Garmin Forerunner GPS Watches Review

The Garmin Forerunner Series Is A Must For Any Serious Workout

The Garmin Forerunner series of sports GPS watches are satellite navigation capable devices that let runners and other athletes accurately measure speed, distances, time, altitude, and depending on the models, other things like heart rate and pace, all from the global leader in GPS direction devices.

Garmin has been offering their forerunner devices for over a decade now, and they’ve made steady improvements in their utility and durability over that period. They’ve drastically shrunk the size of the units while at the same time increasing their utility, and the devices are barely larger than a conventional sports watch.

Track Every Aspect Of Your Performance Over Time

Garmin Forerunner watches allow users to record data and then upload it to their computers to compare performance improvements over time at a glance. During workouts, it’s also possible for the Garmin Forerunner to mark particular locations and later edit the place’s name and coordinates to use in future workouts.

A Garmin Forerunner lets runners and other athletes download information from previously traveled courses so you can both get directions and race against historical performance over that route. Users can disregard old routes and program in new routes to make cross-country walks, runs, or cycling into a breeze even in unfamiliar territory. Some models also allow users to place points of interest along their route to make way stations easy to find at the appropriate times.

Garmin Forerunner 110

Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch

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The Garmin Forerunner 110 is one of their least expensive models in their big line of sports watches. Barely larger or bulkier than a regular watch, the Garmin Forerunner 110 uses its GPS capability to the fullest if you’re only interested in time and course information. It adds a handy heart rate monitor to its stripped-down utilities, so it covers a traditional runner’s needs to at it. It can show speed as well as pace, so if you’re a cyclist, rower, or participating in other faster paced activity, you can keep track of your progress with a tap on the setup menu.

  • Small, unobtrusive design
  • Fewer utilities keep you from fiddling to get info you want
  • Large, easy-to-read numbers on an uncluttered screen
  • GPS works reliably even under tree canopy
  • Easily calculates pace without pausing your activity
  • Waterproof
  • USB connectivity for uploads and downloads
  • Unisex style

One of the great benefits of reliable GPS enabled sports watches is the way you can navigate strange places without fear of getting lost. If you like to travel, but still want to get in a run, you won’t have to read the signs in another language to find your way around. Just program your route into the Garmin Forerunner 110 and be on your way.

Garmin Forerunner 220

Garmin Forerunner 220

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The Garmin Forerunner 220 is a very capable sports watch with a much bigger face for athletes that want both more functionality and a bigger, easier to read screen. While it is bigger than the Garmin Forerunner 110, it’s also a lot slimmer, so while it shows you big numbers on its bezel, it doesn’t feel like you’re carrying around a bigger watch.

  • GPS enables running watch
  • Big, high-resolution display
  • Automatically identifies personal bests
  • Automatically uploads to Garmin Connect
  • Allows live tracking
  • Performs automatic social media sharing
  • Water resistant

You can really use the bigger screen to display all the data that the Garmin Forerunner 220 (complete review here) keep at your fingertips. In addition to the customary GPS tracking, pace marking, and heart rate monitor, the Garmin Forerunner 220 acts like a little coach on your wrist, giving constant feedback to runners that like to keep close track of every aspect of their workout or race.

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof Running GPS

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The Garmin Forerunner 310XT is Garmin’s answer to the athlete that needs a truly capable GPS sports watch that’s truly waterproof, too. While many sportswatches are water resistant enough to be caught out in a light rain while you’re getting in your daily run, few are both durable and waterproof enough to let you finish one leg of the triathlon without worrying about wrecking your watch. The Garmin Forerunner 310XT is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters, so you know it will take a dip in a lake in stride.

  • GPS enabled
  • Waterproof
  • Big, easy to read display
  • Wireless data transfer enabled
  • Multisport capability changes mode with a simple button press
  • Heart rate monitor also computes calorie consumption
  • GPS works near tall building or under trees
  • USB hookup for quick downloads

The Garmin Forerunner 310XT (full review here) has powerful and durable Lithium-ion battery that will run the watch for up to 20 hours, and will withstand over 1000 charges before needing replacement. The Garmin Forerunner 310XT is very highly rated by users, and triathletes especially love its versatile capabilities.

Garmin Forerunner 610

Garmin Forerunner 610

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The Garmin Forerunner 610 is another GPS enabled training watch from Garmin with a smaller and a more traditional size and appearance. It’s weather resistant, with at touchscreen as well as buttons, and has many more capabilities than Garmin’s less expensive sports watches. Too many functions could easily lead to screen clutter, especially on the Garmin Forerunner 610’s modest bezel, so they allow users to customize the data screens to let you have the information you’re most interested in displayed all at the same time.

  • GPS enabled
  • Weather resistant
  • Customizable data screens
  • Vibration alerts
  • USB stick for easy data downloads
  • Virtual partner and Virtual Racer push performance
  • Looks like an ordinary watch

The Garmin Forerunner 610 (full review here) has customizable vibration alerts that let you treat your watch like a coach on your wrist. Track your calories, distance, heart rate, or pace and get a reminder if you fall out of user-defined parameters without having to check your watch constantly.

Garmin Forerunner 910 XT

Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS-Enabled Sport Watch -2

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The Garmin Forerunner   910 XT is a premium model in the Garmin line. It’s designed for hardcore runners and extreme sports enthusiasts, and looks it. It’s a bit bigger than an average sports watch, and it has a widescreen layout that makes it look more like a true electronic device than a watch.

The Garmin Forerunner 910 XT defaults to a screen that shows three numbers of your choice at a time in a big, easy to read font. No matter how you mix and match your training activities the Garmin Forerunner 910 XT is ready to measure swim metrics, paddling strokes, or any other common workout measurement.

  • GPS enabled multisport watch
  • Tracks time, pace, speed, elevation, heart rate, and distance
  • Water resistant to 50 meters
  • Long, 20 hour battery life
  • Lithium-ion battery for long life
  • Big 160 x 100 pixel display

The Garmin Forerunner 910 XT is very highly rated by users, especially triathletes and those fond of swimming and paddle sports (full review here).

The better runner GPS watches are waterproof, making these devices ideal to use for triathlon, rowing, workouts or on your bicycle. Although for on bicycle there are special developed bike GPS devices available.