Garmin Forerunner 210

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The Garmin forerunner 210 is a GPS enabled sports watch which was manufactured by the Garmin Company in 2010. There are different types of the forerunner 210 watch i.e. one with a heart rate monitor, the other with no heart rate monitor and one with a heart rate monitor and foot pod. This watch enables runners to track and record their distance, time and pace. One is also able to monitor his or her heart rate while running. The watch has features which makes it possible for one to create customized intervals sessions and pace for each interval. One is able to see his or her steps per minute when the watched is used with the optional foot pod.

The FR210 built-in GPS unit features HotFix® satellite prediction, which makes locating and locking on to satellites. The menu system on the Garmin 210 is easy to understand when using. The watch is amazingly compact and lightweight with a clear screen and rechargeable lithium-ion battery which makes it recommendable for one to use it as an everyday watch. The battery provides up to 8 hours in training mode and 3 weeks in power save mode. The watch is shock resistant with automatic time zones and is able to save training information then connected to Garmin site for more information on activity records. It also supports heart rate-based calorie computation.

  • The watch is lightweight and has a compact design therefore one can use it as an everyday watch.
  • The watch is easy to set up, use, functions as a regular watch and easy to read on the screen display.
  • The watch provides accurate distance, time and pace tracking.
  • It’s a very good watch which is compatible with heart rate monitor and foot pod.
  • It has a good battery life providing up to 8 hours in training mode and up to 3 weeks in standby mode.
  • The watch is in various styles and colors where one can add interval and instant pace support when needed.
  • The watch is not waterproof enough for swimming workouts or extended water immersion but is safe while running in the rain or in the shower.
  • The watch doesn’t take advantage of other ANT+ cycling accessories i.e. cadence/speed sensor and/or powermeter
  • The watch has fixed data fields so one can’t customize how the data fields can be displayed


The Forerunner 210 includes heart rate alerts, interval training, and foot pod compatibility (foot pod sold separately) for detailed performance tracking indoors and out. When setting it up one needs to follow a few simple setup questions then just step outside, press the start button and begin his or her walk or run. It uses GPS to accurately record ones speed, distance and average pace information. The high-sensitivity GPS receiver stays locked onto satellites, even near tall buildings and under tree cover.

The watch has a chest-strap heart rate monitor which helps one optimize performance while training and also give one heart rate alerts which indicate when ones heart rate exceeds the upper limit or falls below the lower limit of one’s target zone. The Wireless ANT+™ technology allows the Forerunner 210 to communicate with the included heart rate monitor and with the Garmin foot pod however this is sold separately. The technology also enables the watch to communicate with third-party equipment such as the Tanita BC-1000 scale and select fitness equipment which are all sold separately.
Further details

Further details

The watch has advanced features which compute heart-rate-based calorie. It has interval training function which lets one to set up custom exercise sessions and automatically see his or her pace for each interval. Data from each run can be stored in the unit enabling one to review it whenever he or she wants to. The watch has features which enable one to upload data to the Garmin Connect community website for in-depth analysis of time, speed, distance and route; store and share data with other Forerunner community users.

The watch can also be used as a fully functioning normal watch when one isn’t running since it has additional features which include time, calendar (date/day) and daily alarm. It has a slim profile and fashionable look which allows one to wear the watch everywhere. The watch has an in built rechargeable lithium ion battery which provides up to 8 hrs of use in training mode and 3 weeks in power save mode. There is a manual in its box when bought that gives instructions on how to use the watch.



The Garmin Forerunner 210 can be bought from for under $199.99 for the base model, $249.99 with heart rate monitor and $299.99 with the heart rate monitor and foot pod with free shipping. Alternatively, one can order it directly from Garmin or shop around on EBay or Best Buy.
Using the watch

Using the watch

When going for a run one presses page/menu. The watch will take a minute or so to get a GPS fix. Once you have a GPS satellite fix, press the start/stop button to start the timer.

When one is done with running s/he needs to press start/stop.

If one wants to save his or her workout s/he needs to press and hold the lap/reset button.

