garmin forerunner 15 review

Garmin Forerunner 15 Review – Cheap GPS Running Watch

Watch Review: Forerunner 15

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Running Features

Watch Design

Ease of Use



  • Simple, easy-to-use features
  • All day activity tracking
  • Range of sizes and colors
  • Compatible with heart rate monitor


  • Limited data fields
  • No wireless sync with Garmin Connect app

Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

Garmin Forerunner 15 is an easy-to-use GPS running watch which captures essential running data, making it one of the best running watches for beginners.

If you’re new to running the Garmin Forerunner 15 is perfect. It captures the basic stats you need such as time, distance, pace and heart rate.

Forerunner 15 also has daily activity tracking features to help keep you active throughout the day. It includes a daily step counter, ‘time to move’ alerts and calories burnt. After a run you can upload and share your data at the Garmin Connect app.

Who should buy the Forerunner 15 watch?

Garmin Forerunner 15 is available to buy very cheaply from Amazon which makes it ideal for beginners who don't wish to spend out on a top of the range watch before they know how much running they will actually do.

Best running watch for beginners (2014)

Forerunner 15 is one of Garmin’s best beginners running watch and combines features found on the earlier Forerunner 10 and the Vivofit range of activity trackers. It is available in a range of sporty colors and sizes so appeals to both men and women. You can also pair the watch with a Garmin heart rate monitor to get data on heart rate zones while running, something you couldn’t do on the earlier model (Forerunner 10).

One of the key differences between the Forerunner 15 and the earlier Forerunner 10 are the daily activity tracking features and the ability to pair with a Garmin heart rate monitor.

Forerunner 15 tracks your daily steps, distance and calories burned. It also adds the GPS technology that Garmin is famous for, so you can accurately record your running data.

Forerunner 15 has 5 weeks battery life when used as daily activity tracker or 8 hours in GPS/running mode, if you think you might be running for that long!

Garmin Forerunner 15 Amazon Product Links:

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Daily step goals

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Record your heart rate

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Move alerts

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Time and distance

Forerunner 15 watch features

  • Tracks distance, pace, heart rate, steps, calories and personal records
  • Activity tracking reminds you when it’s “time to move” and captures your steps and daily activity, even when you are not running
  • Heart rate monitor compatibility to track heart rate and zone data
  • Pair with a foot pod for accurate speed and distance indoors or on a treadmill
  • Long battery life: 8 hours in training mode or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode
  • Virtual Pacer feeds back on your target pace
  • Review your stats and relive your run on Garmin Connect
  • Water-resistant, light and high-sensitivity GPS for challenging conditions
  • Stylish and comfortable – it’s an everyday watch

Upload your data to Garmin Connect

If you’re already familiar with the Garmin Forerunner range then you’ll know about Garmin Connect, which is the powerful online application for uploading and keeping track of your activity data.

However, unlike the Forerunner 620 (Amazon) or the 920XT (Amazon), the Forerunner 15 can’t be used with the mobile version of the Garmin Connect app. Forerunner 15 needs to be connected to your computer via the USB charging cable and data uploaded using Garmin Express. Once your data is uploaded you’ll be able to see your runs on a map, get pace and heart rate information, share with friends and more.

Garmin Forerunner 15 review summary

The Garmin Forerunner 15 is one of the best running watches available for beginners. It comes with a range of easy to use features, a range of colors and sizes, and is a great running watch for both men and women.

Forerunner 15 is also highly accurate, waterproof, supports a Garmin heart rate monitor and has excellent battery life. With the added daily activity tracking similar to the Garmin Vivofit fitness band (Amazon) you will be hitting your fitness targets in no time.

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Firman says February 24, 2018

Just wondering, is Forerunner 15 still worth it in 2018?

    Steve Taylor says March 19, 2018

    Yes it is as a basic and cheap running watch. However, there are newer versions available such as the 235 which are better looking and with improved features.

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