Garmin Forerunner 110

Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Watch

The Garmin Forerunner 110 was first released in March 2010. Since then, many more complex GPS watches have come along, but many reviewers find them overly complex to operate and lacking the sleekness and wearabilty (because of its smaller size) of the Garmin Forerunner 110. The Forerunner 110 is priced at only $139.95 on Amazon (as of 6/3/15).

When it comes to entry-level GPS watches for runners, you cannot beat the Garmin Forerunner 110. It’s perfectly designed for runners who, as one reviewer stated, “simply want to get to their goal without dying.” It tracks pace, speed, distance, and running time, and when plugged into your computer tells you calories burned and maps your route on a map, showing all the streets landmarks normally found on a GPS and you can replay your run watching for areas where you reach ideal heart rate level and when you don’t. What will keep beginning runners running, however, is the Forerunner 110s unique goal-setting feature.

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In Garmin Connect, you can set a goal of 2 miles for that day or 20 miles for the entire week. The computer will reflect how close you are to your goal every day. For many beginning short distance runners, trying to achieve speed, distance, and to accomplish goals every day, it becomes highly addictive and motivational to see these goals met and reflected back to you. It provides motivation and a feeling of accomplishment.

Summary of Features:

  1. Super small/Super sleek: When the Garmin Forerunner 110 released, customers were relieved to see a GPS watch that wasn’t the size of an automobile GPS.
  2. Only two buttons to press and you’re running: Charges quickly and can sync to either Mac or PC. 2. Simplicity of operation– When you’re ready to run, simply press page/menu to turn on the GPS then press “on” to begin running. Such simplicity enables you to work smarter, not harder, as there are only four to push and directions are straightforward and easy to remember and operate. As soon as you receive your watch, the only thing you’ll have to do is initially charge it, go outside and sync it with local GPS satellites (typically a 30 second process, answer a few setup questions (language, current time, etc… ) and voila! You’re ready to begin running, tracking your runs, and finding out all kinds of other information about your workouts. It really is that easy.
  3. Optional Heart Rate Monitor: Some versions of the Garmin Forerunner 110 (men’s black/red and women’s gray/pink) come with a heart rate monitor to display your heart rate in beats per minute. It also provides heart rate-based calorie computations so you can accurately track your calories burned.
  4. Tracking your data is simple: Garmin Connect is the website you will sync your watch with for free data analysis and sharing. Just upload to Garmin Connect from your PC or Mac, then see the route you traveled on a map, view a summary of your workout data, and more.
  5. Multiple data fields shown on face of watch: Watch shows four data fields on the watch itself: laps, total distance, heart rate, and current time of day. You can find out more when you sync to Garmin Connect on your computer.
  6. Unique Goal Setting Application: Unlike most GPS watches, the Garmin 110 has one especially unique feature of a setting goals application. Any expert runner knows the value of setting and achieving goals early on in running, to keep your motivation and excitement about running. Since running is one of the harder tasks on the body, it is important to set achievable goals and feel rewarded for them. Over time, say if you set a goal of 20 miles in a week, Garmin will track each day’s distance and progression toward that goal. This is another reason why the 110 is a great watch for novice runners seeking to consistently become advanced runners.
  7. HotFix™ satellite prediction: This means the watch can lock onto satellites quickly so you can be out the door and on with your run in no time. It also has a high-sensitivity GPS receiver to stay locked onto satellites, even near tall buildings or under tree cover.
  8. Super lightweight watch and wristband: A rarity in GPS watches, most reviewers say– some even leave scars and scratches on the wrist. Not the Garmin. It’s extremely lightweight, wearable, and has no stick-out buttons that scratch the wrist (a goal of the manufacture as they created this super-comfortable-to-wear watch.
  9. Super bright light: The Garmin 110 features a super-bright back light on the face, perfect for night time running or checking the time in a darkened car or room.
  10. Reliable calorie computations: The Garmin 110 depends upon heart rate based algorithms to determine calorie use, which is a rarity in typical GPS watches. This feature guarantees accurate figures for those for whom weight loss and calorie counting are very important.
  11. Holds a lot of data before syncing: The device will hold 200 hours of activities before you must sync with your computer (or delete data). Once you do, Garmin Connect will compute your average speed, average distance traveled, and show you information on all your runs.
  12. Strong battery life: Battery lasts up to three weeks in power save mode and 8 hours in GPS mode. Good for taking breaks or going on vacation.
  13. Good for outdoor walking/running/cycling/hiking as well: Although primarily a runner’s watch, this can be used for cycling to show rate of speed and distance traveled. With the heart monitor on it will measure heartbeat as well. For hikers, the Garmin connect shows altitude as well.
  14. Pricing Highly Affordable: Amazon currently sells the 110 with heart monitor for $148.95 in the black and red and gray and pink. They offer the black-based watch only (without HRM) for $119.00.

