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New Garmin, first impression

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My old Garmin 305 died and I was looking to repair/replace it. When I contacted Garmin, they said I could repair it for $99 or get up to a $99 credit towards a replacement. I was looking at the 310XT and the 220. In the end, I got the 220. 1) it is smaller and 2) I don't think I will use some of the features of the 310XT.

First impression (when compared to the 305): very light and much less bulky. The instructions and set up were straightforward. I set Garmin connect on my iPad and the watch synced with the iPad over Bluetooth easily. So far so good.

My DW has the girls at gymnastics, so I took the boys out on a run with DS1 on his bike and DS2 in the jogger. I planned the route to return via an enormous raspberry bush so I brought along a few Tupperware containers in the jogger (an advantage to the jogger). Setting off, it picked up signal right away, no tedious waiting for satellites from 1-5 mins. We looped along Washington Rd, across the plain, past trophy point and headed home. On the way back we stopped at the mother of all raspberry bushes and filled an 8 cup and a 2 cup Tupperware. Then we resumed the ride/run home. I think I am going to make some jam and a mixed berry pie with some of the berries.

After the run, it resynched with the iPad and told me that I ran 3.1 miles in 27 min. Plus a lot of other info like elevation, stopped time, cadence, stride length, pace for each lap (each mile) and other info. At the end of my run, it said I had 3 achievements. Fastest mile (8:15), fastest 5k (27:00), and longest run (3.1 mi). I don't expect those achievements to last long!

Pluses:
I liked the size and weight.
It picked up satellites easily.
I like the auto lap feature (I think most models have it)
I like the wireless sync to my iPad and the auto download.
I think it recognizes routes and compares best times on the routes, but will have to test that.
I also think you can set up run/walk intervals, target pace range, target HR range and a few other things. I will have to play around with it some more.

I did not get the HR monitor. The sales rep that I talked to said it will work with my 305 monitor. Which I left at work, so I will have to test that feature another day.

Overall first impression is very positive, I am happy with the upgrade.

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HAKAPES 8/4/2014 8:09AM

    Thanks for the review! How is it after a month of use?
Positives/negatives?

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GHK1962 7/30/2014 3:28PM

    Ohh ... I was trying to decide on what to get and was debating a Garmin. Instead I got a TomTom because it was on sale. It's not bad ... but in hindsight I should have spent a few more $$ for the Garmin.

(One of the reasons I got the TomTom was that the face of the watch lifts out the band and it came with an adapter so I can attach it to my road bike.)

As for yours ... it measures your cadence too? Is that a separate attachment for you shoe?

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LEWILL1982 7/23/2014 3:06PM

    I have the 220 (in purple!) and I'm loving it. It will continue to track your distance and pace and you'll break all kinds of records! If you were doing track intervals, you could set those laps, but I haven't done that yet. Mine sinks up to my iPhone and also sends information to Training Peaks. It's not as "forgiving" with calories burned as my Polar HRM was/is, but I love it.

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PMRUNNER 7/23/2014 12:51PM

    I was able to get my old HR monitor to send to the new watch. On today's 4.5 mile run, which included a mile long trail climb, I averaged 170 bpm and hit a max of 180 bpm. That seems a bit high but is consistent.

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/23/2014 6:44AM

    Nice review! I have the smaller Garmin and I love it! (Except when it has a hard time finding a signal) emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 7/20/2014 7:58PM

    Thanks for the great review. I'll stay tuned for more details. My 310XT somehow totally discharged last night after I charged it for today's run, then one of the wrist strap pins popped off - a consequence of of it being so big and how I need to "strap it down" on my wrist. I'm really leaning toward trying to sell it and getting a 220.

By the way, send some jam this way. lol Not really, I made strawberry today.

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/20/2014 9:30AM

    Sounds like you got a good one! And a raspberries along your route? Score!

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GOING-STRONG 7/19/2014 8:49PM

    Sounds like a fun gadget. I just ordered a HR Monitor/Watch because it will give me calories burned. Should arrive in a week or so. I do love my toys! lol

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NATPLUMMER 7/19/2014 7:17PM

    I'm really liking my 220, too.

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BOILHAM 7/19/2014 12:24PM

    Great review, and nice $99 discount too. I'm always impressed with your times - 27 minute 5K pushing a jogger, you rock!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/19/2014 11:11AM

    Sounds awesome! Keep us informed! And great run.

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