Garmin Forerunner Range Review

A short history of the Garmin Forerunner GPS sports watch rangeThe Garmin Forerunner burst on to the sports scene way back in 2003 with the introduction of the Garmin Forerunner 101 (above left). It was hugely well received in the running, biking and outdoor sports markets. Before the Forerunner 101 sports based GPS units were handheld and NOT wrist worn. Following from the success of the 101 was the Forerunner 201 with it’s Virtual Partner feature allowing the user to race against a virtual training partner. In 2005 things changed forever and for the better with the introduction of the Forerunner 301 – the first wrist worn GPS sports watch with Heart Rate functionality.  From here on we’ve been treated to a new Forerunner model every year or two. In recent years Garmin have accelerated the development of new Forerunners with 5 new models in the last 18 months. The purpose of this short history to the Garmin Forerunner GPS sports watch is to ensure you get the latest and most appropriate watch for your needs and budget.

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Forerunner 35

Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS runners watch

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  • Introduced : Q4 – 2016
  • Category : Racing for Fun / Total Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Garmin Elevate – Built In
  • Wireless Connectivity : Bluetooth to Smartphones. ANT+ cadence sensor
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Wrist based HR, music control, smartphone alerts & 24/7 Activity Tracker
  • Battery Life (max) : Up to 9 days, watch mode; up to 13 hours in training mode

This is the watch that I would recommend to 90% of running friends I know. It’s not a technical running watch like the Forerunner 235 or super advanced Forerunner 630 but it does everything that a vast majority of recreational runners need.

Would I buy one? YES. I would be very happy using this GPS sports watch as my day to day activity tracker and sports monitor when running, biking or at the gym.

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Forerunner 735XT

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  • Introduced : Q3 – 2016
  • CategoryMultiSport Racer / Triathlon
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Garmin Elevate – Built In (also support chest strap if preferred)
  • Wireless Connectivity : Bluetooth to Smartphones. ANT+ and WiFi HotSpots
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Multisport Mode, Swim-metrics, Wrist based HR, Advanced Running Dynamics, Stress score, Bluetooth Connectivity & Garmin IQ (user made APP support)
  • Battery Life (max) : Up to 14 hours in training mode and 11 days in watch mode

Take all the multisport functionality of the Forerunner 920XT and combine that with the convenience of Garmin Elevate wrist based heart rate technology and you have the best GPS sports watch for triathletes and other multisport athletes

This model is aimed at HIGH END multisport athletes. If you’re not interested in lactate threshold, VO2 max prediction and other advanced running metrics then you may want to consider the Forerunner 235 also featuring off the wrist HR.

Would I buy one? YES. If I wanted a multisport watch that could track swim, bike and run all in the same session.

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Forerunner 630

Garmin Forerunner 630 advanced GPS running watch

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  • Introduced : Q4 – 2015
  • Category : Competitive Racer / Extreme Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes  ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : Bluetooth to Smartphones. ANT+ and WiFi HotSpots
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Advanced Running Dynamics, Stress score, Bluetooth Connectivity & Garmin IQ (user made APP support)
  • Battery Life (max) : 16 hrs GPS training. 4 weeks watch only

Basically an upgraded version of the popular Forerunner 620. Both have a colour touchscreen display and support heart rate via ANT+ sensors. The main difference is the introduction of Advanced Running Dynamics and Smartphone connectivity in the Forerunner 630.

The 630 features all the activity tracking features of the 230 model.

This model is aimed at HIGH END technical runners. If you’re not interested in lactate threshold, VO2 max prediction and other advanced running metrics then you may want to consider the Forerunner 230 or even the 235 with OFF the WRIST heart rate monitoring (no chest strap)

Would I buy one? YES. Absolutely if I had time to review the metrics and utilise all it’s advanced features

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Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS running watch with Garmin Elevate off the wrist heart rate monitor

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  • Introduced : Q4 – 2015
  • Category : Racing for Fun / Total Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Garmin Elevate – Built In
  • Wireless Connectivity : Bluetooth to Smartphones. ANT+ and WiFi HotSpots
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Bluetooth data upload to smartphone. STRAPLESS heart rate & Activity tracker
  • Battery Life (max) : 11 hrs GPS + HR training. 9 days watch only

The Forerunner 225 was Garmin’s first GPS runners watch with OFF the WRIST heart rate, however, it used Mio’s sensors. not Garmin’s own. In 2015 Garmin released their own ELEVATE technology. The Forerunner 235 is the first product to contain their own built-in HR sensors.

