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Review: Garmin Forerunner 10

posted by gumptiongear November 8, 2013 0 comments

Garmin Forerunner 10

You run, pure and simple—no breaks, no rules, just you and the miles of open road ahead.  You aren’t looking for a complex, wrist-strapped supercomputer to bog you down in a sea of details. For those yearning for GPS-watch that reflects the beauty and simplicity of the run the Forerunner 10 from Garmin may be right for you.

On Performance and Design…
From its inception, the Forerunner 10 was designed to blend simplicity and accuracy. From striking slender lines, to an intuitive 4-button interface,and a clear and easy to read display, this watch will become the “no frills” runner’s favorite companion.

Garmin Forerunner 10

Offered in a range of colors from the practical black and gray to the candy-colored appeal of pink and lime green, there’s an option that fits every runners style. This GPS beauty is lightweight with an ample screen that’s easy on the eyes. The buttons are functional, intuitive and don’t require an engineering degree to operate while on the run.

Garmin Forerunner 10

The Forerunner 10 has just enough features to keep you on track towards achieving your training and racing goals, without requiring a Ph.D. This GPS-enabled watch tracks time, distance, speed & pace and calories. It even notifies you when you achieve milestones like running your fastest mile or completing your longest run.

While not overwhelming or complex, the Forerunner 10 still offers the important details that every runner wants to have.  Set run alerts, run against a virtual programmed pacer and plan run/walk intervals. And it stores up to 7 workouts and so you can study your progression.

Garmin Forerunner 10

If you want to see how you’re progressing over time, download your information to Garmin Connect where you can see it on a map, compare to other runs and share it with others using Garmin Connect.

Recharging is a cinch with Garmin’s easy to use recharging cradle. It can be used as an everyday watch with the battery that lasts up to 5 weeks in watch mode. In training mode, the charge lasts 5 hours.

Notes from the field …
Our tester finds the Forerunner 10 to be easy to use and read as she logs miles for her first marathon. Both minimalists at heart, this runner and her watch are well matched. The color (purple shown here) adds a kick to any wardrobe; our tester has taken to wearing it both on and off the trail.

Garmin Forerunner 10

The life of the party the Forerunner 10 is not. The 5-hour training battery life can be problematic. Those looking to complete their first marathon or those who are time-crunched may find themselves running against the clock, or in this case, the battery. Our tester also found the GPS locater to be a bit moody, sometimes requiring her to shift locations to pick up a signal.

Bottom line…
Simple to use, easy on the eyes and dependable, the Garmin Forerunner 10 respects the beauty and simplicity of the run you love.

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