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Garmin Forerunner 10

October 26th, 2012

The Garmin Forerunner 10 (MSRP $129.99) is the newest addition to the Garmin lineup. This sleek and simple GPS watch is a great choice for runners who enjoy their gadgets on the streamlined side, or for those who are new to GPS watches. The Forerunner 10 is available in standard (Black/Red) and small (Green & Pink) models to accommodate runners of different builds and sizes.

Here are a few of our favorite tech features of the FR 10:

GPS-enabled: Push-button GPS uses HotFix™ technology to keep the GPS signal strong even in dense, forested areas.

Workout History: Stores up to 7 workouts; upload to Garmin Connect Online after 7 runs to keep an up-to-date record of your training and view your routes

Screen Customization: Choose among 6 screen view options.

  • Time/Distance
  • Time/Current Pace
  • Time/Calories
  • Pace/Distance
  • Pace/Calories
  • Distance/Calories

Virtual Pacer: Stay on pace with alerts when you are ‘ahead,’ ‘behind’ or ‘on target’ for your pre-set pace goal.

PR’s: Automatically alerts and records fastest 5k, fastest mile and other milestones.

Run/Walk Alerts: Set interval timers for running and walking intervals.

Even with all of these features (and more), this watch is still very user friendly. We caught up with two RW staffers who are first-time GPS users to see what they thought of the FR 10. Here’s what they had to say:

“I was a little freaked out about not knowing how to use this watch, but I figured it out really quickly – I didn’t even look at the instructions. The GPS only takes about 10 seconds to load in the morning when I turn it on, and it seems very reliable.” – Christine

“It only took me about 10 minutes to figure out the features. It’s very straightforward. I’m very happy with the function and the display, and the GPS was reliable on the roads and the trails.” – Larry

A Comparison of the Forerunner 10 to the Forerunner 210

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