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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 28 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (22)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Durable (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (18)
    • Long-term (8)
    • Men (5)
    • Women (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (22), Competitive athlete (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    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.

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            • 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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