Summary: I bought the 310XT because my Forerunner 405 was dead after 2 years of service. Saving the cost of repairing the 405, I looked for other models of Forerunner on the eBay. The 310XT attracted me for its large display and waterproof feature. As I use the watch mainly for running outdoors and occasionally go cycling. The features of the 301XT well suited me. While comparing to using the Forerunner 405, I cannot easily see the current time on the 310XT.
Summary: Replacement for my deceased 205. Purchased at significantly discounted price from its original inception as I assume it will be rendered redundant by the 910XT. Great for running and biking. Not sure if I will use for swimming as other reports suggest a bit of a headache. Very reliable. Pairs heart monitor quickly. Locating satellites generally works well.
Summary: This is great upgrade to the Forerunner 305. Much better battery life. Smaller package. The user interfaces is fuctionally similar but improved. Aquires signals in about 1/2 the time. The added buzzer and extra loud beeper are a plus. The charger and wireless connection are much improved. The only problem I have with it is software that comes with it blows beets. The Connect software and wireless transfer work well enough.
Summary: Garmin Forerunner 310XT acquires satellites fast has display that can be customized so i can read it without my glasses maybe a bit bulky but worth the trouble data transfer faultless on day 1
Summary: But you have to have freakin strong fingers to get the super stout band connectors through the band and into the base. I connected it to my quick release mount for my 310 xt and could not get the little teeny nut onto one of the rods. But I have done 3 races since and worn it 50 times and that sucker is not coming off.
Summary: Purchased six weeks ago with the heart rate monitor and still trying to get used to the features. Did a half marathon with it two weeks after purchase and the stats came in handy as I have never had a watch with all these features, especially the heart rate and being able to see the changes in pace during the rate. Going to start training for anohter half marathon in January, so looking forward to using the features. Will try to update my review by then.