Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

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Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby Dubcat » Sun Nov 25, 2012 20:02 pm

Hi, i have a forerunner 210 which is great for running and plots my route and heart rate just fine on my bike. However, I was keen to have a cadence readout and had been looking at a bike computer. I don't need mapping etc. I should add that I have future Ironman aspirations too.

I just bought Forerunner 310XT on Amazon for £150. I was wondering if this is a good buy for me? It's not too late to cancel the order.
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Re: Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby craker » Sun Nov 25, 2012 20:32 pm

Triathlete huh? My mate has just bought the one that does swimming stroke cadence - 910 or something? Yeah that's the one. £290

I've got a 405 watch (more or less the same as yours but with an annoying touch bezel) that I use for cycling and running and it does the job brilliantly - one thing I don't trust is the speed, but I expect you know that the cadence sensor sorts that out. The biggest issue (apart from the bezel gah :evil: ) is battery life, I'd not expect more than 4-5 hours which isn't enough for a long sportive. If I was buying again I might consider a gps equipped phone.

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Re: Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby Dubcat » Sun Nov 25, 2012 20:40 pm

The 310xt has 20 hours life.
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Re: Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby springtide9 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 21:46 pm

The 310XT is a great device.

You might want to take a look at the quick release add-on to allow switching from the wrist to bike to wrist etc. With 20hr battery life, it's obviously ideal for IM (not that I'd consider doing one myself)

I also have an Edge 800 btw, but will keep the 310XT for running and MTBing (although I have pretty much given up running). The 310XT is fully waterproof, so a great device for very long events in all conditions. GPS accuracy is also fantastic, even with tree cover etc.
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Re: Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby likeakipper8 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 22:22 pm

I would also recommend the quick release bits, makes it very easy to attach to the bike. The only thing it doesn't do (as far as I can tell) compared to bike-specific Garmins is the lack of maps on it i.e. you can't download a .gpx file to it. I used mine on a 24-hour ride earlier this year and it worked perfectly throughout even in almost constant rain.

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Re: Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby brettjmcc » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:25 am

I got one of those as well on Friday, turned up Sat and went for a run at the in-laws. Very impressed, as I wanted a GPS device/watch for running and didn't want to strap my massive smartphone to my arm...

I was looking at this against a 210/410 and was recommeded by DC Rainmaker to go for this with the deal they had on Amazon.I have a Garmin 800 for just cycling though.

Worth having a look at Ray's indepth review here: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2009/09/garm ... eview.html
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Re: Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby amaferanga » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:59 am

It does all the bike stuff the Edge 500 does so it's a good buy if you want something for running as well. As above though, get the quick release kit and I'd recommend some of the Edge 500 mounts. The mount that comes with the QR kit sticks out a bit much so it'll look a bit neater with the Edge 500 mount. The only gripe I ever had with mine was that you can't display as many data fields on each screen compared to the Edge 500.
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Re: Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby Dubcat » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:44 pm

I am not starting IM training until May at the earliest and so I decided, after sleeping on it, that I will cancel my order and rethink the best approach then. Thanks for the advice and posts though.
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Re: Garmin Forerunner 310XT for cycling.

Postby southdownswolf » Mon Nov 26, 2012 13:10 pm

I have used a 310XT for about a year now and what it does, it does well. It might not have mapping on there, but I was not interested in that feature. Otherwise it does everything that you would want, cadence, heart rate, all the normal Garmin features. I have not done triathlons, but I have done duathlons and found it to be perfect for these. It is easy to time each leg including transitions.
The only bad part is that it is not easy to read the display when cycling as the screen is much smaller than dedicated cycling gps.
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