort, even while you’re doing it.
- Ground Contact Time – When paired with HRM-Run, 620 measures how much time, during the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight. Ground contact time is measured in milliseconds.
- Recovery Timer – When paired with HRM-Run, the 620 lets you know how much time you need to recover from your workouts through a count-down timer. Recovery time varies based on level of fitness and intensity of workout.
- Vertical Oscillation – 620 can measure, in centimeters, how much bounce is in your running motion over time. Measurement is taken at the chest with the HRM-Run.
- Cadence – 620 can measure how many steps you take per minute with both feet, right and left.
- Accelerometer – Both 220 and 620 can measure speed and distance when GPS is unavailable, for example, indoors. With 620, accelerometer is also capable of calculating cadence when foot pod or HRM are not available.
According to legendary running coach Dr. Jack Daniels, "The Forerunner 620 is a watch that runners have been waiting for. Being able to monitor runners’ running dynamics and receive real-time feedback in a watch is a huge step in running innovation.".
You no longer need to pay for a lab test to accurately obtain your VO2 Max. You no longer need time lapse night photography and lights to analyze your vertical bounce. You no longer need to go to an expensive lab to measure your ground contact time. Finally, you no longer need to manually count your cadence. Investing in a Garmin Forerunner 620 is a no-brainer if the device deliver as published. It’s like a mobile running lab on your wrist.
The Garmin Forerunner 620 is available in blue/black and white/orange, while the Garmin Forerunner 220 is available in black/red and white/violet and are expected to ship Fall 2013 and have suggested retail prices of $399.99/$449.99 (HRM-Run Bundle) and $249.99/$299.99 (Heart Rate Bundle) respectively.