Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors

Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM

Item #GAR147
MSRP:$399.99
Now:$299.95
VIP:$269.96
Get This Price
   Loading product details ...
Description
Reviews (15)
Video
Need Help?

Product Description:

GARMIN® FORERUNNER® 610 GPS W/HRM :: Checking your heart rate has never been easier. Garmin's touch screen technology is convenient for monitoring your pulse without breaking stride. This high-tech timepiece allows you to customize heart rate zones and set alerts. Plus you can track everything from distance and pace to overall productivity of your run. Use the Virtual Partner or Virtual Racer features to plan and track your work outs. And as a Garmin product you can wirelessly upload your route to review and analyze each run.

Your VIP savings apply! Monitor prices are too low for additional discounts to be combined.

Features & Benefits:

  • Touchscreen GPS: Customizable touchscreen to quickly find your most important data
  • Comprehensive Performance Monitoring: Displays pace, distance, heart rate, time, and location
  • Heart rate training: Tracks heart beats per min, customizable HR zones and alerts with the included Premium HRM soft strap
  • Enables detailed workout planning with Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer
  • Garmin Connect: Wirelessly upload to review each run's analysis
Product GAR147 Review

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Gives A quick reading (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Accurate (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Running (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (7), Competitive athlete (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Reviewed by 15 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-15

Back to top

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great watch

By C-DogLV

from Las Vegas

Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

Takes a little while to get accustomed to setting up the watch.

It's not a good triathlon watch as you cannot use it in the water!

If you want to use it on the bike, I would recommend to get the bike components as it's hard to read it on your wrist while cycling.

Chest strap is awesome. Comfortable.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great update

By Joe Mac

from Austin, TX

Pros

  • Customized screens
  • Fast satellite detection
  • Garmin Connect
  • Garmin TC software

Cons

  • Touchscreen setup

Best Uses

  • Running

Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

I upgraded from the Garmin 205. Satellite detection is much faster, less than a minute, compared to two or three minutes. Customizable screens allow you to set up training screens to meet your specific needs. The software is excellent with 2 options: Garmin Training Center which resides on my PC, and Garmin Connect, an online dashboard that allows you to view other runners routes. You can even save their route to the watch and compare times. The new smaller size is an advantage and a disadvantage. Less real estate means the numbers are smaller. However you can customize the training screens to show less data making them easier to see. The only complaint is the Touchscreen gave me trouble during the setup. I have not found it to be a problem during actual use during a run. Battery life is much improved over the 205. You could actually use the 610 as your normal watch if you keep it in power save mode when not running. Overall, a major improvement and the best GPS watch currently available in my opinion ( Timex was too big, Nike webpage and software primitive, haven't looked at Suunto).

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic little GPS

By Air Force Runner

from Germany

Pros

  • Light Weight
  • Small

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Running

Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

This is an great update to the "watch" style GPSs. Gives you all the information you need at a "touch" of the display. I have been running with it for the past two weeks and it has functioned flawlessly. I have had no issues with the touch display even when it was raining. I upgrade from the 305 and if I had to give any recommendations it would be to bring back the ability to adjust the pace setting. I like to have my pace read out in as close to real time as possible (smoothing) and that setting is missing from this unit. Other than that you will not be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great update from 405

By Steve

from Sedalia, MO

Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

The touch screen is a nice improvement from the bezel. Aquires satellites quicker and uploads data to the computer much quicker and more consistent. HRM is not an improvement. The old version is much better. Buy this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice upgrade from the 405

By Steve

from Sedalia, Mo

Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

Nice upgrade from the 405. Switches from running to cycling much easier than the 405. I ordered the HRM. I do not recommend the new HRM. You have to remove 4 tiny screws to get to the battery. One of the screws must have been cross threaded and I could not remove it; therefore, I have not used the new HRM. The strap is not as durable as the strap on the old HRM.

As far as the 610, it is cool. I only regret purchasing the HRM. Hopefully Roadrunner will take care of it for me.

 
5.0

Accurate and easy to use!

