This product has been discontinued by the manufacturer. It's been replaced by the Garmin Forerunner 45/45S, you may want to check out that review instead.
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i just bought an FR10 from clever training. Fast free shipping from across the country and best price anywhere using your discount! Thanks!
I would really LOVE a forerunner 10 – I don’t need all the bells and whistles and I have really skinny wrists – but with only a 5 hour battery life (and as a slowish runner) it wouldn’t be long before it wouldn’t last through a marathon. Is there any talk of extending the battery life? Is there a similar watch in size and function with a longer battery life?
I wouldn’t expect to see any gains unfortunately. From a size standpoint, the FR110/210 and Polar RC3 would be about the next step up for battery. Size-wise they actually aren’t much bigger. The FR10 tends to sit a little higher, whereas the FR110/210 tend to sit a little flatter.
And only a few hours left for the bikespike. link to kickstarter.com
Will help with dumb thieves who don’t disable it but I was thinking would be useful for group rides. Would allow you to ride separately for a bit but then track down where the person you are riding with is. Only ~$5,200 left to make 150k
Yup, I think they might just make it. Tweeted it out a few minutes ago as well. I suspect that within only $5K to go, they’d just self-fund the remaining if required. At least, I hope they would.
Just checked on the bikespike – $2600 over goal.
got this deal yesterday =)
Ray – thanks for the insight not to expect new running watches from polar/garmin/timex until perhaps Fall. I was holding out for the next gen RCX5 integrated GPS (waterproof too), but instead just bought the TRT2 (from Clever Training). I’ll deal with the low memory… Might be an issue for long hikes. Great site, great reviews. Loved the Al Khobar, Rotnest Island and Sydney runabouts – all places I’ve lived or visited. Great memories.
Looks like a great bit of kit, will be checking it out.
Right now on groupon the Garmin Forerunner 210 is being sold for $149.99 manufacturer refurbished. What do you recommend?
I generally prefer the FR210 over the FR110 due to instant pace and the footpod support. So it really comes down to the HR strap, and whether you plan to use that functionality, as well as the footpod/instant pace.
I probably would not use the heart rate strap consistently, my only hesitation was that it was manufacturer refurbished. Both come with a HR strap.
QUE TAL EL POLAR RCX3 VS GARMIN 210 VS SUUNTO QUEST,CUAL DE ESOS ES MEJOR,YO BUSCO UN BUEN PULSOMETRO CON EL CUAL ENTRENAR Y MIDA BIEN EL RITMO CARDIACO,SI TIENE O NO GPS LA VERDAD QUE NO INFLUYE MUCHO,PARA ESO ESTAN LOS MOVILES CON DIFERENTES APPS,PERO TAMBIEN SERIA BUENO SABER CUAL ES EL MEJOR PULSOMETRO CON GPS PARA SABER SI ME DECANTO POR ALGUNO CON GPS,RESUMINEDO CUAL ES EL MEJOR PULSOMETRO Y CUAL ES EL MEJOR PULSOMETRO CON GPS
Sorry, I don’t speak Spanish.
I’ve also noted used the Suunto Quest (though I wouldn’t compare it to any of the others units noted in your post). I would suggest reading the Polar RC3 review (not the RCX3, as I’m not sure why one would purchase that at this point), as I make a lot of comparisons to the FR210 and other units in this arena.
I really enjoy your website. I discovered it about a month ago and have been using it for product research ever since. I’m interested in a Garmin forerunner 620 bundle. I’ve tried your coupon code at clever training, but can’t get it to work. The website says that the Fr620 bundle doesn’t qualify. Is this correct? Or has the coupon code changed? Thanks!
Looks like the code won’t work on preordering the Garmin Vivoactive
I was able to buy the VIP membership and that did work. Now to just wait impatiently for it to ship
Yup, Garmin requires it (VIP club) for certain products. Thanks for the support! The units should start shipping from CT either Friday or Monday (though, I don’t know offhand how backordered they are).
Was going to buy a kickr snap but the coupon code doesn’t work for some reason. I can buy it local for the same price, maybe less, but I wanted to support you.