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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 38 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (28)
  • Comfortable (27)
  • Durable (14)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (24)
  • Long-term (13)
  • Men (9)
  • Women (7)
  • Running (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (26), Competitive athlete (7), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32), Yes (4)

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4.0

Great Motivator

By erickaweb

from San Diego, CA

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Long-Term

    Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

    My Garmin Forerunner finally gave out, and I had to replace it. I was going to go with a very low-tech model, but the sales associate at the store recommended this GPS unit. I am glad he did because I am really enjoying using it plus the Garmin Connect app on my computer. I upload my runs and it tells me my elevation, calories burned, distance, time, etc and tracks it over time for me. It's really motivating to see my performance. I want to beat my PRs now!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    garmin 220 gps

    By Linda

    from Easley sc

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Running

      Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

      I use the 220 watch, no HRM, for my 4 runs a week. I enjoy that it finds location quickly and easy to use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Definitely Recommend

      By Keith

      from CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

          I use this while running 3-4X per week. 20 miles / week.
          My newest Android phone + protective case was just too big for me to hand carry and use runkeeper. Candidly, if I had not replaced my phone, I'd still be using run keeper rather than buying this Garmin.

          The product was very easy to set up and use out of box. I like Garmin Connect. It has a few more metrics than the free runkeeper app. I'm not sure how much that those help me but I like data (professional engineer).

          The only negative I can think of is that the watch face is a bit hard to read while running. I'll put that down to my old poor eyesight and running in low light conditions. I suspect that I'll get used to that issue.

          I would definitely recommend this product.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Love it

          By Dm

          from San Jose, ca

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily
            • Long-Term
            • Men
            • Women

            Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

            For my long and short runs. It is easy to use.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            What a training partner!

            By Midwest Bob

            from Geneseo IL

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily
              • Men
              • Women

              Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

              After having committed to my first half marathon (Philly Nov 15), I knew I could use a GPS watch to assist me in my training runs. Absolutely love it! Instructions regarding initial personal settings set up are a bit convoluted (I ended up going to the web to get a "better answer"), but zero complaints beyond that. I was so impressed I immediately purchased a second Forerunner 220 for my daughter out in Philly. Great product!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              I would buy this gift again

              By Ruck

              from Tennessee

              About Me Competitive Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily
                • Long-Term
                • Men

                Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                I use the watch during all my runs.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Garmin 220

                By Rich

                from New York, NY

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Durable

                Cons

                • Over Sized Face

                Best Uses

                • Daily
                • Long-Term
                • Men

                Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                Good watch. Face is much larger than the Forerunner 110 that I'm used to and s little big for my wrist but overall seems like a good watch.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Perfect GPS Warch

                By DP

                from Fayetteville, GA

                About Me Competitive Athlete

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 1 Easy Setup
                • 2 Fast Satellite Connect
                • 3 Looks Great
                • 4 Tracks Well
                • 5 Comfortable
                • 6 Large Split Display
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • 1 Flat Face-smears
                • 2 That's It

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                  Accurate splits on every run.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Shannon

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily
                    • Long-Term
                    • Women

                    Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                    I can't run without it!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great reliable watch

                    By Winks

                    from Victorville, CA

                    About Me Competitive Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily

                      Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                      I train 6/7 days. This watch has been very reliable, easy to use, and finds satellite signal quickly.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Love it!

                      By Jenn

                      from Princeton, NJ

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily

                        Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                        Use for daily runs in familar and unfamilar areas. Very nice to know exact pace, miles, and time. Easy to use and store workout results. Would recommend to better your workouts.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome watch for the committed runner

                        By Runner girl

                        from Springfield VA

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily

                        Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                        My Garmin 405 broke right before my race and I decided to replace it with this one. I borrowed One from a friend to use for the race. I liked it so I picked up one for myself because I was ready to upgrade. So far it's been awesome to run with such a lightweight easy to use cool watch. I'm a marathon runner and going to be running Boston next year so I'm excited to use such a professional watch.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Better than I imagined!

                        By Runnergirl

                        from Gainesville, GA

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily

                          Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS Monitors:

                          I am a female runner who switches between running for speed and distance. I needed something to measure my distance and pace, a countdown timer for speedwork, and a way to track multiple laps. This is perfect. They don't have a lot of color choices, but the red and black is nice.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          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.

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                                                              • No

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