By Gacela

from Guatemala

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy To Use
  • Gives A Quick Reading
  • Great Product For The Pri
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Back Must Be Cleaned

Best Uses

  • Running

Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

Love this device! I bought one for myself a couple years ago and I recommended it to a friend.
Very good warranty support.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
3.0

Not sure it is worth the price

By Shell13

from Columbus, Ohio

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Running

Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

My 610 had what Garmin called a satellite chip malfunction while I was on a run. It showed I was running about 5 miles from where I was at. Even showed me running in a couple lakes. After that it would not pick up a satellite. It was perfect for 9 months. Ran a marathon in the pouring rain. Rain a half in very cold temps. I hope my refurbished model will last longer.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Love it!

By Al

from Stuttgart, Germany

About Me Competitive Athlete

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Gives A Quick Reading

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Running

    Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

    This is my first GPS watch and I couldn't be happier. I used and beat the heck out of it in Iraq and it keeps going. I recently chipped the face and components are showing, but it still works! The only downside to it is that I could never get it to interface with my Windows PC. Still, there is plenty of training feedback just within the watch.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Disappointed

    By Slow Tim

    from Suffolk, Virginia

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Gives A Quick Reading

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Running

    Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

    The 610 worked fine for about 6 months. This was a replacement for the 210. At about 6 months, the HRM quit working, then the watch would not upload data. All of the tips on the various forums didn't work and Garmin tech support didn't help, either. I liked it when it worked, but it turned out to be less reliable than I expected. Nice features galore, but it should last longer than 6 months. It's a fancy watch that logs time and distance, but it will not upload data and the HRM is broke.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    1.0

    Battery Recharging Problem Never Solved!

    By Peter

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Running

    Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

    I bought this watch at the end of December of 2011 as a holiday gift for myself. Since I like Garmin products and I have been using the Forerunner 305 and 210 before this one, I thought 610 should be a nice update from 210.

    The touch screen is okay to operate. It felt a little bit heavy than 210. The edge of the glass screen cracked after one month but it does not affect the function. After 8 months' light use, the watch started to deplete charing every time in the battery recharging cradle. Or sometimes it does not response to recharge the battery at all. So I called Garmin and sent it back and got the first replacement. It seemed fine without charging problem. I used it for only 2-3 times for my marathon in October. Before the end of December, the battery recharging problem happened again and I contacted Garmin, sending back the watch and got the second replacement.

    After that I have been very careful about the watch and only used it for no more than five times since I basically run on the treadmill in the winter. Now the watch's charging problem happened again and just died.

    So overall - 610 is expensive, fancy with touch screen and wireless transfer but not durable. I do not know how other reviewers have no problem with it. Maybe they had the later vision with the updated software. I just contacted Garmin again, and according to the representative, I need to update the software. But I only had this replacement for 4 months! So I updated the software online, and let keep finger crossed the recharging problem will be solved.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    The best of the best!

    By Fher

    from Chicago

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Gives A Quick Reading
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Running
      • Spinning
      • Treadmill
      • Weight Loss

      Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

      The Garmin 610 works great and has been fully reliable. I have been using Polar for over 10 years, but have been disappointed in the past years with them.. This is why I choose Garmin to help me with my running... I will be using it for the my Chicago Marathon training and for a 50k race that I have line up in the fall... This watch does it all.. I bought the 210 but didnt like that fact that you cant see your heart rate with the time together on the same screen. The Garmin 610 has all the options that the 210 falls short.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Love the Garmin 610!

      By Mary S

      from Escondido, CA

      About Me Competitive Athlete

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Gives A Quick Reading
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Running

        Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

        The Garmin 610 is my first GPS, and I love how easy it is to use. The numbers large and very easy to read. I like how my pace, the time ran and mileage, are all on one screen. I did have an issue with my first one, but it was replaced with no problems. I've owned the second one for over a year now, and so far no problems with this one.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Best GPS watch that I have owned

        By JimR

        from Vienna, VA

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Gives A Quick Reading
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

            My needs are pretty basic, but fundamental: accuracy, ease of use, and reliability. I want a watch that can display four data elements on one screen so that I can see my current pace, average pace, distance traveled, and elapsed time without having to change screen windows during a run. I have had my Garmin 610 for about 9 months and it succeeds admirably in all these respects. This is the best watch that I have owned.

