Garmin Forerunner 620
With over 20 years of experience in developing GPS solutions, it’s no surprise that Garmin has made a strong entry into the exercise and fitness business.
Gone are the days of measuring courses on maps or in the car. The Forerunner 620 has an in-built GPS that, when used with the included heart rate monitor that adds a cadence meter, delivers plenty of data, so you know exactly how you performed on the road or track.
The Forerunner 620 is reasonably easy to set up although the user guide was a little thin on details. For example, nowhere does it say to tap the touchscreen to make selections about your preferred language or setting your gender, weight and height. Also, when setting our weight, we could only do it in 2kg increments.
Running with the Forerunner 620 is reasonably easy.
There are four buttons around the watch’s bezel that accompany the touchscreen. Despite all this, the watch is light and doesn’t look bulky. Once you’re outside and the GPS receiver has satellite connection, you simply press the run button when you start running and again when you’re finished.
Connectivity to your Mac is via USB using a proprietary cable that also charges the device. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity, so you can pair the Forerunner 620 to your iPhone.
The data collected by the Forerunner 620 is extensive. In addition to the expected mapping and running pace, there are also some interesting extras such as vertical oscillation. These are accessible via the free iOS app or Garmin Connect where there are tools for carrying out more detailed analysis.
There’s no doubt that the Garmin Forerunner 620 is at the pricier end of the spectrum. But it does deliver lots of data, is easy to use and very comfortable to wear.