Garmin Forerunner 15 Review & Guide

Garmin Forerunner 15 : To be fit we don’t need that much things to follow. What we need is to do some workouts like running, swimming, cycling and burn some calories in a daily basis. This is based on us as we like to do workouts in our way or the thing we prefer. Running is the thing we all do more or less. Swimming is not everyone’s cup of the tree as there many people don’t know how to swim. Cycling, this has become a trend for all.

Garmin 15 Review

People are traveling miles and miles by cycle. Though it’s done by the youngsters’ much but many elder people are also taking it as a passion or as a convenience savings. But I would see this as a positive as reason may be anything still they are keeping them healthy and fit by this. Nothing much, just choose a workout of your signature and that can be running, swimming or cycling. Once you decide that then you are just a step back to be fit and healthy forever. For your activity, Garmin has brought out their second product which is Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS watch.

Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

Why to Choose Garmin Forerunner 15 Review & Guide

Garmin Forerunner 15 is a GPS watch with many features and are available in many color combination and comes in two sizes. Both the sizes are designed for a large and a small wrist. And the color combination is also alluding for the males and females. The Garmin Forerunner 15’s large one comes with the color combination of black with blue accent and red with black and the smaller one comes with the color combination of teal with white accents, violet with white and black with green. This Garmin Forerunner 15 is not just designed for the activity tracker, it can track your steps taken, the distance you travel, and the calories that are burned. Exceeded GPS technology of the Garmin Forerunner 15 allows recording the accurate tracking on pace, distance, and run. As the Garmin Forerunner 15 is waterproof you can go for swimming with the watch up to 50 meters so you can shower with it too. The battery life is estimated at about 5 weeks which in activity mode and can go up to 8 hours with active GPS.

what’s in the box of Forerunner 15

Watch Version Only

The colors of large size are blue/black and red/black, Of small size is teal/white, violet/white and black/green.

  • Forerunner 15
  • Charging/data cable
  • Manual

Heart Rate Version

The colors of large are blue/black and red/black, Of small size is teal/white, violet/white and black/green.

  • Forerunner 15
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Charging/data cable
  • Manual

Garmin 15 GPS Running Watch Review & Guide

Design of Forerunner 15

Garmin FR15 Device Icon

Earlier watches of the Garmin were prettier than this Garmin Forerunner 15. It has the traditional sports watch look and bloated somewhat. Garmin Forerunner 15 is the little bit thicker than the previous but the battery life is quite improved and also has some more additional features.

Garmin 15 charging mode:

Garmin 15 charging

The weight of the larger Garmin Forerunner 15 watch is of 43g and the weight of the smaller one is of 36g. There is four button on the Garmin Forerunner 15 watch where two buttons are located on the right and two are on the left. The blue one which has a running figurine which is located at the top right-hand side of the Garmin Forerunner 15 and it’s used to activate the GPS while you are to begin the running mode. The button which is located at the bottom right is used to scroll through the different menus by which you can see your pace, distance, workout history, running history and can also access the settings of the Garmin Forerunner 15 watch.

Forerunner 15 Status Icons

Forerunner 15 Status Icons

This model can store your activities of your past seven days onto your device. And the button which is located on the top left is being used to turn on the backlight and to disable it again which will be helpful for the people who love to run at the nighttime. With this same button, it will power down the watch with a long press. When the Garmin Forerunner 15 watch is on activity mode you will be able to scroll through and see your steps, goals, distance and the date with the bottom left button and is also used as the back key. Notable feature of this Garmin Forerunner 15 is the strap because the is strap is normal like the other wrist watch and it has the secondary clip which keeps it to stay securely on the wrist.

Features of Garmin Forerunner 15

Garmin Forerunner 15 is the one which is known as the feature-packed activity trackers. The device doesn’t have the included Bluetooth despite being able to track your runs and your daily steps via GPS. Garmin Forerunner 15 makes to sync with the Garmin Connect software and this needs to view the detail information of your workouts.

