Now that I've used my Garmin Forerunner 220 for two races, a 25K and a 39 mile race, I want to tell you about it. Just a week before I ran my 25K race, my Garmin Forerunner 610 died so I went to Luke's Locker, a local running store, and bought a Forerunner 220.
I used my new watch three times before race day. Fortunately, that was enough time to become familiar with how it worked so that I wasn't anxious about using it during the race.
Here's what I like best about my Garmin Forerunner 220:
- The 220 doesn't go into "power save mode" for 30 minutes. With my 610, I'd get to the race start and then have to remember to not let it go into "power save mode" before the race started. If it did, it would have do a new satellite search and might not be ready when the gun went off.
- The 220 battery power lasts at least 9 hours. Towards the end of the 39 mile race, my 220 gave me a warning that it was getting low on battery power. I was relieved when it lasted longer than it took me to cross the finish line.
- Compared to my old 610, the 220 is lightweight. It hardly feels like anything is on my arm when I wear it.
Here are some more Garmin Forerunner 220 reviews.
An advantage to buying another Garmin watch is that I can continue to use the Garmin Connect training calendar where I upload my workouts. They've recently made some improvements and have added some race training plans I might use.
I've used my 220 for over a month. I've only had one problem with it and that was with the auto-pause feature, but that was fixed during a recent update. There are so many watches to choose from, but the 220 works for me. Plus, I like the color!