Comments about Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS with HRM3 Soft Strap Monitors:
The fit, the size, and the functionality make the FR220 a perfect watch for casual wear as well as a tool for workouts. I've worn this watch daily for 3 months now and the large numbers and backlighting are perfect for everyday use.
As a GPS watch, it catches a satellite signal very quickly, within 1-2 minutes. My previous GPS watch, the Soleus 1, would take SEVERAL minutes to pick up a signal so it got to the point where if I didn't activate the Soleus before I got to the starting chute in a race, I wasn't sure if it would pick up in time. I don't have to worry about this with the FR220.
The data screens are customizable, and scrolling through them during a run is easy with the large up and down buttons on the left side. For my workouts, I have distance, average pace, and timer on screen 1; speed, current pace, and HR on screen 2; and screen 3 is just the current time.
I've also used the watch on an indoor track and it still picked up a GPS signal.
The included Garmin Connect software is necessary, though. While it generally works without having to sync, firmware updates will be necessary at times. On one training run, the watch failed to pick up any signal from the satellites at all and because it was set to auto-pause, it kept shutting off during the run. A firmware update when I got home resolved the issue.
Finally, it's durable enough to resist moisture from sprinklers and my 9 month old daughter chewing on the face and band.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend