Good news for gadget fans - Garmin have announced three new additions to their Forerunner GPS watch family: the Forerunner 630, 230 and 235.
Forerunner 630 (RRP £329.99, £389.99 with heart rate monitor)
The Forerunner 630 is being touted as Garmin's most advanced watch yet, "an essential tool for the serious and data-driven runner." Building off the running dynamics introduced with the Forerunner 620, new metrics include stride length, ground contact time balance of each side (which may indicate an injury or strength imbalance) and vertical ratio (the radio of up-down movement to stride length, which can indicate efficiency). Teamed with an ANT+ compatible heart rate monitor, it also measures physiological metrics including lactate threshold, stress score and performance condition.
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Forerunner 230 (RRP £209.99, £239.99 with heart rate monitor) and 235 (RRP £269.99)
The Forerunner 230 and 235 are also being added to Garmin's watch line-up, with the 235 being the first product to feature Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology: heart rate and zone are measured by an optical sensor on the wrist (giving the option to run without a chest strap) and displayed on a colourful interface. The 230 can be paired with a chest strap heart rate monitor to get the same data. Both boast large colour displays which can be read even in bright sunlight, making the data readable at a quick glance, and are water resistant to 50 metres.
All models double up as activity trackers, sync automatically to the Garmin Connect™ smartphone app via Wi-Fi when in range and can be linked to MyFitnessPal accounts to update calories burned. Additionally, the models are compatible with Garmin's Connect IQ platform, which allows users to customise the watch with third party apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields. These latest additions to the Forerunner family also double up as smartwatches: when connected to a smartphone, users can receive calls, texts and notifications, as well as wirelessly control music and get audio alerts for lap times.
The 630 will be available exclusively at Runners Need from 30th October to 22nd November, then available at other retailers.