Forerunner 15 Activity Tracker

The runs and the daily counted steps are being stored on the Garmin Forerunner 15 for about seven days and at this point, all the oldest workout will be replaced with the newer details. Garmin Forerunner 15 watch can also record your personal records like the fastest mile, fastest 5k, longest run and much more and soon after you set the new record it will notify you. For the internal training Garmin Forerunner 15 has the feature of run/walk. Another feature of the Garmin Forerunner 15 is, you can set the time for the long you want to run and the long you want to walk. The watch will alert you when you enable it for when you need to switch between the two. It’s a useful feature for the amateur as they aren’t able to run for a long time. Yes, it’s also useful for the experienced runner when they are doing interval workouts.

With the virtual feature, you can set a specific pace the one you want to keep while you are running. Garmin Forerunner 15 alerts you whether you need to slow down or speed up your pace with the designated five or more seconds when you go faster or slower. There is another similar feature which is called HP Alert and this notifies you when you go below or above the settled heart rate. One of the most useful features of this Garmin Forerunner 15 is the Auto Pause and Auto Lap. The Auto Pause feature is so useful that it automatically stops the watch when you stop running and again it will resume automatically soon you start back up again. And the Auto Lap feature will alert you soon you reach a new mile and it will be included at your average pace.

You can also use this Garmin Forerunner 15 as a sports watch as it has the timer option. For this option, you need to disable the GPS option and then you need to click on the Timer Mode button while you are searching for the signal. This timer mode will be helpful when you will not be able to get the GPS signal but you still be able to run. Though we all know that without the GPS Garmin Forerunner 15 will not be able to track distance and the pace. This will happen when don’t have purchased foot pod accessory which being attached to your shoes. With this foot pod, you can run on a treadmill and this will be required to calibrate the run outside when you are using it indoors.

On Performance

As a performance, Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS watch can track the steps taken by you as well as running even better. It can create the new step goals depending on the total steps that are taken before the day. Maybe it’s a small feature but this can keep you away from getting complacent with your average current steps and will push you to move more. The Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS watch has an inactivity alert. It will alert you with a beep and flash MOVE when you are in a stationary position for an hour. Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS watch can track your sleep periods and the movement while you are having some naps. The data that has been tracked can be seen only when you sync your data with Garmin Connect. The sleep widget allows an option where you can choose the sleep start and wake time.

Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS watch is a primary watch which has no frills. For which you need to start and stop the run with the top right button and when you are running, you will be able to see the elapsed time and also the distance on the display. It allows you to customize the display as to what you want to see while you are doing your workouts and whether it would include pace or the calories. There no much interaction with this Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS watch during the training session. While you are having a speed exercise, you can create the time intervals and it will guide you on that time.

Forerunner 15 Review : Garmin Connect

Forerunner 15 connect

People who use Garmin product they can access this Garmin Connect. It’s a company’s hub where you will get all your information stored on your PC, iOS or any Android device. For this you need to sync your Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS watch with computer’s USB port. Basically, this Garmin Connect is a dashboard which has cards where it will show the data of steps, sleep, reports, challenges and badges. You can customize those cards in the order you like and also you can input some data manually. For example, the current weight of your and for how long you have slept last night.

garmin 15 connect


Q: Is the GPS required to see how many steps during the day?

A: No, there is no need of GPS for the steps. You need that only for run.

Q: Do one need to sync with the MyFitnessPal account like the Vivo Fit?

A: Yes. One must sync with the Garmin Connect at first to store and upload the data.

Q: Can we charge the Forerunner 15 with the charging unit to the main power instead of via a laptop?

A: Of course you can with the standard adapter and can plug it into Garmin charger. It will work fine.

Q: It can display the pace, distance and time at the same time while running?

A: When to click on the “start” for the run, it displays time and distance. Again when you turn off the time, in a small display, all the info comes up so that you can evaluate.

Garmin 15 Review at A Glance

With my Garmin Forerunner 15 The comparison can make you distract any product you want to use. Make you feel disappointed to use that particular product. As every model has some pros and cons with lapped times. Day by day technologies is becoming smarter so it’s obvious to have flaws than the previous or upcoming versions. I think Garmin Forerunner 15 is a solid GPS watch. It can track your run, pace, cycling and swimming and as well the map of your run. This Forerunner 15 is a great watch for the people who want to get a transition from casual activity to more serious activity and also for the one who wants to get start running. For the outdoor running, Garmin Forerunner 15 is a perfect watch and will suit you most.

Mark Fleming