Coming from Garmin, the Forerunner 910XT may seem like yet another expensive running watch. However, with this one, Garmin seems to have delivered almost everything a user could want. It comes in three models ranging from $399.99 for the basic one to $499.99 for the triathlon bundle. Its “easy-to-read” display doesn’t match up to the colorful LCDs of smartwatches but it is as Internet savvy as the latter. $500 may seem like a steep price but know that the most penny-pinching of customers have found it hard to wrong this watch – it is that good at what it does.
Retail price: $399 and more
A true triathlon watch
The Forerunner 910 XT provides extensive running metrics including, pool length, swim distance, stroke count, and stroke identification. It is great for cycling as well because it reports elevation metrics like ascent, grade, and descent. You just have to press the “mode” button on the left side of the bezel to switching between running, swimming, and cycling. You will never really be able to exhaust the 20-hour battery life.
Garmin says that you can use it while biking but you will need an ANT+ sensor for that. Speaking of ANT+ sensors, you can also buy a speed/cadence sensor to include dynamics in your performance data. The Forerunner 910XT comes in three models: basic, with Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), and Triathlon bundle. To save a few dollars, you could get the basic model for $399.99 and the ANT+ HRM sensor for $60 instead of buying the $499.99 HRM model of the 910XT. Garmin’s standard Garmin Connect app is useful as well as usable. One improvement the watch could make would be to use wifi to sync data to Garmin Connect instead of the USB stick by ANT+.
Garmin Forerunner 910XT Features
- Easy to read display
- GPS measures distance, time, and speed or pace
- Soft-strap HRM measure heart rate metrics
- Targets triathlon training
- Switch between running, cycling, and swimming modes with a button press
- Reports swimming metrics like pool length, swim distance, and stroke count
- Reports elevation metrics like ascent, descent, and grade
- Can report dynamic metrics like cadence with ANT+ sensor
- Suitable for biking through compatible ANT+ sensors
- 20-hours of battery life
- Seamless data syncing to Garmin Connect app through ANT+ USB stick
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