Garmin Men's Forerunner 10 GPS Fitness Monitor

Priced: $130.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 41 reviews.
Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Fitness Monitor
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The Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS fitness monitor offers style, power and user-friendly function in a running watch that won't exhaust your wallet.



  • The Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS fitness monitor is water-resistant to 50m (165 ft.)


  • Streamlined design is smaller than most GPS watches, accommodating style and comfort


  • Rechargeable battery provides power for 4 - 5 hrs. in GPS training mode and more than a month in non-GPS watch mode
  • Plan, upload, share and relive your runs online at Garmin Connect
  • High-sensitivity GPS offers accurate, reliable and consistent tracking of run data
  • Tracks time, distance, current pace, calories burned, run/walk intervals, and personal records for 1 mi., 1 km, 5 km, 10 km and half-marathon distances
  • Super-easy setup lets you to start running with the press of a single button to track and clearly display essential data
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Also available for: Women
Analog or Digital:Digital
Average battery life:(GPS mode) 4 - 5 hrs. / (watch mode) 1 month
Countdown timer:No
Cycling functions:No
Date display:Yes
Dimensions:2.25 x 1.79 x 0.62 inches
Exercise log:Yes
Face diameter:1 inch
Heart rate sensor type:Unavailable
Number of routes:Based on available memory
Number of waypoints:0
OS compatibility:Windows / Mac
Tracks calories burned:Yes
User replaceable battery:No
Watch band material:Resin
Water-resistant depth:50 meters
Wireless communication:No

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Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Fitness Monitor Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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.
jsturges at REI on 01/01/2013

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.
christofirtree at REI on 04/04/2013

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.
Photofergi at REI on 12/12/2013

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!
Paul Gig at REI on 01/01/2013

Awesome Watch!

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!
p the hiker at REI on 09/09/2013


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.
trail runner43 at REI on 01/01/2013

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!
petstone at REI on 09/09/2013

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.
MKeller at REI on 09/09/2013

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.
LongMayIRun at REI on 06/06/2013

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.
BowtieNut at REI on 08/08/2013

Negative Reviews:

Amazing - until the wristband failed.

After a lot of research including the reviews here, I decided this was the watch for me. I bought it in May 2013 to train for an October 2013 marathon. I cannot say it enough how PERFECT it worked. It is accurate, found satellites quickly (this may be a regional issue, my friend's in MN had significant issues throughout his training, I had none in CO). Controls were easy, and it was absolutely perfect for my training.

Marathon came and went and at some point in the trip one side of the strap came off. There are two points it attaches to a pin on the watch, and once it comes off it will not go back on. I've tried everything. I emailed garmin support with no luck, and everyone on google is telling me this is a significant issue. I will be returning it. Would I recommend someone buying it? It may be worth it, it would be a no-brainer if REI still had the lifetime guarantee, but I can't see taking the risk since it's only a year now.

Amazing product, defective strap. Extremely frustrating.
birdsall at REI on 11/11/2013

Fine as a watch, but not much of a GPS

If you care about accurate speed, this thing is a joke. It must be doing some sort of moving averaging over a wide window, so it takes it forever to catch up with your actual speed. And similarly when you slow down, it takes forever for the speed to drop. So, whatever your sport is, if you're looking for immediate feedback to changes of effort or technique, this thing is useless. I've had a 205 and a 305 before, as well as Etrex 10 and another older Garmin, so I know what I want is easily achievable, certainly has been over the last 15 years, but this thing is a huge step back.
anonimous at REI on 01/01/2014

ok - until defective wristband failed

Great opportunity for Garmin to own the low-end of the running watch market - but they blew it: FR10 wristband design is defective and breaks at junction of band and watch-body mount (like mine did). Common flaw, read all about it on Garmin and RunnersWorld forums. FR10 also unreliable and slow getting initial GPS fix when starting a route - plan on standing around/stretching for extra minutes while you wait (yes that's with clear line of sight to sky).
pgs at REI on 11/11/2013

Neutral Reviews:

On the fence at the moment...

Being fairly new to trail running and completely new to GPS watches, I was very excited when the Forerunner 10 arrived at my door. I did my homework and this watch definitely seemed the best fit for my basic needs (distance, time, pace).

It was extremely easy to set up and on my first run (a short trail loop at a local state park) the unit synced with the GPS in less than 10 seconds. The Forerunner came back with a distance of 3.20 miles, which was about what I thought the loop length was. I loaded my run on the Garmin Connect software which is awesome. So far, so good...or so I thought...

On my second time out (same location), the watch would not sync at all. My running partner and I waited about 10 mins for it to try and lock onto a satellite, but finally had to give up and run without it. Third time out (again, exact same location), the watch synced fine, but came back with a distance of 3.11 miles, which is almost a tenth of a mile difference. This is 475 feet of difference between two separate readings on the exact same ~3 mile loop! I know that no GPS unit of any type is 100% accurate, so I'm going to continue testing and hope that this was a just a fluke. However, over a football field and a half of difference on the exact same trail loop is more variation that I think is acceptable, especially on this short a distance. I'll be using the device as a training tool, so if I can't trust the data, it's usefulness is limited.
Charles in NY at REI on 03/03/2013

Everything great, but....

Urban dwellers beware!

Everything about this watch is great, except the GPS reception. To be fair, I live in a dense urban environment in Brooklyn, NY which makes it difficult for all GPS watches to connect to the satillite. However, I orginally purchased a Garmin 110 and it never took more than 2 min for the signal to link to my watch. The Garmin 10 is the entry level GPS watch so it seems the GPS receptor is not as good as their higher end watches like the 110 or above. The Garmin 10 can take up to 5-10 min in my neighborhood. I end up having to turn on the GPS reception and run for 5-10 min in a more open area . This is frustrating since it's not capturing the total mileage I'm doing that day.

Otherwise, the features are excellent as it also offers real time pace that's calibrated so that it doesn't yo you in pace readings. The Garmin 110 oddly doesn't offer real time pace.
KYman at REI on 06/06/2013

I believe I would buy this Monitor again

I have nothing to compare this Monitor to so my comments are just my observations. It takes a little time to secure the location and although I run the same route the milage is from 4.12 to 4.17 but the more I use this monitor the more I like it and it tracks the information that I am most interested in. It tells you your current pace as you run along with elapsed time, distance and calories burned. After the run is over you can see your time for each mile you ran, impressive for the money spent!
DonL at REI on 04/04/2013

Easy to use, good functionality

My daughter and I both bought one of these for a local race (I ran the 1/2 marathon, she ran the marathon). It was a good tool for helping with pace, etc., but both of them were off by 0.01 miles/mile. For short runs, not a big deal, but that's an 1/8th mile error for me and a 1/4 mile for her marathon. I'd recommend it for shorter runs and recording casual runs, but not for serious runners.
Gangof5MA at REI on 10/10/2013

Does the job

The watch does what its supposed to do. Getting the initial signal has been touch and go. Once connected the watch works flawlessly.

I connect the watch to a Mac. The autorun feature does not work so the software must be launched manually. The software is easy to use and provides the right amount of information.
MN Nate at REI on 10/10/2013


This watch worked well for purpose...showing distance and such on trail runs. The Garmin software is also helpful, showing your route, elevation changes, speed, etc. However, I found the watch lacking in design (bulky, certainly not stylish) and multifunctionality (lacking several functions of most basic sports watches). I ended up returning the watch.
Linser22 at REI on 10/10/2013