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Garmin Forerunner 70 (FR70) Review

The Garmin Forerunner 70 or Garmin FR70 is a sleek and fresh looking running watch that provides the motivation and features to achieve your running goals. But is it any good?

Read on for the Garmin Forerunner 70 review.

Garmin Forerunner 70 Overview

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Our first impression of the Garmin Forerunner 70 is the sleek design and comfortable wristband. We got to say, the Garmin FR70 is pretty stylish and comfortable to wear, which you can easily wear as your daily watch. As you would come to expect from Garmin, some the main features of the Forerunner 70 includes tracking times, heart rate and calorie data. The watch is also compatible with an optional foot pod and speed sensor, to appeal to cyclists.

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Whether you train in or outdoors, the Garmin FR70 can effectively track all your workout data so you can later analyse your performance via Garmin Connect. As mentioned above, the Garmin is compatible with ANT+ devices such as the included heart rate monitor and optional foot pod. Depending on what you want to track and accomplish, the FR70 should provide enough features and compatibility to satisfy most new or casual runners.

The Garmin Forerunner 70 includes a heart rate monitor, which wirelessly connects and shows real time feedback on how hard your heart is working. The watch provides your heart beats per minute so you can monitor your level of fitness. If you are a keen cyclist, the Garmin FR70 can be paired with an optional speed or cadence sensor so you can track your speeds and distances during your cycle workouts.

The one thing that all owners will love about the Forerunner 70 is the battery life of 1-year. Yes, you read right. The Garmin FR70 provides a battery life of up to 1-year, which means you don’t have to recharge the watch for a year.

Like most Garmin watches, all your data can be synced and shared via Garmin Connect so you can analyse, monitor and share your workouts online. With a RRP of $129.99, the Garmin Forerunner 70 is certainly an affordable option to appeal to most runners looking for a stylish and easy to use fitness/running sports watch. As mentioned earlier, the FR70 comes supplied with a heart rate monitor and is available in blue or pink colors.

Here’s a quick summary of the positives and negatives on the watch:

Positives
1. Sleek and stylish design makes the Garmin Forerunner 70 ideal as a daily watch
2. Tracks times, heart rate and calories
3. Works really well whether you are in or outdoors
4. Water resistant of up to 50 meters
5. Stores up to 100 laps or 20 hours of data
6. Compatible with optional foot pod and speed/cadence sensor
7. Can wirelessly upload and share your workout data via Garmin Connect
8. Battery life of up to 1-year meaning no recharging for up to a year

Negatives
1. No GPS hence you will need the optional foot pod or bike sensor

Specifications
Unit dimensions: 1.5″ x 2.2″ x 0.5″ (3.8 x 5.5 x 1.3 cm)
Display size: 0.8″ x 1.1″ (2.0 x 2.8 cm)
Display resolution: 31 x 56 pixels
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g)
Battery life: Up to 1-year
Water resistant: Up to 50 meters
History: 100 laps or up to 20 hours of data
Heart rate monitor: Yes
Bike speed/cadence sensor: Yes (optional)
Foot pod: Yes (optional)
Automatic sync: Yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible: Yes
Auto Pause®: Yes (with optional foot pod)
Auto Lap®: Yes (with optional foot pod)
Auto Scroll: Yes
Pace alert : Yes (with optional foot pod)
Time/distance alert: Yes (with optional foot pod)
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals): Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation: Yes
Customizable screen(s): Yes
Sport watch: Yes

What’s in the Box?
1 x Garmin Forerunner 70
1 x Heart rate monitor
1 x USB ANT Stick
1 x User guide

What Other People Say About the Garmin Forerunner 70
Keeps me motivated!!I got this to keep me motivated in my workout routine. I love that it shows how many calories I have burned on a workout! Easy to use and program once you get all the required data entered. I wasn’t sure I would like wearing the chest strap, but once it’s on I almost forget about it! For the price and Garmin quality this is a great item! By Domibach

Complete sport watchI bought this watch to complement with the Adidas micoach, for my running work outs, so I can have real-time speed and heart rate reading, since they are both ANT+ Compatible, therefore I can use them at the same time, sharing the same HR monitor and foot pod. I can now also upload my training to the Garmin connect site. although I can say is better than micoach it does have information that micoach site doesn’t, and it allow me to have my training in another site. The only thing that would make it perfect if it had GPS. By Abraham (Panama)

GREAT HRM and Running/Cycling Watch!I never end up reviewing anything that I buy, but this has been one of my favorite purchases on Amazon. This watch is FANTASTIC. It does what it says it does, and it does it well. It has never malfunctioned on me. Yes, the buttons are slightly difficult to press, but it’s a waterproof fitness watch. If the buttons were super easy to press then you would be accidentally hitting them all the time. I LIKE that the buttons are a little stiff. Paired with the footpod the watch is pretty darn accurate with distance. Works great for on the treadmill. I have a bunch of GPS watches but this is my go to watch.By R. Montgomery

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Conclusion
As an all-rounder, the Garmin Forerunner 70 is great for everyday running or cycling use. Whether you’re new runner or casual cyclist looking for basic data on your performance, the FR70 is an ideal choice to keep you motivated to accomplish your fitness goals.

With features that allow you to track your times, heart rate and calories burned, the Garmin Forerunner 70 provides an affordable solution for new runners looking for basic data on their workouts. And with an optional foot pod or speed/cadence sensor, you can further track your distance and speed data and cycling statistics. Best of all, with a battery life of up to 1-year, you won’t have to worry about the battery. Well not until a year has passed anyway.

The one thing that is missing from the Garmin Forerunner 70 is no GPS. So if you’re looking for a GPS fitness watch, you might want to consider either the Garmin FR210 or the Garmin FR910XT, if your budget allows. Whatever your budget, Garmin have ensured they have a wide range of sports watches to appeal to everyone.

Where to Buy the Garmin Forerunner 70?
At the time of writing, you can order the FR70 directly from Garmin for $129.99, although Amazon currently offer the same watch for under $112 so it’s definitely worth shopping around for any deals on sites such as eBay or BestBuy.

Dislike the Garmin Forerunner 70?
If the Garmin FR70 isn’t the watch for you, it’s definitely worth looking checking out our other watch reviews here.

We’d be interested to hear from other Garmin Forerunner 70 owners, so feel free to share your experiences with us. As always, comments or questions in the comments below :)