Garmin Forerunner 210
The forerunner 210 is a sports watch, with GPS capabilities, that was designed and manufactured by the Garmin Company in 2010. There are different versions of the 210, i.e. one with a heart rate monitor, the other without, and also a version with a heart monitor and even a foot pod. This watch enables runners to keep track of their training data such as distance, pace and time. One is also able to monitor his or her heart rate while running. The watch has features which makes it possible for one to set custom intervals, as well as projected pace. One is able to see their steps when the watch is used with a foot pod, which is optional.
The FR210’s GPS unit uses Garmin’s HotFix prediction system, which makes finding and staying locked on to orbiting satellites quicker for the unit to do. The menu system on the Garmin 210 is easy to understand when using. The watch is incredibly lightweight and compact, with a clear to view screen and lithium-ion battery that makes it recommendable for use as a normal everyday watch. The battery will give you around 8 hours while active and about 3 weeks when in power saving mode. It 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 get set up, use, functions as a regular watch and easy to read on the screen display.
- The watch provides accurate time, pace and distance tracking.
- It’s a very good watch which is compatible with an optional foot pod and heart monitor.
- It has a decent battery life, offering about 8 hours while training, and around 3 weeks when set in standby.
- The watch does not have the waterproof properties to allow it to be used when swimming
- 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 is displayed
The watch has a chest worn heart monitor which helps track all aspects of your performance while effectively training, also giving alerts that indicate when the rate exceeds or falls below the set limits of the target zone. The Wireless ANT+ technology allows the watch to communicate with the included 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 when set in power saving 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
•Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
•Up to 3 weeks of battery life in power saving mode / up to 8 hours when used in active mode.
•IPX7 water resistance
•GPS enabled receiver
•keeps a history of up to 1000 laps
•Available with heart rate monitor
•Compatible with Garmin Connect
•Train against digital competition
•Pauses tracking when speed stops
•Compete against previous and preset activities
•Starts a new lap, according to preset plan
•Set your own training intervals
•Calorie computation is based on active heart rate