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Forerunner 210 includes heart rate alerts, interval training, and foot pod compatibility (foot pod sold separately) for detailed performance tracking indoors and out
Answer a few simple setup questions then just step outside, press the start button and begin your walk or run to track essential workout data—it's as easy as that!
Forerunner 210 uses GPS to accurately record your speed, distance and average pace information
High-sensitivity GPS receiver stays locked onto satellites, even near tall buildings and under tree cover
Included chest-strap heart rate monitor helps you optimize performance while training
Heart rate alerts indicate when your heart rate exceeds the upper limit or falls below the lower limit of your target zone
Features advanced heart-rate-based calorie computation
Interval training function lets you set up custom exercise sessions and automatically see your pace for each interval
Wireless ANT+™ technology allows the Forerunner 210 to communicate with the included heart rate monitor and with the Garmin foot pod (sold separately)
ANT+ technology also enables the watch to communicate with third-party equipment such as the Tanita BC-1000 scale and select fitness equipment (all sold separately)
Data from each run is stored in the unit so you can go back and review how you did last week
Upload data to the Garmin Connect community website for in-depth analysis of time, speed, distance and route; store and share data with other Forerunner community users
When you aren't exercising, the Forerunner 210 can be used as a full-functioning watch that features time, calendar (day/date) and daily alarm
Slim profile and fashionable look let you wear the watch around town and at the office
Water-resistant construction meets IPX7 standards (submersible to 1m for 30 min.)
Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery provides up to 8 hrs. of use in training mode and 3 weeks in power save mode
Includes the Garmin Forerunner 210 wrist unit, heart rate monitor chest strap, AC charging adapter, charging/data clip and owner's manual
This item contains hazardous or flammable materials and is restricted to surface shipping only. Online orders for shipment to Alaska must be picked up at the Anchorage REI store (follow options for Free Shipping to REI Store when ordering); shipment to any other Alaska address is not offered. Sorry, this product cannot be shipped to Hawaii, APO, FPO or international addresses.
by govboybrianfromDoes not tract cals burnedHard to link footpod at first, doesn't track cals burned, contacted Garmin and they are aware of the issue
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 1out of5
by 4mikefromFailedGreat watch out of the box. Had a 405 that drove me crazy with unreliability. This one started out very good, then speed tracking seemed inconsistent and innaccurate after 3-4 months. Satillite connection kept getting slower over time, up to 5 minutes at times to connect on a sunny day. Stopwatch is 2-3 seconds slow on the startup at races. Today,after 6 months, it just died, and will not charge or come on. Not what I hoped for at all. [...] I run 30-40 miles per week, and watch was well cared for.
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 1out of5
by Yosemite ExplorerfromComplete Disappointment!Okay, I've wanted one of these toys for years and finally settled on this one. It was on sale at REI, but was available cheaper elsewhere. However, after twenty years as a member and knowing how strong the customer service is at REI, I decided to buy here to support my coop and in case something went wrong. Good decision!
I had read reviews complaining about slow signal acquisition and about the heartrate monitor going bad very quickly. I was not prepared for anything like this though.
1. Signal acquisition is ABYSMAL.
There have been times when I've done a run and gotten decent tracking, then gone out and done the same run under clear skies and gone for 30 minutes without getting a signal. This has been true in dense forest in Yosemite where I live, sure, but also running along the open road by fields and meadows in Vermont, along a hilltop in Minnesota. Once, I ran to the top of a hill in Yosemite and stood in an open area for 3 minutes with the thing above my head, no signal. Then, a few minutes later, while bushwhacking in dense underbrush, I suddenly saw it was tracking!
It is incredible how bad this is. I have noticed that with a 100% full charge, I can often pick up satelites quickly, but anything less and it won't get them at all. Example. Yesterday I ran from my house for 3.5 miles. It tracked me perfectly through the forest. The watch was on for about 30 minutes, so drained a little, but not a lot. Three hours later, I decided to run to my lunch appointment. The first half mile was along the same route, then I veered into open meadows and still, after over a mile of running, I had no signal. Strangely, after lunch, I stood stock still and it picked up a signal and tracked me home. JUNK.
2. I had read complaints where people said the heartrate monitor twinked out after a month. I think mine literally lasted three uses. I thought the battery had gone bad, but today I tried not one, but two new batteries and could not get the watch to recognize the heartrate monitor.
3. No coordinates display.
On those rare occasions this has worked, it is a fun toy. It's a toy only, of course, because of the extreme unreliability. I knew of course this was not going to have maps and all that like a GPS, but I didn't imagine it wouldn't even let you display the coordinates, which might be pretty handy.
