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Garmin Forerunner 610 review



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  • Advanced features
  • Resistive touchscreen
  • Alarm clock and vibrate alert


  • Long charging time
  • Not fully waterproof
  • Expensive

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Review Price £359.00

Key Features: Long battery life; Virtual partner; Touchscreen; Customisable display; Location marking

Manufacturer: Garmin

On running forums across the web, one brand of has become synonymous with GPS watches. When someone posts about “my Garmin”, you know they are serious about their training.

The manufacturer’s latest watch is the Forerunner 610. It takes everything Garmin knows about sport technology, puts it in a better product and makes it easier to use.

The 610 does away with the touch bezel of the Garmin Forerunner 410, which we criticised for being an impossible combination of both too sensitive when you don't want to use it and unresponsive when you do. The bezel was also a feature of the Forerunner 405 and was a great idea on paper, but we don’t run on paper. Real runners run in the dark and the wet and the rain, and a wet sleeve would activate the 410’s backlight or open various menu options during a workout.

In its place, Garmin has developed a resistive touchscreen that is surprisingly responsive, without being too sensitive, and reacts to the user’s deliberate touch. What it lacks in the premium feel of a capacitive touchscreen it more than makes up for in practicality because it can be operated while wearing gloves, something that will be a welcome development to non-fairweather runners.

The 1in LCD inch screen is clear to read with a good backlight, operated with a button on the top-right of the face. The screen's 128x128-pixel panel is small enough for the watch not to dominate your wrist like the Timex Global Trainer, but still large enough to be read clearly - it also has good viewing angles.

Unlike the older, waterproof - and frankly massive - Forerunner 310XT, the 610 is waterproof rated at IPX7, meaning it can withstand being submerged for 30 minutes at a depth of 1m. It passed our test of running in heavy rain, but it is not intended for swimming, and at this premium price, you’d be ultra-marathon bonkers to challenge the rating.

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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/201...
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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