Additional features include the ability to pinpoint up to a hundred locations as favourites so you can find your way back to your car or rendez-vous point. Zone training allows you to assign five heart rate bands for maximum cardio benefit.
We were also impressed at how easy the watch is to set up. Once it is charged, it looks for a satellite signal and automatically sets the time. The process took 45 seconds, which means if your battery runs dead, it’s not a headache to set up again.
Charging the 410 is simple via a clip which clasps the bezel, making contact with the points on the back of the watch.
Battery life itself doesn’t compare to a conventional watch with it lasting for eight hours in basic Training mode and for two weeks in standard non-GPS mode. However, we think this is acceptable, because if you’re not going to charge it in the space of a fortnight then you’re not a runner.
In practical terms, we charged the 410 on Sunday, tracked two 10k runs midweek and a half marathon the next weekend and by Wednesday the following week, the battery indicated that it was 26 per cent full.
The 410 is at the cutting edge of sport watch technology, and it’s the best watch in Garmin’s fleet, but we feel the higher price isn’t justified by relatively few additional whistles and bells. The Forerunner 405CX includes Virtual Partner and costs £50 less; 210 doesn’t, nor can it record favourite locations, but you’ll save £70. Not huge amounts of money admittedly, but when you’re investing £300 in your fitness, that could buy you another month’s worth of gym membership.
The Forerunner 410 is an impressive piece of kit and is at the cutting edge of fitness technology. The watch is thoughtfully designed and the software within the watch is comprehensive enough to please athletes of all levels. This is let down slightly by the Garmin Connect service, which we don’t doubt will be improved, and the bezel controls, which could frustrate people who train in all weather and want to keep checking their stats on the move. We wish it were as light on the wallet as it was on the wrist, but there’s no mistake that this is a premium product and one of the best GPS sport watches on the market.
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