Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

  • GPS-enabled training device for multisport athletes.
  • Tracks time, distance, pace (or speed), elevation (via barometric altimeter) and heart rate.
  • Can be used for swimming, running and cycling.
  • Battery life up to 20 hours.
  • Water resistant to 50m.

You swim. You bike. You run. You obsess over data and details. So do we. And we’ve just perfected your new training partner. Forerunner 910XT is the only all-in-one, GPS-enabled device that provides detailed swim metrics and tracks distance, pace, elevation and heart rate¹ for running and cycling. It sports a sleek profile, comfy wristband and an easy-to-read display.

Dive In Designed for open water and pool swimming, Forerunner 910XT is water resistant to 50 m (164 ft

List Price: $ 449.99

Price: $ 434.99

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  1. jes0012 says:
    161 of 166 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    ::Updated as of 06/11/2012::Software 2.50 update finally here!! Fixes a TON!, February 12, 2012

    This review is from: Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Electronics)


    As of 02/12/2012—Detailed Analysis
    Ok. I will try to make this review as detailed as I can for the limited amount of time that I have had the watch. So here it goes!

    -From what I can tell, most people are only having luck being able to buy the watch from small running stores. Everyone that I know of that is buying online is EXTREMELY backordered. However, I have heard from DCRainmaker.com that Garmin is putting together a bigger team to meet the outstanding demand from this watch and will hopefully be on a standard production time frame by the time the Tri season really starts.

    —-My previous experiences with Garmin watches are as follows:

    ‘I own a Forerunner 110 (and now the 910xt). My father owns a Forerunner 305. My mother owns a Forerunner 405. Their neighbor owns the Forerunner 310xt. As I am a college student, I have had to personally set up both of my parents’ watches due to the tech being kind of over their heads so I have quite a bit of experience with those watches. I have only very shortly messed with the 310xt.

    ‘In my opinion, the 910xt is far superior to any of these watches. The 305 is definitely bulkier and doesn’t sit on the wrist nearly as comfortably. Furthermore, it is only water RESISTANT and not waterproof like the 910xt. The 405 that my mother has, as many of you already know, is basically a huge flop on Garmin’s side due to the finicky touch bezel so the 910xt well outranks that watch on a plethora of accounts. The 310xt is the closest in comparison obviously as it is waterproof like the 910xt but it lacks any of the true swimming capabilities that is making the 910xt such a hit. It is also a tad bit bulkier on the wrist and has bright orange accents. I don’t mind orange at all as I am in the Auburn University Doctor of Pharmacy program! However, the black color of the 910xt definitely looks very sleek and will go well with anything. I have already had quite a few compliments from my friends on how nice the watch looks.

    —-Now about the 910xt specifically:
    ==the watch turns on and off very quickly and gives you a battery logo on the shutdown to show you how much battery is left which is a nice feature.

    ==My ONLY gripe with the watch so far is that some of the buttons on the sides of the watch (not the start or lap buttons) can be a little difficult to press at times. It just takes a little more effort to press them in than it took on my previous fr110. Maybe this is a good feature to prevent accidental button pushes? I don’t know. But I have noticed it taking SLIGHTLY more effort to press the buttons in. However, I will state that it is STILL possible to press the side buttons during a run (to change screens perhaps) without having to put forth too much effort and sacrifice any type of energy during the run.

    ==the screen is very easy to navigate once you understand it. You do have to change the sport mode to alter the settings for that sport. For example, if you want to change your bike data fields, you first need to hold mode to change sport modes and THEN go to the settings menu to be able to access the bike settings. Other than that, everything is pretty straight forward.

    ==The watch itself is spectacular. As far as I have been able to stress the watch, I have not come up with any type of software problem. That is not to say that there are not any in the system somewhere, but I have not had the opportunity to use every single feature of the watch (as there are ENDLESS features) and thus have not found one yet. I don’t want to jinx it already but thus far it seems like Garmin did an outstanding job of getting this watch out there without any major flaws.

    ==I have used the interval capability of the watch and that worked flawlessly for me. I went to the track after having made up a workout on Garmin connect to upload onto the watch. However, once I arrived at the track I realized that I never actually sent the workout to the device! I was pissed. BUT, I went into the menu of the watch and was able to recreate my ENTIRE interval workout in less than 1 minute. It was awesome. The function worked very well for creating interval workouts. It asks how many times you want to repeat the interval and how far the interval should be (it also gives the option for time rather than distance for the interval as well). Then it asks about the rest period and whether it should be distance or time also. Furthermore, it lets you specify your “targets” for each interval such as Heart Rate, Pace, etc. I did not use the feature this time around so cannot comment on that specifically.

    ===The screen of the watch is more inset than on the 310xt which is a nice feature to minimize scratching on the screen.

