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There’s a Coach in Every Watch — Garmin® Forerunner® 620 and 220 with Color Display

  There’s a Coach in Every Watch — Garmin® Forerunner® 620 and 220 with Color
  Display

Business Wire

OLATHE, Kan. -- September 16, 2013

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the global
leader in satellite navigation, today announced the Forerunner 620 and
Forerunner 220 GPS running watches – two of the lightest, thinnest, most
advanced offerings for runners from Garmin, and the next best thing to having
a personal running coach. The Forerunner 620 offers advanced features like
recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate to help runners train
smarter and achieve new race goals. When used with the NEW HRM-Run™ monitor¹,
the 620 also provides feedback on running form. For indoor training, like on a
treadmill, the 620 and 220’s built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace,
so runners don’t need a separate sensor. Both models boast Garmin’s unique
one-inch Chroma™ color display to easily interpret data. To see the Forerunner
620 and 220 in action, go to www.garmin.com/ForerunnerCoach.

Garmin Forerunner 620 and 220 (Photo: Business Wire)

Garmin Forerunner 620 and 220 (Photo: Business Wire)

“Whether running indoors or out, Forerunner 620 and 220 will change the way
runners look at training,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide
sales. “Advanced features in the 620 such as recovery advisor, VO2 max
estimate, race predictor and stats on running economy, combined with connected
features and training plan options found in both the 620 and 220, make these
watches must haves for runners of all levels. To keep runners motivated the
watches also notice if runners hit any personal records on that run, like
their fastest mile, 5k, 10k, half or full marathon or their longest run to
date.”

Regardless of a runner’s experience, motivation, or how far or fast they go,
they likely want to know how they can improve and objectively measure their
fitness. Forerunner 620 does just that by estimating runners’ VO2 max, which
is a good indicator of athletic capability. Previously, the only way to
accurately obtain VO2 max was by paying for a lab test. When used with a heart
rate monitor, the 620 incorporates several pieces of data, like running speed,
beats per minute and heart rate variability, into an advanced algorithm to
estimate runners’ VO2 max. The number itself indicates the maximum volume of
oxygen a runner can consume per minute, per kilogram of body weight at their
max performance. Theoretically, the more oxygen runners can use during
high-level exercise, the moreenergy they can produce. A color gauge on the
watch display shows how a runner’s VO2 max data compares to other individuals
of their gender and age range. Based on the VO2 max estimate, the 620 can
predict a runner’s race time for several distances. This can give runners a
time target for their next race, assuming they’ve completed proper training.

When wearing HRM-Run, Forerunner 620’s NEW recovery advisor and recovery check
take the guesswork out when it comes to planning recovery time between hard
workouts. Just like a coach, it learns the runner and their physiology based
on heart rate data, so it factors this against their last workout and then
shows how much time before they are fully recovered and ready for their next
hard running workout. Color-coding on the high-resolution Chroma display gauge
makes it easy to interpret — green, of course, means they are good to go. When
runners see red on the display and a recovery time of more than 3 days, they
might consider taking a rest day or just doing a light recovery run. HRM-Run
also has an accelerometer in the module that measures torso movement in order
to calculate 3 different running metrics:

  *Cadence— the number of steps per minute. It displays the total steps
    (right and left combined)
  *Vertical oscillation— the bounce in runners’ running motion. It displays
    the vertical motion of a runners’ torso, measured in centimeters.
  *Ground contact time— the amount of time in each step that you spend on
    the ground while running, measured in milliseconds.

“The Forerunner 620 is a watch that runners have been waiting for,” said Dr.
Jack Daniels, famed running coach, author and exercise physiologist. “Being
able to monitor runners' running dynamicsand receive real-time feedback in a
watch is a huge step in running innovation.”

Thanks to their Bluetooth^® Smart wireless upload capabilities, Forerunner 620
and 220 can send runners’ run data to the Garmin online community,Garmin
Connect™, without being connected to a computer. It can transfer the data
through theGarmin Connect Mobile app on their compatible smartphone.
Additional connected features include live tracking, which allows runners’
friends and fans to follow along and see their stats in real-time. Runners
must have their phone paired with their 620 or 220 throughout the run to use
theLiveTrackfeature. Victories, goals achieved and successes can be shared
on runners’ social media sites by posting updates through the Garmin Connect
Mobile app. And, for real-time coaching as they run, both the 620 and 220 are
compatible with free training plans at Garmin Connect. Runners can also set up
their Forerunner 620 to work with one or more Wi-Fi hot spots, such as their
home and office networks, to automatically sync with Garmin Connect when in
range. Syncing with Garmin Connect on a regular basis not only ensures the
upload of runners’ data, it also sends the next seven days worth of satellite
data, to Forerunner 620 and 220, to ensure the fastest possible satellite
acquisition — no more standing and waiting, and seeing runners with their
wrists to the sky while waiting for a signal.

With the growing popularity of the run/walk training method in the distance
running community (example: a runner runs for five minutes, walks for one
minute and repeats for the duration of the course), Garmin has included a
run/walk alert. This alert allows Forerunner 620 and 220’s other features,
such as Auto Lap and Auto Pause, to remain active during a run/walk session.

Both Forerunner 620 and 220 are water-resistant to 50m and can stand up to
much more than rain, sweat and splashes. The Forerunner 620 has a touchscreen
display responsive enough that it can be operated with running gloves, while
the 220 is operated with easy to push buttons. Both models have rechargeable
batteries lasting up to six weeks in watch mode and up to 10 hours in training
mode.

Forerunner 620 is available in blue/black and white/orange, while Forerunner
220 is available in black/red and white/violet and are expected to ship fall
2013 and have suggested retail prices of $399.99/$449.99 (HRM-Run Bundle) and
$249.99/$299.99 (Heart Rate Bundle) respectively. Forerunner 620 and
Forerunner 220 are the latest solutions from Garmin’s expanding fitness
segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance
users’ lives and promotes healthy and active lifestyles. Whether it’s running,
cycling, or other athletic pursuits, Garmin fitness devices are becoming
essential tools for athletes both amateur and elite. For more about features,
pricing and availability, as well as information about Garmin’s other fitness
products and services, go to www.garmin.com/intosports, www.garmin.blogs.com
and http://twitter.com/garmin.

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has
designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and
information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS
technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor
recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is
incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the
United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit
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¹Included with some models, sold separately on others.

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