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Our Score: 5 out of 5
Review by therunninged
DETAILS & FEATURES
User Review by Julia Armstrong
The Forerunner 210 is classified as suitable for Intermediate runners by Garmin and is one of nine Forerunners currently on the market. I’ve had this watch almost two years and find it hard to find fault with it. It’s such an essential part of my running routine and schedule, I cannot imagine training without it.
If you just want the basics, you’ve got the basics, and it’s so easy to use. As Garmin says: ‘it’s a GPS-enabled running sports-watch accurately records how far, how fast and how hard you work.’
Garmin Connect, the website with free data analysis and sharing is an excellent resource. I print out speed sessions and compare them over training blocks to see how I’ve improved. I also love to analyse race data, and see where I went well – and where things went wrong.
The customised interval sessions are fantastic. You can set sessions for time, distance and adjust the recovery you need. The bleep is clearly audible even on a windy seafront, and it’s reassuring to know you don’t need a track for distance, and the recovery you set will be correct (no issue about trying to include the seconds for restarting a stop watch).
As I train only outdoors I didn’t test with the footpod but it’s great for gym users to have the option to measure progress on the treadmill as well as outdoors.
The heart rate monitor is comfortable to wear and for anyone serious about training, or for those who need to be aware how the ticker is responding, it’s vital. And it’s so useful to have both pace and heart rate measured. See our article on heart rate monitoring for more on how to get the most out of it.
Garmin is the best of all the models I’ve tested when it comes to fixing onto satellites and as the technology has improved over the years, locking on gets easier. There’s still some standing around waiting for lock-on, but it’s very short and not a major issue.
My biggest gripe with both the 110 and 210 has been the sometimes hit and miss link up between the computer and the Garmin. A bit of fiddling with the clasp and watch and you get it. But I hope they can improve on this, and that’s why I’ve scored 4.5 instead of six out of five!
I think the 210 is a great value piece of kit. The ability to use it with a footpod is a real bonus for those runners who do some treadmill work. Just wish it used the Ant+ wireless connection rather than the cumbersome wired job. Otherwise, its a great watch.
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