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Garmin Forerunner 610 Touchscreen GPS Watch With Heart Rate Monitor

    • Old price:$399.99
    • New price:$229.99
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Very Pleased at this juncture - However, the charging issue has revealed itself!
I made this purchase as soon as I heard about the product. I was lucky that the Nike+GPS was out of stock at the time or I would have ended up with one of those... funny how that works. I made the switch from the 405 (first generation) to the 610. I did enjoy the 405 and logged a couple thousand miles with it. My biggest beef was the useless bezel (you probably already know this). The 610 has blown the competition out of the water with the 610. Granted I have only done a few runs and about 25 miles with it, but my initial reaction is WOW. The touch screen works PERFECTLY on runs. Very easy to read and tap through screens. I love the vibrating alert feature (great for us audiophiles), which also can be set to back light. I run often in the darkness of the early morning so the that alert (set at 1 mile auto lap) reminds me to look down and check my split. I did have a few issues upload data to garmin connect, HOWEVER that was probably user error on my part. I decided to download the desktop software and try that out instead of the website. I attempted to send a workout to the watch, which cause the ant agent to "hold" the data and I never did get the watch to take it. I had to uninstall the gconnect and the ant agent. I am back to the garmin connect, which is just fine with me.
The training screens are very customizable, I use two screens of two data fields... pace and distance on field one and ave pace and timer on page two. You can use four fields on a page and you can have a total of three pages... that is A LOT of data. I do not use a heart rate monitor so I cannot comment on that. The watch has WAY more data than I am concerned with, but maybe in the future I could use it. I do have a foot pod, but don't have in connected yet. Honestly, just too lazy to take it off my other shoes and also I don't feel it is necessary. The history setting on the watch is also FANTASTIC. It allows you to review your workouts on the watch, including splits. This great for times I am traveling and work out several times before getting back to my home computer.
I saw a few reviews and a post or two on the garmin site pointing out some gps errors. I am not concerned with those. I don't really KNOW what the most accurate GPS data even is. I have measured routes with google maps, google pedometer, my car, bing maps, garmin, nike+, etc and they are NOT identical so I expect some error. Some days with my 405 I ended up with slightly different distances running the exact same route. I compared data from my 405 to the 610 on the same route and the 610 measure a .02 difference. That could be a starting at a difference place in my driveway, crossing for a car, etc. I am not concerned at all with the GPS accuracy.

Bottom line, I love the watch and would recommend it to others.

Update 12/18/2012
I still love the watch. I am now having major issues charging the watch. It has gone from a minor annoyance to frustration. I used to be able to slap a guitar capo on it while it was charging and it would be fine. Now I have to get the contacts just right, apply the right pressure, in the right direction, and then squeeze it to clamp on a heavy spring loaded carpenter clamp. If I am lucky I can get it to start charging. The watch holds a charge great. It works perfectly on runs, flawless data upload... the CHARGING PROCESS! AGGHHHH. I understand over time all of our beloved electronics bite the dust... but this only has 18 months on it and around 2000 miles. Does anyone know if buying a new charger make the issues go away for awhile?

Update 5/8/2013
I was finally at a point where I could longer get the watch to charge. I emailed Garmin Support and they immediately replaced my charger and bam instant success! The watch is working flawlessly. There has been a time or two when I was having trouble get my data to upload to garmin-connect. I needed to simply have the ant agent forget the device and then repair. This watch is tough to beat. This time around I will take more care to dry my watch before charging. I think corrosion played a major roll in the charger failing.

One of the Best Running Tools Ever
Originally I just wanted the 110 for my first ever GPS watch, but more research led me to the 610. To put it bluntly, I loved everything about this watch. But over time as more people got their hands on this watch, I started reading reviews, mainly from OnlineShopDealer. One of the first complaints was about GPS accuracy; that was fixed by subsequent firmware updates and now the GPS is rock solid. After that, there was a wave of reviews about reverse charging, YIKES! Looked on the Garmin forum board and saw more people talking about reverse charging, YIKES! So now i'm like "Great, first it was the GPS, now its reverse charging". So naturally I thought about if that could happen to me if I purchased the watch. But then I realized that when a product is mass produced, there will always be those very few people who get the bad apples and have issues. And with the advent of the world-wide-web, it has become remarkably easy to find and gawk at these minority groups of people with bad apples while the majority are enjoying their juicy, succulent apples. Then I thought about DC Rainmaker, the guy that did a very in-depth review about this watch; he had NO problems with GPS accuracy or reverse charging, and to make it better, I knew a few close people that actually had the 610 and loved it with no problems. So when I finally got the money, I went for it. It was mildly risky I knew, but I would be taken care of with the warranty if something did go wrong.

