The Garmin Forerunner 910XT was recently launched as Garmin’s flagship watch, with feature sets that would interest triathletes.
It has been a quite an interesting 2 years ever since I bought my first GPS watch, the Garmin Forerunner 305. It has been a wonderful training device, accompanying me through various milestones such as my first full marathon and subsequent personal bests.
But times have changed, and my new found interest in ultra-running has lead me to look around for an improved training device (a longer battery life for runs). Initially arrowed my choice to the Forerunner 310XT, but alas, a newer model was announced, and surprisingly arrived in Singapore earlier than i expected (and at a reasonable price too). So, with some consideration, I decided to acquire it.
I came directly to Parisilk (Holland V outlet) after work to make my acquisition. Stocks are flying off the shelves, so do give them a ring before coming down.
DC Rainmaker has a very in-depth post of the 910XT, so I shall not elaborate more of the specificity of the watch itself.
But as a user of the Forerunner 305, it does really feel like a step up. From the advanced workout functions, to the brushed metal finish and the thinner profile; it does seem to that this is indeed Garmin’s top of the line device. While I can’t say I’ve handled other units (like Polar, or Suunto); I could easily reason why the first device (the 305) I bought was a Garmin, was because it was the only watch that had a GPS unit and heart rate monitor, for a combined price much less than its peers.
With that said, I believe that, for the casual runner or even the most intermediate runner, you don’t have to buy the 910XT. It’s really not a necessary given the price tag and whether you are willing to spend such a device; a Forerunner 110, 210, and even a 610 would actually suffice.