Fat Guy Review: Garmin 620

Written by Jack Dippsy

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:

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Jack Dippsy

Jack Dippsy is has worked in Enterprise Technology for 26 years. He has consulted with large technology companies as well as financial firms and continues to work with the US government, defining enabling technologies for large scale initiatives including the Affordable Health Care Act. He's other passions include politics, healthy living, and economics.

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