One of the coolest things I got for Christmas this year was a Garmin 410 forerunner watch. I like it a lot and here’s why.
Regular watch size
I’ve always liked the idea of the Garmin. The concept is simple. You get a watch that can track where you run and how far and how fast. It had built-in GPS so you didn’t need to wear a device on your shoe to keep accurate measure of the distance you’ve gone. But I never liked the fact that the old Garmin was huge. I mean it took up your entire wrist. It wasn’t like a watch, it was like an iPad on the back of your hand. This certainly didn’t work for a joggler. So, I avoided the Garmin and instead went with the Polar watch. My Polar was great but it had limitations which I’ll get to in a moment. But this new Garmin 410 is much different. It is the size and weight of a regular watch. That is a huge plus!
Easy Garmin controls
As a joggler it’s difficult to push buttons while the bean bags are in the air. But this new Garmin 410 is different. It has this area on the outside of the running watch that let’s you control it simply by hitting the side of the watch. No hard to press buttons at all. I think it’s great. I don’t even have to stop joggling to control the watch.
New running system
Before I got this Garmin 410, the old way that I kept track of my workouts was this. I’d carry my iPhone and start up the Runkeeper app. Then I would start my Polar watch and then start running. If I had to stop at a red light or otherwise get stalled, I would click my watch to pause the time (the iPhone clock continued to run). Then I would restart the watch and continue on for the rest of the run. By the time I got to the end of my run, my “official” time was what was on my watch and my unofficial time was on the iPhone. The iPhone however, kept track of the route that I took. Anyway, then I’d have to go to my computer and enter all the data including the distance from the Runkeeper app and the time from my watch. It was all a bit complicated.
The Garmin 410 changes all that. It keeps accurate time and accurate distance. And it even has a way to download all the data from your watch directly to the computer. No manual data entry required! I’m pretty happy about the new watch.
Now, if I could only figure out how to use all the capabilities of this Garmin. It’s not exactly intuitive and the controls are a little wacky. I’ll figure it out but for now I’m still manually entering data. I’m happy with this watch though. If you’re looking for one, you might consider getting one of these Garmin 410.