Additional Details:

Product Weight: 1.8 ounces
Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 0.6 x 1.8 inches
Item model number: 010-00863-10
Batteries: 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
Display Size: 1 inches
Display Resolution: 52 x 30
Warranty: 1 year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Battery Life: 8 hours

The Good

Garmin Forerunner 110 with Heart Rate MonitorOverall, this is a great beginning outdoor runner’s watch or the perfect beginner GPS watch user. The simple directions, interface, are made just for someone unused to the fancier more complex watches with so many GPS features one has to study an incessantly long, extremely complex, and definitely exhausting instructional manuals before you can get running. Another plus to the super-simplified Garmin Forerunner 110 is its easy of use and easy four button one punch system. With the more complex GPS watches, especially those for super-advanced runners, you often have many, many functions assigned to one button (and you have to remember whether to push them once, twice, three times, sometimes even 8 times). With this watch, you can simply unbox, type in some simple settings, activate the GPS and off you go! you have to read when everyone wants to simply get started.

Other selling points are the watch’s design, which is very attractive, and its extreme wearability due to its lightweight body and strap. Most important, however, is its unique goal-setting feature, which will be especially appealing to those beginning runners who want to keep getting better at their craft. Overall, a very good buy for the money.

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The Bad

One drawback to this watch is its running battery life, for one. Some beginning runners like to practice distance and speed on varying days. However, 8 hours should be quite long enough to run in one day for anyone.

Another drawback to this watch is its running battery life, for one. Some beginning runners like to practice distance and speed on varying days. However, 8 hours should be quite long enough to run in one day for anyone.

Also, it is not a watch for advanced runners who seek many functions and calculations, nor is it ideal for the triathletes who want a multipurpose watch for different kinds of athletics such as swimming, running, and cycling, and swimmers who definitely want a waterproof watch with swimmer’s features and calculations.

Also, the 110 lacks a foot pad, meaning you cannot work out indoors, which is unfortunate for cold winters when you might want to be inside.

The Verdict

You cannot buy a better beginning runner’s GPS watch with all of these features for a better price. Nor can you find one so user-friendly or sleek, attractive and wearable. Most GPS watches are as big and unattractive as a breadbox. Given it’s simplicity, it has an amazing array of features and, most of all, it will make you want not only to run or work out every day, it will make you want to run every day — to beat your previous times and run harder, faster, and further.

For multi-sports enthusiasts and triathletes, I strongly recommend two of Garmin’s more advanced watches, such as Garmin’s Forerunner 210 and the 910XT. These watches were designed for all kinds of sports and calculations for those specific sports. The Garmin Forerunner 310XT was designed chiefly for triathletes and hiking: runners, ultra-runners, hikers, cyclists, and swimmers, which is chiefly designed for Runners, Ultra-runners, hikers, cyclists, and swimmers- priced at around $176.00– it’s an extreme bargain.

Even more advanced is Garmin’s Forerunner 910XT, the ultimate in GPS sports watches. It was created for triathletes and also cross-country runners and downhill skiers as well. It boasts all kinds of unique features like interval and advanced workouts, Virtual Partner, Courses, virtual Racer, and a built- in barometric altimeter for advanced elevation tracking. The Garmin 910XT works with nearly every accessory imaginable including a foot pod, heart monitor, cadence sensor, bike speed, and a power meter. Despite all these features crammed into one watch, it’s surprisingly sleek and attractive. For triathletes, it’s the best GPS watch currently on the market. Bundled with all accessories and heart monitor is priced at only $409.

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Tory Reiss

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