4. Average pace readings.
These are pretty weird and all over the place. They use sme averaging algorithm that seems to average over about a minute, so you don't have an instantaneous display. If you want to do intervals where you, for example, stay above a certain pace, you can't really do that because of the substantial lag time in the display (even when you say not to average things).
5. Battery life. 10 hours and you're done. You lose your GPS. You lose your watch. If you're doing something longer and want to know what time it is, you need a backup watch. This is just the nature of GPS devices because of the power draw, so nothing against Garmin on that point. Just saying.
Bottom line: When it works, it's a pretty cool toy, but it doesn't work so often, you just have to take it as a bonus if you actually can use it.
Given how unreliable it is and the fact that the HR monitor appears to be broken, I'll be returning this.
If you've gotten this far and you're still thinking of buying this, good luck! Let me say one more thing. I read the reviews and knew that people had problems with the signal acquisition. I said "Well, what's the big deal if I wait a minute or two for a signal or miss the first two minutes of my run?" I read the reports where people said the HR monitor broke almost immediately. I said "Well, any piece of equipment can fail, it's a small percentage though, right?"
In short, I thought it would be a ton of fun to have device that does what the Garmin does, and when it works, it is, so I allowed myself to discount all the negative reviews.
Sure, REI has a great return policy and I'll get my money back. No problem there. But it is a pain in the butt for me (and REI), and it's just been a frustrating experience.
I must say, ten years ago I had a Garmin eTrex Legend and it, also, was an utter piece of junk, with terrible signal acquisition. I thought that GPS units had improved a lot in the intervening years. I'm sure they have, but I will not be buying any more Garmin products.
Date published: 2011-12-03
Rated 1out of5
by CustomerXfromGarmin all show, fails on functionalityI've always owned a Polar Heart Mointor but was attracted to how Garmin integrated the GPS into the watch. I bought the 405 and found its touch bezel was all show and extremely unrealiable and difficult to use while running. REI was great about refunding my money--reason I always shop at REI!
I took the money and bought this Garmin 210 watch without the touch bezel. I noticed that the stopwatch has a 2-3 second delay after your hit START. Umm, people who buy this watch participate in road races so why would Garmin feel that a 2-3 second delay on the stopwatch is not a major issue?
Polar's heart rate has a blinking heart icon to show it is picking-up every beat. Garmin simply has a static icon which may seem like a non-issue. But if you have used heart mointors much, you know they sometimes don't receive at times so the blinking icon gives you instant feedback on the status of the reception.
Finally, the charger clip is horrid. It takes some fiddling to get the contacts to allign properly every time you use it to make it work--has garmin heard of a mini usb port?
Although Polar does not have the compact GPS that is integrated into the watch, I have decided to go back to Polar watches (without the gps) since all their functionalities are well thought out--timer turns on without delay, ect.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 2out of5
by AshtonfromGPS great Heart Monitor poorUse for running and indoor training.
GPS great for real time running pace.
Heart rate monitor failed after few weeks. Seems to be a Garmin problem with the monitor strap.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 2out of5
by Fred LiftonfromNot for meBought this to use for hiking and returned it. I don't understand a GPS enabled product that doesn't even display lat/long, much less a breadcrumb trail or anything like that. What's the point?
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 2out of5
by Triathlon GregfromLoved it at first, useless laterGreat out of the box. I couldn't believe what a great upgrade it was from the Polar watches I had owned. It never was easy to get to my total calories burned or to even see them during training but that was a "nice to have". After a few months it became more difficult to detect satellites and the heart rate monitor required a new battery every few weeks. I returned the unit when the HRM failed completely. Gotta love REI's return policy or I would have been stuck with this gadget.
Date published: 2011-10-21
Rated 3out of5
by ArunfromGood watch with significant flawsI use this watch to keep track of distance and time while running. It is compact, and the basic information it displays (time, distance, pace, heart rate) is easy to read. The battery life is excellent. Very easy to use and I was very happy with it when I bought it. In Madison, it takes less than a minute for the watch to locate satellites.
But it has some irritating faults. 1) I had trouble getting a GPS signal in cities. In downtown Baltimore and DC I had to wait several minutes to get a lock and on occasion was unable to get a GPS signal at all. 2) The USB connector to a computer requires you to get four prongs to contact four terminals on the watch. This is not easy and mildly irritating because you cannot be sure that the watch is connected to the computer 3) AFter about 13 months (1 year warranty) one of the knobs fell off. I bought it at REI and they replaced it for free.
In the week I was without the watch (the watch was out of stock at my REI store) I tested out several apps on my phone. All of these were much better than the Forerunner 210 except that I could not look at the data during the run. On my long runs I now carry both my phone and the watch.
I like the idea of a simple, easy to use watch that gives you all the basic information but this particular watch has some serious flaws.
Date published: 2013-08-14
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