Garmin Forerunner 410. To buy or not to buy?

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10/05/2012 at 21:54

I've been thinking of getting a GPS watch for a while now and as you can get the Forerunner 410 with HRM on amazon for £144 I was thinking I may aswell just get one. But it has very mixed reviews so I was just wondering if it is actually worth the £144 price tag?


11/05/2012 at 01:06

I was thinking the same thing.......  Read every single review there.......  Just gone and bit the bullet and placed my order, it will be with me on Saturday!!  I hope I have done the right thing!  The way I see it, if it is rubbish, I can send it back to Amazon! (I made sure I bought it through them!!)  

Good luck with your choice!!  

11/05/2012 at 08:25

Yeah, it will be fine - Love my Garmin, and you will too.

11/05/2012 at 09:46

The main complaint appears to the bezel for selecting options etc. I had the 401 for several years and I never had a problem with mine so I would thoroughly recommend it. Its a great watch and for £144 with the heart rate monior I would say thats a very good deal for what you are getting.I have the 610 now - very similar in functionality, just pimped up a little!

11/05/2012 at 11:04

got one for my husband's b-day. So far he's happy

11/05/2012 at 12:32
Nothing wrong with them. Good kit. Just lock the bezel when you run in the rain or if long sleeve is going to touch. Easy and takes seconds. Watch will take a few goes to get used to but then all is dandy. Enjoy.
11/05/2012 at 13:48

Cheers for the advice everyone. Decided just to get it over with and buy one. Like Moe Neesam said if it's no good I can just send it back.

13/05/2012 at 22:40

I got mine yesterday, so far I'm very impressed!  I plan to have my first run with it tomorrow so I've just spent time getting to know how to use the watch.  I have no issues at all with the bezel and so far, I am finding it easy to use once you learn how to get to things.........  Hope you have the same satisfaction with yours!!

14/05/2012 at 07:41

I was wondering about this, my 110 has just died after only 11 weeks so returning it and after reading reviews about 410 was a little reluctant. But think I might give it a go looks like its got everything I need and not sure I can stretch to the 610! Its good to know Moe Neesam that the you're not having issues with the bezel!

14/05/2012 at 09:00
Love mine. This is the model most of our running club have.

Could do with being a bit less complicated / having some easier to follow instructions, mind.

For some reason, they were around ??100 late last year - maybe all the awful reviews of the bezel. The thing seems water-resistant enough, and no battery issues. Mine gets lots of use and is 5 months old.
14/05/2012 at 23:41

I ran in the rain with my 410 last week and it didn't work all the way out. Paused at halfway and realised that it was because I hadn't pressed start. Pressed start and it was fine all the way back, even without locking the bezel.

It's fabulous, I love mine.

17/05/2012 at 08:52

just got mine took at bit of getting used to bezel and finding the sub-menues - but yes - love it.

17/05/2012 at 11:32
I jumped on that Amazon bandwagon too. Great value, happy with watch two runs in.
18/05/2012 at 11:05

I'm a returning runner after more than 10 years.  Bought one of these to help motivate me.  It's amazing, can't believe how technology has moved on.


I'm sure it does more than I'm using for at the moment.  But it seems pretty perfect.  Not sure what the reviewers on amazon are on about really.  Spend 5 mins with the quick start guide and it couldn't be simpler.  Can't recommend one enough!

18/05/2012 at 11:42

I've just ordered one on the basis of good reviews. I'm hoping it's not going to be too big on my wrist though. Any thoughts on this (particularly from other slim-wristed women?)

18/05/2012 at 12:08

My wrists are fairly slim and I needed to swap the strap for the short soft fabric strap (included).  Its not the most comfortable watch I've ever worn and I wouldn't want to wear it all day every day because it does look chunky on me but it's comfy enough for running. 

18/05/2012 at 12:29

I didn't like the soft strap so wear it over the top of a sweat band and it is very comfortable.  I absolutly love my 410.  I upgraded from a 305 that I had had for 4 years after it locked up on a marathon and gave me severe anxiety.  It finds satellites much quicker and is very easy to use when you get used to the bezel.

18/05/2012 at 13:06

I have just ordered one  can't wait for it to arrive!

13/09/2012 at 21:24
Got mine 2 days ago and am really impressed. Used it for bike ride today and once I remembered to lock the bezel it was good. Bit sensitive before as I was wearing long sleeve top and kept changing the screen! Going for run Sunday and see how it works with a run. So far so good. Also I really like how it automatically links up to mac (that just adept freak in me though).
05/10/2012 at 09:15

I have also just taken the plunge on the 410. I looked hard at the 610 but decided that  there was not enough that I would use for the extra £100+. Some Amazon comments mention how slow it is to set up your details with the bezel (probably because at this stage they are not used to it). It looks like you can get round some of this by putting your details on to the Garmin Connect site and then uploading to the watch.

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