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By Mike Joubert 29 October 2015

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With the Forerunner 225, Garmin joins TomTom with a wrist-based heart rate monitor GPS running watch, kicking this trend off with a good start.
PROS
Heart rate monitor works like a charm, Good battery life, Forerunner 225 a good all rounder
CONS
Bulky design, too much emphasis on activity tracking, more expensive than regular
VERDICT
With the Forerunner 225, Garmin’s built-in heart rate monitor cherry has been popped, and it’s difficult to see monitoring not making an appearance on models in the rest of the range. As a 30-50 km per week runner, the 225 provided me with most of the functionality that I needed, with good battery life and syncing included, although I found it too bulky to wear casually.
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