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When all you want to do is run for the hills.
The popularity of Garmin’s Vivofit has been overwhelming. But when you train, you don’t want to wear two watches. For this reason, Garmin has combined the daily activity tracker of the Vivofit with the metrics of the Forerunner in the Forerunner 15.
The Forerunner is predominantly designed for tuning up your running. It needs no programming and is ready to go the moment you put it on. For more focused training, you’re able to program settings to show pace and distance and provide audible feedback for each interval or mile you complete. There’s even a walk/run feature for beginning runners. Once your run is finished, you’re able to upload the data through Garmin Connect to peruse it obsessively. In addition to running support, the Forerunner 15 comes with an ANT+ Sensor that will sync with Garmin’s Foot Pod and Heart Rate monitor.
- Run, training, and daily activity monitor
- Garmin Connect upload capability
- ANT+ compatible
- Item #GRM003H
- Q & A
Map your run
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This little watch does exactly what I wanted it to to - keep track of run time and heart rate, and have a GPX file to map it at the end. Added bonus of being able to see pace while out on the road/trail.
If you're particular about tracking pace, make sure to manually start/stop the timer, as the auto stop only kicks in once the watch determines you're moving less than something like 30min/mile... so if you're shifting around at a stop light, it doesn't always know to pause the timer.
It's worth noting that the satellite acquisition is noticeably slower than the newer Garmins (at least the cycling ones), and it doesn't like to pick up satellites from indoors. It takes a minute or two of standing outside to pick up signal, which isn't bad in the grand scheme of things. And considering how much less this one costs than the cycling-specific head units or higher end running watches, it's for sure not a deal breaker.
You don't need anything more
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you're like me and just want to know how long you've ran (distance and time-wise) on the go and then be able to go home and plug your GPS into your computer so you can upload your run to Strava then this watch is all you need. And in my opinion that is all you need unless you're a professional athlete.
As far as I can tell the gps is accurate. It's never taken over a minute to connect to the satellites. It's easy to connect to my computer. I've never had the battery die on a run (it's supposed to have around 8 hours of life on GPS mode-I've never ran for 8 hours straight so I've never tested that). It's easy to read while running and has a backlight. Pause function is nice for when you cross roads, stop to drink water, fight off a pack of feral cats, or whatever.
Can't really think of anything I would want to change on it. Perhaps wireless connection to my computer and an infinite battery life?
I got this for my sister. She runs a lot and loves how user friendly and comfortable this watch is.
This watch is great for what I wanted it for, running. I don't know why i waited and tried other brands. This is so simple to use, fits my wrist and I don't even know that it is there when I am running. After trying 2 others I finally came to this and I love it. The staff at Backcountry where extremely helpful and returns and exchanges where easy and painless, thank you.