Garmin Forerunner 630

Garmin has shifted their focus from automotive GPS navigation systems to wearable technologies in the recent years. If you care more about your fitness than just the number of steps you take each day you might find their Forerunner 630 quite useful. Though we should mention that it starts at $400.

The battery claims it can track your workout for 16 hours and last 4 weeks as a watch alone. It tracks both GPS and GLONASS satellites and provides some pretty sweet features for runners alone. It can estimate your VO2 max, give you tips on your recovery, predict your race outcomes based on your speed and has an accelerometer to calculate distance indoors when you’re stuck on a treadmill.

Garmin Forerunner 610

Whoa! Check out the new Garmin Forerunner 610. This is the latest GPS training watch from the company - and the first to feature a touch screen. The watch is specially designed for runners as it can provide basics such as pace, distance, time, but also provides heart rate information (need the monitor), lets you create interval workouts, and makes you compete harder with the Virtual Racer feature.

Garmin Forerunner 610 has a vibration motor for alerts, of course in addition to audible tones, and it has the older more standard features such as auto lap, auto pause, etc.

There is already a review up here plus Garmin also created a Forerunner 610 mini site.

Here is pricing: For $349 you will get the watch, USB ANT+ stick, charging cable. For $399 you will get the watch and the ANT+ soft premium heart rate strap, and stuff that came with cheaper bundle.

Garmin Forerunner 210

Garmin’s new simpler GPS watch for running is the Garmin Forerunner 210 which is going to cost $300.

Compared to the Garmin Forerunner 410 we just mentioned 210 lacks the ANT+ wireless technology for syncing to your computer and does not have the fancy bezel. However it is smaller and lighter and has an extra week of standby time.

You’ve still got the high-sensitivity GPS receiver with Garmin’s HotFix technology, and the ability to set up heart rate alerts to notify you when you are above or below your targets.

When you’re in training mode the battery should get you about 8 hours, and by then you really should be done with your first marathon.

Garmin’s website is already featuring Forerunner 210.

Garmin Forerunner 410

Garmin Forerunner 410 is the latest and greatest GPS watch for runners. With a price tag of $325 you better be running at least once a week. We’re talking serious workouts here.

This new Forerunner comes with enhanced touch bezel, heart rate monitor and new software. Some other new improvements include better power management which alerts runners before transitioning into power-save mode and allows users to manually shut down the power for long breaks.

It has the ability to wirelessly upload data to the Garmin Connect online training community when in range of your computer using the ANT+ technology and a USB stick which is included.

You also have HotFix satellite prediction from SiRF which lets you get a location fix faster than ever… Check out the new Garmin Forerunner 410.

Garmin Forerunner 110 - everything you need to know

This could be one of the best/simplest GPS training watches ever made. Called Garmin Forerunner 110 - this GPS watch actually looks good and compared to other Garmins this one is kind of affordable.

Forerunner can display your time, distance, and pace. Pace can be shown in two ways: Either per lap or mile, or over the whole run (you were running right?) Forerunner can even talk to a heart rate monitor - sold separately - then calculate your calorie consumption based on your heart rate.

As far as hardware and specs Forerunner 110 can store 200 hours worth of activity and last up to 8 hours on a single charge. It uses SiRF StarIV GPS receiver with HotFix technology so you can get a satellite fix before your 25 second warm up is over.

Not a lot of features but it looks like Forerunner 110 is designed to get the job done quick and easy without costing much. $250 to be more precise.

It will be debuted in April at Paris, Boston and London marathons and then will be available at stores.

Check out the videos…

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Garmin Connect Team - for hire

Garmin told the developers of their popular software - Garmin Connect - that they were closing down their San Fran office and moving everybody to Kansas. This obviously didn’t go so well. The Garmin Connect connect team now put up this website, telling people they’re not going anywhere, while showcasing their skills.

On the other hand this could related to the fact that the migration from (which was bought by Garmin) to Garmin connect went nothing like planned and all the features that people loved didn’t make it to release software. Now Edge, Forerunner, etc users all have to rely on Garmin Connect.

If you’ve used both motionbased and Garmin Connect please tell us what you think.

GPS enabled tracking for the Mac

rubiTrack is a tracking software for Macs that lets you display, analyze and organize your runs, bike rides, walks, hikes, skiing tours and all other outdoor and indoor activities.

rubiTrack can collect data from devices such as the Garmin Forerunner 405, Forerunner 305, Garmin Edge 705 and Edge 305 and many other devices.

rubiTrack can store all of your activities, and display them on a map and analyze crucial details such as how fast, how far, how high you’ve gone. rubiTrack is $39.

Garmin Foretrex 401

Apparently Garmin is coming a with new Foretrex called Garmin Foretrex 401. We didn’t think Garmin would continue with this series after coming up with products such Forerunner 405CX and even Forerunner 310XT, but they must have seen the market for it. Specially the DoD market: Militarytimes got their hands on a final prototype and the specs for the new Garmin Foretrex 401 looks quite impressive.

First off Garmin Foretrex 401 is about 20% smaller than the original 201, and 101, but do share the same size (1.4″ x 0.9″) screen. It has a 2-axis digital compass, barometric altimeter, and a USB port to hook up to a computer. It even has some sort of wireless waypoint sharing option.

Up to this point everything is OK. But then you get to some other set of features which makes us think Foretrex 401 was designed for those who regularly jump off planes:

There’s even a “Jumpmaster” function for static, HAHO and HALO jumping that will let you set data points for under-canopy guidance to an LZ. It’s got options for forward throw, windspeeds at altitude and HARP to get you to the right place. Garmin also improved the GPS sensitivity so it will pick up a signal faster once out of the aircraft, but it’s still best as a backup to your backup altimeter.

Garmin Foretrex 401 runs on two AAA batteries which can last up to 24 hours and if you really need this to be with you on a mission you can get the optional pouch that was designed with the help of Navy Seals and will make it easier to mount the 401 to your gear or rifle. Huh.

Really? Did Garmin really design and is about to announce a military grade GPS receiver for only $250? Wow. Expected to release date is June 16th.

Garmin Forerunner 405CX

Garmin Forerunner 405CX was just announced yesterday by Garmin. 405CX is obviously very similar to Forerunner 405 which came out beginning of last year. Improved with the 405CX is the way your heart rate and consumed calories are calculated.

Apparently people at Garmin spent some time with exercise scientists (Firstbeat of Finland) and pro athletes to come up with the algorithms which use the micro changes in a your heart rate to better calculate the number of calories burned during aerobic activity.

Garmin Forerunner 405CX weighs only 60 grams and has some features that let you track speed, distance and location. It has this “bezel” based interface that lets you control this GPS integrated wrist computer by tapping, holding or running a finger along the bezel.

Garmin Forerunner 405CX uses ANT+ technology which sends workout data to a PC or Mac wirelessly so you don’t even need to take off the watch.

Forerunner 405CX will cost $370 when it comes second quarter of this year.

Here is a video showing how easy it is to change wrist bands on the 405CX.

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:

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