Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS Heart Rate Monitor

The Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS enabled sports watch is for the intermediate to serious athlete who’s ready to take their training to the next level and needs a sports watch to help them track vital components to their training, including distance, speed, heart rate, pace, elevation and much more.

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Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS Enabled Sports Watch Features

The 410 with the built in heart rate monitor will track your current heart rate, allow you to setup heart rate zones with audible and visual alarms if you fall outside the zone, and give you detailed post-workout stats about your heart rate after you’ve finished training. You can then upload this data to Garmin Connect for advanced post-workout analysis with the ability to actually see your route visually on a map to see what your heart rate, pace and speed was at the various points along your training route.

The Virtual Partner and Courses functions are built into the 410, so you’re able to download your previous workouts from Garmin Connect, and utilising the Courses feature, you can compete against your previous workouts and then re-upload the workout data to Garmin Connect to compare mile by mile how you performed this time around. The Virtual Partner just allows you to setup a virtual opponent by specifying a pace you want it to run at giving you an audible alarm if your pace drops and you fall behind the virtual opponent, allowing you to compete as if it were a real person you were racing that you could see.

There’s an optional foot pod and bike speed/cadence sensor that you can opt for with the 410. If you’re doing a lot of running indoors then the GPS won’t be able to track your movements to give you accurate distance/speed data, so you’ll need the footpod to be able to track your stats indoors. The bike speed/cadence sensor is great if you plan on cycling indoors on a track, or you want to be able to view your cadence while cycling outdoors, as the cadence is a crucial component of cycling performance.

There’s a variety of alerts you can setup for your training, such as setting pace, distance, time and speed goals. If you fall below any of your customised goals the watch will alert you, allowing you to make quick adjustments. With the goal based customisation it’s very easy to set training goals and stick to them. Without features like this you’re really training in the dark with regards to your performance, and that makes it impossible to make any serious progression.

There’s interval training and lap features with the 410, so you’ll be able to enjoy a diverse variety of workouts with your watch. You can setup running laps in any configuration you want, for example, you could setup a lap as half a mile so the watch records your average speed, pace and heart rate for each “lap”, or half mile. This really adds a lot of flexibility in what you can do with the watch to achieve your training goals.

Using the Garmin Forerunner 410

The 410 comes with a touch bezel, split into four sections, allowing you to select features quickly and easily during training, or change your display screen to show you different data. You can customise your 410 to display up to 3 training pages with more than 30 different types of data available for display, and you can choose how that data is displayed on screen. Being able to customise your GPS watch to this degree is really convenient and allows you to get the most out of a large variety of workouts, depending on what you’re currently training for and consequently need to track during training.

Comparing the Garmin Forerunner 410 to the Garmin Forerunner 210 and the Garmin Forerunner 610

Upgrade Model:Garmin Forerunner 610 The differences between the Forerunner 410 and the Garmin Forerunner 610 which is the next model in the Garmin Forerunner range include the addition of a touch screen on the Forerunner 610, the new Virtual Racer feature, and the Training Effect which lets you know the impact a workout has had on your aerobic system.

Downgrade Model: The Garmin Forerunner 210 is the immediate downgrade model in the Garmin range. It lacks the Virtual Partner and Courses features, has no advanced workout ability, no pace alert and very few workout triggers at all. It’s quite a large downgrade from the Forerunner 410, and is really only a basic GPS enabled sports watch and heart rate monitor.

Conclusion

The 410 is aimed at the recreational athlete who wants to take their workout to the next level by having more control over their training, more feedback and the ability to analyse every little detail post-workout to see where improvements need to be made.