Garmin has announced three new Forerunner watches and an update of its Garmin Connect software.
Garmin Forerunner 630
Garmin’s most advanced GPS watch the Forerunner 630 has more running dynamics than its predecessor, and additional physiological measurements so runners can be more aware of their bodies before, during and after a run. Runners can stay connected and motivated throughout and in-between workouts with smart notifications and audio prompts via a compatible smartphone2 and daily activity tracking features. The 630 is also compatible with the Connect IQ™ smartwatch platform. With Connect IQ, users are able to customize their watch with additional apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.
Advanced Running Dynamics:
Stride Length: Measures the length of a runner’s stride in real time.
Ground Contact Time Balance: Measures a runner’s ground contact symmetry, which some runners have found to correlate with injuries or strength imbalances.
Vertical Ratio: The cost-benefit ratio of vertical oscillation to stride length, serving as one indicator of a runner’s efficiency.
Lactate Threshold: Estimates the level of effort at which fatigue rapidly increases in terms of a runner’s heart rate and pace.
Stress Score: Measures heart rate variability to make an assessment of a runner’s overall level of stress before they set out on a run.
Performance Condition: Provides a real-time fitness-level measurement at the start and during a run relative to a runner’s average which indicates performance readiness.
The Forerunner 630 will be available in black/white and midnight blue, and will have a suggested retail price of £329.99, and the performer bundle with HRM-Run will have a suggested retail price of £389.99. The Forerunner 630 will be available exclusively from Runners Need from 30th Oct to 22nd November 2015
Forerunner 230 and 235
The Forerunner 235 is the first product to feature Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, which displays heart rate and zone on an easy-to-read, colorful graphic interface, so runners new to tracking heart rate can train more effectively, while the Forerunner 230 pairs with a chest worn heart rate monitor.
When connected to a compatible smartphone, runners can stay connected with the 230 and 235’s smart notifications and motivated during workouts with audio prompts that announce their lap times. Daily activity tracking3 features including all-day heart rate tracking on the 235 keep runners apprised of their all-day steps, calories and sleep. The 230 and 235 are also compatible with the Connect IQ™ smartwatch platform. With Connect IQ, users are able to customize their watch with additional apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.
The Forerunner 230 will be available in black/white, purple/white and yellow/black, and will have a suggested retail price of £209.99 and the Forerunner 230 Bundle with Premium Heart Rate Monitor will have a suggested retail price of £239.99. The Forerunner 235 will be available in black/gray, black/marsala and frost blue/black, and will have a suggested retail price of £269.99.
Garmin Connect Mobile
Garmin Connect Mobile has been given an overhaul with a new graphic design and interface that can be personalised to individual interests.
This update also allows for additional social sharing through the newsfeed, leaderboards and the updated Challenges feature where users can compete in a weekly step challenge against other Garmin Connect users that average the same amount of weekly steps. With compatible devices, users can wirelessly upload their data directly from the device to the online network, share progress on social media or even share their workouts in real time using the Live Track feature.
The update is available on both iOS and Android