The prevalence of Global Positioning System technology allows us to put a pin in a map and a geographical context on our activity. From geo-tagging the pictures we take to checking into Foursquare, an increasing amount of kit shouts “location, location, location” and fitness tech is no exception.
The Garmin Forerunner 410 is the flagship in the company’s watch range, and is an updated version of the Forerunner 405, itself a major evolution in the development of sport watches in that it looks like an actual watch and not a small thermostat.
While the 410 is still a little on the large side at 4.8 x 7.1 x 1.6cm, making it comparable with the Casio G-Shock, the design of the watch goes a long way to make amends. It sits slightly high on the wrist but this has an advantage as it means the two buttons on the right side of the body don’t push into the back of the wearer’s hand during physical activity, which is a common bane of many sports watches. In addition, the loop which secures the watch strap once it has passed though the buckle features a small tooth which secures the loop in place so that it's always where your expect.
The watch is light at 60 grams - 3g less than a G-Shock classic - and the 1.06 inch, four-level grey FSTN LCD screen is clear to read with a resolution of 124 x 95 pixels and excellent viewing angles - a must for a sports watch. Garmin has avoided the design trend of placing the watch face at a jaunty angle, a ridiculous feature of many late 1990’s timepieces designed by people who presume that athletes are too lazy to turn their arm at a natural angle to check the time.