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Garmin Forerunner 210 Review

The Garmin Forerunner 210 has been out on the market for a while now and when Garmin originally announced the Forerunner 210, the goal was to offer a more feature rich version of the Forerunner 110. Such new features include more advance data intervals and support for a foot pod.

The Forerunner 210 is still popular choice for runners that want an easy to use sports watch to train and track their progress but is it worth the extra price over a Forerunner 110? Read on for our review of the Garmin Forerunner 210.

Garmin Forerunner 210 Overview

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Garmin Forerunner 210 Black Edition

Like the Forerunner 110, the Garmin Forerunner 210 is a GPS-enabled sports watch that is easy to set-up and use right out of the box. The Garmin 210 allows runners to track and record their distances, time and pace. The watch is also compatible with an optional heart rate monitor and foot pod for indoor training.

The Forerunner 210 provides training capabilities that allow you to create customized  intervals sessions and pace for each interval. When used with the optional foot pod, you can also see your cadence or steps per minute.

The menu system on the Garmin 210 is pretty intuitive to use and the four buttons (light, start/stop, page/menu and lap/reset) and display is clearly labelled so you can quickly set-up the watch and go run immediately. The FR210 built-in GPS unit features HotFix® satellite prediction, which makes locating and locking on to satellites quick. During our use, the GPS didn’t let us down and was reasonable quick to lock on to a satellite.

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Garmin Forerunner 210 Review Special Edition

The FR210 is amazingly compact and lightweight that you can happily use and treat as an everyday watch. The sports watch features a clear screen that has display resolution of 52 x 30 pixels, which makes viewing the screen while running easy to read. The watch also features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 8 hours in training mode and up to 3 weeks in power save mode.

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Garmin Forerunner 210 Black Teal Edition

Whatever your training goals are, you can easily track all your running activity through Garmin Connect, which allows you to upload, analyse and see all your activity. For example, you can see the route you ran, summary of workout data and whether you have achieved your goals.

The FR210 also has a water resistant rating of IPX7, which Garmin say means the “case can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.” We would not recommend doing workouts in the swimming pool with the watch on, although the watch should be fine while you are out running in the rain or in the shower.

The Garmin 210 is available in either sleek black, black teal or a special edition (white, green and blue) colors. At the time of writing, prices start from $199.99 for the base model, $249.99 with heart rate monitor and $299.99 with heart rate monitor and foot pod.

The Good Stuff
1. Lightweight and compact design – can be used as a everyday watch
2. Easy to set-up and use straight out of the box
3. Provides accurate distances, time and pace tracking
4. Compatible with heart rate monitor and foot pod
5. Adds interval and pace support
6. Easy to use with Garmin Connect to manage and analyse your running activity
7. Good battery life providing up to 8 hours in training mode and up to 3 weeks in standby mode
8. Easy to read screen display
9. GPS pretty quick and accurate
10. Available in various styles and colors

The Bad Stuff
1. Not waterproof enough for swimming workouts but is safe while running in the rain or in the shower.
2. No immediate support to download workouts from your computer
3. Fixed data fields so you can’t customise how you want the data fields to be displayed
4. Only suitable for runners and not triathletes
5. No support for other ANT+ cycling accessories

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Specifications
Dimensions: 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) diameter
Display resolution: 52 x 30 pixels
Weight: 1.8 oz (52 g)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: 3 weeks in power save mode; 8 hours in training mode
Water resistant: Yes (IPX7)
GPS-enabled: Yes
History: 1000 laps
Heart rate monitor: Yes (Some versions)
Foot pod: Yes (Some versions)
Garmin Connect™ compatible: Yes
Auto Lap®: Yes
Interval training: Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation: Yes

What’s in the Box?
Base Model
1 x Garmin Forerunner 210
1 x AC charger
1 x Charging/data clip
1 x User manual

Heart Rate Monitor
1 x Garmin Forerunner 210
1 x Heart rate monitor
1 x AC charger
1 x Charging/data clip
1 x User manual

Heart Rate Monitor and Foot Pod
1 x Garmin Forerunner 210
1 x Heart rate monitor
1 x Foot pod
1 x AC charger
1 x Charging/data clip
1 x User manual

What Other People Say About the Garmin Forerunner 210
Great GPS watch, easy to use, easy to train/race with – “After my IMTX training buddies finally convinced me to invest in a Garmin Forerunner, I decided to go with the 210. I did a lot of research and I liked the functionality and look of the 210, and went with that. I bought mine online at REI (had some gift cards) and it came with free standard shipping, and got here just in time for my race last weekend. By K.Harper (TX, USA)

Lightweight, Solid, Simple – Highly recommended – “If you are looking for a great looking, light weight GPS watch to track time and distance, without all of the bells and whistles, you’ve found it here. By D.Kanigan (CT, USA)

Best running buddy! – “Prior to this Garmin Forerunner 210, I used TIMEX IRONMAN TRIATHLON for my regular jogging and running events. I bought this Forerunner 210 to improve my timing by recording my time and pace. This GPS enabled watch gives you almost everything you need to keep up with your aimed pace or even improve your timing. I would like to recommend it especially to female runners who are looking for a GPS enabled watch. By YKF

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Conclusion
For the majority of runners, the Garmin Forerunner 210 is the perfect running watch. The watch offers stylish looks, easy to use interface and enough features that most runners will be happy with. It’s also one of the easiest GPS-enabled sports watches to use, which is great for ‘less-techy’ people. With support for a heart rate monitor, foot pod and instant pace, the FR210 is also an affordable option for the more serious runner.

For the minority that are looking for more advanced all-in-one fitness sports watch, the Forerunner 210 is probably not for you. Whether you’re a triathlete, want more complex workout data or require custom data fields, you’ll need to look elsewhere as the FR210 is primarily designed for runners only. So if you’re looking for an affordable watch that is a little richer in features than the Forerunner 110, the Forerunner 210 is the watch to opt for.

Where to Buy the Garmin Forerunner 210?
At the time of writing, you can buy the Garmin Forerunner 210 from Amazon.com for under $199.99 for the base model, $249.99 with heart rate monitor and $299.99 with the heart rate monitor and foot pod with free shipping. Alternatively, you can order directly from Garmin or shop around on EBay or Best Buy.

Dislike the Garmin Forerunner 210?
If you’re looking for more advanced sports watch for running, check out the reviews page for more running watches.

Do you own the Garmin Forerunner 210? Have questions about the FR210? Feel free to post comments or questions below.