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Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors

Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS

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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
 
4.5

(based on 25 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (19)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Durable (7)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (15)
    • Long-term (8)
    • Men (5)
    • Women (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (19), Competitive athlete (4)
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    5.0

    works great!

    By szigler

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Finds Satellites Quickly
    • Keeps Track Of Personal R
    • Uploads Runs Automaticall

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Running

      Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

      Replaced my 210 with the 220. Finds satellites quickly, and doesn't seem to have the same issue of losing them. I like being able to see all my splits right afterwards. Everything is ready to use and figure out. I like the blue tooth upload.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Love it.

      By Jennifer

      from Portland, OR

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

      I chose this garmin specifically for some features that the lower end watches didn't have. Best feature is that it syncs wirelessly to garmin connect via your phone. This works well, and quickly. Picks up gps signal with 5 seconds. Displays 3 stats at a time, and can auto scroll to display total of 6 stats while running. Very accurate and looks good, although purple isn't my favorite color. Didn't feel I needed the extra features of the 620. And now, can upload runs to nike+, which makes it pretty much perfect.

       
      1.0

      Mine was defective

      By michiganrunner

      from michigan

      About Me Competitive Athlete

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Monitor Progress Stats

        Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

        Just re-ordered a replacement. Mine would not remotely track pace accurately, tho distance was accurate. Watch looks great, is lightweight and comfortable. Looking forward to having one that works. RRS exchanged without a problem :) Just losing training data in the meantime

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Good investment for long runs

        By Long Run Christophe

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Battery Life
        • Display

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Long Runs

        Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

        I had bought a lower range watch from the same brand that would not last long enough for very long runs. I upgraded to this one and it's perfect. I'm pretty slow so I need a watch to last at least 6 hours for a marathon, better get some margin so it does not stop working. Also the display is much better because you get the total time of run, pace and distance on the same screen, no need to switch screens like on watches that display only 2 datas. The band did not feel great at first but it was actually OK during the run. I love this watch. One tip: make sure the satellite icon is up before starting to run or you'll loose some distance on tracking.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        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.

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                                                  • Yes

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