A day before the watch arrived in the mail, I tweeted this to DC Rainmaker: "My 610s coming either tomorrow or thurs and have seen reviews about reverse charging. Odds of that happening are slim huh?" His reply: "I think pretty slim. I haven't had it happen yet with either of the watches I've had (dev or prod). Enjoy!" So with all that being said and the theories as to why the watch I buy should be straight, and the affirmation from DC Rainmaker, I felt good about my purchase.

On delivery day, I eagerly got the watch from the mailbox and took it out the package. The black box looked smaller in person and the watch was tucked neatly in the center where you can see it. It was remarkably easy unboxing everything and before I knew it, the watch was on the charger with 50% battery already, nice! It took roughly an hour to charge, pretty fast in my opinion. By this time, I was ITCHING to run. When the sun got lower, I went on my maiden 3 mile run. The watch had GPS signal before I could finish locking my front door, and a few seconds later I was off! At every mile, the watch was set to lap. At each lap, it would vibrate, beep, and flash a message with my mile time on the screen, AWESOME!!! This experience of knowing my mile splits in real time was pure ecstasy. I also loved how I could fit 4 data fields on one screen and tap to look at other pages of info. Also during this run, I had Virtual Partner going at 7min pace so I knew that if I was ahead of him, I was hitting in 6min pace.

So far, i've racked up 10 miles and 4 workouts on this watch and haven't had to charge it yet since i've gotten it. I power it down when i'm not running with it. And don't worry, when its time to turn it on it comes up in a snap with correct time and everything (I love not having to set time!). There's no annoying wait times to get GPS signal either; I have always gotten GPS signal within 30secs.

SUMMARY

1. "Instant Pace" Feature is a joke, keep it on "Average Pace" and you will get more accurate pace calculations.

2. 4 optional data fields on ONE screen is really the biggest plus on this watch, You can go from 4 data fields all the way to just 1.

3. Consider a cheaper option like the Forerunner 210 if you are not a hardcore racer or professional athlete that is data hungry and likes to devote mental strength to crunching numbers or the person who likes to get lost in uncharted territory and needs a GPS navigation system in a watch to take them home. If all you care about is how far, how fast simply get skip the 610, the 410, the 405, and get the 210. Garmin could afford to make this under $300. For now, save your money and stick with this watch until the higher end models drop in price and are more affordable. At the end of the day, the only two data fields you will be most interested in are time and pace. Do not think this watch is THAT much better than more affordable options. Think about it. When it all comes down to the fundamentals, the GPS GARMIN watches are simple satellite receivers that should only display basic tracking information. If it was not for the optional 4 data fields in one screen, contrast touchscreen, and virtual racer/pacer features, this watch would not be worth that much.

******UPDATE JUNE 24th 2012*****
I used to have this watch but sold it nearly full price on eBay, went watchless for months when I had a relapse from running and decided to get the 210 off eBay for nearly $200 less when I decided to run 8.3 miles to and from work 4Xs a week. As a runner, all I need is time, pace, and distance. "Virtual Racer", being able to set location waypoints, and a touchscreen that can show 4 data fields' simultaneously is cool, but if you want to save $195+ and buy only what's necessary, go for more affordable options that will get the job done as well as the 610 without all the fluff! I refuse to update to a newer Garmin until newer models come out and the highe end features become standard and more affordable, which will be at least 1.5+ years.

Battery Life
I don't feel like writing a long review but thought an experience with battery life would be helpful to some. I just ran a 50k with vibrate and audio alerts on for each mile split and heart rate monitor going the entire time. It took me 6:03 to complete the 31.5 mile race...I know I'm not fast but at least I did it so BACK OFF. Anyway, I had the battery completely charged and turned it off before I left the house. Just before the race, I turned it on, started the timer at the beginning of the race and when I completed the race (6 hours 3 minutes later), the battery life read 31%. I was quite pleased to read that I most likely would have reached the advertised 8 hour battery life if I needed it. I just thought someone would benefit from knowing that. Have a nice run.

