Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Heart Rate Monitor

Priced: $449.99 - $450.00 Rated:   - 3 stars out of 5 by 7 reviews.
Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Heart Rate Monitor
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The Garmin Forerunner 620 heart rate monitor is the closest thing to having a coach during every workout as it calculates your recovery time and live tracks your progress. The touchscreen, high-resolution color display is the first of its kind and is easy to read and navigate while you’re out on the road. Create custom and goal-oriented workouts for ideal training.

Thanks to its wireless upload capabilities, the Garmin Forerunner 620 can send your run data to Garmin Connect without being plugged into a computer. Pair the 620 with your smartphone so that your running community can track your progress for support, comparisons, and safety in case you get lost. You can also set up one or more Wi-Fi hot spots and the 620 will automatically sync with Garmin Connect when in range. Additional connected features include Live Tracking and free training plans.


Heart Rate Monitor:


  • Heart rate sensor also helps gauge your fitness level through advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate


  • Light and comfortable design features a vivid color touchscreen display, high-sensitivy GPS and smartphone connectivity


  • Auto Pause® pauses and resumes timer based on speed
  • Built-in accelerometer in the Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS heart rate monitor tracks distance and pace for indoor training
  • Reliable GPS ensures a faster GPS fix when you regularly connect to Garmin Connect™ for automatic satellite data
  • Forerunner 620 lets you know when you achieve a personal record to help keep you motivated
  • Interval training mode lets you set up exercise and rest intervals
  • Stay connected to friends and share your achievements with automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and social media
  • When used with the included HRM-Run chest sensor, the 620 provides feedback on running form by showing your cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation

Sporting a high-res color touchscreen, the Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS heart rate monitor offers recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate to help you train smarter and achieve race goals.


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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Analog or Digital:Digital
Average battery life:(GPS mode) 10 hours / (low power) 6 weeks
Average heart rate:Yes
Countdown timer:No
Cycling functions:Optional
Date display:Yes
Dimensions:1.8 x 1.8 x 0.5 Inches
Exercise log:Yes
Face diameter:1 inch
Heart rate sensor type:Chest strap
Heart rate target zone(s):Yes
Number of routes:0
Number of waypoints:100
OS compatibility:Windows / Mac
Recovery heart rate mode:Yes
Time in target zone:Yes
Tracks calories burned:No
User replaceable battery:No
Watch band material:Elastomer
Water-resistant depth:50 meters
Wireless communication:Yes

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Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Heart Rate Monitor Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

No Navigate to Start function

The previous review does a good job discussing the running features. I found the setup to be straightforward. So far WiFi and Bluetooth features work as promised.

Pros: See previous review
1. No "Navigate to Start" function as has been provided by most Garmin GPS watches since the beginning. Not a big deal for some but for runners that travel a lot it might be important. I did use it often when running out of town. It allows me to run and enjoy the sights and not bother with memorizing unfamiliar streets. I would get halfway through the run and allow the watch to lead me home. Prior to the advent of iPhones this function was a godsend. It was also valuable on hikes following poorly marked trails. Why it was left off is a puzzle. Hopefully the function will be restored on the next update.

2. Ignore the pretty photos showing the vivid color screens. Those photos are CGI. In actuality the colors are very faint without the backlight. With the backlight it is essentially a B/W screen. As it is I don't really see in functional value in the color screens but they did look pretty.

3. The "premium" heart rate monitor strap appears to be a downgrade instead. It does include new non HR functions but at some expense. The HR module snaps on to an elastic strap which is more bulky than the previous integrated approach. Changing a battery now takes a screwdriver instead of a quarter. The previous plastic connectors for the strap have now been replaced by what appears to be a fragile piece of metal that hooks through a loop of material. I still have a spare old style strap and will see if it will register with the watch.
CraigCW at REI on 12/12/2013

Next generation features

The Forerunner 620 is Garmin's most advanced running watch to date. As released (for the 2013 holidays) it is still somewhat in development with some features missing or not completely implemented.

However, even with some issues, I love this watch. If you are a runner only or have other devices for biking, swimming, etc., this is a great watch and will get better. I really like the addition of the Running Dynamics features, especially the V02 and recovery estimators.

The GPS is lightning quick to lock on (less than 15 seconds) and based on my regular courses, is very accurate. The multiple display screens can be configured to show 2, 3, or 4 measures and touch-screen works very well. Wi-Fi for workout uploads and firmware updates are quick and range is good (works from my driveway). HRM strap is comfortable and have not had any spikes or dropouts. In a nutshell, every major feature works very well.

On the negatives (at release in November), biking and ANT+ scales are not supported. Though not required, footpod with firmware 2.3 is inaccurate. Bluetooth LE, required for Live Tracking, is not implemented in most Android devices and so this watch feature is not going to be possible (unless you have Android 4.3 or above).
Fletch at REI on 11/11/2013

garmin 20 w/ HRM

After having bad luck with the Nike Sportswatch, I decided to upgrade to the garmin 620. It is well worth the extra money as this watch has several advances in comparison. It is lighter and more compact, yet has a ton more features. The sats acquire in no time, and the bluetooth and wifi syncs are quick. Battery life is more than three times that of my previous watch. I highly recommend owning one.
cingalls at REI on 01/01/2014

The more I use it the more I like it!

Easy to use and quick to acquire a SAT. signal. I have about 20 runs so far with the 620 and like it more and more every time I use it. I'm very pleased so far. If lots of "fun info" about your run is what you want you will like the Forerunner 620. If you want just the basics, save some money and get the 610.
Start-Slow-Then-Taper at REI on 01/01/2014

Negative Reviews:


I was so excited to get this watch, then it went on its maiden voyage. This Forerunner watch lost signal over 20 times on my 6 mile run, but my free charity miles app that also keeps up the miles never had a problem losing signal. I decided to blame it on a cloudy day and took it out again for my 4 mile walk the next day with my track buddies....lost signal numerous times and was a mile and a half off and it was not a cloudy day. Took the watch out for a run 3 more times and had the same issue, lost signal but the free running apps on my phone were not having an issue. Took this back to REI and bought the Soleus 1.0 that was on clearance for $75. Been running with the Soleus and never have had a lost signal issue with the watch and running the same routes that I did with this Garmin. The Forerunner has a lot of cool features, but unfortunately they are all worthless if the watch constantly looses signal.
Toogoofy at REI on 01/01/2014

Great watch if they can get the bugs out

Product could not acquire satellite without having to be restarted. Satellite signal would be lost half way through run when trying to hit lap feature. Called Garmin and these bugs are supposed to be worked out soon. Returned product and the new watch appears to be OK. Garmin has admitted that both problems above are known and that they are quickly working on a fix. This is very frustrating when you are trying to do a pace/tempo run and the miles are not longer than should be.
torg82 at REI on 01/01/2014

Probably a Great Watch

This watch may be the best watch I've never had. The features are probably flawless, as previous Garmin watches have been very good to me. It looks slick in the picture, and it feels like I'm not even wearing it, because I'm not.
NotAmused at REI on 12/12/2013