Garmin Forerunner 910XT

It is rumoured that triathletes are perfectionists, and tend to demand a lot from themselves and from their gear. Garmin’s Forerunner 910XT firmly targets this market, and whilst I am extremely happy with the performance of mine, here are a few small things I would like to see.

I have been using my 910XT consistently in a number of different situations for some months now. There is no doubt in my mind that it is the leader in it’s field, and that it is the best unit available for use in triathlon and multisport. That being said, here are a very few things I would like to see added:

Garmin 910XT

  • Triathlon mode: an option to have the start and lap button both just start the next leg (sport or transition). When I am racing I often press the incorrect button.
  • Pool swim: set a fixed stroke; I only ever train crawl and would like my watch to ignore anything and everything else. This would likely improve other calculations as well.
  • Paddling mode: the ability to count paddle strokes in the same way as swimming strokes to measure cadence
  • The lost satellite reception message should time-out so that I don’t have to clear it manually the whole time. It blocks the screen and really I would not be advertising the fact that the unit has lost satellite. In any case, what am I going to do: stop racing ‘cos my Garmin has malfunctioned?
  • A temperature feature like the Garmin fēnix GPS Watch using the tempe™ Wireless Temperature Sensor!

Garmin Connect

You can track some additional athlete info on the site, for instance you can manually input your weight. Here are some features I would like to see added:

  • Live-Tracking: the endomondo live-tracking is a killer feature!
  • Additional athlete stats tracking: resting heart-rate
  • Gear tracking: especially shoes — specify shoes for run and thereby track mileage on shoes
  • Additional options for embedding Activities on blogs: for example I should be able to specify metric as the default display measurement
  • Additional Activity types: “paddling” broken down into surfski and canoeing (I think customisable Activity types may be way too messy)
  • Additional Activity types graphed on Profile page (currently only Running, Cycling, Swimming)
    • as of April 2014 update: you can add and configure a Report graph to dashboard which includes Running, Cycling, Swimming, Walking, Other

Once again: these are small add-ons I would like to see and not a criticism in any way. Garmin Connect has seen plenty of additions (like the Profile page) and enhancements in the last months and I think its a safe bet that they will continue to bring extra value to their products in this way!

What would you like to see?

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By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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