Garmin Forerunner 15
If you’re on the market for a watch that will accurately analyse your running then the Garmin Forerunner 15 is definitely one to consider. The Garmin Forerunner 15 has a more niche objective – to help you improve your running by tracking distance, pace, heart rate, steps and calories. The activity tracker/smart watch reminds you when it’s time to move and encourages you to reach your fitness goals.
Garmin Forerunner 15 uses it’s GPS technology to track essential stats from your run like your time distance and pace. The device can monitor your heart rate when combined with a heart rate strap. Running with the heart rate tracker strapped around your chest encourages you to make the most out of your workout – it’s technology will let you know when to rein yourself in or push yourself harder during the run.
it’s technology will let you know when to rein yourself in or push yourself harder during the run.
A downfall of the Garmin Forerunner is that you will need to buy the heart rate monitor strap separately – a feature nearly all activity trackers have built in to their device like the Fitbit Charge HR and the TomTom Runner Cardio. Buying the watch with the strap will cost around an additional $39.99. If you already have a heart rate monitor that supports ANT+ Technology* you’ll be happy to know it will be compatible with the watch so won’t need to purchase the Garmin Forerunner heart rate strap.
With The Forerunner 15 you can track your activity during the whole day and not just your run. It counts steps and calories and gives you accurate stats of your fitness over the 24hrs. You can then upload your data to Garmin Connect – a hub for saving, planning and sharing your activity.
A major downfall of the Garmin Forerunner 15 is its lack of wireless syncing. The device doesn’t contain Bluetooth, which means you would have to connect the Forerunner to your computer every time you want to upload the data from your workout.
The watch face has an ‘always on’ display with a backlight, for those who like to run in the evenings. The Garmin Forerunner 15 is waterproof up to 50m, which means you don’t need to take it off for the shower or swimming.
This activity tracker/smart watch reminds you when it’s time to move and encourages you to reach your fitness goals.
Available in a variety of colours and 2 sizes, larger weighing 43g smaller weighing 36g, The Garmin Forerunner has been built to try and accommodate everyone. However, the overall design of the device isn’t the most fashionable on the market, may be too bulky for some activities and could look very heavy on someone with a more petite frame – if you’re looking for a more stylish fitness tracker we would suggest the Jawbone UP24 or Misfit Shine. That being said, for the improved battery life (8 hours with GPS on or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode) and GPS technology you could let the overall design of the watch slide.
One of the most impressive features of the Garmin Forerunner 15 is its strap. It’s classic watch-like wrist bands fastens securely using a secondary clasp meaning the device will never fall off when take jackets on or off or during your workout which can happen when using other smaller activity trackers.
- Smart watch and fitness tracker combined
- Specifically designed for people that run regularly
- Have to buy heart rate monitor chest strap separately
- Large bulky design
- Lack of Bluetooth wireless syncing
PRICE AND CONCLUSION
The device may not be as sleek as others on the market but it’s increased battery life, including pedometer and GPS tracking certainly makes it one of the best watches on the market for occasional runners. The Garmin Forerunner 15 is reasonably priced for a watch that excels in performance and accurately tracks your distance, time and pace.