Awesome GPS Watch
This is my first GPS running watch. I bought it for myself after using an app for my phone that only worked correctly part of the time. For someone who wants an enty level watch, this is amazing, especially for the price. It tracks time, distance, pace, and calories burned(estimate). I didnt want to pay a bunch for a more advanced model, and find out I don't like it.
The GPS locks on pretty quickly. I usually have my watch off next to me while I warm up to run. If you run in the same general area, the GPS locks on pretty quickly. If you are traveling and far away from the last spot you activated GPS it seems to take a little bit longer. The GPS is locked on by the time I am done warming up.
The only downside I had was downloading the program that allows you to upload your runs onto garmin connect or any online server. I was trying to download it to IE 9, but I couldn't do it. There is a simple fix to this. I use Google Chrome, and I can upload my runs without an issue. I am not sure if other browsers like firefox have any issues though.
After uploading your runs, it gives you a breakdown of the run, and how you did. It is good for help keeping track of your progress. Also, once you upload them, you wont have to worry about losing the runs from your watch.
For a no frills basic running watch, this cannot be beat.
Simple and effective GPS watch
Sometimes simplicity is all you are looking for. If so this is a great option for you. I use this watch for running, bike commuting and mountain biking. It was exactly what I was looking for, which was a simple and reasonably priced GPS watch. It tracks very accurately, tells me my pace and distance, and has good battery life. I am very impressed with the Garmin Connect website, which stores all of the data. The watch is so simple it only thinks you are running, so if you are using it for cycling you need to change that field in Garmin Connect once you upload the data. Using it for cycling will also results in it thinking you ran a very fast 5K.
I give it 4 stars because sometimes you need to be patient for the connection to establish. This is variable, sometimes it connects in seconds. This is really not too big of a deal for me, but good to know if you are annoyed by that kind of thing. You could always just breathe some fresh air and stretch while it connects.
Bottom line this is useful and motivational fitness tool you can buy at a reasonable price.
Solid and Simple GPS Watch
A bit over a year ago I finally stopped carrying my phone with a GPS app and bought a GPS watch. I searched for a long time and found the Forerunner 10 to be everything I wanted in a running watch. I liked the easy setup and the watch gave me just what I wanted: Distance, Speed, Calories, Pace. I didn't want frills and a ton of data. I merely wanted to know how far I had gone. The watch downloads data easily on my computer and allows me to export whatever data I wish. I have worn it in all weather and like that it is water resistant (unlike many other GPS watches). It is quite accurate, as I found out when it got turned on during an airplane ride and measured the speed and distance between Austin, TX and Las Vegas.
I truly have nothing bad to say about this watch; as it has performed exactly as I intended it to.
If you seek a simple to use and easy to manage GPS watch, and don't feel the need to spend $250 or more, this is the watch for you.
it does all that it needs to do
this is my first GPS....anything. And i really like it.
I use this for running, and it does the few functions i'm interested in. time/distance/splits/average. it does a few others, but that's all i need, and with this awesome watch, i don't feel like i have a small laptop strapped to my arm.
there are only two things that i'm not thrilled about. a) finding a signal (keep in mind this is my first GPS anything, maybe my expecations are too high). after charging and having been powered down, then turning it back on, it can take a while, up to 3 or 4 minutes, for it to find a signal. that kind of stinks.
b) only 7 saved runs. i knew that when i asked for this watch, and for the most part it's just fine, except...yesterday we did track work 8x800's, it erased my first time. i remembered whtat my time was, and it wasn't a big deal, but it's just somethign to keep in mind.
overall, this is a great watch for the money!
This is an amazing watch. I had one of the older Garmin running watches about 3 years ago and this is a huge improvement. I was able to do a quick charge and use it right away on my run. It picked up GPS quickly and accurately. It is light weight and cool looking. I love that the battery will last for up to 20 days if you just use it as a watch and 5 hours for run. Charging was easy and strait forward. Interface with the computer was a little tricky at first, but after about 15 minutes I was looking at my run and watching a virtual map play my location, elevation and speed at each part of my run. This was AMAZING! The screen is easy to see and the controls are easy to use. I think I will buy one for my son who is an avid cross-country runner. Oh, did I also mention it is water resistant! Amazing! I think I will take it windsurfing to see my speed!
This watch is fantastic. I was hesitant to purchase a GPS watch when they first came out and cost a lot more $ and were really bulky. I'm glad I waited for the forerunner. I'm an avid trail/road runner and have been running for 25+ years.
A few things I like about it:
-It's easy to figure out and the buttons are pretty intuitive.
-It's accurate. The first time I ran with it was in a road race and it was accurate to within 10ft at each mile marker in the race.
-The garmin connect program is fantastic. I've been keeping a running log in an excel file for several years and this is WAY better. It takes only a few seconds to upload and gives me tons of helpful information that is very easy to access.
-It might be nice if there was an elevation profile included in the garmin connect program and a better map with topographical lines but these are pretty minor complaints.
GREAT basic GPS for a newbie runner like
I just started running earlier this year - at first on the treadmill and now outside. I just registered for my first 10k and have a personal goal of completing a marathon by fall 2014. This Forerunner is helping me towards achieving that goal.
It is beyond easy to set up and with a couple push of the buttons you're off and running. It's accurate, picks up my location within seconds, let's me know if I'm on-pace (or behind/ahead...I determine my goal pace and input it), auto-pauses if I need a quick water break and is easy to upload to Garmin Connect. When you're finished it tells you your total time, distance, average pace, and calories burned. The battery life is good...not sure yet if it'd make it a full marathon but it gets me through my 10-mile runs with charge to spare. When not in GPS mode it tells you the time and date.
Love, love....and highly recommend!
Perfect Basic GPS
This is a perfect basic GPS running watch. It can tell you just about anything that you would want to know as far as pace, distance, time, etc., but with a basic menu. The main limitation I can see with this watch is perhaps the lack of a heart rate monitor capability. For me, this was not a big issue. It seems to get a signal lock fairly quickly and is just as accurate as higher end models that Garmin makes (I think it uses the same GPS receiver, but I could be wrong). I like to upload the data to the Garmin Connect web site to track my mileage for the week and month as well as checking splits for individual runs. Overall, it does everything I need it to do and it does it well.
Just What I Needed
I use the product for running. I wanted something to help motivate me to run faster. I am no speed demon, and had a tendency to plod along and not really push it. I generally use the display with time and distance, and together with the lap interval display, it's enough to let me know if I need to pick up the pace. Also, no measuring out route distances before running. The free upload feature to Garmin Connect is easy to use and a great way to keep tract of runs. It does take a minute or two to set your location, but I usually use the time to stretch. Very pleased.
Just what I wanted
This GPS watch is exactly what I was looking for. Seems very accurate, but also very simple to use. I use it for jogging and biking, sometimes on trails that are pretty tree covered, and I've never had it lose signal. It takes maybe a minute at most to get the original signal when you turn it on to GPS mode, and then I'm off and running. It's small enough that I just wear it all the time. Battery life is good, but if you run much longer than marathon distances, you should look elsewhere. It lasts me all weekend though when I use the GPS a couple hours each day.