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Surpassed what I wanted!
on December 29, 2013
I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting myself into with this watch--I knew what I wanted, but based on the reviews of several different makes/models of your GPS sport watch, I wasn't sure which to make a hefty purchase on, so buying the Garmin felt sort of like a shot in the dark. "I can always return in," I said to myself, pressing the "confirm check-out" button.
This watch tracks distance, speed/pace, total time, heart rate (with the heart rate monitor), and also displays the standard "date & time" as a typical watch would.
The buttons/controls for moving through the watch's features are practically flawless! Usually, I have problems trying to find things and get lost in those pesky watch menus, the directions are typically unclear, and usually nothing ever works the way it's supposed to. But the Garmin 110 is seamless, even while running I was pleased to realize that it was easy to switch between the time I had spent running and my heart rate.
I like the idea of being able to upload the info to a website for storage; with that in mind, only having ~180 hours of storage space on the watch itself isn't a huge deal to me. I tend to look at overall trends, anyway, so having a website that neatly compiles almost every bit of data for you to look at is really amazing. It also lets you make courses and whatnot straight from the website.
My only worry about this watch is the way it tracks calories; according to MyRunKeeper, I burn almost 150+ more calories than what the watch says. I've also used several online calorie-burn calculators to see what I might burn, and their results are closer to what MyRunKeeper suggests. I know that machines tend to be a little careless when it comes to giving calorie expenditure, and incorporating heart rate into the equation might give a more accurate result, but I'm not sure. I'd LIKE to believe I'm burning more calories, but I suppose I should instead focus my attention to my actual runs. Because, at the end of the day, as long as I'm eating healthy and fueling myself properly, calories aren't as big of a concern as most people make them out to be.
Also, my chest isn't all that big, so I had to make the heart rate monitor strap as small as it could go and it was still a bit insecure, so I pulled my sports bra and under cami (that has another built-in sports bra) over it to keep it secure. But the end of my run, I had forgotten it was even there! Although, I did find breathing a bit more challenging, simply because I tended to want to breath with my upper lungs in order to not let the HRM slip (even though it couldn't really, since my shirts/bras are keeping it in place), so I had to pay a bit more attention to using my lower lungs. BUT, I soon adjusted to it and it wasn't a source of irritation for very long.
ANYWAY, I only gave this 4 stars simply because I believe there's ALWAYS room for improvement; I could have a $600 Suunto watch and still find some sort of flaw/distraction with it. But for all intents and purposes, this watch is really worth the comparatively small amount of money it's valued at and is very reliable!