Garmin Forerunner 610 Review

A couple of months ago when we compiled the top 5 watches for runners list, one of our fans on Facebook asked why the Garmin Forerunner 610 wasn’t mentioned on the list. To be honest, we don’t know why but to make up for it, we’ve decided to dedicate a whole blog post reviewing the Garmin 610. Read more for the Garmin Forerunner 610 review.

Garmin Forerunner 610 Review

Garmin Forerunner 610

Garmin Forerunner 610

Our first impression of the Garmin Forerunner 610 is that it’s not a bad looking sports watch. In fact, it looks like any other regular watch that you could happily wear everyday. With a slim and stylish profile, the watch doesn’t feel bulky or heavy on the wrist at all.

Garmin Forerunner 610 Data Screens

Garmin Forerunner 610 Data Screens

The FR610 isn’t just about the looks either as it’s packed with many advanced workout features that has made Garmin one of the leading sports watch manufacturers. Some of the noticeable features include GPS tracking, vibrate alert (time, distance and calories etc.), customizable data screens and advanced training programs such as the Virtual Partner.

But what sets the Forerunner 610 apart from other Garmin running watches is this is the company’s first sports watch that features a touchscreen interface. The touchscreen interface allows runners to touch, swipe and tap to navigate and set up the watch.

You may think a touchscreen watch for running might not work too well but in general, we did not find it too distracting or annoying at all. The touchscreen even worked pretty well while wearing gloves. This is great if you tend to wear gloves during the colder seasons.

Here are some of the good and bad stuff about the Garmin Forerunner 610:

The Good Stuff
1. The touchscreen interface works pretty well, even with gloves on.
2. Water resistant so suitable for most running environments.
3. Slim, stylish and looks like a regular watch.
4. GPS – Fast and pretty accurate distance, pace and other data tracking.
5. GPS automatically turns off if idle for 5 minutes. This is great for extending the battery life of the watch.
6. The Virtual Racer feature is great for racing against past performances and times.
7. Easy to customize screens to display different data and metrics.
8. The vibrate function is useful for time, distance, calories, cadence and heart rate alerts.
9. Available with optional heart rate monitor.
10. Supplied with wireless USB stick for uploading run data.

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The Bad Stuff
1. Battery life limited to 8 hours.
2. Not suitable for swimming – although water resistant, the watch is not suitable for swimming.
3. Common complaint among users is charging issues, which Garmin seem to have solved with newer revised models.

Garmin 610 Specifications
Color: Black
Display: 1-inch
Battery Life: Up to 8 hours
Dimensions: 0.6 x 1.8 x 2.5 inches
Weight: 6.4 ounces

What Other People Say About the Garmin Forerunner 610
“One of the Best Running Tools Ever” by Thomas H.

“Greatest GPS Watch Ever Owned!” by John C

“Exceptional Watch!” by Nepenthe Mason

“It’s early but I love it so far!” by J. Granquist

“Best GPS watch. No battery issues here.” by M.Vaughan

Check out what other people thought of the Garmin Forerunner 610.

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The Forerunner 610 is certainly a great looking watch and is packed with many useful features. The unique selling point of this watch is the slim design and the touchscreen interface.

Garmin Forerunner 610 Front

Garmin Forerunner 610 Front View

Although watches like the Garmin FR 305 are slightly more capable, not all runners would like the bulkiness and size of such watches. As a result of the smaller form factor and clean touchscreen interface, the Garmin FR 610 is definitely one of our favourite running watches.

Where to Buy the Garmin Forerunner 610?
The Garmin 610 is available with and without heart rate monitor respectively from Amazon.

Check out our other recommended top watches for running.

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