The F235 is basically the Forerunner 230 with the addition of the built-in heart rate monitor. No more chest strap! The 230 & 235 are technical sports watches without being over complicated. As well as a runner’s sports watch it also doubles up as a brilliant activity monitor, keeping you moving throughout the day

Woud I buy one? YES. Unless I really needed the advanced Running Dynamics of the 630

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Forerunner 230

Garmin Forerunner 230 GPS running watch with chest strap HRM

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  • Introduced : Q4 – 2015
  • Category : Racing for Fun / Total Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes  ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity :Bluetooth to Smartphones. ANT+ and WiFi HotSpots
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Bluetooth data upload and smart notifications & Activity Tracker
  • Battery Life (max) : 16 hrs GPS training. 5 weeks watch only

The F230 is basically the same watch as the Forerunner 235 without the built-in heart rate monitor (Garmin Elevate). If you want freedom from a chert strap, please consider the Forerunner 235

The 230 & 235 are both competent runner’s watches without being over complicated. As well as being a top spec GPS running watch it also doubles up as a brilliant activity monitor, keeping you moving throughout the day

Would I buy one? Yes and No. If I could find the extra cash I’d go for the 235 with OFF the WRIST heart rate. However, if I was sticking to a budget and/or I already had an ANT+ chest strap then I would certainly buy one. If I didn’t need the VO2 Max and other “technical” features I’d get the Forerunner 35.

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Forerunner 25

Garmin Forerunner 25 - good value running watch with activity tracker

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  • Introduced : Q4 – 2015
  • Category : Fun Runner / General Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Optional with heart rate belt
  • Wireless Connectivity : Bluetooth to smartphone
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Wireless data download & Activity tracker
  • Battery Life (max) : 8/10 hrs training mode. 8/10 weeks watch mode

A nice clean design packed full of essential runner’s functions and quite a bit more. This model improves on the Forerunner 15 by adding Bluetooth data transfer from watch to smartphone (Garmin Connect). It also includes internal accelerometer to give speed and distance data when running on treadmill or indoor track. Meaning it can calculate distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod.

Would I buy one? YES. It’s good the right level of tech functions for me with Virtual Pacer and Auto-Lapping. Plus the activity tracker makes it a 24/7 day watch. However, if there was a little more budget to play with I’d get the Forerunner 35 with wrist based heart rate

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Forerunner 15

Garmin Forerunner 15 with optional chest strap heart rate

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  • Introduced : Q4 – 2015
  • Category : Fun Runner / General Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Optional with belt
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : USB cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Activity tracker & Swim Proof
  • Battery Life (max) : 8 hrs training mode. 5 weeks watch mode

Unlike the Forerunner 10, this model has the optional ability to support heart rate (optional). The F15 also introduced the activity tracker top the Forerunner range. Unlike the Forerunner 25, this model does NOT support Bluetooth data transfer so any data upload is done via USB cable to Mac or PC.

Would I buy one? YES/NO. If I wanted the convenience of uploading to a smartphone then I’d get the Forerunner 25 instead. If I’m happy with wired transfer to Mac or PC then yes, it’s a sensible purchase.

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Forerunner 225

Garmin's first wrist based heart rate monitor GPS sports watch

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  • Introduced : Q2 – 2015
  • Category : Racing for Fun / Total Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Garmin Elevate / Built in sensor
  • Wireless Connectivity : Bluetooth to smartphone
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Wireless data download & Activity tracker
  • Battery Life (max) : 10 hrs GPS training. 4 weeks watch only

This was the breakthrough model in the Forerunner range. The very first with OFF the WRIST heart rate monitoring. At this time Garmin opted for the established Mio LED technology, to get to market ahead of Polar and Suunto etc. A few months later the produced their own Garmin Elevate sensor that you will find in the Forerunner 235.

The 225 includes all the same features as the popular Forerunner 220. In Q4 2015 both the 220 and 225 were replaced by the 230 and 235 respectively. These new units featured activity trackers and Bluetooth support for smartphone notification alerts and training data upload to Garmin Connect APP (iPhone & Android)

If you have no interest in Smartphone connectivity and/or Activity tracking, they still make an excellent buy normally about £50/60 cheaper than their replacement models.

