Garmin Forerunner 10 Running Watch ReviewPublished on:
For my Stag Do last year, I decided that I wanted to do something different and challenge myself, not just get drunk (the other 4 Stag Partys I had were for that (-: )
So I decided to enter myself and 5 other friends into The Suffering OCR Event. I knew that it would be a difficult challenge for me, but I thought it would be a great way for us all to bond and something to remember.
I started training for the run about 2 months before the event date and decided to buy a GPS watch to help me monitor my progress. I found the Garmin Forerunner 10 Running Watch in Argos for a reasonable price, about £65 for the black version.
I used the watch most days to train with and to track my runs and even used the watch to run at the OCR event.
When starting your run, you have to press the search GPS button to get a signal so that the watch can track your location, I found this to take anywhere up to 3 minutes to lock a signal so that I could begin my run — 3 minutes doesnt sound like a long time but it became quite annoying having to wait for it every day. Feedback from friends with other watches said that theirs would almost instantly find a signal.
When wearing the watch at the OCR event, I found the buttons would constantly press on my arm when I was jumping over obstacles and this would stop my run from being recorded, annoyingly I didnt notice for some time and so the rest of the race wasnt recorded. I understand that the watch probably isnt designed for OCR events but I was dissatisfied with how easy it was to know your run off.
The watch is limited with its features and is only really any good for standard running, with no settings for bikes or swimming or treadmill running which I have seen available on other watches — I guess for the price though, you cant really expect it to do everything.
Lastly, although it is a smart looking running watch, that is all it really can be. Outside of the running environment it just looks like a plastic watch — not something you could wear on a daily basis as it has a child-like watch feel to it.
I found the Garmin Forerunner 10 to be really simple to use and the simple 4 button controls were pretty self-explanatory so I didnt need to use the instructions to set it up. This was good news to me as Ive never been a fan of reading instructions and this watch allowed me to continue that.
The strap was really comfy and the additional rubber grip on the underside of the small rubber strap band clicking into the hole gave it extra security and me extra confidence that it wasnt going to fly off mid run.
The large display is great with the simple, bold interface so reading your progress without stopping is easy to do. Additionally, the back light is a nice feature for night runs.
I wasnt sure if the Garmin Forerunner 10 was waterproof, but I risked it anyway at the event and to my pleasant surprise it survived, so the added benefit of it being waterproof was a nice feature.
Overall I think the Garmin Forerunner 10 is a great value for money watch and perfect for runners of all abilities, but should you want to track additional exercise or use your watch for slightly more extreme running then it will fall short; at this point I would advise looking for a watch with more features.