Phil Marston 2
Reviewed: 18 February 2012
Nice all round triathlon watch with loads of features and customisable view interface, but expensive
I use it for run swim & bike triathlon cross training, I wear glasses and find the ability to set a big easily readable lap counter when I am swimming really useful. Lots of run features available and GPS means you can log every mile. The backlight can be set to stay on all the time (reduces battery life a bit) which is nice for dark evening runs. The ability to upload all of the saved runs, swims etc to garmin connect is great. You can customise the screen to display 1 to 4 data sets, there are 4 set screens so you could view 16 data sets (probably information overload) via auto scroll.
Price, watch is expensive, add the cost of a bike cadence sensor and a foot pod and you are getting near to £500. Quite a big chunky watch, shows time of day but no date features so you can't use it as a daily watch in the office. You can lock the buttons to stop you accidentally turning it / pressing reset during a training session but it is a fiddle to unlock it if you do it accidentally (I am left handed which may explain it). The swim lap counter works very well if you have an empty pool to swim in, but gets a bit confused if you encounter lane traffic and have to change pace.
Maybe too much if you just want a running watch, however if you are cross-training and want a single place to record all your training sessions then this is ideal. Previously I had the Garmin 205 & 310XT GPS watches and they just keep getting better. I am glad they kept with buttons rather than a touch screen on this model. The swim features are a nice addition and work well in the pool. I used to use a swimovate pool mate to record my swim sessions but it has a very small screen so I had to stop and take off my goggles to read the lap counter, now I have a large backlit display now that I can easily see.