Would I buy one? YES, possibly. It’s still a great GPS sports watch even if it doesn’t support smart notifications and requires a wired data transfer. If the budget allows get the Forerunner 235 also with wrist based heart rate or the less technical Forerunner 35

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Forerunner 920XT

Full Colour touchscreen GPS triathlon watch - the Forerunner 920XT

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  • Introduced : Q4 – 2014
  • Category : MultiSport Racer / Triathlon
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes / ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : Bluetooth to smartphone & WiFi data upload
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Smartphone notifications. Touchscreen colour display. Garmin IQ APP support. Extended Battery life
  • Battery Life (max) : Up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode. Up to 24 hours in training mode and 4 months in watch only

It’s hard to keep a short description of this product brief as it does SO MUCH. Take the Forerunner 630 with it’s Running Dynamics, Virtual Partner, Virtual Racer and Virtual Pacer and add levels of functionality normally only found in the Edge range like multi bike profiles, power pedal support and pedal cadence support …. now add Swim Metrics as per the Swimovate Poolmate watch and Garmin’s own Swim watch.. finally add WiFi and Bluetooth support for immediate data download when close to WiFi and smartphone notifications to alert when receiving incoming calls/texts etc.

The 910XT released in 2012 supports a great deal of the same functions as this Forerunner 920XT. The primary new features are

  • Better Battery life
  • Colour Display
  • Smartphone Notification alerts
  • WiFi support
  • Activity Tracker – 24/7 activity monitoring
  • Running Dynamics

If you are not bothered about the features listed above, then great, grab a 910XT while you can. However, there’s been a lot squeezed in to this unit in those 2 years and there’s no getting away from just HOW GOOD the 920XT is.

Would I buy one? YES. Then again … I’d really like the convenience of OFF the WRIST heart rate offered by the 735XT

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Forerunner 620

Advanced running watch with optional chest strap heart rate sensor

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  • Introduced : Q3 – 2013
  • Category : Competitive Racer / Extreme Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes  ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : Yes – Bluetooth & Wifi
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Touchscreen colour display. Wifi connectivity and Bluetooth data upload but NOT smart notifications
  • Battery Life (max) : 10 hrs GPS training. 6 weeks watch only

The 620 was released to replace the very popular Forerunner 610. The Forerunner 620 added a touchscreen colour display, Running Dynamics and some WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity not found in the 610. Please note, it can send training data to a smartphone (Bluetooth 4) but it does NOT support email/incoming call alerts.

The newer 630 model has additional Smartphone Notification alerts, Advanced Running Dynamics plus 24/7 activity tracking.

Would I buy one? YES/NO. I’d personally get either the 225 with off the wrist HR, or, if I really needed the running dynamics, I’d save for another month or two and get a 630 with smartphone notifications. However, if I wanted a technical GPS runners watch with Bluetooth data upload but no smart notifications then great, get this 620 model

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Forerunner 10

Still a good value basic GPS running watch - no heart rate option

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  • Introduced : Q3 – 2012
  • Category : Fun Runner / General Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : No
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Virtual Pacer & Size reduction
  • Battery Life (max) : 5 hrs training mode. 5 weeks watch mode

This was an innovative product in 2012 and GPS sports watch we would recommend for those looking to keep things simple. It has a handy walk/run setting, great for newcomers to running. It is also equipped with Garmin’s Virtual Pacer that paces the user along at their desired PACE. (Virtual Partner also included in F15 and F25 models)

Unlike the Forerunner 10, this model has the optional ability to support heart rate (optional). The F15 also introduced the activity tracker top the Forerunner range. Unlike the Forerunner 25, this model does NOT support Bluetooth data transfer so any data upload is done via USB cable to Mac or PC.

Would I buy one? YES. If ALL I want is an accurate, easy to use GPS running watch with Pace, Distance, Duration and Time. No activity tracker. No smartphone connectivity. However, I would also take a quick peek at the Forerunner 35 with built-in heart rate sensor

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Forerunner 910XT

A very competent multisport / triathlon GPS sports watch with chest strap HRM sensor

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  • Introduced : Q1 – 2012
  • Category : MultiSport Racer / Total Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes / ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Swim metrics. Power pedal support. 20 hour battery life. Training Effect
  • Battery Life (max) : Up to 20 hours GPS training.

When the 910XT was released in 2012 it heralded the arrival of the first multi-sport GPS watch that could be worn as a day watch. OK, it was no TAG or Rolex but it certainly was an improvement on the BRICK like 301XT.

