Garmin Forerunner 110 Review

November 10th, 2010 by Craig Smith Leave a reply »

Pros

  • Easy to use / little to no setup
  • Affordable
  • Small, comfortable, lightweight
  • Looks like a regular watch
  • Heart rate monitor available separately, if desired
  • Strong GPS signal (reads satellites within 10-15 seconds in most areas)

Cons

  • Less robust features than pricier models (esp. no “current speed” reading)
  • Data updates via USB (some other models update wirelessly)

Review

Garmin Forerunner 110The Garmin Forerunner 110 is a simple but high quality GPS running watch. It is designed to track distance and pace, keep track of a geographic route, and to save data for downloading, assessing, and comparing over time. This watch is one of the simplest in the Garmin GPS lineup, and as such it has fewer bells and whistles than other models, which some users like and some don’t. However this also makes it more affordable. For users who are interested in heart rate monitoring, a compatible monitor can be purchased separately for around $30.

The data is recorded while runners are out on the road or trail, and it can then be uploaded to a computer using the included USB cable. The data is then viewable with Garmin’s robust online workout tracking programs (which are free to us with the purchase of the watch). This includes seeing the route replayed on Google maps.

Garmin excels at GPS technology, and the Forerunner 110 is no exception. Though a few have had trouble in specific geographic areas, most users pick up GPS satellites within 10-15 seconds and rarely, if ever, lose them over the course of a run. This results in highly accurate mapping within the tracking program.

One advantage of the Garmin Forerunner 110’s simplicity is its profile. This watch is smaller, lighter, and generally more comfortable than many of its cousins. This has especially been praised by runners with slim or average wrists, who often find the other watches cumbersome. The slim profile and simple design also allow runners to wear this as a regular wristwatch if they desire.

Another advantage is the ease of use. The Garmin Forerunner 110’s display and controls are straightforward and the setup time is very minimal. Consequently, all of this simplicity also makes this one of the more affordable Garmin GPS running watches on the market.

The only notable complaint about this unit is that it doesn’t report a runner’s current speed. It shows average speed of the total run, and average speed per split (which users can set as short as a quarter mile). The split speed is sufficient for many runners, but those who prefer immediate, current speed display (like a speedometer in the car) may find this watch insufficient for their needs.

Bottom line: The Garmin Forerunner 110 is a high quality basic GPS running watch that records route/position, speed, and distance, all of which can be tracked over time using Garmin’s online tools. This is ideal for runners who want a simple, lightweight, affordable running watch. Runners seeking extra bells and whistles should consider pricier models.

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