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.