            Accuracy: Distance run conforms very well to measured race distances. For example, in a recent marathon, there was a 0.1mile difference between distance recorded and the measured 26.2 mile course (I ran tangents). This is a big improvement over my older Garmin 205.

            Ease of use: The watch is small yet the displays are well laid out and easy to read, even for my older eyes. My concern is hitting the wrong button since I inevitably hit the wrong one during a work out. This seems impossible with the Garmin 610. There are only 3 buttons (power on/off, start/stop recording, and reset). Scrolling between screens mid run to see different run parameters (sometimes I just want to see 2 data elements with the accompanying larger fonts instead of 4) are handled by tapping--not scrolling--the screen or the bezel. This works extremely well, so I feel that Garmin idiot-proofed the watch with me in mind. The touch screen also works with gloves.

            I also like the fact that the watch vibrates after each mile and after I hit the start/stop button. Thus, if I stop during a work out and restart my run, I get confirmation that the watch has responded to my pushing of the start/stop button.

            Reliability: Absolutely reliable during operation and charging. Satellites don't get dropped. Recharging doesn't result in a drained batter as sometimes happened with my Garmin 205. I have no complaints about time to acquire satellites upon start-up.

            Other: The watch operates in power saving mode after the workout has been stopped. This is a nice feature. The watch also has the useful history function, so that I can see how fast I ran each mile. Finally, the watch fits nicely on my wrist.

            Note: I bought this watch in a RRS brick and mortar store. The store manager was wearing one, and helpfully demonstrated the functions; then he let me wear it so that I could try it out. This helped cement the sale.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            Save your money

            By MEK

            from New York, NY

            About Me Competitive Athlete

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Charging Problems
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

                Before you purchase a Garmin 610, I strongly suggest that you visit the Garmin forums, where you'll read about the various issues that users have had with their 610 watches. Then, decide for yourself.

                The 610 is a great watch WHEN it works. I am on my third replacement. The watch repeatedly suffers from charging problems: the charge would deplete when plugged in, and sometimes the screen would freeze and go blank while trying to reset the watch in order to charge it up again. The customer service is great, but I am not going to bother replacing my watch again.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                 
                5.0

                Great product

                By Shell13

                from Columbus, Ohio

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Gives A Quick Reading
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Running

                  Comments about Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Monitors:

                  This is my second Garmin this year. I like all the features on the 610. And I can pick up a satellite connection in the house while I am getting dressed to run. The construction seems really good on this unit.I would defiantly trust the 610 for long runs.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Displaying reviews 1-15

                  Back to top


                  Watch the Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS w/ HRM Video!



                  Your Help Is Here

                  Shop with confidence knowing your team of Fit Experts is waiting to answer all your questions. You can always find your perfect product and your perfect fit. Your Road Runner Sports Fit Experts will make sure you get exactly what you want and have tons of fun in the process! Give us a call, chat, or email!

                  Call 800-743-3206 to

                  • Get help with your order or finding a product
                  • Learn how to find your perfect fit for shoes, apparel and gear based on your feet, body, and training goals
                  • Or just to have a great time talking about life, liberty and the pursuit of running!!!

                  Send us an email and count on a Fit Expert to reply to you as quickly as possible

                  All items marked * are required.

                  * First Name


                  * Last Name


                  * Email


                  Comment (please enter a comment below)


                  You May Also Like
                  More Related Products
                  SHIPPING DETAILS: Wow! You picked a popular item! You deserve your order shipped quickly, and due to the high demand ...
                  SHIPPING DETAILS: Wow! You picked a popular item! You deserve your order shipped quickly, and due to the high demand ...

                  ENJOY YOUR BIGGEST BENEFITS EVERY DAY
                    Get FREE Shipping every day • Your WARP SPEED PROMISE
                  • Ultimate Test Run 90-Day Wear 'em & Love 'em Guarantee • tons more perks!
                      JOIN NOW!!