RUNNERS – recommend a watch
I’ve read up a lot on the Garmin watches. If you plan on keeping it long term and going to be using all the functions the 610 get great reviews. Was looking at a 210 personally but decided I only really wanted the distance and time feature and just ordered a Garmin 10.
DCrainmaker has some unbiased reviews on GPS watches.Posted 5 years ago
I bought my Edge 500 from Handtec – good shout jota.
I’ve been using it for running, stuck in a back pocket, but it keeps dropping the signal. Today’s 3.3 mile run was only 2.7 miles last week.
I relate this dull anecdote merely as justification of my perceived “need” 😉Posted 5 years ago
I thought the same thing, but the 110 has it’s limitations and I decided they may become annoying as I got more interested in running. I do feel I made the right choice. However if the 110 has everything you need then go for it.
Another plus is that they are really light: I forgot the watch was on after a couple of minutes. Also, it didn’t drop the signal once, over the course of my 12km run, despite being in woodland at times. I understand that Garmins are the best for this.Posted 5 years agoEarlofBarnetMember
I use a Garmin 410. Think RRP was something like £350, but there were loads of places selling them for under £150 including the HR monitor. Great watch, loads of functions. The Garmin software you upload the data on to is pretty good too. You can change the settings between bike and run, plus you can buy a cadence sensor for cycling too (extra £50 ish). Think my only gripe is sometimes the sensor ring round the edge of the watch can be a little tricky to use. Lots of vids on the watch on YouTube, so well worth watching a few reviews before you buy.Posted 5 years agomikeypSubscriber
My GF has a 110. She is on her second, first had 4 years of solid use before a button fell off and became a pain. She loves it, has all the features you want and is compact. the garmin connect upload system is easy and displays loads of info about your runs. It occasionally glitches and loses runs though. The touch bezel isn’t all its cracked up to be, easy to activate when you don’t want it to and the watch is next to useless if/when it fails.Posted 5 years agodavetraveSubscriber
610 here, got it second hand though. Very useful for me, fell running, normal running round work/home and as a general HRM for the twice weekly mandatory work PT sessions. Good just as a watch on its own as well. Touch-screen rather than -bezel and had no issues with accidental activation. The Virtual Partner is very useful as well – I have to do a six monthly fitness test, I ran the route of the run part of the test, saved it as a course and can now run against the VP with it set at the pace I need to go at to get a good score/pass (likewise with some of my fell routes – good measure of improvement to compare times).Posted 5 years agojimmersSubscriber
Are any of the Garmins now Ipad compatible?
Kind of…wouldn’t bother if I were you as you need to pair the watch with the iPad every time.Posted 5 years agomartingMember
Depends what ‘kind’ of running you want it for. If it’s for training for something, the features I would really care about are, in order of importance:
pace (live, not average)
and to a lesser extent heart rate
I have a Forerunner 610, training for triathlon, and it’s the first two I really care about.Posted 5 years agoajcMember
I have a very old forerunner 305 which looks like a brick strapped to your arm but has a huge screen and big rubber buttons. I would be pretty sure that some of the new compact models are pretty hard to read whilst running. You won’t want to have to scroll through screens whilst breathing out your arse on a sprint or hill climb. Just something to consider.Posted 5 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
Just as an alternative to Garmin (and having t charge yu watch) I would recommend the old polar rs 200 cd. Roles have one in red for 80 odd quite. The foot pod is IMO as accurate as a GPS, a lot less hassle and these watches jus go n for ever.
I have had one for 7 years and it does everything I need and no hassle with batteries plus waterproof.Posted 5 years agoDigbySubscriber
you can buy a forerunner strap kit from amazon that the 500 will clip onto, so it’ll stop dropping the signal.
I bought one of these for my Edge 500, however it proved to be less accurate on the wrist than it was in a back packet – probably becuase of ‘arm swing’ which Garmin state the Edge 500 doesn’t take into account as it’s just designed for cycling.
So I’m in the same situation as stuartie_c and looking at the forerunner 10 or 110 as I’m only really interested in logging the run rather than any ‘real time stats’Posted 5 years agosoobaliasMember
got a 405cx (?)
touch bezel is a pita, sketchy use with gloves on, prone to do what it likes when it comes into contact with some fabrics notably anything water/wind proof
had it nearly two years and the battery life is now poor at best, when it was new it would cope with a few hours but couldnt be relied upon for anything beyond 4.
other wrist worn garmins ive used have been heavier and clunkier but you soon get used to it, most of the ‘features’ dont get used.
currently run and ride from my cheap casio.Posted 5 years ago
Thanks for all the additional input, chaps.
As luck would have it, a work colleague gave me a barely-used Garmin FR60 today.
Not GPS but it has a foot-pod and it’s HRM enabled so I’ll see how I go without my stats-fix on Garmin Connect for a while.
Also feel a cold coming on which is **** typical… 🙄Posted 5 years ago
I would be pretty sure that some of the new compact models are pretty hard to read whilst running
Nope! My 210 is very easy to read while running, even when dodging branches and wading through gloop
pace is showing all the time
Yes, but it’s not “live” pace, it’s your average.
I’ve heard good things about the FR60, but I couldn’t be arsed with the foot pod, and wanted the simplicity of the GPS.
I still believe that the 210 is worth the extra £30 over the 110.Posted 5 years ago
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