Hands on: Garmin Forerunner 30 review

With the Forerunner 30, Garmin has launched yet another running watch to its already impressive collection. The 30, confusingly, is actually a more recent version of the Garmin Forerunner 35.

The reason for the lower number is that the Garmin Forerunner 30 is actually a pared-back version of the 35. Garmin describes it as a “simple-to-use running watch with wrist-based heart rate”.

From the short amount of time that we’ve spent with it, Garmin has done a great job of removing more advanced features, without leaving the Forerunner 30 feeling sparse.

It has heart rate monitoring, GPS tracking, overall fitness metrics in the form of Vo2 max (measuring the oxygen levels in your blood to gauge how well your body metabolizes oxygen), and even has basic smartphone features in call notifications and message previews.


The feature that we’re really excited about taking for a spin is Move IQ, a feature that apparently automatically recognizes the type of exercise that you’re doing and begins tracking for you without requiring any button pushing.

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