Garmin Forerunner 910XT review

  • Price Paid:$500.00
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  • Would buy again from this company: Yes
  • Used product for: 3 months
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"This is the perfect triathlon watch. It'll do everything you could possibly want for multisport and it's all right in the one device.

Is it worth the price? That's up to you to decide. For $300 on the watch alone ($500 with tri bundle), it is expensive, but I think it's worth it. Just my two cents on this excellent Forerunner 910XT.


Installation was very straightforward and easy. Clear instructions were on the screen and it also came with a hard copy in the box to show you how to do it.

For the HRM, simply put it on, go to it under the settings section, and click enable heart rate monitor. It's literally that simply.


The only thing I'm not a fan of is that if you're deep in the settings menu and want to go back to the main screen, you have to continuously press the 'menu' button. One thing I would've liked is for a hold the menu button option to go back to the main screen, but there's only so much you can do with such a little device, so it is what it is. Not a big deal whatsoever.

Also, there are three different backlight settings, ranging from none to brightest. This is something I really like.


The lap and start buttons are easy to press. The ones on the side, not so much. It's kind of like you have to push the other side of the watch at the same time to avoid the whole device from sliding. The whole idea was good though, having both the up and down keys easily accessible along with the rest of the buttons.

The heart rate monitor is a soft, strong strap. No way it's snapping but also very comfortable to wear.


The watch and wristband can be very bulky, especially when the Quick Release Kit is installed. You get over it quickly, though.

The HRM stretches if you have a larger upper body, so no fit issues should arise when using it.


I'm giving the comfort a 4, because although it is bulky, it's not an uncomfortable wristband by any stretch.

The HRM is very comfortable, as stated earlier.


The wide range of 4 different data fields, and 4 different screens for each individual sport is great. Each data field is very customizable. For example, here's all the options you have for the swim. The bike and run come with everything you could think of (including power if you have the ANT+ power meter).

Swim (OW/Pool):
1) Calories
2) Distance
3) Distance - Interval
4)Distance - Last Interval
5) Efficiency - Average
6) Efficiency - Interval
7) Efficiency - Last Interval
8) GPS Accuracy
9) Heading
10) Pace - Average
11) Pace - Interval
12) Pace - Last Interval
13) Sport
14) Stroke Dist. - Average
15) Stroke DIst. - Interval
16) Stroke Dist. - Last Interval
17) Stroke Rate
18) Stroke Rate - Interval
19) Stroke Rate - Last Interval
20) Strokes
21) Strokes - Last Interval
22) Sunrise
23) Sunset
24) Time
25) Time Elapsed
26) Time - Interval
27) Time - Last Interval
28) Time of Day
If you choose pool swim, you can choose your pool distance by 25m, 50m, or 25 yards. You can also set a custom distance for the pool.


I've only dropped it once and it held up just fine. The way it's built, it's clear that a few drops here and there won't damage it at all.


Very expensive, yes, but I believe it's worth it. You can't get anything like it.


The appearance gets a two simply because of the bulkiness and large size. It's something a lot of people, myself included, don't really get bothered by. It's not an everyday watch so you won't be wearing it out in public all the time (you could if you wanted to, though).


When installing the quick release kit, a couple of the pins broke (my mistake). I sent an email to Garmin Support and they responded in two days (one business day) and just a few hours later, they had sent me a new full quick release kit when I had only asked for the pins. I was very happy with this.


The only reason it's rated a 4 instead of a 5 is because it can take a while to locate a satellite signal sometimes. Most of the time it's not a problem but those one or two times when you're in a park with tress over you, it could take a bit of time. Get into an open area above your head with clearness in the sky and you're perfectly fine.

It's nice and easy to upload data into Garmin Connect. All you have to do is plug in the USB Ant+ stick and wait 1-2 minutes (sometimes less) for the data to transfer, and it's automatically uploaded online.

The auto multi sport feature is great. It's accessible under the training menu, and you can choose which bike you want to use, too. I just used it in a race today, and all you have to do is press 'Lap' running into T1, out of T1, into T2, out of T2. It'll record every leg.

Accurate GPS. Clear, easy to see screen. Backlight when wanted. Tons of custom-ability. Auto-multisport feature.

Bulkiness. That's just about it.

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  • 11816 workouts logged
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