A watch for runners

Is this watch the best running watch in the world?

When you jump into a new running watch, especially if it is a new brand to your usual collection you hope or an intuitive set-up and ease of use. No one wants to spend the first few hours studying manuals. And the Forerunner 630 is just that. It is so straightforward to set-up that even your (insert a family member technophobe here) could get it working. 

Low profile and lightweight running watch from Garmin

When you add your device in Garmin Express it will let you set-up WiFi networks for automatic uploads of activities. This is a nice feature to receive future updates of software, segments and uploading data.

Garmin Forerunner 630 Software Update

Like all Garmin sports devices you need their software on your computer. Once you have plugged in your watch to your PC it will be picked up and updated. The software update was very quick and fast to install.  

I am used to the Garmin Fenix 3. And this watch seems like its little baby brother in comparison. The Fenix 3 is a complete chunk in comparison. On our scales the Forerunner 630 weighed 44 grams. The Fenix 3 84 grams. The difference between adding some inertia to your arm when running and not. 

Garmin Forerunner 630 Compared Against Fenix 3

Fenix 3 pictured on the left is a chunk of a cousin. 

Garmin Forerunner 630 In The Box

Straight out the box the Forerunner had about 50% battery charge. More than enough to put it on and head straight out for a quick marathon (if you so choose). And it comes with its own chest strap (pictured below). The chest strap from Garmin does not only record heart rate data as expected, but it will also record stride length and vertical ratio. Cadence actually comes from the watch itself. 

Garmin Forerunner 630 Chest Strap for Heart Rate

As you would expect in set-up you can completely customise the look and data screens of your Garmin Forerunner 630. From how many screens, to how much data each screen will show and what data is included. The watch face is touch sensitive and you can swipe between the screens. Although I did find this a bit fiddly at first it didn't take too long to get used to it.  

Garmin Forerunner 630 Screen Set-Up

Standard 3 data field layout as blow photo shows. 

Garmin Forerunner 630 How the Screens Look

Garmin Forerunner 630 Selection Panel

Your new Garmin watch will have to get to know you and your personal bests and VO2 Max. It will estimate and display records and recovery information after each run. You can also have this sort of information displayed whilst you are running. As the watch is estimating things like VO2m the more runs you do the closer it will get to giving you an accurate data point. 

Garmin Forerunner 630 VO2 Max Post Run

Post running your watch will display your heart rate zones as a chart and how much time spent in each zone. 

Garmin Forerunner 630 Intervals Post Run

Garmin Forerunner 630 Run Review

It will also display trophies based on previous runs and personal bests. 

Post Run Records

We are still testing this watch and will update you as we test it a little harder.  

Read our second review on the Garmin Forerunner 630