Reviewed: 26 January 2010
big watch, but big display, accurate GPS and lots of useful information for performance.
Amazing array of options and display modes, big screen with large figures so it is easy to read. Satellites are incredibly accurate (so much so that it shows me walking around my back garden as a cool down)
Rather large! Also can take a while to locate satellites when turning on, so you sometimes can't just get up and go, you have to hang around for it to find itself. The software provided shows minimal roads which is hardly useful.. (only A roads and motorways for me!) but the garmin connect website is excellent as another option. The heart rate display however is TINY (you have to squint at it) so this is something I would change.
Definitely worth the request for it as a Christmas present, I wouldn't be without it now, saves me having to go on mapmyrun after every different route. Very useful for speed, pace and heart rate, haven't yet tried the training programmes but will soon be uploading one of the 10k programmes from here onto it to test that out.
PC software is quite basic, but shows you graphs of elevation, HR, speed, pace etc, but maps on there are awful. I've been using the Garmin connect website which I have to say is very good in displaying routes, but less so on analysis of the run itself, so combining the two together is the best option.
Got this for Christmas from Amazon where it was reduced by around £50, it cost £129 which I thought was good value for what it does. Only problem now is that I spend my whole run looking at it to check my pacing! Apparently it can also tell you how to return to your starting point which gives me a sense of safety when exploring unknown areas.
Overall, I'd recommend it highly.