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Garmin Forerunner 610 - Accessories and Verdict

By Cliff Jones



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The watch is compatible with the Garmin Foot Pod sensor, letting the Forerunner 610 function when on a treadmill or in an area with no satellite reception. Cyclists can opt for a Cadence Sensor, which clocks pedalling strokes per minute to measure the speed of an indoor trainer. These cost £51 and £35 respectively.

Finally, the watch is fully geared-up to work with a heart rate monitor, costing £40 when sold separately, although the 610 HRM package is just £30 more when bought with the watch. Runners who want to monitor their pulse during training can programme target zones to optimise fat burning and maximize overall fitness. It’s also worth noting that the watch is compatible with the strap supplied with the Forerunner 210 and 410, and although Garmin claims the new monitor is more accurate, we found the previous versions of the accessory to be equally reliable in our tests.


The Garmin Forerunner 610 is an outstanding device. It’s versatile, responsive, accurate and well-designed. It’s not just the big things like how it’s packed with features, and the way they are accessed and arranged in such a logical way. Small details matter, like being able to set the time manually while on a flight without having to connect to a computer or find a satellite signal, using a magnetic charger, or having the scrolling touchscreen menus.

It’s a great product with a hefty price. While the 410 launched at £300 with a heart rate monitor, the 610 is a hefty £359 with HRM or £329 without. The Forerunner 610 is aimed at the high end of the market. Runners on a budget should opt for the Garmin Forerunner 210, but the 410 has simply been outclassed by the improvements made by Garmin’s flagship sport watch. We would love to see a faster charge time and a waterproof casing but, put simply, this is the best GPS sport watch on the market today.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 8
  • Design 8
  • Features 10
  • Performance 9
  • Usability 10
  • Value 7


June 2, 2011, 1:47 pm

Another option for runners on a budget is the Garmin Forerunner 305. It's a bit older and a bit bigger, but it does almost everything the newer watches do and it's under £120 at Amazon including a heart rate strap.


June 2, 2011, 4:41 pm

Good point Tim. The 305 is a bit of a beast to wear, however, and would look out of place as a regular watch. You could argue a running app would do the same for free, but then you'd miss out on the Garmin Connect service. It depends how seduced you are by the latest improvements and style, which of course come at a high price. Do you need it? No. Has that stopped you buying tech in the past? ...

Garmin Forerunner 610

June 13, 2011, 5:46 pm

This could be a good alternative for the runners to have this gps sport. It's really helpful and useful for them to archieve the target. Nice and cool for this gps!


September 6, 2012, 1:35 pm

I just want to compare features of different Garmin watches. is there a site that shows that

Brandon Frye

June 21, 2013, 2:06 pm

I LOVE the 310XT! This watch has served me well over the last couple of months that I've had it. The battery life is phenomenal and plus its waterproof! I can use it for over 2 weeks without charging, and that's running over 30 miles a week. It isn't exactly the prettiest watch, but the orange is kind of cool. Here's a review if that helps: http://www.forkstofeet.com/...
A friend of mine also recommended the 305 for me but I didn't like the reviews on the satellite loading times. The 210, 410, and 610 look more sleek and casual, but really I kind of like the look of a small computer on my arm, lol. I'm sort of a geek, so that's a plus for me. I have also heard of complaints about the sensitivity of the bezels on these devices. I would recommend that people look at their budgets and needs before purchasing a GPS watch. These watches can get pretty expensive. But, then again, running is probably the cheapest sport around.

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