Garmin screens misting up

Fr60 and Fr110

1 to 20 of 30 messages
02/09/2010 at 19:10

I'm about to return my second FR60 because of the screen misting up in sunlight. I also have an FR110 and that has been doing the same so back it goes too.

Am I alone or are other folk experiencing this as well?

02/09/2010 at 21:52

I have a Garmin FR110 and thought I noticed some misting up in the sunlight a few days ago. On closer inspection it appears the watch has a slighter darker square on the face where the time is displayed. When bright light shines on this it appears at a glance to be mist but is just the dark shade, i think!

When you look in doors the 'mist' will be gone?

I have worn mine in torential rain and no problems with water ingress.

02/09/2010 at 22:35
A similar thing happened on my cheap seven quid sports watch but never on any of the Garmins that I have used.

Could it be that the seal around the screen has ruptured?

Running Blog

03/09/2010 at 11:36

I've had exactly the same problem over the past few days as well.  I will be returning mine also.

05/09/2010 at 09:18

Thanks guys. Doesn't seem too widespread. Anyway, I took my Fr110 back and exchanged it for a 305 (which is what I should have bought in the first place imho).

The sun was out so I wore the FR60 as a wriswatch ... and it misted up all over, so I was able to show that to the guys in Sweatshop. Waiting for Garmin to get back to me on this, then back it goes too.

Shame, I like the FR60 and reckon its footpod is possibly more accurate than GPS.

05/09/2010 at 09:52

I have a 110 and had the same problem last week. Thought it was me because I had left it in a slightly damp bag of running stuff. It has cleared now but I shall be keeping my eye on it after reading these problems.

Keep us posted on what Garmin say please Muttley.

09/09/2010 at 04:24

If it's any consolation I have a Forerunner 405cx (supposed to be waterproof to 1 metre). Been for a couple of very wet runs (perfectly normal behaviour for a runner) and the screen has a misty condensation circle inside sometimes.

I'm periodically sticking it in a bag of rice and hoping for the best

09/09/2010 at 06:24
Having left mine to dry out it seems fine now but I shall keep my eye on it.
09/09/2010 at 07:54
Garmin have got back to me and asked if the mist obscures the readout. I answered that yes it does, but I'm more worried about moisture on the inside on the device potentially damaging the electronic doohickery and shortening its life.
09/09/2010 at 07:57
My 310 did that on my last run but the misting cleared after a few minutes.  Is rather disconcerting.  Am crocked at the mo so haven't had chance to check whether it's still doing it or not.  Hope it's not a problem - think it's outside its warranty and not sure where the receipt is anyway
09/09/2010 at 21:30

Had mine for over a month. Got soaking on 2 or 3 ocasions and did wet half marathon on Sunday.  All ok so far!

10/09/2010 at 08:02
Never has any issues with my 405 Mutt so can't help out here. The missus have got a shiny new 305 but I can't imagine her running in the rain !
12/09/2010 at 19:59
After an indifferent experience with the 405CX I was seriously thinking about the 110, but with a fair number of problems reported with that model I'm not gonna shell out for it.

Basically if you can guarantee that you'll never run in the rain or humidity and as long as you don't sweat then the Garmins are perfectly fine. Ludicrous...
12/09/2010 at 21:05
In all fairness, my 305 performs flawlessly. Waiting for Garmin to get back to me but I reckon I'll take my second FR60 back for a refund whatever they say. Especially since I've discovered that the footpod will work with the 305.
27/09/2010 at 15:12
My 405 has started to mist up inside the screen when the sun is out. I've had it since Aug 2009 but due to injury it didn't start getting used until Nov 2009. I e-mailed Garmin about the problem and they basically fobbed me off and offered to sell me a replacement reconditioned watch for £80. Said it sounded as though the water seal had gone. I accept that at 13 months old it's out of warranty but I think it's pretty shite to have such an expensive item last only a year. At least I didn't pay for it in the first place (thanks Halfords for c*cking up the transaction!)
27/09/2010 at 15:29
My 110 slightly mists on a sunny day, but seems to work fine and clears very quickly.
01/10/2010 at 11:51

I have had my 110 for 2 weeks and it only seems to mist up when the sun is out! Phoned Garmin and was fobbed off and told to put the watch in the airing cupboard. Shall be keeping an eye on it but if it is still happening in a few weeks it will be going back!

10/10/2011 at 17:24

I've had exact same problem with my 110 - seems to happen when there is a temperature difference between indoor & outdoor ambient levels, probably then made worse due to raised body temperature. i.e. when it's cool outside, I get mist in the middle of the watch face making the middle portion of display un-readable.

Initially returned my unit to Amazon where I purchased it from, who replaced it no fuss. But then same issue with replacement watch. I contacted Garmin Support (Quick & helpful) who seemed to recognise this as a know problem (old batch?) & offered to replace / repair watch if I send it back to them. However, this will take up to 10 working days to leave me without a watch, so am returning it yet again to Amazon (who send out the replacement before I have to send faulty unit back, hence no time without a watch.

Hopefully this will be third time lucky, but seems that Garmin certainly have a problem on their hands with this issue.

A properly sealed watch will not mist up regardless of temperature difference. I use a divers watch for Scuba, and that has no problems with condensation. There must be some issue with the seals Garmin use.

Condensation inside the watch means there is moisture in there - clearly moisture & sensitive electronics do not go together & this is something Garmin need to address urgently

08/01/2012 at 19:08
I got a forerunner 110 for Christmas and the first time I wore it the screen misted up so I couldnt read it!! It didnt clear until I got back inside, which basically made it useless. I wore it 2 more times and it did the same again so I took it back to the shop it was bought from.  When I explained the problem the guy at the shop actually tried to tell me that the condensation is normal and that there wasnt a fault!? I insisted on having it replaced with a new one and will see how I go on with this one.  I wore it today and all seems well but if it happens again I will be changing it for another make of running watch. 
12/01/2012 at 23:50
I got one for xmas and it misted up for a short time on my second run. I will be keeping an eye on it in the coming weeks. What I have noticed is that Sweatshop have dropped the price of them drastically twice in a month. Are they trying to offload them ?
1 to 20 of 30 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW Forums