Wired magazine had a chance to take the new Garmin Forerunner 310XT for a multi-sport test and were blown away. The sport watch which uses GPS to track your runs and rides combines all of the features of the Forerunner 305 and Forerunner 405, but as the reviewer points out, “adds so much more to the equation that it feels like a breakthrough device rather than an upgrade.”
The Forerunner 310XT is also a wireless wonder via its ANT+ technology. It can connect to sensors on your bike to measure power output, connect to a footpod to measure steps, connect to a heart rate monitor, and also synchronize your exercise information to your computer or to Garmin’s Connect sharing site.
Wired says the Garmin GPS watch is the “king of training tools,” with an easy-to-read display and the ability to track more metrics than you can think of. Its heart rate monitoring is pretty basic compared to dedicated heart rate monitors, but unless you’e a pro athlete this shouldn’t be a biggie. In the end the Garmin Forerunner 310XT scored a 9 out of 10.