Garmin Forerunner 210
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 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.
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.
Using the watch
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.
Data Field Options
Overall and average lap Pace
Overall and average lap Speed
Lap and overall Time
Current Heart and Zone Heart Rate
Warm up length
Number of intervals to complete
Heart Rate Monitor
Speed and Accuracy
Data storage, Analysis and Share
•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
•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