By Kasia Lorenc: My trusty Garmin Forerunner 305 has served me well for several years now. It has great battery life, it’s accurate, and really all I really need to train. Or so I thought. When I saw the new Forerunner, suddenly my favorite running gadget feels old, bulky, and outdated. This year, all I want for the holidays is the new Forerunner 620.
Garmin really stepped up its game with this baby. The 620 is smaller, lighter and packed with new features. It’s not just an improved version of the old model; this thing has a ton of great, new useful bits. One of them is auto pause, which is great if you’re running through busy streets. The watch automatically pauses when you stop at an intersection or to tie your shoe. This might not sound like a big deal, but when you forget to pause your watch on a run, you end up with inaccurate pace and time. Another convenient little feature is vibrating alerts, which you can set to pace yourself without having to constantly check the watch. Both would be really nice for cold, winter runs!
But the coolest thing about the Forerunner 620 is what it can do used with the heart rate monitor. I have to admit, I don’t like wearing it, but with the 620 it helps measure your cadence, vertical oscillation, and ground contact so you can really work on improving your stride. It also has a personal trainer feature of sorts, which advises you on how much time you need to recover between runs and if you’re fully recovered once you start running. This is good for two things: not slacking in between runs and preventing injuries (by not running too soon).
The 620 is fully wireless, so your running data gets uploaded through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth; no more cables! At $400, ($450 with the heart rate monitor) I think it’s worth it. I’d like the white/orange one, Santa!