Today we’re excited to announce our latest GPS running watch –the Forerunner 230. The Forerunner 230 keep runners on pace for their next personal record by tracking distance, pace, time, heart rate1 and more. The Forerunner 230 pairs easily with a chest-worn strap which displays heart rate and zones on an easy-to-read, colourful graphic interface, so runners new to tracking heart rate can train more effectively. When connected to a compatible smartphone2, runners can stay connected with smart notifications and motivated with music controls and audio prompts that announce their lap times. The Forerunner 230 is also compatible with the Connect IQ™ smartwatch platform, which enables users to customise their watch with additional apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.
“We’re excited to add a new device to our lineup of GPS running watches with the Forerunner 230,” said Marc Bainbridge, Garmin Southern Africa’s Fitness Category Manager. “This watch provides more training features, plus a lighter design and bigger brighter display to help runners meet their training goals, whether it be running a 5K or a marathon.”
Training with Heart Rate
Measure more than just distance and pace with the Forerunner 230 by tracking other essential data such as heart rate, heart rate zone and VO2 max. The Forerunner 230 is compatible with ANT+® heart rate strap to display heart rate data and has a 44% larger, sunlight-readable display with a colour graphical interface, so runners can get the data they need at a quick glance. Also when used with heart rate, Forerunner 230 can get a VO2 max estimate, predict race times and calculate recovery timer, so users know how long to rest before attempting their next hard run.
Through a compatible smartphone, the Forerunner 230 allows users to stay connected and motivated during and in-between workouts with smart notifications for call, text and email alerts, music controls and audio alerts for lap and lap times during a run. The Forerunner 230 is compatible with the Connect IQ smartwatch platform, so users will be able to customise their watch with additional apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.
The Forerunner 230 automatically sync with the recently updated Garmin Connect™ Mobile app when in range, so users can check in throughout the day to view reports on activity progress, track their sleep hours, join step 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 MyFitnessPal). With up to 16 hours of battery life in training mode and 5 weeks in watch mode with activity tracking and smart notifications, the Forerunner 230 boasts extended battery life to get more workouts in on a single charge and is water resistant to 50 meters4 to withstand the elements.
The Forerunner 230 Bundle with Premium Heart Rate Monitor will be available in black/white, purple/white and yellow/black and have a suggested retail price of R4499.