Garmin Forerunner 225|Overview 2017

(If you don’t want to read everything here’s a link to my video covering basically everything i did here: )

First Impressions:

At first I was excited to see what this watch could do then when I opened the box I saw just how pretty the watch really was!It seemed to be of a pretty durable quality.




Physical dimensions 1.8” x 1.9” x 0.6” (45 mm x 48mm x 16 mm)
Weight 1.9 oz. (54 g)
Water rating 5 ATM
Battery type Rechargeable lithium-ion
Display size 1.0″ (25.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution 180 x 180 pixels
Color display
Battery life Up to 4 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in GPS mode with optical HRM
High-sensitivity receiver

Maps & Memory

History 200 hours of activity data

Clock Features

Time/date Includes date and alarm



Activity Tracking Features

Step counter
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)
Calories burned

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

Customizable data pages
Advanced workouts
Auto Pause®
Auto scroll
Auto Lap®
Vibration alerts
Personal records (running, cycling, swimming)

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to Garmin Connect)


  • Wrist-based heart rate: yes
  • Activity tracking: yes

(Specs from Garmin’s website)

Cool Features:

You can customize the theme color of the watch to a few preset colors but red works best in this case.

It Monitors sleep patterns and movement during sleep!This is pretty nifty if you are a stats freak like me and you enjoy knowing what’s happening with your body.So this in’t and in depth monitor it basically monitors your movement and based on this it chooses whether you are in deep/light sleep or awake.Still cool though!

Then the usual steps/calories/distance/Goal.Pretty basic stuff but still useful if you are lazy! It also has a move alert to get you to move when you are stagnant for too long and it doesn’t shut-up until you move!I turned it off obviously 😀

How is it in the long run?

Overall I’ve had this watch for a year now and i bought it for cycling training.It offers tons of different activities from swimming to driving!The build-quality is great,I’ve rubbed it against walls and I’ve also crashed a few times with it and it still only has one scratch!This watch will last you years!


The battery on this thing is great!Garmin advertised about 2 weeks on watch mode and mine has lasted longer than 2 week on multiple occasions on only a singe charge.In intense training weeks it usually lasts about a week with 2-3H training sessions.This is pretty impressive in my opinion!


The only problems I’ve had were with the HR sensor screwing around at first and only later showing my real HR.Like once I went to a race and for the first half of the race it said my HR was about 90-100bpm… this i knew was a problem ’cause previous races no matter what my HR sits around 180-190bpm…

Other problem isn’t as majors its just irritating…so when you do an activity you don’t have the option to choose which activity you can only change it once you’ve uploaded it.Minor but still frustrating…

My Recommendation?

Get one if you are in the market for something like this it’s a worth while investment!It lasts for years and isn’t cheaply built.They are pricey but it will be worth it if you use it to keep yourself in-shape !