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Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors

Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS

Item #GAR180
MSRP:$249.99
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GARMIN® FORERUNNER® 220 GPS :: Give your training sessions a serious boost when you gain motivating feedback and monitor your progress over time with the Garmin® Forerunner® 220 GPS sports watch. Measure all of your essential data including distance and pace, while getting other workout-enhancing goodies like post-run summaries and a built-in accelerometer that tracks your indoor track or treadmill workouts with no need for a foot pod. Plus, you'll love that the Forerunner® 220 GPS watch lets you automatically upload all of your data to Garmin Connect™, where you can track your personal records over time, get free training plans and connect with friends for extra boost of inspiration.

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Features & Benefits:

  • New: Heart rate, workout summary, and phone pairing
  • Advanced GPS running watch with a high-resolution color display and comfortable, lightweight design
  • Faster GPS fix when user regularly connects to Garmin Connect for automatic satellite data
  • Set up exercise and rest intervals
  • Lets you know when you achieve a personal record
  • Pauses and resumes timer based on speed
  • Built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace when indoors
  • Connected features include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and social media sharing so you can promote your achievements to your friends
  • Comfortable, lightweight design
  • Configurable data fields
  • Training plan support
  • Pace alerts and auto pause
  • Calculates calories burned
  • Package includes: Forerunner 220 GPS, charging/data cradle, manuals


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Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (18)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Durable (7)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (15)
    • Long-term (8)
    • Men (5)
    • Women (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (17), Competitive athlete (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

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    5.0

    Love, love, love my 220

    By Red

    from Kansas City, Missouri

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily

      Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

      This is an excellent watch! I have improved my time significantly and it's a great motivator!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Nice upgrade

      By Mike

      from Westminster, CO

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily
        • Men

        Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

        I upgraded from an Timex Easy Trainer. This watch finds satalites much more quickly and reacts to changes in pace much more quickly as well. I love Garmin Connect. It's great to keep track of the different courses I run and getting information on stride count, elevation changes, etc. is invaluable. Good investment.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Love it

        By Caroltms

        from Riverside, ca

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

              Easy to use. Gps is fast

               
              5.0

              Great watch

              By Bfitbrandi

              from Mount Royal nj

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Long-Term

              Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

              I purchased this after I purchased the forerunner 15 and it died on a 20 mile run and 13 miler. I returned that for this. Just completed a marathon and the watch held up great and had enough battery to see me thru for over 6 hours. Kind of difficult to figure out and the 10 and 15 and a bit user friendly than this, still love this watch

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Outstanding!

              By bdstuart

              from Lakenheath, United Kindgom

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bluetooth
              • Easy To Configure
              • Lightweight
              • Locks On Satellites Quick
              • Not Bulky
              • Not Bulkylightwieght

              Cons

              • Needs More Color Options
              • Trialerror Using Menu
              • Trial-error Using Menu

              Best Uses

              • Daily
              • Long-Term

              Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

              Run about 4 times a week and 20-25 miles/week. Upgraded from a Garmin 305...what a difference. I was waiting for Garmin to create a running watch that received great reviews, got satellites quickly, and was small and lightweight. Garmin nailed it with the 220. Tip: make sure you synch watch with phone on bluetooth every 3 days or computer every 5 so that in the background, the satellite data is loaded into the watch. When I remember this, it takes 15 seconds or less to lock onto satellite. When I forget, it takes a couple of minutes. Love the fact that you can easily configure the data you want on each screen. Great bluetooth upload of workouts to phone. Love the vibration at set lap points (default is 1 mile which is perfect for monitoring your pace). No complaints, no regrets.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Great GPS for City Running

              By emily d.

              from New York City, NY

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily

                Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                I needed a watch that could handle all of the GPS interferences that come with living in a big city. This watch does that and has a fantastic batter to boot. Just finished the NYC marathon and it was +/- a few steps from every mile marker-- no watch or app has ever come that close.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Nice Change Garmin Forerunner 220

                By Old Guy Runner

                from Madison, Wisconsin

                About Me Competitive Athlete

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily
                  • Long-Term
                  • Men
                  • Older People
                  • Short-Term

                  Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                  Watch is easy to use and very comfortable to wear. Great for a runner. I would prefer a more indepth instruction booklet to help you gat started.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again.

                  By Runnersue

                  from Fleming Island, FL

                  About Me Competitive Athlete

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily
                    • Long-Term
                    • Women

                    Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                    I have been using a Garmin 305 for the last 5 years and loved it. A couple of friends bought the Garmin 220 and told me how much they liked it so I bought one. It is so easy to use and much easier to see since I run in the dark every morning. It is so light and so much smaller than my old one. It has some really cool features such as synching my runs to the app on my phone. I love it!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Best Garmin watch yet

                    By A lift more run less marathoner

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                        -Light weight, comfortable, can be worn as an everyday watch
                        -No more touch bezel that gets stuck or doesn't work because it's wet
                        -Simple one button for unlocking, start and stop which vibrates so you can check your lap without missing the past ring alert when your music was too loud
                        -Not sure about switching back to check the time while running yet

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Good Product -- I would buy it again.

