Although the fitness craze has just exploded over the last few years, Garmin has been providing GPS data for athletes since 2003 with the introduction of the Forerunner 101 and 201. Since then the line has expanded and many units have been upgraded to involve new technology like cadence and heart rate monitoring, as well as software to show the progression of the users workouts.
The two newest additions are the Forerunner 210 and 410, designed for runners who enjoy technology but also like an easier user interface. The addition of an enhanced touch bezel, with locking feature, allows users to change modes quickly during their run even in inclement weather.
Both units will interact with Garmin Connect, the online training community. The 410 can wirelessly connect to a computer through the ANT+ technology while the 210 transmits data through an easy-to-use USB connection.
A Forerunner 210 is ideal for the recreational runner, as it offers all the necessary fitness functions, while keeping the setup time limited. Simply step outside, acquire satellites and then start the workout. The more advanced athletes will like the customization of the 410, boasting three training pages of more than 30 different data field options to choose from.