On Monday I finally received my new Garmin in the mail. It was my Christmas present, well part of it, from Rob and my parents. I say part of my Christmas present because I am spoiled. You know you are a runner when this is what your Christmas looks like.
I absolutely loved everything I got, even though it took forever to get here! It was worth the wait especially for the Garmin.
I mentioned in a previous blog that I really wanted the Garmin Forerunner 620 for Christmas. I didn’t care if that was all I got either. I love Garmin products, but I had the Forerunner 405 CX and really started to dislike the bevel. It was so touchy and I didn’t like the idea of locking it while I was running. Besides the bevel, I really liked the 405 CX, but I wanted a Garmin that had some more features. I did some research and finally decided on the Garmin Forerunner 620.
I know some of you have been waiting for my review of the 620, but I wanted to run with it a couple of times first. I ran 5 miles with it on Tuesday, 7 miles with it on Thursday, and 10 miles with it today. So, it has a few miles on it now. Plus, I use it for my strength training and core workouts.
So, what do I think of the new Garmin 620? Honestly, I love it! I am not just saying that either. I really think it was worth the money!
Here is what I love about it:
1. It is light-weight and less bulky than the 405 CX, even on my tiny wrist.
I barely even notice that I have it on!
2. The band is not cloth and it does not velcro.
I didn’t like the cloth and velcro on the 405 CX because it was hard to keep clean, especially on those hot summer days. The velcro didn’t want to stick very well after a couple of times washing it by hand.
3. A more comfortable chest strap to monitor your heart rate.
It is a cloth strap, whereas my other strap was mostly plastic and it rubbed a lot on longer runs. This chest strap is washable and they recommend washing it after every 7 runs. Just don’t forget to take off the heart rate monitor module!
4. The features! This is what sold me on this specific Garmin. Here are all the features:
a) Color touchscreen – Love this! The color isn’t bad, but is shown brighter. However, the touchscreen is wonderful. It’s not too sensitive and it even worked through my gloves!
b) Recovery advisor – This gives you an estimate of how long it will take you to recover from that day’s workout.
c) VO2 max estimate and race predictor – I really wanted this feature for training and so far I love it. It gives me an idea of how hard I am running and working.
d) Running form metrics – cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation. I really wanted this information for my runs as well. I am very pleased with the amount of data that is given for each run.
5. Quick GPS connectivity – The first time it took a couple of minutes, but only took a few seconds before my runs Thursday and today! No more waiting 5 or more minutes for it to sync up!
6. Elevation – I like to know what I am running at and it can even be on your display, if you want.
7. Lots of screens – You can have up to 4 different screen displays with 4 different features on them.
8. Garmin Connect! – This is the website where all the workouts upload to. If you have a wifi connection and set it up on your Garmin, you can push a button on the watch and transfer your activities wirelessly. Awesome!
Here are a couple of screen shots of the dashboard, which is what you see when you first log in.
I really like that it keeps track of your personal records and VO2 max right on the first page.
The analyze tab is where you have an overview of your workouts.
When you click on a workout you are brought to another page where you can see all the data from that run.
I also like how it tracks the weather conditions for you.
All of that is on one page, but you can view your laps/splits in more detail by clicking on view splits.
The information/data that you are presented with is incredible! Although it can be a little overwhelming at first, but I got over that quick!
I am not the only one who thinks Garmin got it right with this GPS watch and heart rate monitor. This was in my newest Women’s Running magazine.
Best overall watch! I was very happy to see that it was rated so high, since I had just received mine in the mail the same day I got the magazine.
So, what do I dislike about this Garmin?
That I now spend even more time looking at my running data. But if it makes me a better runner, how can I really dislike it for that?!
Seriously though, the only thing I can really think of that I would prefer (so I don’t necessarily dislike it) is if it came with a wall charger, instead of only the USB cable that plugs into the computer. That being said, it charges quickly, so you don’t have to have it plugged in for very long.
Overall, I think the Garmin Forerunner 620 is well worth the money. It has everything a runner could possibly want to know about a single run. I highly recommend it if, and only if, you are going to use the extra features. Otherwise you are spending a lot of money for a watch and GPS. They do have a 220 version, which is less expensive and doesn’t have as many features.
Want to improve your running?
Then I believe this Garmin can help you do that! Great product from a great company!
~ Do you have the Garmin Forerunner 620? If so, I would love to know what you think about it as well!
Thanks for reading!
~Brooke & Rob