Great Upgrade
I bought this Garmin 610 after reaching the end of the frustration line with my Garmin 305. First I worked through several software upgrades trying to get the 305 compatible with my MAC then missed an entire run because of no satellite acquisition on a clear day. The final straw was when the 305 would only power on while attached to the charger.

I ran the first 5 miles of a 14 mile run in the rain and the Garmin 610 was flawless throughout! The watch is so easy to use that I set up the watch without reading one word of the user guide. I used my HR monitor from the Garmin 305 without any issues.

Greatest GPS Watch Ever Owned!
I have had Garmin Forerunner models in the past but nothing beats this. My old watch would take forever to get the signal. Also if i ran the same route, the distances would always be off. First time using the 610, got signal in less than a minute. 2nd time, less than 30 sec. It even comes on in my house now. I also went to a track and the signal took less than a minute. I have mapped out my runs to test the accuracy. 99-100%. Amazing. Can't ask for much more than that. Touch screen takes sometime to get used to, but after a couple of uses it is really easy to use. Vibration alerts are great. With my old watch I sometimes missed the beep, but this one vibrates and beeps so I always know when I have reached a mile or when I am starting up again. All I have to do is plug in the USB and my data is synced online. Less bulky then other models and I can wear it around. Long battery life, you can turn it off or it goes into power save mode after a while. So much great things to say about this watch, haven't had a problem yet. Highly recommend!

Husband loves it
My husband is the ultimate researcher when it comes to getting the best product for his money and following weeks of internet reading, he decided he wanted this particular Garmin Forerunner for his running passion. At $400, it wasn't something that he was just going to jump in there and buy, so I ordered it for him for his birthday. He has used it every day since then and has used it during one race (so far) and loves it! He likes the fact that the numbers are big enough for him to see without glasses and the touch screen was a "must have"!

He had a heart attack back in April, so the heart monitor was THE main thing he was looking for! The GPS works great in tracking his running distances. He text me this morning that he ran 5.2 miles in a hour and one minute! No, that's not fast, but for a 50-something, post heart attack / triple bypass man just wanting to stay healthy, that's pretty good! And with his Garmin Forerunner 610 Touchscreen GPS Watch with Heart Rate Monitor, he can keep track of all kinds of things! I know he has been THRILLED with his Garmin!

Exceptional Watch!
I bought this watch to replace my Polar F6 and I have not been disappointed.

Pros: Easy setup, very quick satellite capture, not too big on wrist, functional touch-screen bezel, large display, easy transfer of data to Garmin, and the myriad of options.

Cons: Heart rate strap is mildly uncomfortable at the attachment point.

GPS issues: I have had zero GPS issues thus far, but will update if I encounter any.

Excellent
I read some reviews before i received this watch and I was a bit concerned with how the GPS would work. Well my watch came and I took it on my usual run through my neighborhood and on to a running path that is covered with trees. The GPS worked perfectly and was right on with the miles. I also ended up taking it up to the canyon to our Ranch and I used my watch while on a ranger ride to see if the miles would end up being the same, they were right on. I LOVE this watch, it is an amazing tool. I did have some trouble getting the watch to sync with my computer. I tried and tried and one day it just did it? Still haven't figured that one out yet, I'm just glad it started working. The maps were also accurate with my runs.

Essential running tool
So, I began running last year with the intention of maybe loosing a couple of pounds and my wife purchased this watch for me almost exactly a year ago. Now, 65 pounds, 3 triathlons, 2 duathlons, 3 half-marathons, 2 marathons, and 1,000 outdoor miles later, I have to say that I am pleased and here is why:

1) User friendly- the watch is fairly intuitive with its user interface and the touch screen feature helps. I thought the touch screen would be fragile and difficult to use, but it is actually quite resilient, and, despite a gloved winter, works fairly well. The programs available give you great data on the spot (pace while running, activities summaries immediately after run, etc.) and can be as expansive as you would like. If you just want pace and total time, you can set up your home screens to make that happen. If you want your heart rate, heart zone, bike cadence, bike speed, total distance, and position with respect to a "vitual partner" you can do that too. The watch probably has much more in the way of function that I am even aware of, but for my purposes (marathon and triathlon training) it was stellar

2)Decent software- the Garmin software available with the watch is actually fairly good. It allows for fairly rigorous dissection of your running/biking and this was INCREDIBLY helpful in increasing the duration and intensity of my workouts. I have never been much of a heart monitor guy, but I own one and use it with this watch. The ability for analysis abounds.

