Review: Garmin Forerunner 410 (Part 1)

I finally received my Garmin Forerunner 410 with heart rate monitor! I opted for Amazon’s free shipping, so it took longer than expected. This review will go over the functionality and options of the 410 that I think runners will be most interested in. If there is an option that I don’t cover or something you would like to know. Leave a comment and I will include the answer in Part 2.

What’s in the box?
There was a lot that came in the box!

In no particular order:

  1. Garmin Forerunner 410
  2. Quick start manual (in just about every language)
  3. Soft wrist straps – two different sizes
  4. Wrist strap tool
  5. Power adaptor
  6. Interchangeable international power plugs
  7. ANT+ wireless USB sensor  (used to transfer workouts to computer)
  8. Heart rate monitor

Wrist Straps
I did not realize that the 410 came with other wrist strap options! You don’t have to use the hard plastic wrist strap. There is also a soft strap with velcro you can use instead. The tools to change out the wrist strap are included and two sizes of the softer strap. I have not yet tried the other strap, but plan to try it out in the future.

Controls
The controls are pretty easy to use. At first they seem a bit cumbersome, but you quickly get use to them. There is a short tutorial the watch will walk you through when it starts up for the first time. To access menus you touch the bezel (outside ring around the screen). The menus are, from top of the bezel clockwise – time/date, training, menu, GPS. The menus are pretty self explanatory. There are also two traditional buttons on the side – an enter button and a quit/reset button.

After setting any alarms or options. The only menu option on the bezel you will most likely use on a consistent basis is the training menu. Tap it once to bring up the training stats when you start your run. Once you are ready to go, push the enter button and you’re ready to track your run!

Satellite Connection
I have heard issues about older models and satellite connection. I haven’t experiences any problems. Satellite connection is really quick – about 30 seconds and it is connected!

Issues
I had issues pairing the heart rate monitor. I followed the directions in the manual, but did not have any success. I even wore it on a run and tried pairing. Still no luck.

I emailed Garmin about this issue. They replied back with a canned email with the same steps and tips from the manual. I replied back, stating that I tired all of the steps and would like a replacement unit. They told me they would send me a replacement unit! I’m glad getting this issue resolved only involved a few emails.

Garmin sent this replacement. It only took about a week to receive it. Now that is customer service!

Conclusion
Overall I do like how easy the 410 was to setup and use. I really like the customizable training screen and different alarms. A really good value and definitely a nice upgrade for runners who are looking to upgrade from their older Garmin model!

Part 2 will cover the heart rate monitor and any questions you have. Have any questions any questions about the Garmin 410?

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Posted on April 22, 2012, in 2012, Running, Seattle, Training and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. So this isn’t your first garmin? Neither one of us has owned a Garmin YET! Ha, keyword being yet! Way to go, Garmin, on your customer service!

    • You need to get a Garmin! It was totally change your training – easier to track runs and great info to see while you run 🙂

  2. hey- wanna post about changing that strap? I keep using the plastic one because it’s smarter than me. LOL

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