Review Garmin Forerunner 610

Garmin has sent us the 610 version of the Garmin Forerunner model, a specific model for training control and that Triathlon News analyzes today in this article for its readers.


At a glance

At first glance and as soon as we open the packaging, we can find a carefully designed watch with a perfect finish, light but at the same time robust, perfect for training and could even be used for daily use.

Once unwrapped all the packaging in the box found: Garmin Forerunner 610, magnetic charger, power supply for USB devices, dongle to synchronize wirelessly with the computer and the heart rate monitor, which can either be purchased with the product or use the other Previous Forerunner model (I have tested it with the 305 Forerunner)


Start training

Once the clock is fully charged, thanks to the cable with which it comes included that loads directly by usb with the pc, the training begins.

Nothing else start it, I see that the control of the watch is tactile with a very intuitive interface, resembling the use of a smartphone when you can slide on the screen, or even better, since it detects movement even with wet hands, an improvement that I consider it very useful because while you run you do not have to be touching buttons, just by sliding you can observe the different data such as speed, time per km, distance, heart rate ... very valuable at the time of doing a control on the session.



Clock Configuration

The screens are fully configurable, you can have 4 different ones with 4 fields in each one, or only 2 fields, so the size of the numbers in this second option increases, which gives you the possibility to see the distance at a glance and the pace at which you want to do the training.

Another thing to highlight is the brightness, an added value for those who make long runs at night, which allows you to see the information with total clarity and clarity without forcing the sight as well as highlighting its resistance to water, I have tested it on the day of rain and perfect.

One of the things that I liked the most is its vibratory alert, in long runs, I set it to “vibrate” at the passage of each km, something very useful, if you train in the city with a lot of noise, showing the time I have invested in doing the km, this is very useful in the programming of interval training, farletk, etc.

Speaking of its characteristics, I have found its “destination” function interesting and remarkable where you can set the starting point of your race on the GPS, and then you can return to the starting point with a single “click”. Ideal for outings to run on trails or cross country to which you are not used.



If you are bored of doing long runs, as it is my case, this watch allows you to configure a virtual partner, which, well, you can use to beat the rhythm (for example you can say, go to 4: 30 'km during all the roll) or to make demarrajes, or what you can think of.



It also has a training option, with which you can program the training, with distance, rhythm, pauses, etc. that will allow you to carry out the training in the best possible way


Notable novelty

As a novelty has the Virtual Racer, which allows you to compete against yourself. That is, you can redo a previous roll, where you can compare circuits that you have done before, in real time, or you can download the training of a teammate, upload it to the clock and compete "virtually" with it.



For the Triathlon

Despite its running and cycling qualities, the Garmin Foreruner 610 is not a watch specifically designed for swimming training. If you want to use it in triathlon, the best advice is to put it between two caps in order to obtain the most exact distance without losing the gps signal. On the other hand, I have also missed the "multisport" option for triathlon, which with the marking of a single lap, we tell the clock to change from bike to running. Either way, this model is an excellent companion for both cycling training and running.



A watch designed for training that thanks to all its functions such as GPS. virtual partner, virtual racer, etc. is a tool that, well used, can be considered a perfect ally for the control and progress of training, giving very valuable data within a very affordable price for all the features it has.


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Source. Angel Moncada (

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