Three Of Garmin’s Offerings For Outdoor Sports
First up is the Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS-Enabled Sports Watch. It uses a touch sensitive bezel to manage various functions. As a sports watch, most people will be happy with the weight. At just 4.8 ounces, it is not going to be a burden for anybody. It is designed to be a useful training aid as well as a tool to provide all kinds of monitoring while out running. Owners have the option to set up their training or running plan online, and then download the details to the watch.
Its main plus point is that it is remarkably fast at locating satellites, which means the GPS function is usable almost instantly. This is key for athletes who use the watch in competitive events. The only real negative is that the bezel takes a good bit of getting used to, especially if you are wearing gloves.
The Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS-Enabled Sports Watch is the second watch reviewed. Triathletes in particular will find this watch very helpful. It can track multi sport events simultaneously, and is water resistant up to 50m. It supports online communications.
One of its main plus points is the availability of an optional quick release kit, again aimed especially at triathletes. A quick twist of the mechanism and the watch is off. It can then be connected directly to the bike mount. Transferring from bike to wrist is equally fast. The biggest problem for the 910 is that it is quite a bulky wristwatch, and will not be very comfortable for people with small wrists.
The Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer is the third device we reviewed. Juts like the two watches reviewed, this device can be used for analyzing previous training or racing trips, or for help with navigation. All trip data can be uploaded and downloaded between the 510 and a computer. There are many positive aspects to the 510. It is easy to read in all lighting conditions, thanks to the super quality of the backlighting, which makes the display really stand out. It is also very intuitive to use with a touchscreen interface that makes it possible to quickly change settings even when hurtling along at full speed.
The 510 comes with Bluetooth connectivity. This means you can keep in contact with other people via a cell phone interface, handy when you are training or cycling alone. The Bluetooth feature also lets you move data between the 510 and the Garmin site without needing a computer.
This device will have a steep learning curve to get the most out of it, and that is its only negative feature. This is simply because there are so many built-in features to the device that you will have to take time out to get familiar with them.
Each of the devices reviewed will prove popular with the vast majority of those who buy them. All three devices are well equipped with impressive features. Each device comes at an attractive price considering the features, and none of them has any major problem that is likely to deter buyers.
Nathir Sufyan helps with a GPS Review Site that educates people about the different benefits associated with various GPS devices. For a quick preview watch this video about the Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Ccbgr-V_c. Also, be sure to watch the video about the Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer as well.