GARMIN forerunner 110
It’s said to have a similar battery life to the Forerunner 405 unit (its battery lasted eight hours between charges). The 405 initially wowed us with its touch bezel but ultimately disappointed with its relatively short rechargeable battery life and haphazard bezel performance in the wet. The new Forerunner 310XT solves the battery life issue (20 hours), so why even consider the FR110 with just eight hours of run-time?
Ease of use, apparently. The company says the compact 52g FR110 is their simplest training device to date, and will appeal to everyday medium-use runners. Whereas another Garmin fitness watch, the FR60, features a footpad which measures distance without GPS technology, the FR110 makes use of Garmin’s high-sensitivity HotFix GPS technology to quickly acquire and hold satellite reception. Choose the FR60 if you want to log sessions indoors on a treadmill. The FR110 is the better bet if you mostly train outdoors.
The unit’s usefulness for Joe runner is in displaying time, distance and pace simply. However, multiple online reviews decry the lack of lap timing, which is important in a running watch! An optional heart rate monitor strap allows display of heart rate and calories burned.
Workout results can be reviewed on the unit, your Mac or PC or uploaded to Garmin Connect http://connect.garmin.com. Here you can view workout information through charts, illustrations, reports, several map styles as well as Google Earth. The unit stores and displays up to 200 hours of saved workout data.
Garmin says the battery will last up to three weeks in power-save mode. Like similar devices, the internal battery can be charged while linked to a computer via USB.
Garmin Distribution Africa 011 704 6147
Retail R2 200 unit
R750 standard HR strap
R800 premium soft strap
Available from Sportsmans Warehouse, Cape Union Mart and specialist stores