Forerunner 610 Watch with built in GPS announced

The Forerunner 610, dubbed a “premium Muscle-Man” device by Garmin, offers a built in GPS system armed with training related features in an easy to use touchscreen interface.

The touchscreen is operated by tap, swipe and scroll motions, and gives you access to a variety of features such as distance run, pace, GPS position, heart rate and calories burnt. The time is also available on demand.

Sporting a  rugged, water resistant design, the Forerunner 610 will withstand splashes, rain and sweat. On the flip side, the screen is sensitive enough to work with gloves.

Virtual racer software is also compatible with the Forerunner 610, allowing you to set vibration alters on the devices when targets over categories such as distance, heart rate and time are met.

Automatic wireless data transmission is also present on the Forerunner 610, which allows the device to transmit your recent workout statistics to a laptop or PC for review later. These statistics include lap times, heart rate and calories burnt among others.

The Forerunner 610 is set to retail for R4,010 with no heart rate monitor, and for R4,595 with a heart rate monitor bundled.

Full press release below:

Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, has introduced the premium ‘Muscle-Man’ device that puts GPS on runners’ wrists, tipping off a whole new race. With a touch, tap or swipe, Forerunner 610 lets you get on with your run while it tracks all the details.
Forerunner 610 gives you several ways to get in touch with your training data.  The swipe and scroll action makes it easy to adjust settings, review your run history and more.  A quick tap of the screen is all it takes to advance to the next training page so you can see more data.  The Forerunner 610’s sleek touchscreen is as rugged as it is functional, proving it’s more than just a pretty face.  The Forerunner 610 can stand up to rain, sweat and splashes, yet it’s sensitive enough that you can operate it with running gloves.

Behind that smooth glass surface is a watch that’s ready to work as hard as you do.  The Forerunner 610 provides accurate distance, pace, GPS position, heart rate, calories and more.  It can even guide you back to the starting point of your run, giving you the freedom to explore new routes and always find your way back.

Training tools like the new Virtual Racer can turn any workout into a virtual matchup.  This feature lets you race your previous bests or challenge any activities uploaded to our Garmin Connect site.  Virtual Racer accounts for varying speeds and real-time conditions, so it’s truly you vs. your opponent.  Or, use the Virtual Partner function and see how you measure up to the static pace you set.  Forerunner 610 also offers vibration alerts, which you can customise for time, distance, calories, heart rate or cadence.  So, when you reach your targets, you’ll feel a gentle vibration.

It’s time for a sport watch that can help you train smarter, not harder, and the Forerunner 610 does  just that.  It’s Garmin’s first sport watch with the Training Effect capability from Firstbeat.  Training Effect measures the impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness, which essentially helps you train more efficiently.  Your Training Effect is calculated based on your user profile, your heart rate and the difficulty of the activity.  The Forerunner 610 also offers customisable heart rate zones, alerts and heart-rate based calorie computations.

Even when your workout’s done, Forerunner 610 keeps working.  It wirelessly uploads your run data to the Garmin Connect website when in range of your computer so you can go back and review your run in your own time.  It works via ANT+ wireless technology and the USB stick that comes with your watch At Garmin Connect, you can see your activity on a map, view lap splits and explore activities from other users.  Garmin Connect is Mac and PC compatible.

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Forerunner 610 Watch with built in GPS announced