The Garmin Forerunner 110 is one of Garmin's basic GPS sport watches, but reviewers say it is a good fit for mainstream users who want a simple, easy-to-use watch for tracking pace and distance. The watch is smaller and more compact than Garmin's other sport watches, and it tracks speed and distance along with optional heart-rate monitoring (if you opt to buy the version with the included chest strap). However, it lacks advanced training features, including pace alerts, interval training and wireless data upload. Even so, most reviewers say the watch has an easy setup process, and the GPS signal is accurate in tests. Experts also say the Garmin Forerunner 110 acquires satellites quickly. However, many users say they are disappointed that the watch only tracks average pace. Pricier Garmin watches also track current pace, which gives serious exercisers another metric for gauging their progress. If you prefer a sport watch with advanced features like these, experts recommend the Garmin Forerunner 410 (*Est. $325; $375 with heart-rate monitor).
A number of sources help determine the reviewer consensus on the Garmin Forerunner 110. Women's Adventure magazine is particularly helpful because it tests a variety of fitness watches, rating each one and assigning the best models an Editor's Choice award. Hands-on tests at USAToday.com, DCRainmaker.com and Runner's World are also helpful. Amazon.com is our best source for user feedback.
1. Women's Adventure magazine
The Garmin Forerunner 110 earns an Editor's Choice award from Women's Adventure magazine. Editors say the watch is easy to use and accurate when measuring distance and pace. Testers also say they like the free training software for analyzing workout data.
Review: Garmin Forerunner 110 Heart Rate Monitor, Editors of Women's Adventure magazine, June 8, 2010
2. USA Today Magazine
Anick Jesdanun, a technology writer for The Associated Press, tests three GPS watches, including the Garmin Forerunner 110. Jesdanun says it is a good value and very easy to use. Of the three watches he tests, it is also the fastest at acquiring a GPS signal.
Review: Review: GPS Running Watches Offer Improvements, Anick Jesdanun, March 19, 2011
DCRainmaker.com, a triathlon blog, has some of the most detailed reviews of GPS sport watches. The editor loves the smaller design, which looks more like a regular watch than some of its competitors. However, the watch doesn't support the optional cycling sensors.
Review: Untitled, Editor of DCRainmaker.com, March 29, 2010
Runner's World magazine says the Garmin Forerunner 110 is "the easiest way for a beginning runner to experience the convenience of GPS." Although it lacks some advanced features, Sean Downey says the watch is easy to use.
Review: Garmin Forerunner 110, Sean Downey, July 22, 2010
5. Outside Magazine
Outside magazine recommends the Garmin Forerunner 110 in this brief review. Aaron Gulley says the watch is a good way to measure your pace and determine how hard you are exercising.
Review: Play By the Numbers, Aaron Gulley, May 2011
The Garmin Forerunner 110 enjoys a 4-star rating (out of 5) after more than 40 reviews at Amazon.com. Reviewers like that it covers all the basics and is easy to use. Others complain that it doesn't display current pace.
Review: Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Unisex Sport Watch (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2011
RunTheLine.com, a running blog, doesn't rate the Garmin Forerunner 110, but editors give it a positive review. They say the watch is lightweight and comfortable. It also acquires satellites quickly.
Review: Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Running Watch Review, "Dave", Aug. 21, 2010