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The Courses functionality allows you to store previously completed routes. Once you select a course, the watch displays an arrow to direct you to the starting point with an accuracy of two to three feet. Overstep the location and the watch tells you to take a few steps back.
Once you start your course, the watch shows a live countdown of your expected arrival time alongside a countdown of your previous time. This is an ingenious use of technology which calculates speed over distance while working out the live timing of your pace over the course, while also relaying the time of your saved run. As if that’s not enough, the arrow on the watch points the way as you come up to turns along your route, so you have a constant reference of your route as you chase down that Personal Best.
Both Courses and Virtual Partner are among the features that set the 410 apart from lower spec Garmin watches.
We also used the Heart Rate Monitor which was supplied in the unit we reviewed, or if you opt for the cheaper unit without the monitor, you can later buy it separately for £40. The 410 also comes with a charging clip and charger (with multi-region adapters) and two additional fabric wrist straps.
Available separately is a foot pod, an accelerometer which measures footfalls so runners can track their distance based on pace when they are running on a treadmill or indoors where they can’t receive a satellite signal. Cyclists can opt for a Cadence Sensor which measures pedalling strokes per minute to measure the speed of an indoor trainer. These cost £51 and £35 respectively.
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