Following the launch of the Edge 1000, Garmin continue to expand their product line and the latest is the Forerunner 15, a £139 GPS sports watch that can track running and cycling activities and will also give you a prod when you’ve been inactive for too long, in a similar fashion to the many fitness bands currently gaining popularity.
Although its aimed at runners and not cyclists - they’ve got their Edge series for cyclists - there are plenty of sports people who want a multipurpose device that can be used for cycling, running and other sports. And like Garmin’s own Vivofit fitness tracker band, it can count steps and calories burned when not actually exercising, to track your activity level throughout the day.
It’s a stylish looking watch available in a range of colours and can be worn all day. The battery lasts a claimed 5 weeks, but drops down to 8 hours if using the GPS tracking. It’s also water resistant up to 50 metres so no problems taking it into the shower or swim
The Forerunner 15 can be partnered with heart rate monitors and foot pods to collect more data, or can be used as a pedometer in a similar way to the rise in popularity of fitness bands, that can alert you when you’ve been inactive for a long period of time. Once you’ve finished an activity, you can upload the data to Garmin Connect.
The Forerunner 15, available now in black/green, teal/white, and violet/white colours and two face sizes, costs £139 for the watch on its own and £169 if you include a heart rate strap.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.