Garmin Forerunner 15 Review – If You Run Then You’ll Need One Of These!

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A Deep Dive Into The Garmin Forerunner 15

Thank you for visiting our quick review of the Garmin Forerunner 15.

It’s a GPS speed and distance watch with built in activity tracker with MOVE BAR indicator to keep you active throughout the day.

If you don’t want to go over the top on technology and features you will never use.. you may have just found your training partner.

Please note, the FR15 comes with OPTIONAL heart rate strap

We have tested the Forerunner 15 for several weeks and found it to be precisely what we hoped it would.

Basically it’s a Forerunner 10 with the addition of an Activity Tracker to keep you motivated and moving throughout the day.

If you run, want to measure running performance and you also want to increase your daily activity levels, then this FR15 could be precisely what you’ve been looking for.

  • Who Is It For?

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An affordable GPS running watch with daily activity tracking for all fitness levels. Garmin Forerunner 15 keeps runners motivated by tracking distance, pace, calories, personal records, and heart rate (with optional Heart Rate belt).

To make sure runners remain active between workouts, Forerunner 15 also incorporates daily activity tracking, counting steps and calories burned all day. It even alerts users when they’ve been sitting too long.

The Forerunner 15 is for the customer who wants BOTH a GPS sports watch to monitor running / cycling / walking speed and distance PLUS an activity tracker to keep them motivated towards a healthier, more active lifestyle

Confused by How Many Forerunner’s there are?
You are not alone. If you are thinking of getting a Garmin GPS running then you will be joining a club of thousands.

There have been over 15 models in the Forerunner range so we published a review of this great Runner’s watch which compares the main differences between all the models from the original Garmin Forerunner 101 in 2003 to the latest Forerunner products.

Note > the Forerunner 15 was replaced by the Forerunner 25 (Aug 2015) & Forerunner 35 (Oct 2016) with wrist based HR

Specification from Garmin’s Website

Easy-to-use GPS Running Watch with Heart Rate

  • Tracks distance, pace, heart rate¹ and calories
  • Activity tracking counts steps and calories and reminds you when it’s time to move
  • Compatible with foot pod² for recording distance indoors
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life with GPS on or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode
  • Save, plan and share your activities at Garmin Connect™

Run with all your heart. Forerunner 15 captures essential stats from your run like time, distance and pace.

When paired with a heart rate strap¹, it also records your heart rate and heart rate zone so you’ll know when you hit your target. Training with heart rate also allows you to monitor when you need to rein it in and when you can push yourself harder.

Monitor Your Activity Between Runs

Want to track the steps you take throughout your day when you’re not working out? Now you can, without wearing a separate activity tracking device. Forerunner 15 counts your steps and the calories you burn all day.

When you upload your data to Garmin Connect, this allows you to monitor your progress toward fitness goals and see overall fitness trends. Forerunner 15 also reminds you when it’s time to move if you’ve been sitting for more than an hour. When you get that cue to move, just walk for a couple of minutes to reset the inactivity indicator.

Motivation by the Mile

Forerunner 15 has an auto lap function that automatically alerts you when you complete each mile, giving you a friendly beep and a backlit screen that flashes your time for that mile. When you complete your run and save it, you’ll see a summary of how you did, including your total time, distance, average pace and calories. Forerunner 15 even lets you know when you achieve a personal record, like your fastest mile or longest run to date.

Train Indoors or Out

For outdoor runs, Forerunner 15 uses GPS to accurately record your time, pace and distance. To track distance and pace when you hit the treadmill or an indoor track, just pair Forerunner 15 with an optional foot pod, which attaches to the laces of your shoe.

Wear it All Day

You won’t have to worry about charging Forerunner every night. The rechargeable battery will last up to 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode or 8 hours when using it with GPS on your outdoor runs. Forerunner 15 has a water rating of 5 ATM (50 meters), which means it resists rain and sweat and can even join you for a swim.

Get Connected

With a simple connection to your Mac® or PC, you can upload your activities to our free online fitness community, Garmin Connect. Here, you can see your run on a map, get more detail on each mile, see a daily summary of your activities and share with friends. You can also join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation.

Top Alternatives

Next Model UP

When this model was new … assuming you are looking for an activity monitor, GPS speed and distance watch, plus some extra functionality then it would probably have to be the Forerunner 225 with OPTICAL heart rate sensor, GPS tracking plus Activity Tracker.

Next Model DOWN

The next model down is the Garmin Forerunner 10. Very similar functions to the 15 but NO activity monitor. The Forerunner 10 is a pure GPS speed, distance monitor plus time of day.

An Alternative GPS Running Watch from Polar ….

The Polar M400 is, in our opinion, the BEST GPS RUNNER’S watch on the market.

It has all the PERFORMANCE tracking features you would expect from a competent runner’s watch, plus, a wealth of Training Load and Training Benefit feedback to help you better understand the training effect of each session and the predicted time required before you are fully recovered.

It also features a reliable and well researched/accurate Fitness Test that can be conducted once or twice a month to keep track of your general fitness improvement (based on RR intervals and HRV) … it’s also an activity tracker, sleep monitor and it supports DOZENS of sports profiles, not JUST running.

Also a popular choice is the 630. Check out the Garmin Forerunner 630 review and manual here.

Andrew Wyatt

Andrew Wyatt

Andrew Wyatt from Texas has been the best-selling author in 2014. He was the most appreciated writer in 2015. Different organizations have honored him with different awards and memberships as well. He is a tech shop owner and completed graduation in Electrical Engineering.

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