Garmin Forerunner 410 Review

March 8th, 2012 by Craig Smith Leave a reply »

Pros

  • Quickly connects to satellite
  • Accurate satellite data
  • Advanced workout support
  • Has auto-scroll and auto-pause
  • Compatible with Mac

 

Cons

  • Problems with touch bezel
  • Battery life not ideal
  • Watch not waterproof
  • Complex setup

 

Review

Garmin Forerunner 410The Garmin Forerunner 410 is a GPS-enabled watch that is designed for the pro runner as well as a beginner. This watch allows users to track multiple items simultaneously, including pace, time, distance, elevation, heart rate, and more. The features are customizable, so you can track the data in a way that works for you.

The Forerunner 410 allows you to program advanced workouts, such as the Virtual Partner setting, which allows you to race against a previous pace or race against your ideal pace. Some owners really enjoy this feature because it pushes you harder than you may have gone otherwise. Many owners also like the fact that you can use auto-scroll and auto-pause during workouts.

The heart rate monitor has a soft strap that allows you to display your heart rate during workouts. The watch comes with 5 preloaded heart rate zones that you can easily customize. You can also use the Forerunner 410 to provide more accurate calorie burning, based on your heart rate.

Once your workout is over, the watch uses ANT technology and the USB stick that comes with the watch to wirelessly connect to your computer and uploading workout data. Using Garmin Connect, you can analyze your workout data, create new running goals, see the route you ran, and track all kinds of useful data. And unlike some GPS watches, this one allows you to use either a Mac or a PC for analyzing data.

The Forerunner 410 uses HotFix satellite prediction, making satellite reception extremely accurate. Most owners agree that this watch picks up a satellite signal very quickly and provides highly accurate data. This is an important feature for a GPS watch. In fact, it can also pick up data indoors or when you aren’t working out, although the manufacturer doesn’t recommend leaving it on when you’re not working out.

Though the watch features some great features, it is not without flaws. Some owners have experienced a problem with the battery life of the watch, but most others say that battery life has been fine. Other owners say that the touch bezel is difficult to use while running. But still others say that the touch bezel is a good feature that works easily. One thing that many users mention is that the setup for the watch is not simple. If you are looking for a simple GPS watch without too many choices and easy setup, this one may not be for you. It’s more for someone who wants to track multiple items and is comfortable navigating a watch with many different features.

Bottom Line:  The Garmin Forerunner 410 is a very good piece of equipment with many easy-to-use features. Some people take issue with the touch bezel or the battery life, and still others have a problem with the setup and navigation. But not everyone experiences problems with the watch. Most users find it to be a great watch and one of the best GPS and heart rate monitors out on the market.

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