Garmin Forerunner 220 Review-Tailor Your Running Workout [Test]

Garmin Forerunner 220-an advanced GPS-løbeur with simple user interface and many features.

When the sporting activities must be complemented with a little electronic stuff, look many gadgetfreaks after new wearables, or solutions for mobile, as for example Endomondo or similar applications.

But how to see the world out, if you can do without your phone on the run, and instead choose a more specialized product type?

We have looked more closely at the Committee of the løbeure, and have chosen to take a closer look at the Garmin Forerunner 220. A løbeur for about 2,000 dollars, from multiple pages have gotten really fine reviews.

Garmin Forerunner 220 is a State of the art løbeur, with lots of opportunities for customisation and tailoring of the running programs.

Agency may on a one page be super simple, but divers down in the menus and lets it play together with Garmin Connect, there are enormous opportunities for, to program and customize the clock as one wants. To program a løbeur might sound appealing for gadgetnørden, but actually it is not as difficult as it sounds.

Uncluttered and simple

Garmin Forerunner 220 is a combined GPS and heart rate monitor that can measure your heart rate with a heart rate belt that is tightened on the rib cage, and calculate your distance travelled and speed using satellites and on-board sensors.

Overall, the clock can be regarded as a regular digital clock with built-in stopwatch, where speed, distance and heart rate can be shown in the display.

The clock operated by means of 5 physical buttons that are located on the sides of the watch case. There is no touch features, as is the case with the slightly larger model Forerunner 620.

The location of the physical buttons are well chosen, and makes it easy to operate the clock when your heart rate is high. There is good feedback and the buttons works stable.

Garmin Connect – tailor your workout

Garmin Forerunner 220 can be linked together with the program Garmin Connect, which allows you to create your own running programs.

Forerunner 220 is placed in the included charger that is connected to a standard USB connector into your computer.

In Garmin Connect, you can for example, create different types of interval training, in which intervals can consist of a distance or to a particular time, and you are really advanced, you can set up requirements for heart rate intensity and speed.

It’s all done easy and simple with a user friendly interface, where most of the settings can be carried out by the help of the mouse to your computer. When the training is created, transferred quickly via USB to the Forerunner 220.

How it works in practice

Garmin Forerunner 220 sits well on the wrist, and rubber belt to ensure that it is kept where it should be the entire run.

The display is clear, and depending on the temperament, you can select several different layouts, so that depending on the exercise type can display, for example, distance traveled, pace (min/km.) total time, lap time (lap time) or hours.

When the clock is started up before training, recorded heart rate belt quickly, but the connection to the satellites is a slightly different matter. Several times I have stood in the rain and the band about a lack of respect.

However, in fairness it must be said that when the connection finally is established, then works the extremely stable. The distance travelled is compared with other measurement tools, must be regarded as highly accurate. 220 Forerunner

By interval training gives off the clock five short acoustic alarms (five beeps) and a strong vibration when a new interval begins. It makes it simple and uncluttered, running interval workouts, since it is not necessary to look at the wrist in time and out of season, in order to know when the next interval starts.

By the end of the exercise displayed a short summary, with distance travelled, average speed and small graphic medals, if you have set new 10-kilometer record, or have run longer than ever before.

Workout history can also be transferred to Garmin Connect using your computer or phone, so you can follow along in his training progress.

It must be said, however, that the transfer of data has caused a little trouble. If the transfer is made we USB to computer, it happens quickly and without problems. Attempts are being made to transfer via Bluetooth, it immediately provides several challenges, since the pairing of the clock with a smartphone can be really hard – actually that hard, that we in the test period have not managed to get transferred data via Bluetooth once.

The big challenge with Bluetooth has also done, that we have not tested the social features that make it possible to share her workouts with friends and acquaintances. For example, a feature that makes it possible to follow the practitioner in real time.

Conclusion – super clock with challenges

Overall, Garmin Forerunner 220 a super fat løbeur that are tailored for the purpose. You get rid of a troublesome bracelet when you must run with your smartphone on the arm, but on the other hand, you do without contact to the outside world and the ability to listen to music along the way.

As løbeur works perfectly, but the Forerunner 220 extra and a little fancy features are lagging behind. You must do without the social functions, if Bluetooth connection cannot be established and has not built a 220 Forerunner virtual training partner.

Personally, however, I was very excited about the Forerunner 220, since I consider it much more simple and reliable than the alternative with an oversized smartphone on the upper arm, with its træningsapp.

I can easily do without the lifeline to the outside world and don’t miss the music, since I often becomes a slave, which runs to the beat of the music, instead of focusing on the pace.

Forerunner 220 is perhaps in the expensive end, compared to the price of an app for smartphone, but if you really want something with your workouts, you should definitely consider this solution.

Garmin Forerunnder 220 gets 4 out of 6 stars. It means our site characters.

BENEFITS
-Must not have the cell phone in your pocket, or on the arm.
-Good training functions.

CONS
-Slow establishment of satellite connection.
-Bluetooth is lagging.

Garmin Forerunner 220 is available in two color combinations: Red/Black and white/purple for a suggested price of 1,999.0-without a heart rate monitor (400 pounds more) at our site.

 

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