Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof GPS Watch and Heart Monitor Review

Should I Get a GPS Watch?

My decision to get a GPS watch was simple. As a triathlete, I was drawn into a simple way to measure and track my workout data. Back in the day, I would use a spreadsheet to track every single exercise I did. Even way before then, I used Yahoo Maps to estimate how long my run around the park would be.

I also enjoy the idea of being able to run on the fly without having to hassle with a bunch of settings on my smartphone.



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My first recommendation is the Garmin Forerunner 310XT waterproof GPS watch. It tracks GPS run data to transfer to your computer. The software to log and back up data, GarminConnect, does its job well. Back up with it often to avoid using up all of your watch’s internal memory.

The GPS watch is swimproof up to 50 meters, and the heart rate monitor tracks beats per minute. It uses ANT+ technology to automatically transfer data wirelessly and has a setting to vibrate every mile. Its GPS signal is moderately accurate, it has a large, easy to read screen, and it is good for triathletes with its Run, Bike, and Swim mode.

The Garmin Forerunner 310XT has 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 174 reviews.

Garmin Forerunner 310XT Vs. Forerunner 305

If you want to spend a little more money for a more tried and true GPS heart monitor watch, go for the Garmin Forerunner 305. The Forerunner 305 has a more accurate GPS, and its tracking software is more polished. At the time of this writing, it costs $329 on Amazon, more than the $240 Forerunner 310XT, but the 305 is more popular. Its overall rating is 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 2,357 customer reviews.
If you’ve never used a GPS watch before, now is the time to experience one. If you take your exercise seriously, consider one of these watches.