Garmin 310XT Release Delayed

10 06 2009

If you’ve been waiting for the new Garmin Forerunner 310XTForerunner 310XT, it sounds like you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer.  Originally scheduled for release this week, Garmin has pushed back the date until early August (according to our inside customer service rep).  The heart-rate monitoring version of the 310 was due in August, so we’re not sure if it will be pushed back, too.

Not familiar with the 310?  It’s history begins a few years ago with the Forerunner 201.  The Forerunner was Garmin’s first wrist-worn GPS unit that would track your speed and distance and would allow you to map your routes.  Natural progression led to the Forerunner 301 which also allowed you to track your heart-rate.  Its drawback was that it frequently lost enough GPS signals to be frustratingly inaccurate among tall buildings and trees.  Most thought that was a simple price to pay for not having to drive their routes any more or to not get lost in unfamiliar lands.

Next came the 205 and 305.  They utilized more GPS signals and were much more reliable in tracking their whereabouts, but their new large design left some, especially women, wanting something smaller.

The 405 was Garmin’s answer to a GPS that didn’t look like a TRS-80 on your wrist.  Looking like an over-sized watch, this seemed to settle all issues.  Except one.


The numerous multisport athletes that were using Forerunners on the bike and on the run couldn’t use them while swimming.  All of the models were stated to be waterproof in shallow water for about 10 minutes.  This translated to:  “If you drop it in the water, get it out QUICK!”

The 310XT is the waterproof answer to the needs of the triathlete.  It is waterproof to 50 meters, and there is no time limit to that.  It is also touted to make the transition from swim to bike to run and to calculate transition times during competition.  (Personally, we’re eager to see if it automatically switches from minutes-per-mile to miles-per-hour which was a manual switch on previous models.)  Click here for a video from the Garmin Blog about the 310XT.

If you’d like to be on the call list for its arrival, give us a ring or shoot us an email (  Hopefully, we’ll see them soon!



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