Review of Garmin Forerunner 310XT and 910XT: we overcome water element and reach sports heights together


The Garmin Forerunner XT series sports watches are modern, practical products that are not afraid of water. Devices equipped with GPS-navigators serve as faithful assistants for swimmers and triathlon enthusiasts. Garmin Forerunner XT waterproof devices record a range of performance indicators of the athlete’s body, and then transmit this information to a PC via wireless communication.

This multifunctional device can work up to twenty hours without recharging. They measure the distance an athlete has covered while walking, running, swimming or cycling. The built-in GPS-receiver allows the athlete to determine and mark his current geographical position on the map. Innovative ANT+ technology transfers received information to a PC.

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

This model came out in 2009. It guarantees water resistance when immersed to a depth of fifty meters. For this reason, the watch can be safely used during swimming training. Comfortable wearing of the device is ensured by its streamlined shape and flexible strap.

Easily switch from one sport to another

The device is conveniently attached to the bicycle handlebars using a special holder, so the transition from running to cycling does not take much time. The watch captures the achievements obtained in various sports, recording the transition time from one discipline to another. This gives the athlete the opportunity to subsequently analyze the parameters of the body, as well as the results achieved, from the moment of start to the very finish.

Collecting information received during training

Forerunner 310XT navigator accurately determines the location of the athlete and calculates the distance covered. The innovative HotFix function guarantees high-quality signal reception even near massive structures or under tree crowns.

ANT+ technology allows you to wirelessly connect your device to a heart rate monitor, foot pod, and cadence device. A special built-in device calculates the amount of energy spent, based on the number of contractions of the heart muscle, and allows you to control the level of load.

Synchronization and information exchange

At the end of a workout, the revolutionary ANT+ technology automatically downloads the data to the PC if it is within a certain distance from the athlete.

The information received by the computer can then be analyzed, systematized and transferred to other users registered on the Garmin Connect online resource or using the specialized Garmin Training Center application. Alternatively, the athlete or their coach can create routes using a PC and then stream them to the built-in Forerunner computer.

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

This model was put into production in 2012. It is an advanced modification of the Garmin Forerunner 310XT product, and provides users with a number of new features.

New product features

The Garmin Forerunner 910XT is considered to be the perfect companion for triathlon enthusiasts, as it provides highly accurate measurement during swims, tracks distance, and also measures a number of body parameters during running and cycling. This device is suitable for practicing not only in pools, but also in open-type reservoirs. It determines the length of the swim and the effectiveness of the stroke, as well as counting the strokes and measuring the length of the pool.

Tracking parameters during training

The Forerunner 910XT watch stores the distance traveled in memory, allowing the user to then view it on a map using the Garmin Connect system. This opportunity has already been appreciated by athletes who conduct their classes in open water.

Also, this device determines such indicators of cycling training as distance and speed. The Forerunner is equipped with an altimeter that allows you to accurately measure your ascent and descent, as well as the degree of incline.

Time saving

The innovative Multisport function makes it easy to switch between different training modes, and a long battery life of up to 20 hours makes this device ideal for preparing for marathon races.

The Forerunner 910XT smartwatch also features a vibration alert feature that notifies the athlete when a certain lap is completed or when rest time is approaching.


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