Garmin Forerunner 610 Review

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

Pros

  • Small enough to wear all day as a watch
  • Intuitive touch screen
  • Weather resistant
  • Customizable
  • Robust features

 

Cons

  • Loses accuracy when you stop and start the watch during a run
  • Problems with turning the watch off
  • Heart rate monitor must be specifically activated
  • Charging cradle can be finicky
  • Limited battery life
  • Heart rate monitor strap can be uncomfortable

 

Review

Garmin Forerunner 610The Garmin Forerunner 610 was designed with the serious runner in mind. It provides accurate data for workouts including pace, distance, position, calories, heart rate, and much more. Some of its advanced features allow you to race against your personal best times or the pace you set for yourself.

The watch interface is easy to use with intuitive functionality. The touch screen is robust and is sensitive enough to allow users with gloves on to manipulate the screen. Features such as a backlight for the screen, vibration alerts, and weather resistance make it an attractive option for just about any runner.

Although anyone could enjoy this watch, it is especially useful for the serious runner with tons of features that allow users to customize their workout experience. Runners can track their pacing and do intervals and tempo runs, to name a few of the features.

The heart rate monitor allows users to customize their experience further and helps them train even better. With the heart rate monitor strap, users can train in several different heart rate zones and receive alerts when they are outside of their selected heart rate zone. Users can also track calories burned based on heart rate.

Once the workout is over, the Forerunner 610 connects wirelessly to your computer with ANT+ wireless technology and the USB stick that comes with the watch. This allows you to easily review your run, see it on a map, and explore your workout stats. Our Garmin Connect site works with both PC and Mac.

There are several advantages and benefits to this particular GPS watch and heart rate monitor.  Owners of this watch love the touch screen and its intuitive interface, making it easy to program while running. The touch screen is not too sensitive to touch, either. The watch is also weather resistant, which means you can sweat or be out in inclement weather and it will still function. Users also like the robust features, the fact that it is very customizable, and its compact size.

While it has its advantages, the Forerunner 610 also has some reported disadvantages as well. Some users say that the charging cradle doesn’t always work properly, and others have reported problems with the battery lasting long enough during workouts. Some owners mention that the heart rate monitor strap is uncomfortable, but others have reported the opposite. Other issues reported by one or more user include a loss of satellite accuracy when the watch is stopped during a workout and issues getting the watch turned off.

 

Bottom Line:  If you can afford the price tag, the Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS watch has no equal. It has just about every feature you could want, it connects quickly with the satellite and provides accurate data, and the watch itself is small and attractive enough to wear all day. Most users can’t say enough good about this touchscreen GPS watch. The casual runner may not want to spend the money on this one, but for the serious runner, the price is worth it.

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