For runners who want to track their stats, smart sport watches are the latest craze. To add to the choice, Garmin has just announced two new major updates to its Forerunner GPS sport watch lineup, the entry-level Forerunner 220 and the advanced Forerunner 620, now with a new heart-rate monitor package.
Both watches are thinner and lighter than previous models, and both feature a high-resolution color display, while the 620 has a touchscreen that works even if you're wearing gloves in cold weather. The 620 also features built-in accelerometers, and a foot-pod sensor tracks your distance and pace.
The 620's heart-rate package, HRM-Run, captures your beats per minute, running speed, and other data to estimate your VO2 max, or the amount of oxygen you consume, a key indicator of your aerobic fitness. Plus the 620 features a recovery advisor and race predictions.
The Forerunner 220 ($250; $300 with heart rate) and the Forerunner 620 ($400; $450 with HRM-Run) are available internationally via www.garmin.com.