3) Durability - In these last 1,000 miles I have gone through 3 ipods... the watch is still going strong. I am a little offput by the fact that it is not waterproof (merely water resistant), but it has withstood rain, snow, and galloons of sweat no prob.

I would recommend this watch to any runner.

One of the Best Running Tools Ever
Originally I just wanted the 110 for my first ever GPS watch, but more research led me to the 610. To put it bluntly, I loved everything about this watch. But over time as more people got their hands on this watch, I started reading reviews, mainly from OnlineShopDealer. One of the first complaints was about GPS accuracy; that was fixed by subsequent firmware updates and now the GPS is rock solid. After that, there was a wave of reviews about reverse charging, YIKES! Looked on the Garmin forum board and saw more people talking about reverse charging, YIKES! So now i'm like "Great, first it was the GPS, now its reverse charging". So naturally I thought about if that could happen to me if I purchased the watch. But then I realized that when a product is mass produced, there will always be those very few people who get the bad apples and have issues. And with the advent of the world-wide-web, it has become remarkably easy to find and gawk at these minority groups of people with bad apples while the majority are enjoying their juicy, succulent apples. Then I thought about DC Rainmaker, the guy that did a very in-depth review about this watch; he had NO problems with GPS accuracy or reverse charging, and to make it better, I knew a few close people that actually had the 610 and loved it with no problems. So when I finally got the money, I went for it. It was mildly risky I knew, but I would be taken care of with the warranty if something did go wrong.

A day before the watch arrived in the mail, I tweeted this to DC Rainmaker: "My 610s coming either tomorrow or thurs and have seen reviews about reverse charging. Odds of that happening are slim huh?" His reply: "I think pretty slim. I haven't had it happen yet with either of the watches I've had (dev or prod). Enjoy!" So with all that being said and the theories as to why the watch I buy should be straight, and the affirmation from DC Rainmaker, I felt good about my purchase.

On delivery day, I eagerly got the watch from the mailbox and took it out the package. The black box looked smaller in person and the watch was tucked neatly in the center where you can see it. It was remarkably easy unboxing every thing and before I knew it, the watch was on the charger with 50% battery already, nice! It took roughly an hour to charge, pretty fast in my opinion. By this time, I was ITCHING to run. When the sun got lower, I went on my maiden 3 mile run. The watch had GPS signal before I could finish locking my front door, and a few seconds later I was off! At every mile, the watch was set to lap. At each lap, it would vibrate, beep, and flash a message with my mile time on the screen, AWESOME!!! This experience of knowing my mile splits in real time was pure ecstasy. I also loved how I could fit 4 data fields on one screen and tap to look at other pages of info. Also during this run, I had Virtual Partner going at 7min pace so I knew that if I was ahead of him, I was hitting in 6min pace.

So far, i've racked up 10 miles and 4 workouts on this watch and haven't had to charge it yet since i've gotten it. I power it down when i'm not running with it. And don't worry, when its time to turn it on it comes up in a snap with correct time and everything (I love not having to set time!). There's no annoying wait times to get GPS signal either; I have always gotten GPS signal within 30secs.

People, don't worry about GPS accuracy. Most of the early complaints about GPS accuracy was from the 2.20 firmware and the latest firmware update (2.40 at the time of this review), already has this covered. If you are sweating about reverse charging, don't. Your odds of getting a watch with this rare issue is very slim. So if you are still on the fence, go for it! You will not regret it and i'm glad I did not wait any longer on other people's reviews. Compared to all other GPS running watches on the market, this one easily tops them all.

SUMMARY

1. "Instant Pace" Feature is a joke, keep it on "Average Pace" and you will get respectably accurate pace calculations.

2. Quickness in satellite tracking is the one of the biggest pluses on this watch along with the 4 optional data fields on ONE screen

3. Consider a cheaper option like the Forerunner 210 if you are not a hardcore racer or professional athlete that is data hungry and likes to devote mental strength to crunching numbers or the person who likes to get lost in uncharted territory and needs a GPS navigation system in a watch to take them home. If all you care about is how fast, how far, simply get skip the 610, the 410, the 405, and get the 210. Garmin could afford to make this under $300. Do not think this watch is THAT much better than more affordable options. Think about it. When it all comes down to the fundamentals, all the GPS GARMIN watches are simple satellite receivers that should only display basic tracking information. If it was not for the 4 data fields in one screen, fast satellite tracking, sharp contrast touchscreen, and virtual racer/pacer features, this watch would not be worth that much.

