For those individuals who are interested in purchasing a running watch that is less complicated and more affordable, Garmin has developed a somewhat scaled-down version of their Forerunner 35.
This wristwatch, which Garmin calls the Forerunner 30, incorporates the company’s Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology, in addition to built-in GPS and an accelerometer. Despite the fact that it may also be used as an activity tracker that works around the clock (delivering information on steps, calories, distance, intensity minutes, and sleep), this is primarily a watch for runners.
The watch provides essential data on how far you have traveled, how quickly you are going, and the location of where you are running, regardless of whether you are going for a jog or training for a marathon. The best part is that you won’t need your smartphone because the GPS functionality is built right in.
According to Andrew Silver, the Garmin EMEA Product Manager, “the ease of use of the Forerunner 30 enables athletes to effortlessly advance to the next level of their running.” “All they need to do is put the watch on and start running,” which is a quote from Silver.
“With a range of built-in capabilities, the Forerunner 30 is the right tool for runners who want to remain active, stay connected, and share their progress,” says Garmin. “[T]he Forerunner 30 is the perfect tool for runners who want to share their progress, stay connected, and
Cadence, VO2 max, and different heart rate zones are examples of some of the more complex running capabilities. VO2 max is an indication of your aerobic performance, which allows you to track your fitness level. In addition, there are training tools such as Auto Pause and Auto Lap, as well as tempo and speed choice. You may also track other activities, and the device is smart enough to identify whether you are walking, jogging, or cycling when you do so.
Unfortunately, there is no way to manually select the activity mode, as this is one of the features that was removed from the Forerunner 35. This was one of the reasons why the Forerunner 35 was discontinued. There is no support for sensors and no ability to re-broadcast heart rate using ANT+. Additionally, there is no interval mode, virtual pacer, or run/walk mode. These are a few of the fancier options that are missing.
You will receive notifications for incoming calls, voicemails, and text messages, despite the fact that this is not a smartwatch that has all of its features enabled. When in activity mode, the watch has a battery life of up to eight hours, but when in smartwatch mode, it has a battery life of up to five days.
This seems like a good choice if you want to get into the realm of running watches on a budget while still getting some useful features. Unfortunately, this is not the case for people living in the United States. The device will be sold for a retail price of £129.99 and will be made accessible solely in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The original price of the Forerunner 35 was £170 when it was first released.
For the time being, it is only available on Garmin’s website, where you can pick it up in your choice of three colors: turquoise, amethyst, or grey.