Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Posted on 05 November 2010 by

Product Description
The easy-to-use Forerunner 110 sport watch tells you how far and how fast. It’s GPS-enabled to accurately record your time, pace, distance and calories burned. When paired with a heart rate monitor the Forerunner 110 provides heart rate-based calorie computations to help you track your calories burned. There’s no setup required, so you can just press start and run or walk with it. Once your workout’s done, upload to Garmin Connect to store and share your data, see the route you traveled on a map and even create goals. It’s GPs made simple!
Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Maricela Farfan Says:

    I’am no marathon runner, just trying to get back to running like back in my cross country/track high school days. It’s sooooo easy to use. I bought the 305/405 and immediately returned it because it was entirely too hard to figure out how to use. With the 110 you charge it, create your profile (weight, age, sex) go outside and let it sink with the satellites…then press start. It’s that simple. If you get the one with the heart rate monitor, it gives you calories burned, and heart rate. I see people in here griping about something regarding the “pace”. I don’t displays the pace you are going at, so i’m not too sure what that is all about. You sync it with the garmin website, and it give you greater “in depth” information about your run.

    Just remember that this isn’t suppose to have all the bells and whistle the other running watches have. This is for just simple use; distance, pace, calories, heart rate, time. This will suffice most people, and definitely extremely user friendly.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Mike Says:

    pros-quick satellite fix, very clear display, waterproof, shows the info you need not what you don’t, uses buttons instead of bezel controls, uses USB instead of wireless connection.

    cons-fairly expensive, GPS loses some accuracy under heavy tree cover.

    This watch is especially good for two kinds of runners: those who run on trails, and can’t easily lock in distances (and thus pace); and those who travel, but still want to run outside, rather than on hotel treadmills. In both instances, this watch will give you accurate distance information, as well as pace and heart rate. The other big improvements that I haven’t seen mentioned in other reviews are that unlike the 405, it has reverted to button controls, and also to a direct USB cable connection to your computer for uploading run information. Garmin is not advertising these changes, since they are ostensibly steps backward from the 405’s bezel controls and wireless connection, but these were the sources of most of the complaints about the 405–especially problems with the bezel once it got wet with sweat or rain. This is no longer an issue.

    You have to wonder whether some of the people writing these (one star) reviews actually run–or whether they work for Polar or Timex? The watch gives you distance, time and pace, as well as heart rate information, as you go. For most easy or long runs on trails or the road, this is all you need. On the track, you know the distance, so if you’re doing intervals, just use the stopwatch. The only scenario where the lack of ‘current pace’ could be a problem as far as I can see is in doing tempo runs, if you do do them by time (say 20 minutes easy, 40 minutes tempo, 10 minutes warm down) instead of by distance, as I do them. By time, you could get a situation where your first and last miles of tempo running get mixed in with running at an easy pace, and the pace data would be useless. Still, if you set the autolap function at .25 miles, very little of your run is going to be logged inaccurately (at most the first and last quarter mile in that tempo workout). Similarly, if you happen to be changing pace lot during a run and want immediate feedback, the watch does give you that. So-called current speed on a GPS watch is always somewhat of an estimate anyway, since it is plotting your location between two points, measuring the time it took you, and then doing the math. There’s really no such thing as an instantaneous current pace calculation, and if you have your watch set on .25 mile autolap, that’s not much more than the distance that would actually be used for a current pace calculation otherwise.

    One criticism: although the satellites initially lock onto my watch after an average of 30 seconds and seem to give very accurate distance ad elevation information (the latter on the Garmin Connect website), there is one part of my usual run under heavy tree cover where it seems like the satellites lose me for a tenth of a mile or less, which makes the data for that mile always come out slower than I’m actually running. It makes up the difference on the next mile, which makes that one come out too fast. Both are off by around 15 seconds/mile, and this is a bit annoying. Although I can do the calculation to average the two and see that each time they basically come out even, it seems that Garmin should have come up with an algorithm for the watch’s software that would compensate for such discrepancies within the mile where they happen, rather than giving inaccurate information for two consecutive miles.

    Bottom line: this watch gives you a lot of useful information, and even more when you download it to the Garmin Connect site. Unlike other Garmin watches, it doesn’t give some extra cycling information and the heart rate monitor doesn’t work in the pool, so it’s really a watch for runners, not triathletes. But for semi-serious to very serious runners, it gives you everything you need, without the bells and whistles–and the headaches–of the 405.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Fred Finance Says:

    I bought the Garmin Forerunner 110 with Heart Rate Monitor. In a word – Fantastic. Very simple to use while you’re running. I considered the other models, but some were ridiculously large and had way too many features. I’ve been coaxed to buying extra features on things in the past, only to learn that 1) they’re difficult to take advantage of, or 2) you never use them. Not the case here. As the other reviewer said – you open the box, charge it, answer a couple of prompts, and whammo, you’re in business. The screen is easy to read when you’re running, and the buttons are also easy to operate. The HRM works as well as any Polar I’ve used. I highly recommend spending extra bucks to get this feature. For me, I now only have to wear the Garmin. Time is automatically set (which is cool) so I use it as my watch. I don’t have to wear a separate “watch” for the HRM. And, you can download you’re run information to track it, etc… The other reviews complained about the “current pace”. Personally, I don’t see that as an issue. I run at a pretty steady pace so the average pace works great for me. Maybe it’s important for truly competitive athletes who are on strict training regimens, but for the normal guy or gal this unit is more than ample. It is neat to start on a run and not worry about mileage markers and so forth. The days of taking the car out to pre or post measure my runs are done. Bottomline, it’s a good unit. I recommend it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Jennifer K. Says:

    If you have previously owned the Forerunner 305 or 405 (and are used to their features) or are a tech-savvy serious runner/racer, then the new Garmin Forerunner 110 is probably not for you.

    However, if you a runner looking for a solid GPS watch without too many bells and whistles, this is a good choice. The 110 is pretty easy to use (although the manual leaves something to be desired) and avoids the problems that arose with the bevel on the 405. Just head outside, stand still while the 110 finds the satellites, hit on, run, hit off. No – it doesn’t give you your current pace…just the average of the run or your last lap…but I’m guessing that the 110’s features will be more than enough for many users.

    For those who have hesitated to buy a Forerunner up to this point because of the size and/or ugliness of previous models (I have pretty small wrists and the other Forerunners were HUGE on me) – this Forerunner may be for you. And the women’s is almost kind of cute…
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. Andrea B. Vidovich Says:

    This watch is straight to the point…gives distance n pace with no problems. no extra buttons to push. no complications like the 305 or 405. easy to use!
    Rating: 4 / 5

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