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Garmin Forerunner 220 Running Watch Review

An accurate GPS Sports Watch is Essential Gear

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A Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS running watch

The past decade has seen an explosion of so-called “gadgets” that are applied to every human activity imaginable. We have cell phones to keep us connected to friends, work, and social media.

We have tablets for those who prefer a larger screen than those offered on the average cell. Then of course we have the inevitable sports and fitness market. This niche is so competitive that for every successful gadget launch there are several that fail.

Consider how many other fitness tracking devices manufacturers have been knocked out of the saddle by the market giant that Fitbit is! But we runners and triathletes want more; we want distance covered, pace, maps, calories burned, lapsed time, and more. Enter the leader in the GPS sports watch field — Garmin.

The Garmin Forerunner 220

The 220 is the watch that I am currently using. Previously I used the Forerunner 310XT and while that was certainly a fine device, the 220 is definitely a step up, although it is less expensive.

Another advantage that the 220 has over the 310XT is that it is so much smaller and attractive enough that it can be worn as your regular digital watch during everyday activities.

Pros and Cons of the Garmin Model 220

The Pros

The Cons

So there you have it; this is my impression. Garmins are not the cheapest fitness gadgets on the market but they are sturdy, accurate, long-lasting, and easy to use. Once again, you get what you pay for. In addition to the watch, you also get an online account that works with the web-based app.

The app gives you not only more diagnostic data than you will probably use, but also a great map of your route.

If you have any opinions or tips on the Garmin Forerunner 220, please use the comments below to let other runners know. Knowledge is power.

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