Garmin Forerunner 910XT $399.95
One computer to rule them all.
Garmin's Forerunner 910XT is a series of firsts. Never before have you been able to track all of your vital metrics across all three disciplines with one device. Now, from the water to the road, the Forerunner 910XT will provide you with all of the valuable training and race data that you need in order to elevate your fitness and results.
Starting with the most necessary feature for the swim, the 910XT is water-resistant up to 50 meters in depth and is suitable for both open waters and pools. And with the customizable display, you can view metrics like distance, efficiency, stroke identification, stroke count, and for indoor training, pool lengths. All of this data is available in real time, and for race recon and training, the path analyzation feature will prove invaluable in the war room. This metric allows you to capture your path for viewing in Garmin Connect afterwards. So, you can analyze your output, stroke by stroke, along the entire path of your swim.
Once you go through T1 and get into the saddle, you'll be able view your distance and speed. And with the 910XT's barometric altimeter, you can also view your degree of gradient, total ascent, and total descent. Even better, if you're training or racing with multiple systems in place, the 910XT is compatible with ANT+ sensors. So, you can share data with your CPU of choice, powermeters, and even Garmin's new Vector pedal-based powermeter system. Syncing with devices like these will further the importance of your metrics by allowing you to view your power output and cadence.
On the running segment, Garmin has provided metrics for distance and pace. You also have the ability to set vibration alerts in order to remind you to get some nutrition in or to hit a split. Additionally, you can sync the 910XT wirelessly to any ANT+ compatible heart rate monitor for even more crucial data.
As for the features of the watch itself, the 910XT has a 20 hour battery life, and it displays anywhere from one to four data points at a time. For the fastest transitions in the Garmin line, the watch also features a multi-sport mode that's accessible with a single button. So, you can switch from Swim to Bike modes faster than you can get out of the water. For training, your data is all saved internally, and you can even utilize Garmin's new Virtual Racer program in real time. This feature lets you race against your personal bests, or even against another user account's time -- ie, your competition. The 910XT also comes equipped with the Virtual Partner program that works in a similar fashion to Racer, only the computer pits you against a static pace.
And once you're done with your race or training, you can upload your data to either your Mac or PC wirelessly. Additionally, once on your computer, you can chart your metrics, progress, and results online with Garmin Connect. Here, you can create customized workouts, set and view your routes, and view your friend's activities.
The Garmin Forerunner 910XT is available in one size and in the color Black.
What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have a quiver of Garmin products. I bought the 910XT primarily for the triathlete side of my life. It's one of the few Garmin products that fits on your wrist and you can get wet more than just from running in the rain. It performs as well as all the other Garmin products I own. I particularly like the button approach over the touchscreen approach of the 610 (which I also own). I like the fact that you can customize the screens for triathlon or duathlon or any multisport event, and build in transition phases also. So when doing a race, it easily records your time for each event in the order you programmed them as well as building in the proper transition sections. My only complaint is that the watch doesn't seem to track perfectly when swimming laps indoors. Once I get past 500 or 600 yards in a 25 yard pool, it starts to be off by a lap or two. I find it annoying, but only a minor inconvenience. I've also noticed that when I am in the open water and it is tracking off of the satellites, that it will give you an alarm when you hit the bottom of your water stroke that it lost the satellite reception. In a number of races it did that constantly, but then later when I uploaded it, it still seemed to track perfectly. I wonder whether it's because I have it set on the most sensitive GPS level.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This watch is great for triathletes. Its very accurate in the pool. Its not too big, prob the same size as the garmin 310. I use it for all 3 sports(swim, bike and run)