The Garmin Forerunner 110: Is It All It's Cracked up to Be?

Although the Garmin Forerunner 205 was great, the Garmin Forerunner 110 has several advantages in its newest incarnation, as well as some streamlining as compared to the 205. As with its predecessors, the Garmin Forerunner 110 is designed for running, so it has simple settings that are easy to see at a glance. It displays overall time, pace, and distance.

Aesthetic differences

The main difference athletically as compared to previous models is that the watch face is smaller is easier to read as compared to previous versions, which is a bonus.

Major advantages

* Easy to use software

It comes with software (Garmin Connect), so that you can upload your history of runs. This monitor plot your runs on the Google map, give you an elevation map, and break down you runs into pace, time, distance, calories burned, and so on. This software is very easy to use with people who are uncomfortable with too much buttons to press.

* Satellite lock in is quick and easy

The Garmin Forerunner 110 locates and locks in satellites within 30 seconds, versus the relatively slow time of up to five minutes for a similar lock-in with the older versions.

* Almost instantaneous ability to get started and go

Unlike previous versions, the Garmin Forerunner 110 can be used almost out of the box. All you have to do is to charge the battery, take it outside and let it find a GPS satellite to work with, and answer a few questions for setup. After that, all you have to do is press start and commence your workouts. When you're done, just press stop. That's all you have to do. It's the quickest and easiest Garmin Forerunner to use.

* Long battery life

It also has a long battery life, and will go eight hours without recharge in training mode or up to three weeks in power save mode.


The Garmin Forerunner 110 will track your average pace; current heart rate (with additional monitor added) elapsed time and distance for each run. Displayed under "history, the monitor also takes average heart rate (if applicable) and pace for the entire run ".


The major disadvantage with the Garmin Forerunner 110 is that it's quite a bit expensive (retailing for about $200), but it's so much easier to use with its software capabilities and interface that you may find it's well worth the price. The face is smaller, which makes it much easier to wear for many people.

Optional additions

You can also add an optional heart rate monitor to track calories and manage your target heart rate, if you wish.
But, overall the Garmin Forerunner 110 is well worth the extra price versus its predecessor if you want streamlined function, instantaneous GPS capability, as well as a smaller "watch face" for easier wearing.

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