PROS:- Looks like a normal workout watch. Not nearly as clunky as the units of old.- Very quick satellite lock, even when indoors. The 220 will usually lock onto the GPS signal from inside my garage in the amount of time it takes me to put on my running shoes.- Satellite lock is solid even in heavily wooded areas. No loss of signal.- Intuitive user interface. I stopped using the Soleus because even after several months, none of the menus made any sense to me. The 220 is very intuitive and self-explanatory (which is helpful since it doesn't come with a full user manual in the box -- just a quick start guide).- Vibrating alerts. It can buzz your wrist at the end of an interval, so that you don't have to rely on auditory cues.CON:- No user manual included -- you have to download it from Garmin.com.- Garmin Connect website is just ok. But, you can sync your runs to Runkeeper or other platforms using third-party sites.
"The Best Piece of Gear You Will Ever Buy For Running Period"
Ok, so if you are an avid runner, beginning runner, or even a seasoned veteran and you don’t already have a gps watch with a heart rate monitor then this one is for you! I have been using the forerunner 220 for a couple of months now and I am astounded at the amount of information and feedback that this little puppy can give you. The best part is that your workouts can be auto uploaded via Bluetooth to your smartphone and the Garmin Connect app. From the app or from Garmin’s connect website (both free!) you can totally analyze your run. Connect works very similar to the “map my run” app, but it is way more in depth (gps route info, heart rate, cadence, instantaneous or per mile rate, elevation, etc). Because of this amazing piece of technology I am now working steeper hills and much longer runs based on my heart rate while continuously improving my pace. By the way, I’m writing this review because I actually just bought a second forerunner 220 for my wife so she stops stealing mine!
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