Garmin Forerunner 310XT

We’ve got a new Garmin Forerunner. What’s the good news about this one? It is waterproof! Which means triathletes can wear this GPS enabled training aid without worrying about ruining it.

Garmin Forerunner 310XT can last up to 20 hours on a single charge and can be used in various activities; not just triathlon training.

The new waterproof Forerunner 310XT kept all the good features of its predecessor Forerunner 305, but added highly requested features such as wireless connectivity, longer battery life, and of course water-resistance. Garmin Forerunner 310XT is going to sell for $350.

Here is a promo video of Garmin Forerunner 310XT:

Full specs after the jump:

  • Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 2.1″ x 2.2″ x 0.8″ (5.4 x 5.6 x 1.9 cm)
  • Display size, WxH: 1.3″ x 0.8″ (3.3 x 2.0 cm)
  • Display resolution, WxH: 160 x 100 pixels
  • Weight: 2.5 oz (72 g)
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: 20 hours, typical
  • Water resistant (50m)
  • GPS-enabled
  • High-sensitivity receiver
  • RoHS version available
  • Lap history: 1000 laps
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
  • Heart rate monitor (optional)
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor (optional)
  • Foot pod (optional)
  • Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)
  • Garmin Connect compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
  • Garmin Training Center® software compatible
  • Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person)
  • Courses (compete against previous workouts)
  • Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)
  • Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)
  • Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout)
  • Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button)
  • Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts)
  • Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace)
  • Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)
  • Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)
  • Heart rate-based calorie computation
  • Customizable screen(s)
  • Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+-enabled power meters)

18 Responses to “Garmin Forerunner 310XT”

  1. Sume Chung Says:

    It’s not enough for our requirement(ironman race), coz I’ll wait until it can be changed battery by our own. Then it’s time we can buy this new toy !

  2. utazfish Says:

    Sume Chung… it has a 20 hour battery life. If your Ironman races are taking more than 20 hours then you are in the wrong sport my friend. That is the reason Garmin came out with the 310XT to give us endurance athletes a Garmin that will finally last long enough for those long races.

  3. Phore Rhunner Says:

    And if the GPS is turned off during swimming, the bike part and the run part may together take close to 20 hours, since the battery depletion rate decreases dramatically with GPS turned off.

  4. Tribum Says:

    The Ironman distance race has a cutoff time of 17 hours. If the battery life really is (real world tested) 20 hours then that is plenty of time. I have completed 10 Ironman distance races, trust me, I know!

  5. osu fan Says:

    actually, i have a question. can i use this for indoor swimming training?

  6. Doug Says:

    osu fan, that is a good question. I wonder if it does work for your indoor pool workouts. Also, as the batteries have been known to only last 1-2 years traditionally, has it improved on this model? I see their claims of 20 hrs, but what about battery life? Once the battery goes, Garmin does not stand behind their product.

  7. Wayne Reid Says:

    can ‘t wait to buy that Watch Garmin Forerunner 310 XT. i’m not happy with Polar RS800G3, i always change the battery every 4weeks that drives me mad. Garmin recharge that is more handy and save my time to change the battery!well done to the guy inventory. i’m sure that it’ll be next Garmin Forerunner 320 XT for up to 48hours for instance, Endurance Ironman(7.2km,360km,84km)

  8. Chris Meek Says:

    Do you need the footpod to keep track of distance/pace/speed while running or is the footpod just to keep track of cadence while biking?

  9. Hanno Stamm Says:

    Chris, it is GPS-enabled and as such does not need the footpad to measure distances/pace/speed.

  10. Joe Reed Says:

    The footpod is used for treadmill running, as the GPS will not measure any distance run when you are stationary.

  11. Bob Clarke Says:

    I have had a Forerunner 305 then a 405.
    Both failed, although the 305 lasted a lot longer than the 405.
    I need a 310xt as my eyesight cannot recognise the smaller numbers on the 405.
    I paddle outrigger and surfski.
    Where can I purchase a 310xt?
    I am in Australia.

  12. JonnyB Says:

    Nobody got back to Osu Fan and Doug’s question…
    How do you measure speed and distance in an indoor pool?? Surely the GPS signal won’t pick up the unit?!

  13. Jesse Says:

    The Garmin 310xt is also compatible with Tanita’s new Radio Wireless Body Fat Analyzer, the BC-1000 (released 07/09). The FR60 can capture all the data from the scale and shows your body fat%, body water% and weight right on the watch. Then when you go to your computer, it can automatically download the other data into Garmin Connect or Healthy Edge software so you can save and track your results! Pretty Amazing!

  14. Abzal Says:

    Hi all,
    did someone test this one outside of north america or does it only work in certain countries?

  15. chris Says:

    Why would you need distance in a indoor pool? Just add by 25. But if the GPS is as good as my 705 it may work indoors.

  16. clive L Says:

    chris; did you never do 30,40 or more laps and lose count, what a pleasure to just concentrate on swimming & check total distance from time to time

  17. JJ Says:

    yes clive that would be a great thing. I always tend to lose track of how many laps I have swam.

  18. buy garmin forerunner 305 Says:

    My wife bought me this for my birthday. I love this watch, especially because I mostly only run in the woods on unmarked trails. The maps make it easy for me to mark the trails for my own record, and they allow me to explore new trails too. I’m still playing with all the features the watch is capable of, but so far it’s awesome!

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