The Garmin Forerunner 10 is a new running watch from Garmin which is designed to be their entry level model and is the most affordable in the range. After twenty running sessions and can now give you my impressions of the watch and how it performs.
Design of the Garmin Forerunner 10
The watch strap is thick and rigid and is made from Polyurethane which does not unpleasant when worn. The watch strap is also well ventilated which means it should not create too much sweat on the wrist. It is very comfortable to wear and does not slip against the skin when running.
The black matte finish looks good and it’s hard to tell that it is a GPS running watch at first glance – it could pass for a well-designed fashionable digital watch in truth. The 4 buttons are perfectly integrated into the Garmin Forerunner 10 and are firm to touch when pressed.
Starting a Run with the Garmin FR10
Getting started is very easy. You enter in information like your age and weight and then press the start button to let the Forerunner 10 start to find a satellite signal. The first time you use the Forerunner 10 it might take around three minutes to locate satellites and a GPS signal – however, after that the positioning tracking should get a lot quicker with average start times being around 30 seconds.
Then it is ready to start running so press start again and you are ready to go. As you run it will display your total time, total distance and time or speed in kilometers or miles per hour. Reading the display is easy too as it is very bright and legible.
The Garmin Forerunner 10 will keep track of your best times and personal records. So for example, if you run your fastest ever mile the watch will “beep”, telling you that you have beaten your previous record. It also lets you pause and start again – great for people running in the city that need to stop when crossing a busy road.
Analyzing Your Running Data with Garmin Connect
The Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch really comes into its own when you synchronize it with your PC or Mac via USB. It’s possible to upload your running data to the free to join Garmin Connect website. On Garmin Connect you can see how far, how quick, and how many calories you burned – and even replay the run using Google or Bing maps in satellite view – which is very cool. If you are really proud of your run you can even share the activity from Garmin Connect onto Facebook as an embedded file.
Overall this is a superb GPS running watch and comes with a price point of around one hundred and thirty US Dollars. Whilst not available to purchase yet, it should be ready in the shops by the end of September 2012 – you can use one of our Garmin coupons should you wish to make a saving.
Author Credit: For more information please visit this independent Garmin Forerunner 10 website run by Peter B. Peter is a huge fan of the Garmin range of products and has been lucky enough to be able to get his hands on one for testing purposes. Check out his website for a full product specification and videos including an in-depth FR10 review.