It’s time for another product review! Disclaimer: this product was purchased with my own money - all opinions are my own.
Okay, so I’m sure a lot of you are wondering what happened with the Garmin 10. I decided to return the Garmin 10, not because of faultiness, but because it simply doesn’t suite my personal needs as a runner. And considering what I’ll be announcing in due time, you’ll understand my reasoning behind my decision to go with a more complex watch. If you’re a new runner, I highly suggest purchasing the Garmin 10. It’s pretty much user-ready right out of the box - both simple in design and technicality. It’s also light on your wallet at a mere $129.99. Okay, and it’s cute enough to also be worn as a regular, everyday watch. What I liked about the Garmin 10 was the sleek design and the power-off feature, which is a huge saver of the watch’s battery life. I, however, didn’t like that you could only display 2 bits of information - distance/pace, distance/calories burned, pace/lap, etc. I need a little more information at my finger tips. I also noticed that it kind of overestimates distance, but not enough to cause a deal breaker - .02 at the most - increases slightly as distances increases. It’s a brand spankin’ new model, so just like most electronic devices, there are going to be glitches and bugs that need sorted out. Regardless, it’s a good watch for the price, and Garmin is a wonderful company. I won’t use anything else. Point and blank.
Read more about the Garmin 10, and decide if this is the watch for you.
Anyway, I’ve been analyzing my runs a little bit deeper than I have been in the past, so I started doing my research on each Garmin watch to see what would fit my needs the best. One thing that narrowed down my “maybe” list was the avoidance of the touch bezel on some of their newer models. Some people love it, some people loathe it. I’m the latter of the two. I fumbled with it too much, as I have tried it before, and it left me feeling super agitated. I hemmed and hawed over the Garmin 110, 210, and the tech savvy 610. After a few days of research, I decided to go with the 610. Though very expensive, I kept going back to this watch after reading about all of the awesome features it supports. I splurged, placed my order, and awaited it’s arrival on my doorstep. I ripped open the postal box like I was a 5-year-old little girl unveiling her very own Barbie dream house.
Garmin never ceases to amaze me with the packaging of their watches. Sometimes, the packaging really says a lot about the product, and sort of gives you that initial first impression. My impression? I’m in for a real treat.
First, I decided to compare my old dinosaur watch - The Garmin 205 - with the size of the 610. That alone made me a happy customer. The design of the 610 is very nice as well. While the watch looks high tech, it still remains sleek enough to wear regularly, although I won’t. I opted out of using both watches at once to compare accuracy because I know exactly where 3 miles is from my house with 1 of my regular running routes. And the verdict is: it’s very accurate.
I assumed that most of you will probably have questions regarding the reliability of a touch screen, especially when you’re faced with the elements during training.
Gloves are no problem at all. You don’t even need to worry about purchasing the fancy pants gloves that have the thumb/index finger flip caps or touchscreen-sensitive technological fabric. These are just basic, lightweight running gloves. There was absolutely no delay in response to my touch.
And, the touch screen also works when it’s wet. Training won’t be a problem for us folks who like to go
singin’ runnin’ in the rain.
Before I used the watch for the first time, I briefly looked over the user manuals so I could set up the heart rate monitor that was bundled with the watch - please note: the heart rate monitor is only included if you choose the bundled option. This heart rate monitor features the newer soft strap as opposed to older models. It’s very comfortable, and I don’t notice it much while running - you wear it just beneath your breast bone, snug enough so your heart rate can be detected. The heart rate monitor detaches from the strap just in case you need to wash the strap. This is the first time that I’ve ever used a heart rate monitor while running, and I was very interested in seeing what my heart rate averages out to be during my workouts. It records the beats per minute for each lap as well as the overall beats per minute for the entire session.
There’s also an optional foot pod that can be purchased which allows you to detect your speed/cadence while running indoors on a treadmill. I don’t own the foot pod, so I can’t review this feature, but it seems pretty useful for you treadmill junkies. Me? You won’t find me on a treadmill unless deemed absolutely necessary.
I’m a bit technologically challenged, so there is one feature that I’m not a huge fan of. A lot of Garmin’s newer watches (not just the 610) upload activity wirelessly through what they call an “ANT USB drive.” This is in contrast to my old watch, where I had a direct connection from my computer to the watch. It made uploading my data quick and easy. While I’m sure the ANT USB drive is simple once its synced, I haven’t been able to get my watch to recognize the stick when it’s plugged into my computer, even upon downloading the software. Once I find a moment to breathe, I will contact Garmin to resolve my issue. I miss being able to see my maps and elevation profiles. Runner problems.
The bottom picture is the watch connected to the wall adapter. Simple enough. When the watch is fully charged, the battery only lasts 8 hours in training mode, which kind of stinks, but it’s nothing that I foresee as a problem since I charge my watch on an almost daily basis.
I ABSOLUTELY love that I’m able to customize my data screen to fit my personal needs. I chose to add 4 bits of information - current lap pace, heart rate, timer, and total distance covered. I also have the watch set to vibrate upon hitting a new lap. My laps are set to 1 mile. It helps keep me mindful of the distance without having to glance at my watch every 2 seconds and think, “UGH, THAT’S ALL I’VE COVERED SINCE I LAST LOOKED!” Come on, you can all agree with me on that one! When I glance at my watch, I typically look at my current pace and nothing else, and I utilize the other information when I deem it necessary - i.e. turn-around point, etc.
The menu system is pretty self explanatory, and navigation is easily understandable. The 3 blue lines are the menu button, and the blue triangle is the back button. Despite the watch being touch screen, you still have 3 very functional buttons to use during your workouts - start/stop, lap/reset, and power/light.
The watch has some pretty neat-o features, like a virtual training partner. Basically you set the watch up to warn you with vibration/sound alerts when you’re going too fast or too slow based on the pace that you programmed into the watch. In addition to the virtual pacer, you can also run against a virtual racer, allowing you to race against previous times. This watch gives you the option to get competitive with yourself. Cool! You can also create customized workouts, which will definitely come in handy when I begin speedwork again!
I’ve only had this watch for a short time now, but so far, I’m a satisfied customer. It was definitely worth the splurge 110%!
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- rhane-brennalynn said: That’s awesome. I actually just bought the Forerunner 10 and I like it, but I can tell that as I up my training over the next year I’m going to need a more in-depth watch. I’ll be looking at the 610, or something like it, when that happens. :)
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- runslikeapenguin said: thanks for the review, and I approve of Joel McHale!
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