Garmin Forerunner 225 GPS Running Watch with Wrist Based Heart Rate and Colour Display - Black/Red
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- Tracks time, steps, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned indoors and out
- Built- in sensor to measure your heart rate at the wrist and show heart rate zones
- Customised training plans from Garmin Connect on your watch for real-time coaching
- Activity tracking counts steps and calories and reminds you when it's time to move
- Sync with Bluetooth to your smartphone for live track, quick uploads and to share your runs online
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Know your zone with the Garmin Forerunner 225 - one of the first Garmin GPS running watch with wrist-based heart rate. Here you have the option to run without a strap because this watch has a built-in sensor that measures your heart rate at the wrist. A colourful gauge shows your zone and beats per minute at a glance: Warm-up (gray), easy (blue), aerobic (green), threshold (orange) or maximum (red). Create customized workouts or download free training plans at Garmin ConnectT, send to your watch and get coach-like guidance. The Forerunner 225 offers vibration alerts and a built-in accelerometer to record distance for treadmill workouts, as well as tracking your daily activity and sleep. Connected features include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and social media sharing.
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A GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate
Know your zone with Forerunner 225, Garmin’s first GPS running watch to measure heart rate at the wrist. Its colourful graphic display shows your heart rate zone and beats per minute at a glance. With a built-in activity tracker it also records steps, calories and distance throughout the day.
- A colourful graphic on the watch face shows your zone and beats per minute
- Tracks distance, pace and heart rate
- Activity tracking counts steps and calories all day
- Built-in accelerometer records distance indoors
- Connected features such as live tracking and social media sharing
Know your Zone
The Garmin Forerunner 225 is the first Garmin GPS running watch with wrist-based heart rate. A colourful gauge identifies your heart rate zone and beats per minute in real time: When it’s grey, you’re in your warm-up zone, which starts at 50 per cent of your max heart rate; blue is your easy zone (starts at 60 per cent of max); green is aerobic (starts at 70 per cent of max); orange is threshold (starts at 80 per cent of max); and red is your maximum zone, which starts at 90 per cent of the maximum rate your heart can beat.
All Heart, All At Your Wrist
Setting Your Zones
Out of the box the Garmin Forerunner 225 sets your zones based on your age-adjusted max heart rate estimate of 220 minus your age. You can adjust these zones so you can customise your watch as needed, either on the Forerunner 225 or at Garmin Connect, Garmin’s free online community. There, you can also create workouts or download free training plans, send to your watch and get coach-like guidance.
How it Works
Forerunner 225 uses an optical sensor that shines light into your skin and then measures the amount of light returned. Because there are slight changes as blood pumps through your wrist, the sensor detects those changes and uses a sophisticated filtering process to determine your heart rate. A light seal on the back of the watch blocks out ambient light to help ensure proper heart rate detection.
Beyond The Running Trail
In addition to using GPS to calculate distance and pace, the 225 has a built-in accelerometer. This allows it to capture distance and pace data when you’re running on an indoor track or treadmill, with no need for a separate foot pod accessory. It even doubles as an activity tracker, counting the steps and calories you burn all day. Plus, it will remind you to move if you’ve been sitting for more than hour. When you get that cue to move, just walk for a couple of minutes to reset the inactivity indicator.
Forerunner 225 offers connected features like automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, Garmin's free online community where you can save, plan and share your activities.
Download the Garmin Connect mobile app to your smartphone and then pair your watch. When you save your completed run, it will automatically upload when you’re in range of your phone.
Additional connected features include live tracking, which allows your friends and fans to follow along and see your stats in real-time. You can also share your activities on your social media sites by posting updates through the Garmin connect mobile app.
