Summary: I have owned my Garmin Forerunner 310XT for just over 6 months. I run 5-6 days per week, and sometimes I run twice/day. I wear this on every run along with the heart rate monitor strap. Also, I wear it when I ride my road bike, which is only occasionally. Here's what I have found. Pros: 1. Good GPS coverage on trails with a lot of tree coverage. Many of my friends use this same watch, and our results on distance is fairly similar.
Summary: Materials feel high quality. Install was a bit hard for me as I had trouble properly seating the pins in the watch resulting is some damage to the watch as the install tool slipped and scratched the watch. I run in inclement weather and I like to have the GPS outside my running jacket. I feel that the band in this situation is a bit small and has trouble going over the jacket. My wrists are of average size and my running jackets is lightweight.
Summary: You will experience frustrations: Interface on watch is similar but many unintuitive changes. No longer used by local application to upload stats Online application is painfully slow to upload - just click upload and come back in a our (literally). I can't imagine why this feature is slow - it's just a few numbers. "Ant" (wireless) feature is a waste - does not connect.
Summary: My Garmin long date Relationship (have been buying their fitness GPS since around 2005) is one of love and hate. Love: - Garmin comes up with innovative products that really fills in a need (I do triathlon) ; - GPS tracking is good (gets better with each new products) ; - GPS fix at power on is generally relatively fast (from reviews I've read of other brands) ; - Features are abundant like multisport (love it during a triathlon event), interval training, etc...
Works well as a GPS heart rate watch...but...still a high recommendation!
26 February 2014
Summary: Apearantly the data on my watch gets corrupted and so it is not updating using the ANT Stick into the garmin connect. This takes away the benefit of the exercising tracking with the computer unless I manually enter the information. I'm not a professional athlete so I'm not that into it! I deleted old workouts and set it to delete after updating, so let's see if that keeps the data from getting corrupted after my next workout.
Summary: I run a lot. I like GPS. But Garmin makes tracking workouts so hard. Sure, the on-board features are great (probably the best out there), but you can't extract the data to your computer with the included USB (that's only for charging). Instead, you need to install a convoluted wireless system that is difficult to install and unreliable. Garmin! Get your act together and use USB like every other piece of hardware in the world! And your proprietary software stinks.