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Perfect for long distance running
on 6 January 2018
I love it! After using the big older versions of garmin forerunners for many years, this was a reluctant buy. I wanted a watch which would last over 50miles running(long battery life) was simple to use, easy to read while running in daylight and in the dark and not bulky. I also was looking for one which could do bike as well. I didn’t need HR monitor as I can use my fit bit, but don’t train according to HR, so not an issue. I didn’t want anything fancy, just distance, time and pace for run/cycle.
So... The first thing I liked about it was the big screen! It’s so clear and user friendly. The stats (time/distance/pace) are clear and easy to read, I have adjusted the brightness for winter running, but this may effect battery life, so might amend it when it’s lighter. My favourite adaptation from older versions is the wrist action which will turn the back light on automatically (when you turn your wrist up). This is so much easier when running in the dark! Especially if you haven’t yet turned on your head torch (or not using one as using street lights). No more needing to fumble for the backlight in gloved hands.
It picks up the GPS signal within a minute. I’ve not used abroad yet, but have used it from a number different starting points.
The buttons are easy to use and don’t need either excessive pushing (as on some older water resistant models) and they are not so sensitive to be accidentally pushed either. To start a workout is simple, a big green triangle appears to indicate start and a red square for stop. As with most models alerts can be used for goals etc... I have mine on vibrate and buzz for each mile. It also tells you if you get a pb.
A new concept for me was the added bonus of it having facility to upload all the data onto your phone. Don’t laugh, but my faithful 310 XT didn’t do this so just had my little running diary, which I religiously kept up to date. It’s great to be to see stats and routes.
The overall appearance is really good compared to the masculine looking bulky previous models. I went for the purple strap, which looks good on my wrists.It is so very light I hardly know it’s there!
There are so many choices on the market out at the moment it’s so confusing. It depends what you are looking for. But for me this so far is just perfect!