Garmin announced the Forerunner 25, its latest water-proof GPS running watch with connected features. The wearable is capable of tracking essential data including distance, pace, heart rate and calories. Also, while not working out, the Forerunner 25 keeps users motivated with activity tracking, counting steps and calories, while reminding users when they’ve been inactive for too long. And when paired with a compatible smartphone, users can automatically upload data to Garmin Connect and stay connected with alerts for incoming call, text, calendar reminders and more.
“Whether you’re preparing for your first 5k or gearing up for a marathon, the Forerunner 25 is a great tool to keep runners motivated and on track with training,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “The Forerunner 25 keeps runners connected to family and friends while keeping them active by tracking data during runs and the rest of their day.”
Additional connected features include social media sharing and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, from where users can join fitness challenges, analyze training progress, set and track goals, and more. Users can also link their Garmin Connect and MyFitnessPal accounts to view calories burned and consumed and see their net count for the remainder of the day based on calorie goals set in MyFitnessPal.
The Forerunner 25 is expected to begin shipping in Q3 and will have a suggested retail price of $169.99 or $199.99 when bundled with a heart rate monitor. It will be available in black/red, black/blue in a large face, and black/purple and white/pink in a small face. Whereas the large faced Forerunner 25 boasts up to 10 hours of battery life in training mode or 10 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode; the small faced version has eight hours of battery life in training mode or eight weeks in watch/activity tracking mode for the small faced versions.