******UPDATE JUNE 24th 2012*****
I used to have this watch but sold it nearly full price on eBay, went watchless for months when I had a relapse from running and decided to get the 210 off eBay for nearly $200 less when I decided to run 8.3 miles to and from work 4Xs a week. As a runner, all I need is time, pace, and distance. "Virtual Racer", being able to set location waypoints, and a touchscreen that can show 4 data fields' simultaneously is cool, but if you want to save $195+ and buy only what's necessary, go for more affordable options that will get the job done as well as the 610 without all the fluff!



Features

Technical data

  • Weather-resistant, GPS-enabled training watch supports customizable data screens and advanced training plans
  • Touchscreen interface for quickly and easily toggling data fields, adjusting settings, reviewing run history, and more
  • Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer help you plan workouts and reach goals; Training Effect measures impact on aerobic fitness
  • Customizable vibration alerts for time, distance, calories, heart rate, or cadence; heart rate zone training with included monitor
  • USB stick for wireless uploading of run data to Garmin Connect--map your activity, view lap splits, and explore activities from other users

Description

Product Description

The first to put GPS on runners' wrists just tipped off a whole new race. With a touch, tap or swipe, forerunner 610 lets you get on with your run while it tracks all the details.

With a touch, tap or swipe, Forerunner 610 lets you get on with your run while it tracks all the details. High-Tech Training With a Touch of Easy Heart Monitor Bundle

This version of the Forerunner 610 includes Garmin's premium heart rate monitor. For the Forerunner 610 only, click here.

A Touch Faster Customize vibration alerts for time, distance, calories, heart rate or cadence. GPS positioning makes it easy to find your way back to your starting point. Wirelessly upload your run data to Garmin Connect with the included USB stick.

Forerunner 610 gives you several ways to get in touch with your training data. The swipe and scroll action makes it easy to adjust settings, review your run history and more. A quick tap of the screen is all it takes to advance to the next training page so you can see more data.

The 610's sleek touchscreen is as rugged as it is functional, proving it's more than just a pretty face. The 610 can stand up to rain, sweat and splashes, yet it's sensitive enough that you can operate it with running gloves.

Leader of the Pack

Behind that smooth glass surface is a watch that's ready to work as hard as you are. The 610 provides accurate distance, pace, GPS position, heart rate, calories and more. It can even guide you back to the starting point of your run, giving you the freedom to explore new routes and always find your way back.

Advanced Features

Training tools like the new Virtual Racer can turn any workout into a virtual matchup. This feature lets you race your previous bests or challenge any activities uploaded to our Garmin Connect site. Virtual Racer accounts for varying speeds and real-time conditions, so it's truly you vs. your opponent. Or, use the Virtual Partner function and see how you measure up to a static pace you set. Forerunner 610 also offers vibration alerts, which you can customize for time, distance, calories, heart rate or cadence. So, when you reach your targets, you'll feel a gentle vibration.

Training Effect

It's time for a sport watch that can help you train smarter, not harder, and the 610 can do just that. It's our first sport watch with the Training Effect capability from Firstbeat. Training Effect measures the impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness, which essentially helps you train more efficiently. Your Training Effect is calculated based on your user profile, your heart rate and the difficulty of the activity. The 610 also offers customizable heart rate zones, alerts and heart-rate based calorie computations.

Store, Analyze and Share

When your workout's done, Forerunner 610 keeps working. It wirelessly uploads your run data to our Garmin Connect site when in range of your computer so you can go back and review your run on your own time. It works via ANT+ wireless technology and the USB stick that comes with your watch. No wires, no manual uploads, no sweat. At Garmin Connect, you can see your activity on a map, view lap splits and explore activities from other users. Garmin Connect is Mac and PC compatible.

Monitor Your Health

You also can track weight, body fat, body water and six other measurements when using the Forerunner 610 with the Tanita BC-1000 body composition scale. The readings are stored on Forerunner 610, then automatically sent to Garmin Connect when in range of your computer.

What's in the Box

Forerunner 610, Premium Heart Rate Monitor, AC Charger, Charging Cradle, USB ANT Stick, Quick Start Manual, Owner's Manual on Disk


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