Garmin have recently announced a new GPS running watch will help to strengthen its position in the sports watch market. The new GPS enabled running watch is their cheapest option so far and has been designed to be used by anyone who wants to get fit and needs an affordable solution to help get rid of those un-wanted pounds.
Read on for an introduction to the Garmin Forerunner 10 including all the functionality that will help you to keep fit if you choose to purchase it.
Simple GPS Running Watch from Garmin
The new Garmin Forerunner 10 watch is a simple model when compared to other units in the range but it does have a new looking design that leans toward the traditional digital watch. It has a simple operation (you can simply start running and recording with GPS by pressing a single button) and should be easy to use by any type of runner – whether you are a beginner or someone who thinks of themselves as being more advanced. For more use case scenarios please check out this full review of the Garmin FR10)
Although the Garmin Forerunner 10 is simple to use and offers a wide range of functions via the internal GPS receiver, it also motivates the runner. It’s very cool because the Forerunner 10 sounds a small “beep” noise when the runner breaks any personal records or personal bests – whether those are related to the calories you have burned, your speed, or the distance you have managed to cover.
Virtual Pacers Helps to Motivate Your Running
The Garmin Forerunner 10 also includes something called Virtual Pacer. This system offers real-time information on the watch display to show the runner whether you are better or worse than a previous running and fitness session. For each of your running work outs there is a specific function to set alerts and switch effortlessly these activities. Virtual Pacer lets you set a target before you start running – so for example you could tell the Garmin Forerunner 10 that you want to average seven minutes per mile. If you don’t hit this target as you run, the GPS watch will tell you – which is superb for motivation.
Waterproof and Comes in Three Colors
The new Garmin sports watch is also waterproof (up to 50 meters) and has a battery life of 5 hours in training mode (with GPS enabled) and five weeks in watch mode. If you turn the GPS receiver off you could wear the Garmin Forerunner 10 as a normal fashion watch – it really does look that cool and comes in three different colors.
The different colors available are:
- Pink & White (Ladies Version)
- Green & White (Unisex)
- Black & Red (Men’s Version with a Larger Strap)
In terms of the design it looks good as well as being functional.
With Garmin Forerunner 10 you can achieve your goals and can track the following metrics via GPS:
- The distance you have traveled and recorded with great accuracy (using GPS)
- The speed that you have been running at
- The calories you burn as you run
Improve Your Running Times and Progress
Moreover, thanks to the Virtual Pacer you can compare your current pace against the old, meaning you have an easy and marked way in which you can improve yourself every day and improve your performance – which of course, leads on to better fitness levels.
Upload and Share Data on Garmin Connect
Not only that, as the Garmin Forerunner 10 data can also be uploaded to the web so you can share, analyze, and review everything you do. This is all managed via a system called Garmin Connect which is the free online sporting community from Garmin. It’s free to join, and you can upload your runs and then view them on either Google or Bing maps afterwards to get more details.
Thanks to the GPS technology in the Garmin Forerunner 10, you will see the route you ran (anywhere in the world) and can also examine information about your average pace, the elevation or the sum of all your miles. Overall this is a superb GPS running watch for people who want to get fit. Retail prices are around $129 US Dollars and the equivalent in Euros for those runners based in Europe.