Posts Tagged ‘GPS Watches’

Introducing the New Garmin Forerunner 15

June 20th, 2014

Photo: Garmin

The Garmin Forerunner 15 takes a step forward in the Entry Level GPS watch department.  Utilizing the simplicity of the FR10 and the daily activity tracking features of the Garmin Vívofit, the Forerunner 15 is the perfect hybrid for the runner on a budget.

The Forerunner 15 receives a major upgrade in technology over its predecessor, the FR10, and is the perfect middle ground for someone who isn’t ready make the jump to the advanced FR220 model.  While the Forerunner 15 uses the same outer shell as the FR10 (both small and large options), the technology features are far greater.  One new improvement is the introduction heart rate monitor capability.  This addition allows you to further enhance your training experience by signaling when to push yourself a little harder and when to hold yourself back.  By applying heart rate features along with Virtual Pacer™, the user has all the necessary data to optimize performance.

Color options available from Garmin. Photo: Garmin

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5 More Reasons to Choose a GPS Watch

May 1st, 2013

A GPS watch can be a big investment (though we have several GPS watches priced under $150). If you’re going to drop the cash, you want to make sure you’ll get the value during your workouts and races. We all know that the big benefit of GPS is that it lets you easily track your pace and distance covered. But here are 5 more things a GPS watch can help you do.

1. Online Upload of Data

Many GPS watches sync up with online programs that store your run data and allow you to compare stats from one run to the next. If you’re working toward a specific running goal, tracking your progress over time is a powerful tool to help you qualify for that next race, or set a new PR.

2. Real-Time Pace Info

Set your goal pace before you take off for your run, and your GPS watch will notify you (typically via a beep or a buzz) if you’re running too fast or too slow. Some models, like the Garmin Forerunner 10, can notify you as soon as you set a PR on a run. This kind of pace information is extremely valuable for training and on race day.

3. Customizable Display

Most traditional run watches don’t let you choose a personalized display, but GPS watches do. Select the info you want to see when you’re on the run, so you don’t have to scroll through different screens to get the data you need.

4. Hands-Free Split Markers

All GPS watches will record split times for you at pre-set distances, so you can keep your focus on running hard. Pre-set your split distances before you leave for your run, and you won’t have to lift a finger to record your split times.

5. Map Your Routes and Share with Friends

You can use your GPS watch to plan out new running routes. Map the routes you run and share them with fellow runners for a little friendly competition, or get inspiration to try a friend’s route. It’s a fun and motivational way to take part in the running community, even when you’re running solo.

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GPS Watches for the Masses: 2013 Running Trend

January 29th, 2013

A decade ago, GPS sounded like something only the FBI or CIA would have access to. Now even your mom has it. And just maybe, she’s a runner who uses GPS to manage and track her workouts. With brands like Garmin and Soleus offering GPS running watches that won’t break the bank, it’s easier than ever for runners to step out into the brave new world of training tech.

There are plenty of GPS models that have it all. They can track your speed/distance, tell you how many calories you’ve burned, track your progress over time, do your laundry…okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. We love these fully loaded models, but they might be a little overwhelming for those making their first foray into the world of GPS.

A few key players in the GPS market are also recognizing this challenge and responding with streamlined, simple-to-use GPS models with lighter price tags than some of their beefier counterparts.

If 2013 is your year to get techie, check out the Garmin Forerunner 10 Small / Garmin Forerunner 10 Regular. Another good option is the Soleus GPS Fit 1.0 Watch. These models are easy to operate, and being able to accurately track the distance and pace of your workouts can help you improve your performance over time.

Do you use GPS to guide your training and track your progress?

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Garmin Forerunner 10

October 26th, 2012

The Garmin Forerunner 10 (MSRP $129.99) is the newest addition to the Garmin lineup. This sleek and simple GPS watch is a great choice for runners who enjoy their gadgets on the streamlined side, or for those who are new to GPS watches. The Forerunner 10 is available in standard (Black/Red) and small (Green & Pink) models to accommodate runners of different builds and sizes.

Here are a few of our favorite tech features of the FR 10:

GPS-enabled: Push-button GPS uses HotFix™ technology to keep the GPS signal strong even in dense, forested areas.

Workout History: Stores up to 7 workouts; upload to Garmin Connect Online after 7 runs to keep an up-to-date record of your training and view your routes

Screen Customization: Choose among 6 screen view options.

  • Time/Distance
  • Time/Current Pace
  • Time/Calories
  • Pace/Distance
  • Pace/Calories
  • Distance/Calories

Virtual Pacer: Stay on pace with alerts when you are ‘ahead,’ ‘behind’ or ‘on target’ for your pre-set pace goal.

PR’s: Automatically alerts and records fastest 5k, fastest mile and other milestones.

Run/Walk Alerts: Set interval timers for running and walking intervals.

Even with all of these features (and more), this watch is still very user friendly. We caught up with two RW staffers who are first-time GPS users to see what they thought of the FR 10. Here’s what they had to say:

“I was a little freaked out about not knowing how to use this watch, but I figured it out really quickly – I didn’t even look at the instructions. The GPS only takes about 10 seconds to load in the morning when I turn it on, and it seems very reliable.” – Christine

“It only took me about 10 minutes to figure out the features. It’s very straightforward. I’m very happy with the function and the display, and the GPS was reliable on the roads and the trails.” – Larry

A Comparison of the Forerunner 10 to the Forerunner 210

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