Review: Garmin Forerunner 110 (with HRM)

Garmin Forerunner 110 with HR Monitor

Garmin Forerunner 110 with HR Monitor

The Forerunner 110 is, aside from the Forerunner 10, the simplest running watch that Garmin has on the market! I never really understood why you might want anymore feedback than what this watch gives during training and racing on well marked courses: average pace, current heart rate (if you have the monitor strap on), distance covered and time taken. Granted, if you are running off-trail and partaking in adventure racing then you might want something a bit more sophisticated but the Forerunner 110 is perfect for marathon racing and training.

I love the simplicity of it. There is not so much data coming through that I feel the need to constantly check it nor is there so much data during the run that my head spins and I become distracted! It is a great piece of simple and effective running equipment particularly if you are just starting out into the world of more serious training and racing – leave the phone at home and upload your run data straight to Garmin Connect, MapMyRun, RunKeeper, Strava or your preferred resource when you get back home.

There is absolutely no need to weigh yourself down by using an armband or a need to run along holding on to the phone if you don’t have an armband and risking ruining it with sweat or rain. The Forerunner 110 frees up the hands, reduces overall weight on the run and really does simplify the whole act of running by being such a user friendly unit! It’s not bulky and weighty like some of the more feature laden models (or your phone) and, unlike your phone, it is also weather resistant and not touch screen meaning it’s easy to operate on the move with sweaty fingers and hands!

LIKE:

  • Simple to use
  • Accurate
  • Comfortable heart rate monitor – unobtrusive
  • HRM compatible with all Garmin running watches
  • Screen light is great for night running

DISLIKE:

  • Can take a while to locate satellites before a run
  • Would be nice if it had ability to set target pace (but this is available on the 210 and 220)
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