OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the company’s newest and most cutting-edge GPS running watch –
the Forerunner 630. Featuring Garmin’s most advanced running watch
technology yet, the touchscreen Forerunner 630 boasts more running
dynamics than its predecessor, and additional physiological measurements1
so runners can be more aware of their bodies before, during and
after a run. Runners can stay connected and motivated throughout and
in-between workouts with smart notifications, music controls and audio
prompts via a compatible smartphone2 and daily activity
tracking features. The 630 is also compatible with the Connect IQ™
smartwatch platform. With Connect IQ, users are able to customize their
watch with additional apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.
“As our most advanced GPS running watch to date, we’re thrilled to bring
the Forerunner 630 to market,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of
worldwide sales. “The next generation of running dynamics along with the
physiological measurements and Connect IQ compatibility makes the 630 an
essential tool for the serious and data-driven runner.”
Advanced Running Dynamics and Physiological Measurements
Building off the advanced running dynamics introduced with Forerunner
620, the new 630 provides more data and physiological measurements to
keep runners aware of their bodies while training, help avoid injury and
improve overall performance. The new metrics include:
- Stride Length: Measures the length of a runner’s stride in real time.
Ground Contact Time Balance: Measures a runner’s ground contact
symmetry, which some runners have found to correlate with injuries or
Vertical Ratio: The cost-benefit ratio of vertical oscillation to
stride length, serving as one indictor of a runner’s efficiency.
Lactate Threshold: Estimates the level of effort at which fatigue
rapidly increases in terms of a runner’s heart rate and pace.
Stress Score: Measures heart rate variability to make an assessment of
a user’s overall level of stress.
Performance Condition: Provides a real-time fitness-level measurement
relative to a runner’s average baseline, which indicates performance
readiness for the day’s workout or race.
Train more effectively with the Forerunner 630 by tracking cardio data
such as heart rate, heart rate zones and VO2 max estimate with any ANT+
compatible heart rate monitor. By estimating VO2 max, it can predict
race times, as well as provide a recovery advisor so runners know how
long to rest after an intense workout. Additionally, when paired with
HRM-Run, the 630 can measure a runner’s cadence, vertical oscillation
and ground contact time. The high-resolution color touchscreen is 44%
larger with an updated graphical interface is also easy-to-read at a
quick glance, so users can stay focused on their run.
Stay Active and Connected
With the Forerunner 630, Runners can stay connected and motivated
throughout the day. Through a connected smartphone, users can get call,
text and email notifications right on the watch at any time, as well as
audio alerts for lap and lap times while running. Users can also use
their watch to control their smartphone’s music player. Additionally,
the 630 is compatible with the Connect IQ smartwatch platform, so
runners can download additional apps, widgets, watch faces and data
fields from the Connect IQ store.
The Forerunner 630 offers automatic uploads via Wi-Fi® to the recently
updated Garmin Connect™ mobile app when in range, so users can check in
any time throughout the day to view their run data and progress toward
goals, track their sleep hours, join challenges and more. Garmin Connect
Mobile’s easy-to-use interface provides daily information and trends
over time and can be linked to a MyFitnessPal account to automatically
sync calorie and nutritional information, allowing users to view active
and consumed calories, and remaining calories (based on goals set in
Between runs, the Forerunner 630 has daily activity tracking3
features to monitor valuable data including steps, distance, calories
burned, and sleep, and its move bar with vibration alert provides
motivation to stay active all day. It is water resistant to 50 meters4
and boasts up to 16 hours of battery life in training mode and 4
weeks in watch mode with activity tracking and smart notifications. With
all of these additional features, the 630 isn’t exclusively for running.
It can be worn all day, every day to keep users active and connected all
The Forerunner 630 will be available in black/white and midnight blue,
and will begin shipping in Q4. It will have a suggested retail price of
$399.99, and the performer bundle with HRM-Run will have a suggested
retail price of $449.99.
For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and
wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live
an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units,
including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.
For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom,
contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin,
1 When paired with HRM-Run monitor. Included with some
models, sold separately on others.
2 See Garmin.com/BLE for a list of compatible phones.
3 See Garmin.com/ataccuracy.
4 For more information, see Garmin.com/waterrating.
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Maddie Estrada, 913-397-8200