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Garmin Watch Gift Guide

Garmin Gift Guide
Garmin Gift Guide

Garmin watches can be a great gift for someone special on your list this year. Garmin watches can track steps, heart rate, sleeping patterns, and much more. With all of the different options Garmin has to offer, it can be a bit overwhelming. Technology is always evolving and the watch market is no exception.

Below, we explore four popular models and hope to help make your choice a bit easier.

The Forerunner 25


The Forerunner 25 is an easy to use running watch that gets down to the basics. This watch can track distance (indoor and outdoor), pace, and personal records. All of that, at a low price. With that being said, this watch isn't just your grandma's watch. It is still capable of smart notifications from compatible smartphones. Text, email, and other alerts can be forwarded to your watch, keeping you up to date without taking your phone out of your pocket or bag.

The vivoactive


The vivoactive watch includes basic running features, such as pace, distance, and personal records, but adds a few more activities to the mix. The vivoactive also has functions for indoor swimming, biking, golfing, and more. 

When swimming, it can measure lengths, pace, stroke rate and calories. When on the bike, distance and speed can be measured. When your out hitting the links, this watch can measure shot distance, yardage to the front, middle and back of green, and yardage to doglegs. 

The vivoactive HR


The vivoactive HR is very similar to the vivoactive, as one might guess. The major difference between the two models is that the vivoactive HR includes a wrist based heart rate monitor. Years ago, heart rate monitoring was achieved by wearing a separate device around the chest that monitored your heart rate. These chest strap heart rate monitors, although accurate, were cumbersome and irritating for many athletes. The new wrist based heart rate monitoring is much less intrusive, but does give up a bit of accuracy for it's convenience. 24/7

The Forerunner 235


The Forerunner 235 is a watch for the runner. Swimming and golf features are not present on this model, but the watch has a VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, and a race predictor. One of the more unique features this watch has over the others is the ability to create custom, goal-oriented workouts. This watch also features the wrist based heart rate monitoring system.

There are no touchscreen features on this watch, which many athletes prefer. Rain and sweat can create less than ideal conditions when operating touch screens. This watch eliminates any issues arising form touch screens by opting for physical buttons instead.


For more detailed information, visit the Garmin website or contact us at Red Fox Outfitters!


We carry the above models from Garmin along with many more.

If you have any further questions, or would like to purchase a Garmin, feel free to contact us and we'll be glad to help!

Quick Compare

Forerunner 25
$ 140

Battery Life: 9 days, 11 hrs in GPS mode

Lower Price Point

$ 220

Battery Life: 3 weeks, 10hrs in GPS Mode

Golf and Swimming Features

Forerunner 235
$ 330

Battery Life: 8 weeks, 8 hrs in GPS mode

Advanced Running Features

Wrist Based Heart Monitoring