When one is running his or her distance and pace/speed along with his or her work out time are shown on the display. The display can be changed to show current, average or lap speed or pace at the bottom of the display.

When one wants to use the watch indoors s/he needs to press the page/menu button, and the watch will start searching for GPS. Press it again and it will ask if you want to use indoors. Select yes, and you are ready to start your indoor workout.


The Garmin forerunner 210’s most desirable feature is its compact stature. It’s a readily wearable device and fashionable.
Best Applications

Best Applications

The watch is an excellent and recommendable tool for the entry-level, numbers driven athletes. The device is able to collect data which will be useful for years to come. This device is also recommended for anyone with a small wrists since it fits very well.
Data Field Options

Data Field Options

Lap and overall Distance
Overall and average lap Pace
Overall and average lap Speed
Lap and overall Time
Current Heart and Zone Heart Rate


The interval options in the 210 are set on the watch, not in Garmin Connect. One can set up the following:

Warm up length
Interval length
Rest length
Number of intervals to complete
Cool-down length
Heart Rate Monitor

Heart Rate Monitor

The forerunner 210 best feature is that it is capable of reading once heart rate through the use of ANT+ heart rate strap. The watch can use any ANT+ heart rate strap and this shows how dependable and reliable the watch is. One can display his heart rate on the watch on one of the data fields which is always available to one during his or her run.
Speed and Accuracy

Speed and Accuracy

The forerunner 210 has a high sensitivity GPS receiver which stays locked onto satellites even near tall buildings or under tree cover. The high sensitivity makes it a superfast watch in data transmission. Forerunner 210 features HotFix® satellite prediction, which means it locks onto satellites quickly so you can be out the door and on with your run in no time. The GPS antenna and no motion sensor which is a double check feature makes the watch very accurate.
Data storage, Analysis and Share

Data storage, Analysis and Share

One is capable of storing past training activities and analyze it later for recommendation. People are always motivated when they are able to review their workouts online and this watch gives one that privilege. It’s very easy and simple for one to track his or her data for analysis and sharing using the Garmin connect. One just needs to upload to Garmin Connect from his or her computer i.e. windows® or Mac®. She or he will then be able to see the route s/he covered on a map. She or he can also view a summary of his or her workout data, create goals etcetc. For indoor activities when the GPS is not in use one will not be able to see the mapping in Garmin Connect but he or she will still have a record of his or her work out data.


•Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)

•Display size, WxH: 1.0″ x 1.0″ (2.5 x 2.5 cm) diameter

•Display resolution, WxH: 52 x 30 pixels

•Weight: 1.8 oz. (52 g)

•Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion

•Battery life: 3 weeks in power save mode; 8 hours in training mode

•Water resistant: yes (IPX7)

•GPS- enabled and High-sensitivity receiver: yes

•Basemap: no

•History: 1000 laps

•Waypoints/favorites/locations and routes: 0

•Heart rate monitor: yes (some versions, including the version we tested)

•Bike speed/cadence sensor: no

•Foot pod: yes (some versions)

•Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer): no

•Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data): yes

•Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person) and Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities): no

•Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed): no

•Courses (compete against previous activities): no

•Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap): yes

•Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout): no

•Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button): no

•Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts): no

•Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace): no

•Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal): no

•Vibration alert: (choose between alert tones and/or vibration alert): no

•Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals): yes

•Heart rate-based calorie computation: yes

•Swim metrics (stroke type, stroke count and pool lengths): no

•Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness): no

•Shock Resistant and sport watch: yes
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Garmin forerunner 210 is the perfect running watch recommended for runners. It offers stylish looks and has various features which most runners are able to appreciate. It is also one of the easiest GPS enabled sports watch to use which fits nicely. This watch is well made with very good features. The forerunner 210 is designed for runners only. It also works well indoors with the optional foot pod, so if you are a gym rat who runs indoors and are looking for a basic, rugged GPS watch, this could be the watch for you. Also, having settable heart rate zones and alarms is really nice as it provides us some much needed assistance at keeping our heart rates in our desired training zone. All-in-all, the 210 is a good-looking, mid-budget, GPS enabled training/racing watch with accurate heart rate training features.