Thursday, March 18, 2010

Training & Racing Tool

I own, or kind of own (it is on an extended loan right now), a Garmin 405. While it was a fine training tool, I found that it's value was limited. At least with regard to training for triathlon or for an Ironman in particular, that is.

First off, it wasn't waterproof and while some people did swim with theirs, the few times I accidentally jumped in the shower with it on, the water made the touch bezel freak out, which left me less than confident that a swim was safe territory. Secondly, when using it for long bike rides, I found the battery life would often come up short. If I had a long ride and a run on tap, it was a one or the other situation. Another issue was its size, don't get me wrong, I understand and appreciate Garmin's effort to make the unit small and as unobtrusive as possible. But the small screen, with 3 data fields, was pretty hard to read at times, particularly when going 20+ mph on a bike. Finally, given the water issues, battery life issues, screen size and the time it took to link to satellites, it was no good for racing triathlon.

Well the folks at Garmin have addressed those issues and done so in quite good fashion in my opinion, with this new unit.
I picked up a new Garmin 310XT at, and after time to give it a good test out in AZ, it has proved itself pretty awesome. It solves all the issues I had with the 405. Its H2Oproof, its got insane battery life, the screen is big enough to easily read up to 4 data fields and yet it still manages not to make you feel like your running with a microwave strapped to your wrist. The satellites link ultra quick allowing you to leave it in transition, turned off and then quickly turn it on and have it sync before you are out on the bike or run. The 310XT is also Ant+ compatible so if you have a powermeter that also is, you can have it display a power field on the watch. In the triathlon race mode it will switch from your custom race data fields for the bike to run in the push of one button. I haven't had the time to figure out all its functions, but I am thoroughly impressed thus far. So, if you're in the market, and if you don't have the 310XT already, I suggest you put yourself in the market, hit up and get yourself one. Use my coupon code IMIKE-S for 10% off. Every little bit helps.



  1. I love my 310xt. And I put it in my swim cap when I swim 500 M ocean repeats. I don't feel so slow when I look at it later and I realize I swam 650 M instead. It really tells me how crooked I swim.

  2. Excellent triathelete tool!! I enjoy also while swimming between my 2 caps...and distances and timing are correct!!

    Cheers from Hong Kong!

    "XTB" Xavi.

  3. I agree. I love mine, although I don't use half of its functions.

  4. From the title of your post I was expecting to read about some stupid thing you did. Boy, was I surprised when it was about an actual "tool." ; ) I have a 405 as well, but covet the 310xt. My dog has gotten a hold of the 405 a couple of times, but has yet to completely destroy it. And I can't bring myself to leave it conspicuously exposed just to get a new watch - who knew I had a moral.

  5. Nice- this is next on my list of tri training gadgets. I have the 405 but agree that the bezel is really annoying.