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Introducing the Garmin Forerunner 10

by Meghann on September 5, 2012

Say hello to the Garmin Forerunner 10.

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The Forerunner 10 is the latest and greatest in the Garmin Forerunner line of GPS watches. It’s sleek, compact, easy to use, and hands down the cutest GPS running watch I’ve every worn. It really puts my previous bulky Garmin 305, 205, or even the Motoactv to shame.

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The simple GPS watch was created with the motto of just pressing one button and taking off (no bells and whistles here). It’s about as basic as GPS watches come; only tracking your pace, distance, and time during any given run. It also only displays two of those options at any given time. I prefer the pace/distance combo, but if I were doing time intervals I could see switching it up to pace/time and being perfectly acceptable with that.

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Honestly, if you’ve never used the bells and whistles from the other watches (who does?), then you really wouldn’t miss them. The only thing I really miss is the cycling option. The Forerunner 10 would not be a good watch for someone who relies on a GPS watch for multiple sports, it’s really made for runners only.

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That being said, this watch is so easy to use, that it’s hard not to fall in love with it for that fact. Garmin sent a prototype of the watch to test out before it was officially released last week. It arrived on my doorstep simply wrapped in bubble wrap with a lone USB charger cable attached. There was no fancy box, no instructions, and no information online on how to operate this thing. I was on my own.

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I took it out for the first time on a group run two Saturdays ago. At first I was flustered, not 100% understanding how to operate it (trying to figure out a new watch in the middle of a group run might not have been the best idea), but as soon as I got it home and took more than 5 minutes playing with the buttons, I caught on pretty quickly. Once everything clicked, I had one of those “duh!” moments and was kicking myself for not taking the time to mess with it sooner.

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The Forerunner 10 does not magically find signal as soon as I turn it on, but it does feel a teeny bit quicker than my previous Forerunners. As is true with any GPS watches, you just have to give it a few minutes to do its thing before you take off.

I really like the Forerunner 10. It’s simple, easy to use, and looks really cute. It’s basic, very basic, but I’m not sure I really need anything besides basic. I had been looking into the Garmin Forerunner 110 because I liked the basic feel of that watch, but was turned off from the fact that the 110 doesn’t show instantaneous pace during a run. To me, the whole point of having a GPS watch is viewing your instantaneous pace while running. The fact that the 10 has the ability to view instantaneous pace was a huge selling point in my book. It also does auto-laps for every mile, congratulates you at the end of runs for new records (it gave me a big congrats for my 8 miles on Saturday), flashes your current stats while paused, and reviews your run once you finished.

The price point isn’t bad either. They’re starting the Forerunner 10 at $129.99. You can buy it now on Garmin’s website or it will be released to Amazon and other retailers across the country later this fall.

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The only real fault I’ve found in the watch is the battery life. The battery is only good for 5 hours in training mode. For most people, that won’t last an entire marathon, but if you’re not training for marathons – or don’t mind charging it every other day – that isn’t a big issue.

So there you have it, the new Garmin Forerunner 10. I would recommend it for the runners out there who just want something basic to track their miles. It’s a great introduction watch, especially for runners that are put off by the bulkiness of the rest of the Forerunner line. Plus, it comes in pink. Can’t go wrong with a watch that comes in pink!

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What do you think of the Garmin Forerunner 10? Do you like the basic features and clean look or do you prefer the bells and whistles of other watches out there?

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Curious Maddie, always wondering what everyone is up to outside.

I took the Garmin out for a 5 mile run this morning (see stats above). When I finished, I was craving cereal and yogurt for breakfast.

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  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares
  • Love Grown Granola
  • Plum
  • Mango Chobani

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Delicious.

Have a great day everyone!

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