Garmin Forerunner 620 – Running Watch – How Exciting

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Well how excited am I? I’m going to get to play with a new Garmin Forerunner 620 .The latest Garmin running watch. Top-of-the range Garmin data-fest to ensue.

Here’s what I expect. It will be functionally complete and it will fire up a bit better and it will be round.

I think it will iron out a few of the bugs in the 910XT. Apparently it predicts where satellites should be and gets an instant lock on start-up. It measures your cadence without a footpod.

And, exciting for me, it will tell me how much I bounce up and down AND how long I keep my foot on the ground (I’m easily please). Sounds trivial but it is a component of running efficiency and I have to admit to having NO IDEA about those stats for me.

Oh yes it will look all modern and round and I probably won’t like how it looks as I am a luddite, apparently. OK, OK I’ll pretend to like its looks.

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Looking forward to read your comments about the 620! I’ve got a 610 and hoping to have good reasons to upgrade! 🙂

fellrunningguide
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Sounds interesting. I like the idea of working out cadence without a footpod and calculating ground contact time. Would be interesting to use for coaching. Look forwards to the review.

the5krunner
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Here it is 🙂 http://the5krunner.com/garmin-fr620-forerunner-620-review/

Interesting comment about fell running. I guess there it makes sense to avoid using a footpod as you might lose it.

I don’t think the cadence from the 620 will be as accurate as it works on torso movement. So when you jump a stile it would throw out the figures. But i guess over a 10-mile run that error would be trivial

fellrunningguide
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Thanks. I can’t see how it works out how much you bob up and down (maybe if you wore it round your head!)
I agree the cadence wouldn’t really be useful on a fell run but for flat, even terrain it would be interesting.
Nice watch but can’t justify getting another!