Garmin Forerunner 210

Nearly identical in appearance to the Forerunner 110, the 210 is a more advanced and improved upon version, designed for runners who want an easy-to-use watch with some nice training features.

Like the 110, the Forerunner 210 can be paired with a heart rate monitor and has an average battery life of 8 hours. But it also has interval workouts, Garmin’s Virtual Pacer, and supports a separately sold foot pod.

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We love GPS watches with the interval workout feature. The ability to program distance-based intervals frees you from the track – you can do them virtually anywhere. And the watch counts and remembers each interval so all you need to do is focus on your workout.

The Virtual Pacer is a great tool when trying to maintain a specific pace. The Forerunner 210 alerts you when you deviate from a pre-set pace, reminding you to speed up or slow down accordingly.

 

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The foot pod is used to not only track distance and speed when GPS satellite signals can’t be located (on a treadmill, for example), but can also be used to measure foot cadence — i.e. how many strides you are taking per minute.

Additionally, the Forerunner 210 can download activities to your computer, which makes sharing them on Facebook and Twitter easy. The 210 can also transfer data from certain body scales; this allows you to easily update the personal weight and body composition data stored on the watch. Finally, the Forerunner 210 remembers personal records, a nice feature for new runners who are quickly improving.

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The Forerunner 210 doesn’t support bike accessories — it’s a stronger watch for runners than cyclists. It’s also not waterproof – only water-resistant. So while it’s sweat and rain-proof, it can’t survive swimming excursions.


PROS:

  • Lightweight, easy to use
  • Comes with useful training aids like interval workouts and Virtual Pacer
  • Works with a heart rate monitor and food pod
  • Unlike the Forerunner 110, the 210 can display instant pace

CONS:

  • It’s not waterproof. Don’t take it swimming!
  • Lacks features like bike speed and cadence sensor compatibility, multi-sport, custom bike settings, and elevation tracking.
  • It’s primarily a running watch, not ideal for triathletes, cyclists, and hikers.

WHO SHOULD BUY THIS WATCH
Runners

This is almost the ideal watch for runners who want some advanced training aids, but not the complexity of other feature-rich GPS watches.

Cyclists

The Forerunner 210 lacks bike-centric features, but works fine if you are only interested in tracking basic information like time, speed, and distance.

FEATURES

Hardware

Battery-life: 8 hours exercise mode
Water-resistant

Data Tracking

Time, Distance, Pace and Speed
Calories
Heart rate calculated calories

Workout History

1,000 laps
Remembers personal records

Alerts & General Features

Auto lap
Time/Distance audible alerts

Training Aids

Interval workouts
Virtual Pacer

Syncing

Downloads activites to a computer
Facebook and Twitter Sharing
Syncs with certain fitness equipment
Syncs with certain body composition scales

Accessories

Heart rate monitor
Foot pod

Other Functions

Time of day
Date
Alarms
Stopwatch