|Item Weight||21 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||20.5 x 14 x 14.5 inches|
|Item model number||010-00947-14|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Display Resolution||128 x 128|
|Battery Life||8 hours|
Garmin Forerunner 610 Touchscreen GPS Watch - Multicolor
- Sleek touchscreen with touch tap and swipe functions
- Vibration alerts: set alerts for pace, distance, heart rate
- Firstbeat advanced heart rate-based calorie computation
- Training Effect: indicates intensity level to help athletes train more efficiently
- Virtual Racer -race previous bests or activities uploaded to Garmin Connect; accounts for varying speedsand real-time conditions
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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.
A Touch Faster
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.
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 Garmin Connect™. 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.
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 Garmin Connect 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 Windows® compatible.
Monitor Your Health
You also can track weight, body fat, body water and 6 other measurements when using the Forerunner 610 with the Tanita BC-1000 body composition scale (not included). The readings are stored on Forerunner 610, then automatically sent to Garmin Connect when in range of your computer.
Forerunner 610: high-tech training with a touch of easy. See It in Action
¹Heart rate monitor sold separately on this model.
What's in the Box:
- Forerunner 610
- AC charger
- Charging cradle
- USB ANT Stick™
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I've had several garmins before. I tried to like the 4xx series, but to me it wasn't a big enough step up from my trusty 305.
When the Nike GPS+ came out - I bought that the first day, then returned it the next. It just wasn't accurate (perhaps because of a weak GPS receiver).
I saw the 610 was coming out in time for the Boston marathon. I tried to get one at the expo, but they were gone in minutes.
So I waited. A month later, I finally got my hands on one.
I've been running with it daily for the past 3+ weeks.
What I like:
the looks. I can actually wear it as an everyday watch. It's a little slimmer than the 4xx series, and has a longer battery life. Looks very nice. Not quite as 'cool' looking as the Nike GPS - but no where near as clunky as the 305.
the touch screen. this has a true touch screen, that works with gloves (I tested that). You can drag your finger across the screen to change views and tap to select. You press harder than on an iphone or ipad, which took a few minutes to get used to, but it works great. Very intuitive. And unlike the 4xx - the screen doesn't go haywire when it gets wet.
the vibrate for laps / notifications. I set mine to auto-lap every mile, and could feel the vibration on my wrist each time it lapped. very nice.
the 'tailor-ability' of the screen. ok - I probably made up that word, but this is more like the 305 than the 4xx. You can have up to 4 metrics on your screen and tailor to whatever you want. You can have multiple screens set up, and just tap on the dial as you're running and it'll flip between them.
getting wet. the 610 can in theory, survive under a meter of water for an hour. I was always nervous running with my 305 in the rain. I'd heard stories of people who'd had theirs die on them in those conditions. That shouldn't be a factor now. And again - the touch screen works fine in the wet.
the wireless transfer of data to your computer. I'm a computer geek and this is VERY cool ! It comes with a little USB dongle that you pair initially and then leave plugged into your computer, and then when you get near your computer with the watch - it automatically connects and uploads direct to gamin connect. It works very well. On the 305 I had to manually upload. No longer an issue.
foot pod - ok - so this works on others too, but I've got the garmin foot pod as well. You can set it up for accuracy while you're running outside with you GPS to calibrate it, and then be able to capture and log miles done on the treadmill in bad weather.
the new virtual racer feature. It remembers previous runs of yours - perhaps your fastest loop of a course you regularly run. You can then race yourself virtually, or plug in pace goals etc - it shows you a stick character and you in front or behind and by how much. And even cooler - you can download runs from other people from on line, and race those.
What I Don't like
there's a bug in the software - at least that's what I'm hoping it is. When you stop the watch - perhaps at traffic lights - then start it up again. The GPS signal is lost and the accuracy with it. For a few seconds it tries to get back in sync. This means that you often lose 0.01 - 0.03 of a mile. You can test this by making 'GPS Accuracy' one of the metrics on the display. When you stop and start - you'll see the accuracy balloon. It doesn't happen every time, but it happens enough to cause concerns. HOWEVER - there seems to be a manual fix. When you start the watch - a message appears on the screen saying 'timer started'. That stays for 5 seconds or so then disappears. It's during that period the accuracy goes wonky. What you can do, is immediately tap the message when it appears. It disappears (it's a touch screen watch remember), and the accuracy seems to be okay. This is why we think it's a software issue. Hopefully a firmware fix - SOON - will resolve.
the one other minor gripe. Garmin's are never 100% accurate. If you've ever raced with one over a set course - you know the garmin invariably is off. A half marathon might show as 13.25 miles. A full marathon, 26.5 miles. It's too much to be explained by not running perfect tangents. If you're trying to keep a particular pace - this can be annoying. You may think you ran 7.00 min/miles for instance, but find out because of the extra distance - you were actually running 7.05. A way round this on the older garmins was to set the autolap feature to 1.01 miles. That seemed to better line up with the mile markers. Unfortunately the 610 doesn't allow you to do that. You can have 0.95, 1.00, or 1.05. You can't do in 0.01 increments. I've opened a ticket with garmin support. Hopefully this is also resolved in a future software update.
Overall. I love the watch, but until the 2 issues I've mentioned are resolved - it's only getting 4* from me.
Still - I'd buy it again in an instant.
1) It does take a while for the watch to sync up with the Sats
2) it can vary in accuracy. (I run the same route, and I get variances)
3) The interface is a bit clumsy
4) Battery life is fine as long as you are not looking to use it for Ironman training.
5) My biggest grip is the Strap. Its the most poorly designed/executed piece on the watch. Its cumbersome to put on/take off. The little loop that secures the tail end of the strap takes effort to get into the right place. But most of all, one of the strap, i believe its the male end (not the one with the clasp) is built so poorly on the end that connects to the watch itself that i have to be careful while wearing it. I've had it replaced already and my replacement is starting to loose its ability to stay mounted to the watch. It has to do with the plastic they use and the design of the housing that attaches the watch to the strap. Its extremely weak and it doesn't take much force or pull to pull the strap right out of the housing. I even find myself being careful putting the watch on because if I pull too hard on the one end before clasping it in, i can pull the strap right out of the housing.
I know number 5 is difficult to visualize, but trust me, its an issue and Customer Service doesn't even need you to explain it to them. I remember calling them thinking what a PITA it will be trying to explain it to them, but they all but admitted a design problem and I was off the phone under 5 minutes with a new strap on the way (Guess thats a positive endorsement for Garmin CSR!)
I've been training for a 5k for the last two months. I've use it almost every day to track my runs and my workouts. It can keep track of where you've run and can also point you in the direction of a run you've created yourself using the Garmin Connect website. It syncs wirelessly using Ant+. All I have to do is set my watch down in front of my PC after my run and it automatically sends it's data to my profile.
Now that I can run 3.1 miles without stopping, I will be using the website's pre-defined routines that you can download into the watch to help me with my speed and run times. There are interval programs that require you to be in specific heart-rate zones (using the heart-rate monitor) at certain times, and the watch will either beep, vibrate, or both when you've gotten into or fallen out of those zones. It can also allow me to race myself by using one of my previous runs.
I also bought the foot pod to let me use the treadmills at the gym when it rains. It works great and lets you calibrate it outside using the GPS so it's extremely accurate.
This watch has been a valuable tool in my training.