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    Forerunners?

    Anyone use the Forerunner, like the 910? I do some running, not just cycling, so I am looking for a different model than the Edge.

    Thanks!

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    I use the 310XT. It's great for running and biking. I also use it indoors regularly as an HRM for stuff like P90X.

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    Don't have a forerunner, but I've been using the ForeTrex series for years (currently the 301, but had a 101 before that). Very inexpensive. Good for distance, speed, tracks and waypoints (no maps or HR). I use it on the bike, running, XC skiing, hiking.
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    I use a Forerunner 305 and like it. With it set to 1 second logging, it seems more accurate than my Edge 500. It's nice not having to worry about what bike it's mounted on.

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    Yup. I have the ForeRunner 610. It's a less crazy-huge option than the 310 and 910, if you don't need power meter compatibility. Still supports the speed/cadence sensor. The 410 is cheaper and also supports the speed/cadence sensor, but I found the 405 a bit weird to use and it was larger and clunkier than the 610.

    I like that I don't have to look at my watch - it doesn't occupy a piece of my visual field like a cycling computer. I have the bar mount, so if I want to do a more structured workout, I can use it. The bar mount is very straightforward and doesn't require changing the strap - it's just a rubber thing that goes on over the handlebar and is a better shape to strap the watch onto.
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    the 610--does the watch or software allow for mutliple sports? Cycling, running, nordic skiing, etc?

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    Yeah. The watch has explicit modes for running and cycling. They have different sets of screens, and the screens are programmable. So one could easily use them for other sports, although I think the speed/cadence sensor only works in cycling mode. You also get to set up the displays with quite a lot of flexibility. There's a detailed list on Garmin's site; I've really only scratched the surface myself since so far, I've pretty much just wanted the more common displays, that are already set up by default.

    If you use Advanced Workouts - a big selling point for me - the workouts are either running workouts or cycling workouts and switch the watch to the named mode.

    Garmin Connect has a big list of sports, so after you recorded an activity, you could tell Garmin Connect it was something else and it would switch on the web site.

    If I were to use the watch for Nordic skiing, I'd probably use it in running mode, and then tell Garmin Connect it was actually Nordic skiing after uploading it.
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    Perfect. Thanks for the info. There is no way to know the feaures by looking at the Garmin Web site. Mostly it would be cycling and running but I do track the HR for ice hockey and other sports. Does it track speed and distance? I assume yes but the on line specs don't indicate.

    Ha ha I do a lot of sports but am master of none of them!

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    I got the 910 XT. I am still learning to use it, not bad, it could be easier. Thanks for the advices.

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    I just ordered a 310XT as an upgrade to my Forerunner 205. I wanted the training functions of my 205, and wanted to add HRM and foot pod support for treadmill workouts. But I don't swim, so the extra swimming functions of the 910 are lost on me.

    I also found that there is a 1/4 turn quick release adapter for it, which I ordered on Amazon. You might want to look into one for the 910XT. It makes the receiver compatible with the same mounts the Edge 500, 510, 800, and 810 use.

    I got a refurb on Amazon and spent less than $200 on the watch and the adapter/mount. I did not get a HRM strap or foot pod for it yet. Probably next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I just ordered a 310XT as an upgrade to my Forerunner 205. I wanted the training functions of my 205, and wanted to add HRM and foot pod support for treadmill workouts. But I don't swim, so the extra swimming functions of the 910 are lost on me.

    I also found that there is a 1/4 turn quick release adapter for it, which I ordered on Amazon. You might want to look into one for the 910XT. It makes the receiver compatible with the same mounts the Edge 500, 510, 800, and 810 use.

    I got a refurb on Amazon and spent less than $200 on the watch and the adapter/mount. I did not get a HRM strap or foot pod for it yet. Probably next season.
    Can you let us know how your refurbished one is? I was looking at some that stated "refurbished by Garmin", and am curious about how it comes. Is there a Garmin warranty? Are the regular manuals included? Thanks Nate!

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