I have many friends who still use their trusty 910’s. It was a brilliant and innovative product in 2012 but I think, just like the Forerunner 210 and 610 from the same era, it highlights just how much these products have advanced in the last few years.

Would I buy one? NO. Tricky one this, but probably NOT. Personally I’d rather have the 920XT with smartphone connectivity, Advanced Running Dynamics, Recovery advice, Colour display & Activity Tracker. Or the 735XT with everything just mentioned plus built-in heart rate monitoring. However, if it’s a bargain price and you don’t want smartphone connectivity … maybe …

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Forerunner 610

The 610 featured a touchscreen. GPS running watch with optional heart rate strap

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  • Introduced : Q2 – 2011
  • Category : Competitive Racer / Extreme Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes  ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Touchscreen display. Virtual Partner, Virtual Pacer and Virtual Racer. Training Effect
  • Battery Life (max) : 8 hrs GPS training. 4 weeks watch only

The Forerunner 610 was Garmin’s first GPS runners watch with Training Effect. A complicated algorithm devised by First Beat Technologies it gives the user a clear indicator of HOW HARD a session was and what recovery should be applied.

It was also their first unit to include a touchscreen display (love them or hate them !)

The Forerunner 610 featured Virtual Partner – pacing you along to achieve your PB by setting distance and objective time. Virtual Racer is a preferred feature allowing you to shadow race yourself over a route previously ran, taking in to consideration terrain, elevation etc.

Would I buy one? NO. Probably not. Consider the Forerunner 235 or 630

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Forerunner 210

A revelation in it's day. The Forerunner 210 was one of the most popular running watches ever

  • Introduced : Q3 – 2010
  • Category : Racing for Fun / Total Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes / ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Light Weight / Normal watch style
  • Battery Life (max) : 8 hrs GPS training. 3 weeks watch only

Just like the Forerunner 110, the 210 was a blessed relief from the huge bricks of the Forerunner 205 and 305. The 210 was a bit more technical than the 110 giving the user access to automatic laps and interval training options.

Not a technical watch by today’s standards, but a competent runner’s watch at the time and still available now for well under £100 if you’re looking for a reliable bargain without any smartphone connectivity.

Would I buy one? NO. I’d consider the Forerunner 25 or 35

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Forerunner 110

Very popular, east to use GPS running watch

  • Introduced : Q2 – 2010
  • Category : Fun Runner / General Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes (optional)
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Size ! Compared to Forerunner 205
  • Battery Life (max) : 1 week with 45 mins GPS/day

When I first ran in 2006 with a Forerunner 205 people around me joked that it was akin to a Star Trek transporter watch… does it make tea? … does it actually tell the time? and doesn’t your arm get tired? HaHa…

So when the F110 was released 4 years later it was nice that no-one really noticed it on the start line. The 110 was tiny and LIGHT compared to previous models and competitors alternatives.

Would I buy one? NO. I’d consider the Forerunner 25 or 35

Forerunner 310XT

Garmin's first proper multisport triathlon GPS running watch

  • Introduced : Q2 – 2010
  • Category : Multisport  racer / Triathlon
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes / ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : ANT+ for data download
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : MultiSport support. Single button sport mode change. 20 hours battery. Change sport mid session
  • Battery Life (max) : Rechargeable lithium – 20 hours

It’s a while since I used one of these and if I’m honest it’s a little fuzzy. It was a great product in 2010 as it was the first GPS multisport watch that could see the “average” IRONMAN competitor to the finish line within 16 hours. Previous models like the 305 just didn’t have the battery power to get you to the end.

It was swim proof and provided OPEN WATER feedback. It did NOT have any of the SWIM METRICS we have got so used to from watches like the 910XT, Poolmate and Garmin’s own Swim Watch.

Would I buy one now? NO. I’d consider the Forerunner 920XT or 735XT

Forerunner 305

Garmin Forerunner 305

  • Introduced : Q1 – 2006
  • Category : Competitive Racer / MultiSport crossover
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes / ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Heart Rate. Better ergonomics to the 101 & 201. High sensitivity GPS aerial. IPX7 water resistant!
  • Battery Life (max) : 10 hrs GPS training.

This unit was released at the same time as the Forerunner 205. Apart from the cosmetic difference,the silver / red case, the only functional difference was the inclusion of Heart Rate support via ANT+

Just like the 205, the 305 has the ability to switch between sports with the single press of a button making it good for those who partake in multisport/triathlon

Yes, it did look like a prop our of Star Trek but this was the unit you wanted to have on your arm in 2006-2009. It had a large clear monochrome display and included advanced GPS features like Waypoint navigation, ability to follow a saved course, interval training, advanced workout creator and heart rate support.

