October 5, 2007

Garmin Launches Forerunner 50; Announces Sponsorships

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Garmin is getting into sponsorships big time with events kicking off at this weekend's Chicago Marathon. This program is part of a push into the fitness arena with their recently announced Forerunner 50 fitness watch that anchors a line of more sophisticated Forerunner products. As part of its growing sponsorship program that focuses on many of the biggest races in the nation, Garmin is proud to contribute to the marathon that brings 45,000 runners to the hometown of its flagship retail store on Michigan Avenue. Also this weekend, runners and supporters will get their first chance to test and purchase Garmin’s newest fitness watch, the Forerunner 50.

Garmin is also going to be sponsoring the NYC, Las Vegas Marathon and the PF Chang's Rock n Roll Marathon and half marathon.

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August 29, 2007

Garmin Edge 605 and 705 - Maps, Wireless Sharing

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Garmin has announced the Garmin Edge 605 and 705, two new cutting edge bike computers that have some amazing features built in.

First let me say, “Thank you” to Garmin for rolling in mapping features into the Edge 605 and 705, this is fantastic. One has to hope that we will see a Forerunner 605 and 705 soon that have mapping capability too. Mapping is the one feature that I was hoping for way back in February when Garmin originally talked about new fitness models. I have also hoped for ways to share data wirelessly for handheld units; and that’s in the new Edge 605/705 (Can I get this technology in my eTrex? Please?).

The Edge 605 and 705 will feature a basemap and mapping capabilities (Detailed Maps available too), while the Edge 705 will add ANT+Sport wireless sharing capability that will allow you to swap workout, route, waypoint, etc. data with other Edge 705 users. The units of course have all that (boring in comparison to wireless technology) stuff like heartrate cadence, etc capability. One thing that I would like more information on is the claim that the Edge 705 measures torque and cadence for each leg.

Anyway, the products sound amazing, and definitely targeted at high end bicyclists. The units should arrive just in time for the holidays, and will be list priced at $499 for the Edge 605 and $549 for the Edge 705 (no wireless), and $649 for the Edge 705 with wireless. Too bad if you’re the only one in your group to go for the wireless feature……. Sounds cool.

More after the jump....

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August 8, 2007

Garmin Forerunner 50

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Garmin announced today the Forerunner 50 a new very watch like fitness device that starts to take on a lot of other fitness watches head to head. The big innovation here is that Garmin is stepping into an area of wireless protocol that has extended its capability into other areas allowing the Forerunner 50 watch to serve as a data hub of sorts. The foot pod measures distance and speed, while the heart rate monitor also feeds pertinent data. With the addition of biking modules, the unit can monitor speed and cadence. Add all or this to the USB ANT+Stick, and the sum or all data can then be downloaded to the computer and synchronized with Motionbased.com or other sites. Pretty cool. Not GPS based, but it does add to the Forerunner line a lot of fitness capability that should appeal to the masses who are already buying up a lot of similar products from competition.

The base model with the Forerunner 50 and the ANT stick and Heart Rate Monitor will retail for less than $100, while adding the foot pod will bring the price to $149, and finally the Forerunner 50 with the foot pod and the Heart Rate Monitor will be $199.

I have talked a lot about forthcoming Garmin Fitness products, ever since February with the mention of new fitness products for 2007 in the earnings release, and I didn't expect Garmin to introduce something that goes after the masses like the Forerunner 50. I still hope for a higher end Forerunner 450 or something similar that rolls in some higher functionality above what the Forerunner 350 includes. We'll see.

Visit The Garmin Forerunner 50 Minisite or the Forerunner 50 Product Page

More from the Garmin Press Release…

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July 16, 2007

GlobalSat GH-615 Fitness Training GPS Watch

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GlobalSat has announced the GH-615 GPS fitness watch that includes a SiRF star III and is water resistant to IPX7 standards. The unit will record your tracks for analysis later. The unit can also be paired with a heart rate monitor. From their press release, “For hikers, runners, bikers, skiers or any other athlete who incorporates GPS technology to fine tune their workout, the GH-615M GPS wrist watch is the ideal device. The watch utilizes state-of-the-art technology including the SiRF Star III GPS chipset that is available in all the new product lines. The wrist watch also supports WAAS / EGNOS for superior precision marking and has enough memory to store up to 60,000 waypoints. The GH-615M records and stores traveled routes using pre-set time intervals on its oversized LCD screen, displaying GPS coordinates, speed, heart rate, altitude, laps, time/alarm functions and various other functions.”

