Garmin Forerunner 210 HRM $249.99
Make the most of your training.
Garmin knows that you need your GPS watch to track your workouts both inside and outdoors, which is why it developed the new Forerunner 210 HRM. Like the 110 model, the 210 HRM accurately records the vital information from your training sessions, but you now have the capabilities to track your time, pace, and distance while working out indoors. And with this heart rate monitor package, you gain even more information like zone metrics, thresholds, and caloric consumption.
The 210 is compatible with, but does not include, a Garmin foot pod. Essentially, the pod works by using 'accelerometer' technology that collects precise information about your movements and sends it straight to your Garmin device. So, it gathers accurate distance and data as you run. In addition to this, the 210 also works with certain indoor fitness equipment. Accordingly, you're able to track and store data from your run on the treadmill or cycling workout. Furthering these training functions, the Forerunner 210 HRM lets you create customized interval sessions, with each interval's pace clearly visible on the screen. This means that your training is more effective, as you receive instant, motivating feedback directly from your Garmin.
The Forerunner 210 HRM includes Garmin's soft strap heart rate monitor to display your heart rate in beats per minute. The monitor also allows you to fully customize the five built-in heart rate zones, and you have the option to set up alerts to notify you when you're above or below your targets. Additionally, heart rate-based calorie computations are provided in order to more accurately track the calories you've burned.
Monitoring your cadence or steps per minute is also achieved when you upload your data to Garmin Connect. This free data analysis was designed for you to share and review your workouts online through its maps, summaries, and other useful training information. For indoor activities, when the GPS isn't in use, the mapping will not be visible in Garmin Connect, but you'll still have a record of your workout data that's stored on your Forerunner 210. Garmin also made it easy to track your weight, body fat, body water, and six other measurements using the watch. And with the included Tanita BC-1000 body composition scale, readings are received wirelessly from the scale and displayed on your device, which then able to be sent directly to Garmin Connect.
Finally, and arguably the most important feature of the Forerunner 210, is its ease of use. Just charge the watch, step outside to find GPS satellites, and then answer a few initial setup questions. After that you press start to begin your run. That's all there is to it. With built-in HotFix satellite prediction, the Forerunner stays locked onto satellites even when you're under tree cover or tall buildings.
The Garmin Forerunner 210 HRM is available in one size and in the colors Black and Teal. Please note that the 210 includes a heart rate monitor and all of the pertinent software necessary for setup.
Reviews & Community
Great when it wants to be
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I bought the Garmin 210, it was my first venture into a GPS watch. The price was perfect and it had everything I wanted. I did most of my running with it last summer and it performed pretty well. The tracking was close to perfect (better than I expected for the price), the battery life was adequate, and it did exactly what I wanted (most days). Though it was performing well for the most part, there was still some major things that annoyed me and really killed this watch for me.
First, it would take a VERY long time to find a signal some days. Even on a bluebird day, at my doorstep (where I start 90% of my runs), it would take almost 10 minutes.
Second, in the middle of runs in random locations, it would drop GPS. Again, nothing crazy with the weather or area that I was in and oddly enough, it was generally on the trails that I ran the most.
These two things were enough for me to realize that an upgrade was needed. It did it's job very well 80% of the time, but for the price (and now with Suunto having an option around the same price point), I didn't expect such major flaws.
does what its supposed to do
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Multiple displays show what I need, and it downloads easily. HR strap is the nice one (not plastic). Good for anything you want to track - runs, rides, moto, skiing, even swimming.
Everything you need
I was looking for a few specifics in a heart rate monitor. I wanted GPS built in, Strava/computer compatibility, minimal pieces (i.e. no foot pod), and I was on a budget. The Forerunner 210 met and exceeded my desires in a running watch. Seriously, do your homework-or don't and just listen to me-you'll be hard pressed to find a watch with similar features in this price range.
If you're a data junky like I am, then you'll love how simply the 210 syncs with Strava. The only setback for some (was not an issue for me) may be that it does not show elevation gain while you're running. It DOES store it however and all of that data is viewable after your run in either the Garmin software or Strava.
A lot of reviews online complained about the connector/charger. I can see the nitpick here. It's a pretty silly design. However, I've had no problems yet charging or syncing the watch and it's pretty easy to tell if all four pins are correctly aligned. No complaints from me given how amazing everything else is on this watch.