Garmin Forerunner 10
**Editor’s Note** The Garmin Forerunner 10 is quietly being phased out by Garmin. The Forerunner 15 will take its place as Garmin’s primary budget GPS watch. But this takes nothing away from the Forerunner 10 – it’s still a great watch! In fact, now is a perfect time to buy a Forerunner 10 since it’s on sale at most places. Find it on Amazon for between $80 and $99 depending on your color preference.
One of the lightest GPS watches on the market, the Forerunner 10 is perfect for walkers and runners looking for an easy-to-use GPS watch. Available in five color options, the Forerunner 10 is a value-driven watch that tracks time, distance, speed, and calories.
The Forerunner 10 comes with Garmin’s Virtual Pacer and has a run/walk training tool. The Virtual Pacer allows you to program a set pace on the watch. When you’re out running or walking and you deviate from that pace, the Forerunner 10 alerts you with a beep, making it easy to know when to slow down or kick it up a notch.
The run/walk tool is used to program timed intervals that remind you when to walk and when to run. For example, you could program 8 sets of 5 minutes walking and 2 minutes running. The Forerunner 10 will track those sets so you don’t have to. It’s a great feature for new runners or anyone following a run/walk training plan.
The Forerunner 10 also remembers personal records and can download workouts to your computer – features not commonly found on similarly priced GPS watches.
In addition to automatically recording laps (these can be pre-set at varying distances), the Forerunner 10 has auto pause. If you run or walk in places where you make frequent stops (say, at a traffic light), auto pause will stop the timer when you’re not moving and restart it when you continue.
A big negative with the Forerunner 10 is its dismal battery which lasts about 5 hours in exercise mode. Not a big deal if you remember to charge it frequently, but compare it to most GPS watches which have an 8 hour battery life. The Forerunner 10 also doesn’t support accessories like a heart rate monitor or foot pod.
While the Forerunner 10 is a basic GPS watch, its strengths lie in its user-friendly design and inclusion of training features not found on other budget watches.
- Easy and intuitive to use
- Comes with training aids not found on other budget watches
- The Forerunner 10 can download workouts to a computer, a feature not common on budget GPS watches
- Waterproof! Take it swimming
- Battery doesn’t last as long between charges as other GPS watches
- Not compatible with accessories like heart rate monitors or bike speed and cadence sensors
- Lacks advanced features found on other GPS watches like elevation tracking, multi-sport, and distanced-based interval workouts.
With its run/walk training tool and ease of use, the Forerunner 10 was designed with new runners in mind. But it’s perfect for walkers and runners of all levels who want a watch that does the basics well.
Given its lack of accessories and bike-specific features, we recommend this watch for casual cyclists, but not for more experienced cyclists or triathletes.
The Forerunner 10 is waterproof to 50 meters making it suitable for swimming.
Battery-life: 5 hours exercise mode
Waterproof to 50 meters
Time, Distance, Pace and Speed
Stores up to 7 activites
Remembers personal records
Alerts & General Features
Limited Screen Customiziation
Run/Walk Training Tool
Downloads activites to a computer
Facebook and Twitter Sharing
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