Garmin Forerunner 210 Review – Freedom to train anywhere

  • Tracks performance variables like distance, total time and current pace
  • Seamlessly works with heart-rate monitor
  • Pairs with foot pod for indoor training
  • Connects to Garmin Connect™ for detailed analysis, planning and sharing of run data

Garmin Forerunner 210

Forerunner 210 has been basically designed to impart training flexibility. Whether you plan to train indoors or take outdoor challenges, forerunner 210 tracks your performance every minute and every mile. When you use this GPS-enabled running watch to monitor your performance, it reveals very important variables like total distance, finishing time and current pace with ultimate precision. The sleek modes of Forerunner 210 in black and dark gray color with teal accents also looks great.

Easy to Use

The elegant design and user friendly features of Forerunner 210 make it a very useful GPS enabled training watch. Your attention is never diverted by the complexities of performance measuring tool, and you remain focused on your target. You just need to charge the device and take it to open space for finding the GPS signals. Once it receives GPS signals, you have to answer a few setup questions. Now, you are ready to push the start button of your run. The moment you press the stop button after finishing your run, it reveals important performance variables of your run. In fact, you will never face any difficulty in using this watch.

Take It Further

The features of Forerunner 210 will never disappoint any runner who is looking for a training watch with more training capabilities. The advance training features of forerunner 210 can let you customize your training sessions and track the pace during each of these intervals or sessions. When the data is uploaded to Garmin Connect™, your forerunner 210 provides more detailed analysis of your performance, and you can even analyze your cadence or steps per minute by pairing it with the optional foot pod.

Follow Your Heart
Garmin Forerunner 210 works seamlessly with our soft strap heart-rate monitor to track heart rate in beats per minute. However, heart-rate monitor is an optional choice. You can purchase forerunner 210 with our heart-rate monitor or without it and use your existing compatible heart-rate monitor to pair with it. Our premium quality heart-rate monitor provides five heart rate zones that can be customized as per your exact zones. The alert notification options of forerunner 210 allow you to set alerts when your heart rate rises above or drops below the targets. Forerunner 210 also indicates the amount of total calories burned during the workout by using heart rate based calorie calculations.

Outdoor or Indoor

The real strength of Forerunner 210 lies in its operational flexibility and freedom to exercise anywhere. You don’t have to bother about the blockage of GPS signals. The optional foot pod makes forerunner 210 to be the right training watch for those runners who desire the flexibility of running at indoor stadiums or treadmills. During the outdoor activities, GPS tracking system provides accurate performance data, but the sophisticated accelerometer technology used in our foot pod also ensure precise tracking of distance, time and pace while you exercise at the gym or participate in indoor activities. All you need to do is just snap the foot pod¹ onto your shoe for monitoring your indoor performance. The accuracy of distance and speed data of our accelerometer technology is more than 90 percent without any user customization.

The high-accuracy level of forerunner 210, right out of the box, and compatibility with indoor fitness equipments make it an ideal choice for performance tracking during indoor cycling or treadmill workouts. This flexibility of using it anywhere plugs the gap between indoor and outdoor activities, and you can sustain your performance without any hiccups. You can see a detailed list of compatible equipment and fitness facilities.

Store, Analyze and Share

Nothing can be more powerful than social support to sustain your motivation levels and spirits. Whether you want to change your lifestyle or achieve success in athletic events, a clear understanding of your performance data and detailed analysis at our social media platform can be very instrumental in achieving your goals. Forerunner 210 provides seamless tracking and uploading of your performance data to Garmin Connect for more detailed analysis, planning and sharing with the community. You can use a Windows® or Mac® computer to connect and upload data to Garmin Connect. Once your data is uploaded to our website, you can see the route map of your run along with other useful details. Although, the route map is not created for indoor activities, but you will get other details of your performance, just like the GPS tracked workout data.

Monitor Your Health

Forerunner 210 also features health monitoring capabilities. In combination with Tanita BC-1000 body composition scale, your forerunner 210 can provide measurements for weight, body fat, body water and six other useful health measurements. The health readings are also uploaded to Garmin Connect when 210 is within range of your computer.

Fast and Accurate

Forerunner 210 incorporates another very sophisticated technology, known as HotFix® satellite prediction that has been developed to quickly lock the sport watch onto satellites. This technology eliminates the delay in searching satellite signals, and you are ready to go the very moment you step out of the door. The high-sensitivity GPS receiver of 210 ensures that you don’t face any problem due to tree cover and tall buildings, and stay locked onto the satellite.


Specs – Physical & Performance:

Physical dimensions 1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)
Display size, WxH 1.0″ x 1.0″ (2.5 x 2.5 cm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH 52 x 30 pixels
Touchscreen No
Weight 1.8 oz (52 g)
Battery rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life 3 weeks in watch mode; 8 hours in training mode
Water rating IPX7
GPS-enabled Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes

Maps & Memory:

Basemap No
Ability to add maps No
Accepts data cards no
History 1000 laps
Waypoints/favorites/locations 0
Routes 0

Features & Benefits:

Heart rate monitor Yes (Some versions)
Bike speed/cadence sensor No
Foot pod Yes (Some versions)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer) No
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) Yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person) No
Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities) No
Courses (compete against previous activities) No
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed) No
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap) Yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout) No
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button) No
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts) No
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace) No
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal) No
Vibration alert: (choose between alert tones and/or vibration alert) No
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals) Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation Yes
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness) No
Customizable screen(s) No
Barometric altimeter No
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units) No
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters) No
Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride) No
Sport watch Yes


In the Box
Standard Version

Forerunner 210 GPS watch
•AC charger
•Charging/data clip

Heart Rate Monitor Version

•Forerunner 210 GPS watch
•Premium (soft strap) heart rate monitor
•AC charger
•Charging/data clip



— Bicycle Mount Kit


— Charging/Data Clip
— Vehicle charging clip

Cases and Covers

— Carrying Case


— AC Adapter, North America
— Europe AC Adapter


— External Battery Pack

Fitness Sensors

— Heart Rate Monitor
— Soft Strap Premium Heart Rate Monitor
— Foot Pod

Fitness Parts

— Elastic Strap for Heart Rate Monitor
— Elastic Strap for Heart Rate Monitor (Small)
— Soft Strap with Electrodes


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