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Gear Review

5 5

Lots of functions, easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this to replace a broken 205. There's no way to give a thorough review here without taking tons of pages - and good complete reviews are out there. here's one:
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2009/09/garmin-forerunner-310xt-in-depth-review.html
But here are my impressions: The real time data available on the screen is customizable and you can set several screens with the data you want (e.g., elapsed time, pace, average lap pace, elevation gain/loss, distance, etc.) Very nice to be able to set this up to your desires. You can also get many optional accessories like HR monitor, bike cadence sensor, power meter, giving a wide range of options. It is very easy to customize. The battery life is considerable better than the 205 (20 vs 12 hours) and the 20 hours seems pretty accurate from my use. It has a ton of nice features - one I like is the customizable lap feature - you can set a lap distance or a lap time. Its pretty cool to say, set a one mile lap, then go for a 10 mile run, and compare the average pace for each of the 10 miles. Also, the online data analysis is great - providing a nice summary and history of your workouts. It connects to the computer wirelessly through a usb device. And, the whole device is truly waterproof. Overall a very slick device.