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February 15, 2007

GlobalSat GH-615

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So GlobalSat is launching a new GPS-watch trainer in Europe, specifically France, called the GlobalSat GH-615 and it looks like a pretty normal watch from what I can tell. Inside the GH-615 though, you've got a SiRF star III chipset and like you can see emblazoned on the front, it is waterproof to IPX7 standards.

Garmin pioneered the GPS fitness trainer segment with the popular Forerunner series, and others have sought to one up them with smaller and very capable GPS based watch trainers. GlobalSat themselves also have a GPS trainer, the GlobalSat GH-601 fitness GPS.

With the GH-615 GPS watch, you can be out on a run or on the trail, and this watch will grab up datapoints which are downloadable to your PC when you get back from your run. The data is also available for viewing on Google Earth.

Hopefully we'll see this in the US too.

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February 6, 2007

Garmin Sponsors Milram Bicycle Team

For those of you who follow bike racing, and the Tour de France, you will probably recognize the name Erik Zabel; who is well known for his sprinting capabilities. Word is out that Zabel's new team Milram has signed a deal with Garmin to equip their bikes with the Garmin Edge 305 GPS trainers for the coming season in a deal that runs through 2009. Apparently the cool thing here is that the data will also be uploaded to Garmin's Motionbased.com site, so you can check out how the pros train and how they race. The Edge 305's will give you speed, cadence and heart rate on top of all kinds of ways to slice and dice the data afterwards.

Via Bike Biz

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January 24, 2007

Garmin Training Center for the Mac - Now Available

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Garmin Training center for the Mac is now available. Man, new $50 rebate on the Forerunner 205 and 305, Mac compatible Training Center all in one day; must be a sign that I need to go out for a run.

It's been about a year since Garmin made the orignal announcement that they were going to produce software for the Mac, and after a few false starts, here's a nice chunck of software. There are a few things you will need to do if you are migrating from a PC platform, so check out this post at Motion Based for some info.


Download Training Center
at the Garmin website

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Compare Garmin Forerunner 101 vs 201 vs 301 vs 205 vs 305

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While it may be the dead of winter, it is also the start of marathon training for a lot of people who are getting into Spring and early marathons, like the Boston or maybe the Pig. Well, I have had some readers write in asking more about the Forerunner series and what the differences are between the models.

Garmin opened up the GPS fitness market a few years back with the introduction of the Forerunner 101/201/301 series. These were obviously successful, and user feedback sparked a redesign to what is now a very popular series, the Forerunner 205/305 series. In a parallel development they also designed the bikers version of the Forerunner; the Garmin Edge 205 and 305 group.

Rebate: From Now through May 15, 2007 there is a $50 rebate on the Forerunner 205 and 305. - ReadMore

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Garmin Forerunner 205 & 305 - $50 Rebate

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Garmin posted a $50 rebate today on their uber-trainer Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 GPS devices. The wrist mounted training aids are able to track where you go including a lot of aspects about your workout: pace, speed, time, calories burned, and in the case of the Forerunner 305, your heart rate due to the included heart rate monitor strap.

Garmin also recently announced a new quick release strap for the unit that allows a fast change over from the wrist strap to a handlebar mount. There are a lot of multi-sport users out there who are screaming "Thank you!" For those of you who are Mac users, Garmin's software companion, Training Center, is also coming soon for download; it was available in an English only version at Macworld. This all adds up to a pretty good deal on the Forerunners - Great fitness tracking, software support for the Mac and easy switching from wrist mounted to your bike.....

We had the opportunity to use the Forerunner 205 - read my review of the Forerunner 205, and an update with more user thoughts and comments.

The Rebate is effective today and runs through May 15, 2007.

Download Rebate Form (PDF)

Via and Via

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January 19, 2007

Forerunner 205 305 Quick Release Strap

ForerunnerBikeClip.jpgWe posted the announcement that Garmin is coming out with a better mount for its Forerunner 205 and 305 units recently, and now Motionbased (owned by Garmin) has a nice post about how the mount will work. The wrist strap will have a snap in base for the Forerunner 205 or 305 that will allow for a quick release. The Forerunner can then quickly snap onto a bike handlebar mount for a fast transition or just an easier way to track both biking and running workouts.

See the quick release Wrist Strap in action after the jump…

More at Motionbased

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