Athletes don’t make excuses, and neither does the Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Fitness Monitor. The 610 displays run stats with a tap or swipe of its touchscreen. After capturing a workout in realtime, the device uses ANT+ technology to wirelessly upload the new data. With advanced training features such as realtime pacing and GPS location-finding tools, Garmin’s latest Forerunner is perfect for runners looking for some serious technology.
The Forerunner 610’s touchscreen can withstand blood, sweat, and tears, while providing distance, pace, heart rate, and GPS location, among other parameters. (Heart-rate monitor sold separately.) Runners can explore new routes with its back-to-start feature, which relies on Garmin’s GPS technology.
Training tools include Virtual Racer, which pits you against previous best times or uploaded challenges from the online Garmin community. The 610 can provide vibration alerts to indicate in realtime when you have reached a predetermined time, distance, or heart-rate zone. The Garmin Connect online Web portal lets you store, analyze, and share activity, or plot runs on a map.
- Wirelessly uploads data to Garmin Connect
- Uses GPS for realtime navigation, not just route mapping
- Realtime pacing feature
- High pricepoint compared to Nike+