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A Deep Dive Into The Garmin Forerunner 630
The Garmin Forerunner 630 is Garmin’s top of the range GPS running watch. It features advanced running related metrics that, with the correct understanding, could make you a better, faster, stronger runner.
Garmin have 4 x dedicated running watches in order of technical functionality : Forerunner 25, Forerunner 35 (wrist based HR), Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235 (wrist based) and this one. The Garmin Forerunner 630 has been reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic (formerly HeartRateMonitor.co.uk)
Who Is It For?
The Forerunner 630 is for VERY serious / elite level runners. For a vast majority of recreational and even competition level runners the Foreruner 235 is more than adequate.
The Forerunner 630 is for the runner who possibly has a coach that wants to see, at a minute level, metrics that can be improved.
I still run with a PB in mind and want to be the best I possibly can in my age group, but I wouldn’t benefit from the advanced features of the 630 … I’d not know what to do with them !
Confused by the Forerunner watch range? You’re not the only one with over a dozen models released in the last 10 years.
To help you make the correct choice I’ve produced this short summary of all the Garmin Forerunner watches to help you get the latest and most appropriate model for your needs and budget.
This touchscreen GPS running watch features advanced running dynamics, extended physiological measurements and extensive smart features.
The Forerunner 630 measures your heart rate to provide a stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold.
Pair it with an HRM-Run monitor for advanced running dynamics, including ground contact time balance, vertical ratio and real-time stride length. Use smart features – on-screen email, text, call and calendar notifications – as well as Connect IQ store applications, watch faces, widgets and data fields, and more
In this video the team at Garmin discuss the Advanced Running Dynamics feautures.
Main Features and Functions
- Touchscreen GPS running watch with a high resolution colour display
- Advanced running dynamics include ground contact time balance, stride length and vertical ratio
- Features stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold
- Connected features: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, live tracking, audio prompts, smart notifications and social media sharing
- Download data fields, watch faces, widgets and applications from Connect IQ™
A little bit of Garmin Marketing to tempt you ….
Go further with your running data and tap into extended physiological and advanced running dynamics. Ground contact time balance and stride length metrics let you check in on your running symmetry and stride to monitor overall running form.
Based on your VO2 max estimate (reqs HR monitor belt), the 630 can predict your race times for several distances, providing you with a time target for your next race.
Forerunner 630 running watch has all the numbers to measure a runner. The touchscreen GPS watch features advanced running dynamics, extended physiological measurements and smart features like notifications and the Connect IQ™ store
Next Model UP
If you are looking at the next model up then maybe you have a requirement for more advanced navigation, digital compass and waypoint navigation, like the Fenix3
Next Model DOWN
The next model down would be the Forerunner 230 or the Forerunner 235 with OFF the WRIST heart rate technology.
The 230 and 235 are identical apart from the Garmin Elevate built in HR sensor.
The Garmin Forerunner 630 is without doubt the best GPS running watch for top flight runners. It’s OTT for the casual jogger, get a Forerunner 35, and even most club runners, get a Forerunner 235.
However, for the coached athlete looking for the very best in technical feedback the Forerunner 630 has no equals.
It doesn’t have wrist based heart rate, but for athletes at this level I’d suggest the use of a chest strap is essential to provide 100% heart rate accuracy. I have absolutely no hesitation in awarding the Forerunner 630 a rating of 5/5 stars – it’s simply exceptional.
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