Blending the best of its Forerunner 10 and Vivofit into a single package, Garmin's new Forerunner 15 tracks the same metrics as the 10, along with adding in Vivofit's extensive day-to-day activity tracking features and heart rate support. This means one lightweight unit on your wrist, and you are set to go.
The GPS watch is ready to go the moment you strap it to your wrist. Start your run with the press of a button and watch your time and distance clearly display on one screen, with your calories and pace on another. Or, if you prefer, customize the Forerunner 15’s settings to show pace and distance on the same screen. Another nice feature built into the watch is the feedback provided during various stages of your run. For example, at each mile the watch beeps and a screen flashes your time for that mile. Once you complete your run and save it, you’ll see a summary of how you performed. This breakdown shows your total time, distance, average pace, and calories burned. The watch will even alert you when you’ve reached your personal goals, such as fastest mile or longest run to date.
Additional training tools include a "virtual pacer" that compares your current running pace to your target pace, and you have a run/walk feature that becomes helpful if you’re just starting your run or plan to take walking breaks along the way. You can also upload your runs to Garmin Connect through your computer. This free software allows you to see your runs on a map, get more details, and share running information with others.
The Forerunner 15 comes with ANT+ sensor support, an addition of activity monitoring functions, and a longer battery life when compared with the 10 model. This means that with Garmin's Foot Pod and Heart Rate Monitor (both sold separately) you are able to calculate even more metrics than before.
The Garmin Forerunner 15 comes in two sizes: Small (1.58 x 2.05 x 0.62in) and Large (1.79 x 2.25 x 0.62). It is available in the colors Black/green, Black/blue, Red/black, Teal/white, and Violet/white.
- Run, training, and daily activity monitor
- Garmin Connect upload capability
- ANT+ compatible
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Reviews & Community
Does the job!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was just looking for a watch to track my pace, time and miles and to link my runs to Strava etc. for analysis. This watch does just that! No bells and whistles but no fuss either. Just turn it on and run. I've used it in pretty secluded areas and it works just fine. It connects to my computer really quickly and Garmin Connect is a fun little tool as well.
Map your run
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This little watch does exactly what I wanted it to to - keep track of run time and heart rate, and have a GPX file to map it at the end. Added bonus of being able to see pace while out on the road/trail.
If you're particular about tracking pace, make sure to manually start/stop the timer, as the auto stop only kicks in once the watch determines you're moving less than something like 30min/mile... so if you're shifting around at a stop light, it doesn't always know to pause the timer.
It's worth noting that the satellite acquisition is noticeably slower than the newer Garmins (at least the cycling ones), and it doesn't like to pick up satellites from indoors. It takes a minute or two of standing outside to pick up signal, which isn't bad in the grand scheme of things. And considering how much less this one costs than the cycling-specific head units or higher end running watches, it's for sure not a deal breaker.
You don't need anything more
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you're like me and just want to know how long you've ran (distance and time-wise) on the go and then be able to go home and plug your GPS into your computer so you can upload your run to Strava then this watch is all you need. And in my opinion that is all you need unless you're a professional athlete.
As far as I can tell the gps is accurate. It's never taken over a minute to connect to the satellites. It's easy to connect to my computer. I've never had the battery die on a run (it's supposed to have around 8 hours of life on GPS mode-I've never ran for 8 hours straight so I've never tested that). It's easy to read while running and has a backlight. Pause function is nice for when you cross roads, stop to drink water, fight off a pack of feral cats, or whatever.
Can't really think of anything I would want to change on it. Perhaps wireless connection to my computer and an infinite battery life?
I got this for my sister. She runs a lot and loves how user friendly and comfortable this watch is.
This watch is great for what I wanted it for, running. I don't know why i waited and tried other brands. This is so simple to use, fits my wrist and I don't even know that it is there when I am running. After trying 2 others I finally came to this and I love it. The staff at Backcountry where extremely helpful and returns and exchanges where easy and painless, thank you.