                        By Cotton Runner

                        from Memphis, TN

                        About Me Gym Rat

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                              Gamin 220 is lighter and less bulky than my previous one. It picks up the satellites quickly. Overall, very good product.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              4.0

                              Nice Combination of Function and Looks

                              By CG

                              from Chicago, Il

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Small Wrists
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Daily
                                • Easy To Adjust Settings
                                • Great Looking Watch
                                • Men
                                • Women

                                Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                This is a great GPS. Because it is so good to look at, I wear it all the time. I love the purple and white. The settings are easy to adjust and even though I'm not a technical person, I can use this item quite easily. It's a great improvement from previous models.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                5.0

                                Fantastic watch

                                By RRS Loyal Customer

                                from Redding, CT

                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Daily

                                  Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                  After years of using a durable but clunky Forerunner 305, its losing its signal and then running out of juice midway through a marathon convinced me it was time. I wish I hadn't waited. The 220 is small enough to wear as a watch (and, unlike the 305, can function like a normal watch), never has to search for satellites, vibrates on the mile to give splits, and effortless syncs via Bluetooth to my smartphone. It's got a fantastic price / value ratio. I'd recommend it to any runner who wants a well designed, easy to use, does-everything-you-need-it-to-but-isn't-weighed-down-by-bells-and-whistles watch.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Outstanding Product

                                  By Mark

                                  from Ypsilanti, Michigan

                                  About Me Avid Athlete

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Daily

                                    Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                    This my second Garmin GPS watch. This new Garmin 220 replaced my older watch. It has been working great with no problems. It is very comfortable to wear and light weight. I had to go online to download the manual and learned the different functions which were similar to my older Garmin. I would highly recommend this watch to any avid runner.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Very good for now

                                    By Nice

                                    from NYC

                                    About Me Avid Athlete

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • None As Of Now

                                    Best Uses

                                    • My Morning Runs

                                    Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                    I use it for my morning runs this way I don't have to guess the distance I have run ,

                                    What I like about this watch most is that is very light

                                    I have not discovered anything that I don't like about this GPS monitor

                                    I like when it vibrate tells me every time I have jog a mile

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Love the 220!

                                    By suzykindel

                                    from Saipan

                                    About Me Avid Athlete

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Daily

                                      Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                      This is my third GPS and I love it. So much thinner and prettier than my old 205. Disappointed in the instruction manual that comes with it but I could find what I needed online. Had a problem turning it off with the first run. And need to remember to save my data which I didn't have to do with the 205. Love that I can program it for 4/1s or whatever interval I want and it vibrates which is super if I am listening to a book or music. You can even wear it as a watch! I also likes that I can set it to beep each mile. I don't think, like the 205, that I can pull up latitude and longitude which may be the only drawback but I only used that function when setting buoys for swim course.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great Watch

                                      By wayne

                                      from california

                                      About Me Avid Athlete

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                          I had the Garmin 405 and this watch does not have the return to start feature. I used this feature all the time! I think this watch is easier to use and has a great look. I like the vibrate feature.

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No
                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Garmin at its best

                                          By Sg runner

                                          from Jensen beach,FL

                                          About Me Avid Athlete

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                          • Charging

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Daily
                                          • Long-Term
                                          • Men
                                          • Women

                                          Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                          Very nice garmin product. Have had Garmin 101 for many years and it's finally wearing out. Upgraded to the 220 and very happy with ease of use. The only con I have is it doesn't come with a electric outlet charger only USB . For races out of town I don't bring a computer. it would be nice to be able to have the option to charge by outlet.

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No
                                           
                                          4.0

                                          pleased with this device

                                          By STL runner

                                          from St Louis MO

                                          About Me Competitive Athlete

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fast Gps Locate

                                          Cons

                                          • No App To Enlarge Fonts
                                          • Set Up Instrx Lacking

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Daily
                                          • Long-Term

                                          Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                          The watch is easy to operate once your past the out of the box set up. Out of the box set up with Garmin "Connect" was vague. After 2-3 uses I am very comfortable w/functionaliy and methods to change screens and view data. The "Connect" data screens are useful training tools. Prefer ability to enlarge fonts or chose a white on black display(partially due to my age) and/or wearing sun glasses. I dont run without this device.

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No
                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Another great product by Garmin

                                          By Brownie

                                          from Canton, ohio

                                          About Me Avid Athlete

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Daily

                                            Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                            Very easy to use, and download on computer. Really like the vibrate for every mile. My old GPS watch I couldn't hear the beep. Great product if you want to review and store your running data.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • Yes
                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Worth the wait

                                            By KMA

                                            from Buffalo, NY

                                            About Me Avid Athlete

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Comfortable
                                            • Download Workouts
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Walkrun Interval

                                            Cons

                                            • Pace Alert Touchy

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Daily
                                            • Download Workouts
                                            • Long-Term
                                            • Running

                                            Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                            I started running about a year ago, and wanted a watch that could give me basic info. This is it! I enjoy tracking my progress on line, and love the new cadence information along with pace and elevation.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No
                                             
                                            5.0

                                            LOVE this gizmo

                                            By BonQuixote

                                            from Oakton, VA

                                            About Me Avid Athlete

                                            Pros

                                            • Comfortable
                                            • Easy to read
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Fits Women's Wrists

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Daily
                                              • Long-Term
                                              • Men
                                              • Older People
                                              • Short-Term
                                              • Women

                                              Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                                              This is my third Garmin (after a 405 and 210) and my favorite by far. Garmin has addressed four things that drove me crazy with my 210:
                                              1. The charger locks to the watch, eliminating the constant fumbling required with the ridiculous design of the 210 charger.
                                              2. The text is much easier to read (I'm a little far-sighted).
                                              3. The satellite signal locks on unbelievably quickly, 10 seconds or less, compared to minutes with my 210.
                                              4. I don't have to guess whether I hit the stop/start button correctly, because this vibrates when it goes on and off.
                                              In addition, the straps are hinged rather than molded to the plastic watch face, so they actually fit my wrist as opposed to leaving big gaps on the sides like the previous models.

                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • Yes

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