Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS watch launched
Garmin launch new £139 Forerunner GPS watch with activity tracker
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.