Thursday, July 11, 2013

Goodbye Garmin 410, Hello 210!

So, I bought the Garmin 410 online even though it had been discontinued.  So I couldn't try it out in store and that meant a leap of faith.  I went for it because I wanted the option of adding the cadence sensor for stationary biking.  Since I'm a spin instructor I really thought this would come in handy.  The 610 has that option but is out of my price range at $400.  The 210 isn't compatible with it.  

I waited and waited for it to arrive!  I was so excited!  I took it out for a 10 mile spin.

I had read reviews were people complained about the bezel feature.  Sort of like an iPod the way you select features by spinning the wheel.  Less buttons this way.

Well, it definitely was not as responsive as an iPod in that functionality.  I was actually very disappointed.  And if you forgot to lock the bezel, it can change function if it runs on your shirt :-(

So, sadly I decided to return the 410 and get the 210.  But if I was going to get the 210, I was going to get the girlie white and line one!  And oh my was it hard to locate...they don't call it limited edition for nothing!  I called every running store in the area and they all said no, we only carry black.  Then one employee suggested I try REI.

I had to drive into VA just to locate it and even then, they were out of Heart Rate Monitors!  So I will have to buy that separately either online or at another store.   

But I have it and I can't wait until I feel better (feeling sick, got a sub for my spin class and heading to bed now) so I can take it for a run!


  1. I have had this watch for a little over a month now and I absolutely love it. Of course, I don't have a previous Garmin or GPS watch to judge it by, but still! It's so simple to use yet has all the features I'd ever need (and probably more). I got mine on E-bay. They have everything on E-bay :p Hope you enjoy it! :)

  2. I have been very happy with it too! Great tip about E-bay!