The 205 was the same without  heart rate support. You cannot enable HR support in a 205. If you wanted HR, you had to buy the 305.

You will still see these GPS running watches whenever you run a local 10K race or 1/2 marathon. Why? There feature list was immense. The next few “replacements” focused on decreasing size and improving GPS acquisition and dropped many of the advanced features.

Would I buy one? NO. I’d consider the Forerunner 920XT or 735XT

Forerunner 205

Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS running watch / wrist teleporter

  • Introduced : Q1 – 2006
  • Category : Competitive Racer / Extreme Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : No
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : Dedicated USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : Better ergonomics to the 101 & 201. High sensitivity GPS aerial. IPX7 water resistant!
  • Battery Life (max) : 10 hrs GPS training.

If I had a pound for every time someone said “Beam me up Scotty”

It might have looked like a prop our of Star Trek but this really was cutting edge GPS technology. It had a large clear monochrome display and included advanced GPS features like Waypoint navigation, follow a preloaded course, interval training, advanced workout creator and much more. The 305 was the same with additional heart rate support.

You will still see these GPS running watches whenever you run a local 10K race or 1/2 marathon. Why? There feature list was immense. The next few “replacements” focused on decreasing size and improving GPS acquisition and dropped many of the advanced features.

Would I buy one? NO. I’d consider the Forerunner 25 or 35

Forerunner 301

A technological wonder in it's day - the Forerunner 301

  • Introduced : Q1 – 2005
  • Category : Multisport  racer / Triathlon
  • Heart Rate Compatible : Yes / ANT+
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : A wrist worn GPS with heart rate… probably a world first at the time. Timex had similar, but TWO units ! MultiSport support. Change sport mid session
  • Battery Life (max) : Rechargeable lithium – 15 hours

It took a couple of years between the release of the 101 and 201 to get to this Forerunner 301. The big difference was the inclusion of Heart Rate via the ANT+ DIGITAL heart rate belt (no interference from other users)

The 301 was also the first GPS running watch to consider the need of the triathlete. With just a press and HOLD of a button the user could change sport from Swim to Bike to Run and download the WHOLE event in one training file.

Would I buy one? NO. I’d consider the Forerunner 920XT or 735XT

You may struggle to find one of these online as the built-in battery has probably degraded beyond safe use after more than 10 years in a box !

Forerunner 201

Garmin Forerunner 201. I still have mine !

  • Introduced : Q3 – 2003
  • Category : Competitive Racer / Extreme Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : No
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : A GPS…. on your WRIST !!! Virtual Partner. 2 year memory. Advanced navigation with route following.
  • Battery Life (max) : Rechargeable lithium – 15 hours

The 201 was the same product as the earlier released 101, the only difference being this model had a built-in rechargeable battery and the 101 had 2 x AA batteries. The battery option of the 101 made it popular for people travelling as no need to recharge, just pop in new batteries

The Forerunner 101 and 201 were ground breaking technology and you STILL see them on every start line of every 10K race.

Would I buy one? NO. I’d consider the Forerunner  630

You will struggle to find one of these online as the built-in battery has probably degraded beyond safe use after more than 10 years in a box !

 

Forerunner 101

The first Garmin GPS wrist watch for runners - the Forerunner 101

  • Introduced : Q2 – 2003
  • Category : Racing for Fun / Total Fitness
  • Heart Rate Compatible : No
  • Wireless Connectivity : No
  • PC / Mac Connectivity : USB Cable supplied
  • Innovative Features : A GPS…. on your WRIST !!! Virtual Partner. 2 year memory. Advanced navigation with route following.
  • Battery Life (max) : 2 AA Batteries – 14 hours

You had to be around in 2003 to understand the impact this wrist worn GPS had on the market. GPS units were something expensive cars had installed in them and ships used to navigate across the Atlantic. They weren’t something people wore on their wrist to tell them how far and how fast they were running.

The 201 was the same product (I think) the only difference being the 201 had a built-in rechargeable battery and this version had 2 x AA batteries. The battery option made this popular for people travelling as no need to recharge, just pop in new batteries

It was ground breaking and I STILL see them on every start line of every 10K race. Well done Garmin. Thank you for giving us the Garmin Forerunner

Would I buy one? NO. I’d consider the Forerunner 25

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