    Now for the interval workout, if you decide to have a warm up or cool down, you must hit lap at…

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  3. BP says:
    34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    GREAT FOR SWIM & BIKE, RUN NEEDS WORK, January 29, 2012

    I sold my 310XT knowing this watch would be great. I heard a lot of people state they would wait for the next gen. That isn’t how it works as the hardware isn’t’ really changed there’s just a firmware update offered to fix any bugs. I’ve used this watch for the swim, bike, and run multiple times now and have to say that it’s well worth the money. First, the swim…. The information it gives you is insanely accurate. I found the fact that it knows when you’re taking a rest and when your working is great along with the fact it gives the lengths, stroke count, efficiency rating and much more. All great stuff that isn’t really offered on a GPS unit. As it is winter I have yet to use it in open water. The only downside that I can see in the water is that if you’re doing kick sets without using your arms it doesn’t count it as I think that the gyroscope or whatever they use recognizes the motion of your arms. Maybe there will be a fix for this, maybe not. Either way that’s not a big deal. The bike is about the same features it’s always had and it all works great. The problem is the run. For me on the run the most important things are the pace, hr, distance, time, and cadence. The time, distance, and hr all work great. However, the pace is horrible. It’s all over the place. For whatever reason Garmin didn’t put the normal smoothing in so it reads 4:50 per mile then 10:15 per mile 2 seconds later. It jumps all over like this constantly and is quite annoying. You can put it on average and that works fine but that doesn’t give a up to the minute readout and doesn’t help very much especially the longer you get into your run. The footpod helps but you have to calibrate and then remember to always put it on your shoe which is annoying. Plus the footpod is super slow in updating your cadence and that’s a down side too.

    All in all I would still recommend the watch even as is. The swim information alone makes it worth it. I would like to see a firmware update fix the foot pod issues and the pace issues but other than that this which is about as solid as it comes.

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  4. tobor "8th Man" says:
    39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Seriously flawed device, June 12, 2012
    This review is from: Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Electronics)

    About me:
    Ultra runner. Put in lots of miles both on roads and trails. I don’t use the watch for swimming or cycling so I will make no comments regarding those features. I have owned the first generation Forerunner, a 205, 305, a Globalsat G-Sport 625M, and a Timex Run Trainer GPS.

    The Good:
    As a runner who routinely does runs which last in excess of 8 hours, I need a GPS watch with plenty of battery life. The 910XT claims 20 hours with GPS turned on; although I never fully drained the watch, I can vouch for it having a solid battery. Also, the backlight on the device is extremely bright–brighter than any other GPS watch. The form factor is an improvement over previous generation Forerunners. Built-in altimeter.

    The Acceptable:
    The customizable fields remain virtually unchanged from previous Forerunner models–not a problem for me, but don’t expect revolutionary new features in your data fields for running. The unit has a vibration feature–this is beneficial since the “audible” alarm feature quit working consistently within a few months of using the device (like both the 205 & 305 were prone to do). Still uses ANT+ for syncing; would have liked to see a WiFi and Bluetooth solution as well.

    The Bad:
    The Garmin Forerunner 910XT almost assuredly contains flawed hardware; Garmin pushed the release date back by months (missing the Christmas season) and then rolled it out only in limited quantities admitting that there was a hardware “issue” although they never would state what it was. From the moment it was released users (myself included) began to experience a consistent set of problems with the device, yet Garmin refused to engage users on their forums or provide info on the status of firmware updates. It took them approximately 3.5 months to release the latest firmware (2.50) but they failed to fix the most serious problems–and those are some of the most fundamental for the device. I highly recommend anyone considering buying this device to read the 910XT forums at the Garmin site for the most up to date information regarding user experience. Since I don’t cycle or swim, I will not comment in-depth on those issues, however I will note that countless cyclists have reported that the device shuts itself off when using the bike mount. As a runner, I have personally encountered a few problems, two of which I consider very serious. First, the “instant pace” feature has never worked well on the 910XT; the latest firmware update has addressed this problem somewhat, but it is still not fixed. This is inexcusable since it has worked in every other generation of the Forerunner series. More importantly, however, is that the unit will turn itself off if you are running a “course” uploaded to the device. As mentioned previously, the unit also shuts itself off at times whilst cycling. Garmin was alerted to this problem by scores of customers from the first week the device was released; the newest firmware fails to fix it leaving me to conclude that there is a hardware/design flaw that cannot be overcome with firmware. Also, the mapping feature included as part of the course is seriously flawed (whereas it had worked perfectly well in previous generations); the redraw/refresh rate of the maps is horribly slow; the maps will often disappear from the screen whilst running as well.

    Other Thoughts:
    Anyone considering purchasing the 910XT is most likely a serious athlete well acquainted with Garmin’s Forerunner line. Although the Forerunner line has been highly regarded, the 910XT shows signs that the hardware isn’t up to par with the myriad tasks it is trying to accomplish. If tons of users are reporting that the 910XT shuts itself off in mid-workout (both cycling and running) and after 3.5 months of waiting for firmware updates the issue still isn’t fixed, you have to really be dense to believe that it’s a minor problem.

    I highly suspect that Garmin will release an “improved” version of this watch (much like they did with the 405CX line)that fixes many of the problems (with new hardware). Until then, my advice is to purchase the 310XT as a suitable substitute or just wait. And whatever you do, check the Garmin forums for updated issues prior to committing to buy this device–the 910XT isn’t a gamble worth taking with your hard earned money.

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