I’ve recently had the pleasure of testing out the latest GPS running watch from Garmin, the Garmin Forerunner 10 – the first in their line of GPS running watches which has a cheap price tag along with it and is designed for beginners who want to track and analyze their running – with the main aim of getting fit and being remained motivated when doing so. Using it 20 times over the last month has compelled me to give you a brief review on this impressive innovative GPS-enabled running watch from Garmin. For those who want to get more than just the numbers and statistics on how well they’re doing in their running routine, the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS sports and running watch is the perfect item for you. The watch tracks the distance you have travelled, your speed, accurate calculation of the calories used for a specific exercise, exact time, date and other relevant details during the said workout. Keep reading on if you want to learn more about this superb time piece.
The Garmin Forerunner 10’s Ergonomic Design
The designers of the Garmin Forerunner 10 specifically selected Polyurethane material for the watch strap which as a result gives the wearer an excellent comfort and feel to it. It has also been designed to allow for air ventilation so that you won’t get sweaty wrists compared to other kinds of straps like leather or plastic. But the best feature of the Polyurethane strap on the Garmin Forerunner 10 has been saved for last, because the strap was designed to have a good grip on your wrist while maintaining maximum comfort no matter how much you move around with it.
Its black matt finish still looks fashionable, so much so that you could easily mistake it for an expensive digital watch, but upon closer inspection you can see that it is a GPS running watch. The four slightly protruding buttons have been well integrated with the overall design of the watch and are firm to the touch.
Using the Garmin Forerunner on your Running Exercise Routine
Using the Garmin Forerunner 10 is like child’s play. Just press the buttons a couple of times in order to enter your relevant information into it, then press the start button and immediately the watch will search for a satellite signal so it can start recoding data. However, the device was a little cranky when I did my first uphill climb, and it took about 3 minutes to get a satellite fix before I started my running exercise. It gets better though after using it a couple of times and you’ll notice that it should only take 30 seconds from that point onwards to find a GPS satellite to lock on – and then you’re good to go.
You can begin your exercise as soon as it acquires a GPS signal. While jogging or running you will be able to see your progress on the display, where it shows your average speed, the number of miles or kilometers you’ve travelled so far, the time spent running and a lot of other interesting things. You will have no problems reading the numbers on the watch face as it is very clear even against the sun’s glare.
You’ll feel like a pro when you wear the Garmin Forerunner 10 because it updates you with your best speed, time and other records you’ve achieved. You will hear a beeping sound once you have made or broken your own record. However, if unforeseen circumstances arise when you are running, then you can just stop the watch and reset the entire time for your running exercise – this will help if you live in a large city where traffic and waiting time at pedestrian crossings will at least cost you 5 minutes of your time.
View and Analyze your Performance and Accomplishments in Garmin Connect
Now that you got your stats recorded where do you put it? Well the computer of course! And the Garmin Forerunner 10 is compatible with any desktop or laptop computer through a standard USB connection. But storing your personal data on the computer is not all what the Garmin Forerunner 10 watch can do, because you can also synch the information with Garmin Connect, which is Garmin’s official data recording website. Garmin Connect has a unique and absolutely amazing feature that allows you to replay and view your running and jogging routines via Google or Bing maps from the GPS satellite’s perspective. You can also compare your stats with other users as well as share your proud moments in Facebook.
Excellence in GPS running watch innovation meets affordability and fashion, that’s what you’ll get from this $130 USD time piece. But you can’t get just yet as you will have to wait about two weeks, for when Garmin will publicly unveil and sell the Garmin Forerunner 10 around the last week of September 2012
Author Bio: Peter B is an amateur runner who has recently put together his own Garmin Forerunner 10 fan website. Click here to read his fully comprehensive Garmin Forerunner 10 review.