There are currently six GPS-capable Forerunner watch models, this article presents a feature, by feature comparison.
GPS-enabled sports watches can be extremely capable training tools for runners, cyclists, hikers, skiers, windsurfers or even skydivers. An advanced sports GPS watch can accurately measure:
- Speed and Pace
- Overal Distance Traveled
- Elevation above sea-level
Many GPS watches can plot 3D maps over a traveled route which can later be transferred to PC or Mac allowing reviewing and analysis of your workout in detail.
Few would dispute the Garmin Forerunner GPS watches are currently the most sophisticated sports watches in this market today. While offering all the benefits of GPS, the Forerunner watches offer much more.
There are currently six GPS-capable Forerunner watch models, but what can you expect? The table below summarizes the the features found in most of the six Forerunner watch models:
|Virtual Partner||Lets you train against a digital person|
|Courses||Lets you compete against previous workouts|
|Routes||A route is a straight line path between two or more waypoints|
|Auto Pause||Pauses and resumes timer based on speed|
|Auto Lap||Automatically starts a new lap|
|Auto Scroll||Cycles through data pages during a workout|
|Sports Profiles||Changes sport mode with a press of a button|
|Simple Workouts||Lets you input time, distance and calorie goals|
|Advanced Workouts||Lets you create custom, goal-oriented workouts|
|Pace Alert||Triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace|
|Time/distance Alert||Triggers alarm when you reach goal|
|Interval training||Lets you set up exercise and rest intervals|
Forerunner 101, 201, 301 models compared
The older Forerunner models are cheaper, support considerably greater memory storage capacity and support a lot of the features of the latest Forerunner watches, but these watches don’t offer support for a bike cadence, or foot pod devices and have a less receptive GPS antenna than it’s successors.
Forerunner 205, 305 and 405 models compared
The more modern versions of the Forerunner watches all support the SiRFstar-III giving them better GPS sensitivity and reduced signal-loss.
The Forerunner 405, has a more “standard” watch shape, but lacks navigation features. It has a smaller watch face that only displays three data fields, compared to four in the 205 and 305 Forerunner models.