Wednesday, 7 June 2017

garmin forerunner 910xt review

tl;dr
do not buy the garmin forerunner 910xt - it's not worth its money.


the verdict
i bought my garmin forerunner 910xt more than five years ago, back in may 2012. i've used it hundreds of times. it is safe to say i've properly tested this device. disclaimer: this is nothing but my personal opinion. if you're considering buying this product you should read more reviews.

build quality
the watch itself is solid enough, despite a plasticity feel and look. however, the wristband is crap. after years of wear and tear my wristband broke. i know other users having had the same experience.

gps reception
the gps accuracy is not super accurate, but it's good enough. the accuracy depends on where you run (for example in a city with high buildings vs open landscape), how you run (straight vs a lot of turns, or fast vs slow). the major annoyance is how long it takes from turning on the watch till you have reception. if you start moving before you have full reception it might take as much as 10 minutes. if you're standing still it's normally done within five minutes. that is too long to wait though.

hr monitor
surprisingly inaccurate. tried with several types of belts. to me, hr monitoring has mainly been useless.

software
crappy. caused a super annoying popup every time i started my computer (details). transferring data from the watch to the computer and garmin connect stopped working after a couple of years. hence i have had no way to get the results off my watch.

support
i had heard from friends that garmin support was good. i have good experience from earlier. however, when i complained about the 910xt the garmin support was non-existing. it seemed to me like they did not bother to answer. at least, i never received any answer in my mailbox.


alternatives
earlier i used polar. i moved away as they did not support mac and seemingly didn't see the need for supporting it either. their software was old and outdated. it might have changed now but i will not go back. in 2007 i made bought a garmin forerunner 310xt. i had a lot of issues with that watch but when the 910xt came out and got good reviews i decided to stay with garmin. however, i do not want to buy garmin again. to me, it's not worth the price. luckily i no longer feel the need for gps watches. if i were to buy a watch though i might have tried out suunto. looks great, and some friends of mine that wear them are satisfied.





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