The Forefront of Fitness – the Garmin Forerunner 15


Wearable technology is all the rage at the moment, but it usually falls into two camps. There are activity trackers that monitor the number of steps you take per day and then there are the more heavy-duty GPS watches that are used to track metrics associated with runs. The Garmin Forerunner 15, on the other hand, hopes to cater to those who want the best of both worlds.

Aesthetically, the Garmin Forerunner 15 is very much a sport watch and comes in a variety of colours. The screen is inset slightly from the bezel, and protected with a piece of clear, hard plastic for some added peace of mind, while four buttons are placed in the corners for easy access.

When yoursquo;re simply pottering around, the Forerunner 15 tracks steps and calories, lets you know what your daily goal is, and it will remind you that itrsquo;s time to move if yoursquo;ve been sitting in one place for too long.

Once you decide to kick things up a notch and head out for a run, you can turn on the GPS mode and get a variety of statistics, including your time per mile, your distance travelled, and calories burned, among others. Perhaps most importantly, itrsquo;ll record your heart rate and heart rate zone, so yoursquo;ll know when yoursquo;ve hit your target or if you can push yourself that little bit harder. Naturally, you can create laps manually or automatically per mile or kilometre.

These details are logged in the History section of the watch itself for a few days, but you can delve into your metrics in greater detail from the Garmin Connect website and mobile app. To access this data you will need to sync your watch with your PC or Mac, upload data to the Connect Web account and then use the app. If you need a little extra push, the app enables users to join online challenges and earn virtual badges. Itrsquo;s nice to have an added incentive.

Until now, yoursquo;ve had to decide whether yoursquo;d use an activity tracker or a GPS watch more, but with the Garmin Forerunner 15 you get the best of both worlds. It bridges the gap perfectly and because it acts as a 2-in-1 device it means that yoursquo;re not left with the tough decision of which to get, or the less practical solution of shelling out money for both.

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In Short: The Garmin Forerunner 15 aims to be both a GPS runner’s watch and an activity tracker, so we tested it to see how it fares.

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