Saturday, September 7, 2013

Garmin Forerunner 110 (Review)

There are more expensive and more sophisticated GPS watches. There are also cheaper and simpler models. The Garmin Forerunner 110 is a durable, middle-of-the-road option that will meet the needs of most amateur runners. No Bullshit!



All that most of us really need to go out for a run is some shorts and a good pair of shoes, but as far as luxuries go a decent GPS watch isn’t a bad addition to your arsenal of gear. While there is something to be said about ‘running by feel,’ sometimes its just plain comforting to know how fast you are moving and how far you’ve gone during any given workout. The fact that you can go home, plug your watch into a computer, and pull up a map of your route along with detailed statistics and analysis (elevation, splits, etc..) via Garmin Connect is icing on the cake.

With a rechargeable battery life of around 8 hours (when the GPS is running) there is enough life in the Garmin Forerunner 110 to get most of us through our longest training day. Acquisition of a signal in wooded areas can be slow, but it rarely drops a satellite connection once made. The Forerunner 110 also has a tendency to lock up once every couple months. If this happens the watch is easily rebooted, but unfortunately you’ll lose any unsaved (to your computer) data in the process.

SPECIFICATIONS

PHYSICAL:
  • 1.8" x 2.7" x 0.6" (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)
  • Display Size: 1.0" x 1.0" (2.5 x 2.5 cm)
  • Display Resolution: 52 x 30 pixels
  • Touchscreen: No
  • 1.8 oz (52 g)
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery Life: 3 Weeks In Power Save Mode; 8 Hours In Training Mode
  • Water Resistant: Yes(IPX7)
  • GPS Enabled
  • High-sensitivity receiver


MAPS / MEMORY:
  • History: 1000 laps


SPECIALIZED FEATURES:
  • Garmin Connect™ Compatible
    - online community where you analyze, categorize and share data
  • Auto Lap®
    - automatically starts a new lap
  • Heart-rate based calorie computation
  • Sport Watch
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