Summary: I previously had the giant Garmin forerunner , but it was too bulky so I switched to this one. I have had this for about close to 2 years, and the only thing I like about it is its size and design. In terms of functionality, if you are running trails or are in a canyon or its overcast, it may take up to 15-30 minutes to lock to a GPS signal, which by that time, you probably don't care anymore. If you are doing long miles (>20) the battery barely lasts.
Summary: My husband is 6' 2" and not a big man (he is a runner and weighs around 189). The band was tight and we had to send it back and pay shipping! I am a long time Prime customer. It would be helpful if they would describe the length of the watch band.
Good watch while in use, but not without drawbacks
12 March 2014
Summary: I still love having the watch (compared to holding my phone on a run), but the connecting time started bad and has gotten much, much worse since the last firmware update. It takes over a minute now to lock GPS now, and sometimes a couple minutes. It may not seem long, but when you're trying to get out for a quick run it seems to take forever. The delay has definitely gotten worse over time, I'm not sure if it has to do with the firmware update or not.
Summary: After a lot of research including the reviews here, I decided this was the watch for me. I bought it in May 2013 to train for an October 2013 marathon. I cannot say it enough how PERFECT it worked. It is accurate, found satellites quickly (this may be a regional issue, my friend's in MN had significant issues throughout his training, I had none in CO). Controls were easy, and it was absolutely perfect for my training.
Summary: When this watch works, it's fantastic. But it crashes a lot and is flaky so I'm giving it 2 stars. I also have the men's, which fortunately isn't flaky but the wrist band is falling apart after only about 50 runs. It can be very inaccurate (almost useless) under heavy canopy especially if the leaves are wet. That's probably a fact of life with GPS and I can't imagine any other watch would be much better.
Summary: I bought this watch to use on a marathon using the Jeff Galloway method, Run Walk Run. The watch is designed fine, and the menus are simple and easy to figure out. However, the beep for letting you know when to run and when to walk is way too soft. If there is any kind of road noise or other runners, it simply can't be heard. I don't run with music or any kind of ear buds, either. If they increased the volume, this would rate four stars and I would buy again.
Summary: I just want to echo what so many people have said about this unit having trouble establishing a GPS connection. Whenver I use it in my neighborhood, it can take up to 20 or 30 minutes to connect (and I follow all the instructions about being outside, standing still, etc.) It seems to work better in other places. I contacted Garmin customer service, and they were nice and tried to be helpful, but they really seemed to have absolutely no idea why this would be happening.