Comparing Garmin GPS Features

thought it might be beneficial to have a quick guide of the Forerunner products.

Attached are comparison charts and below is a quick look at the major differences between models.

Below is a quick rundown on the main features of each GPS model (each model has the previous models features plus):

–          Forerunner 110 ($199/$249 HRM):

  • Smallest, most simple watch
  • Non-customizable screens of Distance, Time, Lap / Average (no current pace) and Heart Rate
  • Heart Rate model comes with the standard strap
  • Battery life of 3 weeks in watch mode and 8 hours in GPS-use mode


–          Forerunner 210 ($199/$249 HRM/$299 HRM & FP):

  • Same functions as the 110 plus additional features
  • Heart Rate model comes with the premium strap
  • Heart Rate alerts and zones
  • Intervals
  • Optional foot pod (mostly for indoor use)
  • Pace choice (Current, Lap, Average)
  • Detail of run history (opposed to just a summary with the 110)
  • Fitness Equipment compatible


–          Forerunner 410 ($324/$374 HRM):

  • All the features of the 210 plus these additional features
  • 3 customizable screens of 1-3 fields per screen
  • Navigation (back to start, save location-go to location, courses)
  • Virtual Partner (set a pace and this screen will show you how far ahead or behind you are in time and distance)
  • Advanced workout options
  • Touch sensitive Bezel for moving around watch screen and functions
  • Bicycling functions – works with Cadence sensors
  • Battery life of 2 weeks in watch mode and 8 hours in GPS-use mode
    • Compared to the Forerunner 405(CX), the 410 has:
  1. Enhanced bezel (Major improvement with less need to lock the bezel)
  2. Optional power off to save battery life if not using as everyday watch
  3. HRM model comes with the premium strap
  4. Velcro wrist bands included


–          Forerunner 310xt ($349/$399 HRM)

  • Battery life of 20 hours
  • Waterproof
  • Vibrate alert
  • 4 screens of 4 fields per screen
  • 5 categories of 4 screens per category (Running, Bike1, Bike2, Bike3, Other) that can be switched to a one button click
  • Multisport mode (this will automatically switch data screens during an event like a triathlon and even include transitions)
  • Most cycling options (only Forerunner with Power meter compatibility)
  • Quick release kit option that allows the watch to pop of your wrist and onto your bike
  • Alerts (Time, Distance, Calorie, Heart Rate)
    • Compared to the Forerunner 305, the 310xt has:
  1. Twice the battery life (305 has 10 hours)
  2. Smaller form factor with same size screen for better fit
  3. Brighter & Clearer screen
  4. Vibration alerts
  5. Waterproof to 50 meters
  6. Power fields options for cycling (works with most ANT+ power meters)
  7. Wireless data transfer
  8. HotFix to acquire satellites faster.