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|Daily Activity Tracking (Steps, Distance and Calories)||✓||✓||✓|
|Identifies Personal Records (Fastest Mile or Longest Run)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Running Efficiency and Enhanced Heart Rate Functions||Monitors Heart Rate at the wrist|
|Build Workouts and Training Plans Incorporating Vibrating Alerts||✓||✓||✓|
|LiveTrack and Wireless Uploads to Garmin Connect Mobile||✓||✓||✓|
|Customisable Data Fields/Screens and Colour Screen||✓||✓||✓|
|Monitors Heart Rate at the Wrist||✓|
|Battery Life Watch Mode (Weeks)/Training Mode (Hours)||5 weeks/5 hours||5 weeks/8 hours||8 weeks/ 8 hours||6 weeks/10 hours||6 week/8 hours||6 weeks/10 hours|
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I've been using this watch for a few weeks now and I am kicking myself for not upgrading sooner, it is absolutely fantastic.
- A lot smaller than the 205 (but then again a house strapped to your wrist would be too)
- Picks up GPS satellites instantly, still something of a novelty, to be honest!
- Nice and responsive menu system, v quick
- Vibrate alert is decent (you can tell I've been used to using an old watch!!!!)
- Heart rate monitor seems to work perfectly - I use it for running and squash (who knew I could get to 200 BPM in the latter)
- The auto-Bluetooth upload is spot on - works perfectly every time
- Watch looks good - decent design - strap is nice
- Who knew that step counting would become such an obsession - the watch does that too if you want it to
- Battery seems last ages
The bad (really scraping the barrel here)
- I am a stato (obviously) and noticed on a recent run that the pace displayed on the watch didn't seem to alter very often (it's rare I run a very flat pace) - i.e. it lags behind or doesn't catch up. I understand through doing some research that this is due to the way the watch records its data. It records data points every 7 seconds or so, which sometimes doesn't pick up pace changes (I expect). This doesn't seem to impact the data when uploaded to Strava/Connect but might be annoying for people during the run. On the 205 it was possible to switch the data recording type (the more points you record the more battery is used up and the quicker the memory is filled) - it's a shame the 225 doesn't have the same facility.
- No VO2 max - which is a shame I am sure working it out would be possible with the data the watch gathers
Anyway, overall I absolutely love this watch - one of my best ever buys. Looking forward to getting plenty more use out of it going forward.
Heart rate seems to be -20bpm off from my actual HR but, this is usually the case with most optical HR sensors like this. In comparison, the Mio Fuse I used before this is around -10bpm.
There are a lot of settings you can toggle on/off such as pause when standing still which makes it greatly customisable.
Once you complete a run, it shows any records you've broken which can be a nice motivator.
As the name "Forefunner" suggests, it's for running only - you can't select any other kind of exercise on it. Outside of that, it does let you track sleep and daily steps but, won't constantly track your heartrate.
Physically, I think it's designed really well. First off, I've got a tiny wrist (15cm) but it's got enough room to support even smaller than that.
The screen has an optional button to manually toggle the backlight but, you probably won't need it if you're running in daylight. Unlike most digital screens, the display is actually brighter when light is shining on it, similar to some old Nokia phones!
Operation is very nice and simple too. Up/down buttons to navigate menu, then two separate buttons to confirm and move back.
One gripe I have is that you can't sync the data with the smartphone app without turning on tracking mode which in turn, turns on the green lights that track your heart rate.
App itself isn't very pretty looking but gives you a lot of information such as heart rate, elavation, cadence, route and even the weather during the day. This can then be further summarised to see how far you've run in total for the week or month too.
No fun looking achievement graphics even though it keeps track of your top records and it would be good if it colour coded the route you ran like Mio does showing where you slowed down. I also had problems syncing with my LG G3 when I had to quit the app and try to re-sync again. It's probably easier syncing up records by installing the PC software and plugging in the watch, really.
If you don't like the app, the data is stored in raw text form so you can analyse it yourself or use some other third party app for analysing.
Bottom line is the GPS works on most days but, if you want accurate GPS route and distance tracking even in densely packed areas, you'll want to stick with a smartphone that has a mobile internet connection and pair it up with a dedicated HR tracker.