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Gear Review: Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 910XT

My first tool I used to track my running was the Adidas miCoach app on my iPhone. While I really liked the customizable training plans and ease-of-use the application offered, having a smartphone attached to my arm during runs wasn’t really my idea of a good time. After deciding that I wanted a GPS-enabled watch for running, I settled on the Garmin Forefunner 405CX about 1 1/2 years ago with mixed results. With a new project Ryan and I are working on in regards to trail running (more on this later, I promise), I made the decision that I needed something more accurate than the haphazard elevation charts that watches relying solely on GPS based elevation provided. Longer battery life was something I was looking forward to as well, as I have a bad habit of not always charging my watches when I should.

After some research, I decided on the Garmin Forerunner 910XT, a recently released watch marketed towards triathletes and ultramarathoners. While I could care less about every competing in a triathlon, the advertised 20-hour battery life piqued my interest due to my aforementioned habit of not charging my watches, but also because I plan on becoming an ultramarathoner in the not-too-distant future. There was also the added bonus of the watch being waterproof (for tracking the swimming legs of a triathlon), meaning I could wear the watch during Tough Mudder, giving me the ability to track the distance and elevation change of the courses we run. Oh, and did I mention it uses a built-in barometric altimeter to track elevation during the run?

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By on September 17, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Garmin Forerunner 405CX

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 405CX

Battery Life: 8 hours

Whether you are training for a race or just like to run for fun, it’s nice to be able to track how far you’re running. Garmin’s 405cx is a good and relatively price effective way to keep track of your mileage, but it also tracks elevation, average and current running pace, maps your route using GPS, and, if you have the monitor or cadence sensor, your heart rate and cadence.

In the month that I’ve been running with the 405CX it has worked well to help me track my progress and see how my training is paying off. A nice added feature of owning a Garmin watch is Garmin Connect, a web-based program that stores all of your runs and can be very helpful. You can see the GPS routes of each of your runs, mile splits, and calories burned, along with graphs of your pace, elevation, heart rate, and cadence.

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By on October 26, 2011 in Gear Reviews