Garmin's GPS sport watches consistently earn high ratings, and reviewers say the Garmin Forerunner 210 is the best bet for most users. It lacks some of the advanced training features found on Garmin's more expensive GPS watches, but experts say the Garmin Forerunner 210 strikes a good balance between price, ease of use and functionality. This GPS-enabled watch tracks speed, distance, pace and heart rate (if you opt for the version with a heart-rate monitor). Reviewers say they love the current pace feature, especially because some GPS watches display only average pace. The Garmin Forerunner 210 acquires satellites quickly, and the sleek watch is comfortable to wear. Although the Garmin Forerunner 210 is water-resistant to 1 meter (approximately 3 feet), it can't be used for swimming. For triathletes, experts recommend the Garmin Forerunner 310XT (*Est. $350; $400 with heart-rate monitor), the only Garmin watch that can be used in the water. For those who want advanced training features, reviews point to the Garmin Forerunner 410 (*Est. $325; $375 with heart-rate monitor).
TrustedReviews.com has the best review of the Garmin Forerunner 210. The hands-on test culminates in a rating and several pages of analysis on ease of use, features and performance. We also found a very detailed review at DCRainmaker.com, a triathlon blog. Shorter reviews at Men's Journal, RunTheLine.com and About.com are also helpful.
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Britain's TrustedReviews.com gives the Garmin Forerunner 210 an overall rating of 8 out of 10. Cliff Jones says the sport watch is accurate and has "excellent" battery life. However, he says he would like to see a wireless data upload.
Review: Garmin Forerunner 210 Review, Cliff Jones, March 1, 2011
DCRainmaker.com has a very detailed and illustrated review of the Garmin Forerunner 210. The editor says it is "the perfect running watch" for most users and notes that it has made some improvements over previous versions. However, it's not a good choice for swimmers.
Review: Garmin Forerunner 210 In Depth Review, Editor of DCRainmaker.com, Dec. 8, 2010
3. Men's Journal
Men's Journal says the Garmin Forerunner 210 is an excellent sports watch for those who want the basics. "If you're looking for accuracy and ease of use, this is it," says Michael Lovato, a professional triathlete.
Review: Personal Trainers, Editors of Men's Journal, Feb. 15, 2011
RunTheLine.com gives the Garmin Forerunner 210 a positive review. Editors say Garmin has made several improvements over previous versions, including a current pace statistic and improved water resistance.
Review: Garmin Forerunner 210 Review, "Ross", Nov. 6, 2010
Fred Zahradnik, the GPS guide at About.com, gives the Garmin Forerunner 210 a 3.5-star rating (out of 5). Zahradnik says the watch is "an excellent all-around runner's watch," but he thinks cyclists and triathletes should look to Garmin's other watches. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Review: Garmin Forerunner 210 GPS-enabled Running Watch - All a Runner Needs, Fred Zahradnik, Not Dated
Only 10 reviewers comment on the Garmin Forerunner 210 at Amazon.com, but most opinions are positive. Most users say the sport watch provides all the metrics they need, including current pace, but two owners complain about a faulty heart-rate monitor.
Review: Forerunner 210 with Heart Rate Monitor by Garmin, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2011