Garmin Forerunner 410 Running Watch - Technology Review

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Published: 19th January 2011
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Garmin 410 Review

Being a club runner and having used the Forerunner 405 for over three years, I was very excited about the release of a potentially updated and improved version of the industry's most functionality rich GPS running watch

Touch Control Watch Bezel
The touch control bezel bought over from the Forerunner 405 is a feature that you either love or you despise. The Ipod generation are often able to quickly grasp how to manipulate the watch effectively by applying the right motions and pressure's to the bezel, but many other runners quite often found that the 405 bezel just generated immense frustration rather than making the 405 a pleasure to use. With the new Forerunner 410, Garmin doesn't seem to have made the bezel more user friendly and have also removed the ability for the user to change the level of responsiveness of the watch's bezel - the one feature of the Garmin 405 bezel that meant that the wearer had some flexibility. From running with the Garmin4 10 for several weeks now, I have found that the Bezel hasnt caused me any grief and I find that I only use it to set the watch up before a run. Typically when I am out running with the watch in running or cycling mode I only use the two main buttons to control the watch..

Hot Fix GPS Receiver

There are a number of improvements to the 410 that I genuinely like nevertheless. The HotFix GPS is so powerful that my own 410 at times even picks up a signal indoors before I have even set off on a run and is very quick to find a signal again after I lose reception from running though tunnels or by hi-rise flats and offices.

Heart Rate Driven Calorie Computation
Furthermore , i really like the new calorie computer. I am training for an IronMan and knowing the exact amount of energy that I am expanding has made it much easier for me to plan my food intake for the big day's 12-15 hour race!

Heart Rate Monitor
The new style heart rate monitor that the Garmin 410 is supplied with is also a much needed addition as it is far more comfortable than the old-style HR strap as it isnt as constricting.

My Runners Review of the Garmin 410

Feature List of the Garmin 410

High sensitive hotfix GPS Receiver means you can track and record up to 40 essential training statistics in real time

Analyse your run's using Garmin's amazing Connect Website

The Virtual Training Partner allows you to race against the watch - very useful for race practice.

Switch between cycling and running modes.

Compatible with many wireless ANT+ HR Monitors and Cycling Sensors

Create powerfull routines quickly and easily

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