The watch measures 4.57 x 6.35 x 1.42 cm and is lower in profile than the Forerunner 410 and the Nike SportWatch. It weighs 75g, 12g more than a G-Shock Classic, and has a metallic casing that covers the back and the sides of the body.
The screen is unlocked from its wristwatch slumber with a swiping motion, revealing the main menu. The menu system layout marks a big improvement on previous models. The structure puts History and Training at the top level, instead of burying previous workout stats as a subset of Training.
Runners love their stats. They love other runners’ stats too, and the online Garmin Connect service is a haven for training analysis. Workout data is transferred wirelessly to a computer using the Ant USB stick. Recording a run is easy – the Forerunner 610 combines the eager simplicity of the Nike SportWatch with the advanced functionality of the 410.
Instead of accessing the Training menu, you simply swipe to the Timing page and the watch starts looking for a fix on a satellite, which it finds in under a minute. Even in built-up areas and forests the 610 was able to locate a signal relatively quickly.
In-run controls take full advantage of the touch screen, allowing a runner to swipe between menus displaying up to four screens of customisable data, showing everything from heart rate, calories burned, speed, pace, time and distance. Screens can also be set to autoscroll so you can review your details on the move without having to touch the watch.
Runs can be uploaded wirelessly to the Garmin Connect Service to display more detailed stats and record or share your details online. (View details our 10k test run)
The 610 accurately passed our zigzag test while we ran down a road, showing up the pattern as we altered our position by a few feet.