-GPS-enabled multisport/triathlon training watch, packaged as a basic unit or with heart rate monitor -All models use GPS to measure pace and distance (on land or over water), are swim-proof (water resistant to 50 meters), can change multisport mode with a press of a button, can categorize multisport activities per workout for post-workout analyzation (and log transition time in the process) and can store up to 100 waypoints -All work with third-party ANT+ enabled power meters to display rider's power output in watts and include training features such as Workouts (programmable, goal-oriented workouts), Courses (which helps you compare successive rides over the same route), Caloric Computation, Interval Training, Pace Alert, Auto Pause, Auto Lap and more -GN-0247: HRM2 unit comes bundled with a wireless heart rate monitor and HRM2 soft-strap chest monitor. Displays beats per minute and provides heart rate-based calorie computations to track calories burned (HRM not functional when swimming). -A high sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix satellite locator ensure consistent reception, weather in the city or surrounded by tall trees -Use the wireless sync to engage the Garmin Connect online community to analyze performance and share data with other Garmin users -Includes USB ANT Stick, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (20 hours per charge), AC adapter, charging clip, manual on disk, quick reference guide -Compatible with GSC 10-speed/cadence bike sensor to monitor pedaling cadence and wheel speed, and also compatible with foot pod that measures speed, distance and runners cadence when indoors and outdoors (sold separately) -Temperature range of -4F to 140F (-20C to 60C) -Easy to read display (3.3 x 2.0 cm) with a total size of 5.4 x 5.6 x 1.9 cm -Weight: 2.5oz (72g)
Strengths: Easy to use and intuitive to set up. Able to wirelessly connect with my pc via +Ant stick (usb) which comes with it. Also talks/uploads to Strava through same method (via web browser).
Weaknesses: Reported battery charge on the unit. Battery reports more charge than what's actually left. Had to return to Garmin for another unit (warrantee).
Really a great complement to mountain biking and running, and especially good at $180. There are some other Garmin watches that cost more and don't do what this thing can. This watch stores info for more than one bike and the display is customizable to what data is important to you. I'm able to download courses (trail rides) that friends have done and re-trace these in real-time. The screen doesn't show a topo but the bread crumb view is ok for me. Also, connection to satellites is strong and I've never lost a connection. Initial capture of satellites can take a minute or two, especially on a cloudy day.
Garmin Connect is VERY good and is basically the online hub for all of your workout data. My Forerunner 310XT also connects to Strava automatically without any manual uploading of files.
Battery life is excellent although I had to send my unit back due to the battery life being overstated on the screen. Known issue with the 310XT but Garmin is replacing it with a new or refurbished unit.
New *soft* heart rate strap (included) is a nice addition and I can't imagine a workout without the strap now. I would give the unit 5 Chilis if it weren't for the battery issue because, overall, it's pretty awesome.
Strengths: I love the fact this GPS will sync automatically with my PC via the Garmin Connect software. It also acquires satellites fairly quickly. My screen is setup similar to the screen shown in the picture and it's easy to read while on my wrist or on my bike's handlebars. The buttons are easy to manipulate while exercising, and the audio indicators (mileage/time/HR/etc) alerts are great. I use this device primarily for cycling and running, I've read it can be used for swimming, but with mixed results.
Weaknesses: None I can think of, it does what it advertises to do.
Overall, I have no complaints. This GPS does what it's supposed to do and it does it well. The wireless connectivity for the cadence/speedo for bikes and heart rate monitors works great. A smart phone can do the same thing, but I don't like messing with a smart phone while running/riding and draining the battery from my primary communication device. Shop around before pulling the trigger on this GPS, there are a lot of retailers out there that have this item available to a lot less than the listed MSRP. If you are looking for a fitness GPS that you can use to download data you won't be disappointed with this device.
Does anyone know if there is a handlebar mount available for a Garmin Forerunner 310XT? I have seen some for different models but not the 310XT. Garmin's website does not show one but surely there is one. This thing is designed in part for triathletes to use, seems like there would be a way to mo ... Read More »