New Garmin for Outlaw Training

310 or what?

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The Evil Pixie    pirate
30/09/2012 at 12:56

I currently have a 305 which is lovely (far nicer than the Timex I've had before or the Polar) but it doesn't have the battery life for my slow 17hrs Outlaw goal.

I'm thinking of a treat for myself and thought of the 310 as this is OK for swimming too. Some reviews aren't that favourable so I thought I'd ask the Pirates and nice folk on RW.

I sometimes struggle to hear/never hear the alarm on the 305 I believe the 310 has a vibrate feature. I have a cadence sensor with my 305 which I think I can use with the 310 too.

But is it worth getting the 310 or spend more (a lot?) on the newest Garmin (the 910?)



30/09/2012 at 13:24

I have the 910 and love it, although I think sometimes there is something a bit weird when I am in the pool as it seems to think I have done more lengths than I really have, but maybe this is more to do with my dodgy stroke - I think it takes a glide of x metres as the start of a new length, maybe I don't move my arms fast enough

The Evil Pixie    pirate
30/09/2012 at 13:53

do you know if I would need to get the HR strap or if my 305 one will work? (may even have a forerunner 50 one about too which was definately ANT+)

I'm very tempted!

30/09/2012 at 13:58

not sure, but the strap that came with the 910 is a lot more comfortable than the one that came with the 350 I had. I don't think there is much difference in price with or without the hr strap

The Evil Pixie    pirate
30/09/2012 at 13:59

damn I can get a 310 without HR strap for £225 (£252 with strap) but the 910 is £299

I know the 310 works with the GSC10 cadence thing

my head hurts!!

30/09/2012 at 14:02

there is a website that does a really good review of gadgets, and I think compares the 310 and 910. Let me see if I can find it...

30/09/2012 at 14:03
The Evil Pixie    pirate
30/09/2012 at 15:54

mathschick that is t he most comprehensive and long review I've ever read and I am  now in love!

30/09/2012 at 16:25

Garmins other heart rate monitors work with the 910. Am getting one tomorrow. Can't wait

The Evil Pixie    pirate
30/09/2012 at 16:28

so I could use the 305 HR strap and cadence sensor! Cool *runs off for new price*

30/09/2012 at 16:49

The HR for the 301 is not compatible with the 705 or 310XT

ChallengeCheggers    pirate
30/09/2012 at 18:28

I've got a 910; really pleased with it - although the altitude figures for when I run are goobledegook (maybe a setting is wrong somewhere). It does lots that I've not delved into yet but I'll get there. Rarely use it on the bike as cycling was my thing before I decided I wanted to try something a bit different so I've got an Edge 800 for that.

30/09/2012 at 18:52

The HR strap with my original 305 didnt have an Ant+ logo on it, but when that fell off and smashed and I bought a replacement, the new strap did have an ANT+ logo, so I would assume that one would work with the 310 and 910. 

I'm not sure about my cadence senor. It works with the 305 OK, but I'm not convinced it will work with anything more advanced. I suppose the simple thing to do would be to see if I can pair it up with a mates 910 or the like, but if I was betting I'd say it wouldnt pair.

Of course the cheapest thing to do is carry a small battery charger on the bike and charge the 305 as you biked (I looked at doing it but decided not to bother as to be honest when the battery would run out on the run I'd be knackered, so knowing pace etc would be largely irrelevant at that point in the race. I carried a normal watch with stop watch to let me know total time.

30/09/2012 at 19:05

EP - why not buy a bike computer for the bike and still use the 305 for the run?

The Evil Pixie    pirate
30/09/2012 at 20:07

gladys I will be dead by the time I get to the run so need to see the distance as I won't be capable of counting laps!

Schmunkee then I'd need to think! plus getting a connection in T2 and remembering to do this before I started running *coughs*

the 310/910 option allows me to start and finish with the same device. I used my timex on my HIM which was 8hrs (yes I am that slow!)

meface    pirate
30/09/2012 at 21:20

But you can stick the 305 on the dock on the bike and charge it off a small battery charger. Costs about a fiver and will leave you with a fully charged 305 for the run.

That said if the budget allows a 310XT is very nice. However given recent price drop on the 910 then I would wait for another fall on the 310XT when sales drop. 910 looks very nice.

The Evil Pixie    pirate
01/10/2012 at 06:15

Last year I put some money aside for the tax man that he now won't need (I was going to do some tutoring but only did a couple of hours and the tax man said whatever) so I do have some cash.

Obviously I won't need a new toy now as I'm not doing mega hours (or even an hour yet!) so maybe see what the christmas sales bring?? The 910 does look lovely! As I will be a walk run marafunner that features sounds good (i will be looking at 15min miles for outlaw) and ... OK so I'm sold!

Where is this battery charger? That sounds like a plan too.

Doner Kebab    pirate
01/10/2012 at 08:41

i got my 910 for 255 quid without hr monitor as i alrdy have an ant hr strap got mine from handtec - company has been around years so safe to buy from


31/10/2012 at 17:09

Can anyone help me sort out pairing up the garmin cadence/speed sensor and 910xt. Have followed the instructions and got nowhere. When I press the reset button on bike sensor I get the red and green flashes but the watch doesnot get the info on cadence or speed. The HRM works perfectly OK.

31/10/2012 at 17:22

In bike mode, hit mode bike settings bike 1 ANT+ Spd/Cad and make sure that its enabled.. I'm guessing you've done this already. I would also try delete all old activities from the watch as it acts funny when the memory is full.

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