Gear Pick of the Week: Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Garmin Forerunner 910XT, £359.99

Andy says: The best compliment that I can pay this latest multisport training device from Garmin is that it just works. I haven’t got the patience to trawl through user manuals, so I just got it out of the box, powered it up and started training. And in two weeks of regular use it hasn’t given me a single problem.

The first thing you notice is that it wears its size well – it’s thinner than the 310XT and, while the face is big enough to be easily read on the move, it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a kitchen clock on your wrist.

I own the Garmin Forerunner 405, and this is a huge improvement on that – partly because of its good old-fashioned buttons. No longer did I have to worry about a stray sleeve brushing the touch bezel and switching the unit into GPS mode in the middle of a run. Also, because you only power it up when in use, the battery lasts for ages – one charge lasted for almost two weeks of regular training.

The standout feature of this model for triathletes is the addition of indoor swim metrics – distance, pace, stroke count and efficiency – meaning you can properly analyse your performance and check how technique changes affect your efficiency and time. It’s a good example of how this gadget can not only record your times, but actively help you improve them too. Another is the clever Virtual Racer feature, in which you can go head-to-head with yourself from a previous workout, or download someone else’s from Garmin Connect. But often the true mark of a maker’s care is in its attention to smaller details – and even the 3-2-1 countdown when you hold the reset button to store your workout has been speeded up. In summary, this is a peerless multisport training tool that is worth every penny of its fairly hefty price tag. 

Visit Garmin to find out more or buy one now at the Runner's World store.

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