If you are looking for an in depth review of the Garmin Forerunner, there is a link at the bottom of this post. BUT if you wanna know what a regular fat guy, you’re at the right place.
I’m 5’9ish, and I’ve been over 300lbs for a lot of my adult life. I’ve been as low at 235. Currently, I’m somewhere in the middle (closer to the top). However, I did run several half marathons this year and a full marathon in January. I started the year with the Garmin Forerunner 610. Its a great watch and I’ve enjoyed using it, but as I’ve written in the past, it turned my wrist green due to the copper in the back metal.
I know the 620 has been out for a while, but I was pretty happy with the 610, so it took me a while. In fact, I only took the plunge after traveling out of town for a half marathon run and discovering I left my 610 at home.
The watch itself doesn’t look impressive to me. It looks like a cheap watch from WalMart, only with a $450 price tag. But, the new band doesn’t turn my wrist green, so that’s a plus. Its easy to use, similar to the 610, with a large touch screen that works even if its raining outside and your hands are wet.
The watch seems to get a faster lock on GPS and the battery life lasts a good ten hours while on GPS (several weeks if you aren’t using the GPS). That’s a good thing for a slow fat guy like me, because I’ve actually had the 610 die on me during a race.
I find it difficult to take the watch off because of how the band latches – its not unique to this watch however. I believe its due to the fact that I’m usually trying to take the watch off after a run, my hands are swollen and typically wet with sweat.
Overall, I’m happy with the watch and I’m glad I picked it up. A quick tip, if you are looking to get the watch, go to an expo before a big race – I was able to get the heart monitor included for free!
Looking for a more technical review? Check here: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/11/garmin-forerunner-review.html