If you’ve been following my recent race/training recaps, you’ll notice an absence of a training tool that I had been utilizing since I first brought it home in April 2012: the Garmin 405.
Now, I was actually a fan of my 405, despite people’s commentary about its faulty/moody bezel, but in recent months, I’ve had a series of unfortunate incidents with the watch – for one, the band broke right off – so I replaced that with the fabric band – which was fine….until the bezel stopped allowing me to lock the screen, even with hard resets. After I was just getting used to keeping my hands off the watch during a run, it’d randomly power off, and most recently, Dug found my charger and mistook it for a chew toy, so sadly, I’ve been Garmin-less for a few weeks now.
Fortunately for me, I’ve been keeping an eye on the world of new running tech, and saw that a new watch, the Forerunner 220 was set to be released. DC Rainmaker, my fave place to find reviews on said topics, posted a “first look” here.
Now, this watch is NEAT, y’all. At the mid-price range of ~$249, it does a lot more than my last watch (including a really neat new “live tracking feature” which is great since I often run alone, plus bluetooth connectivity), and appears to be a lot easier to use too. And, it’s COLOR, which is kind of neat. But, there’s another watch in that price neighborhood that I’m eyeing…
Yup, the 310 XT. It’s not the cutest, but it’s got a killer battery life (~20 hours) and is known as a tri-athlete’s watch (good for swimming and cycling, beyond just running). Now, I am no triathlete, but with the prospect of training for an ultra next year, that longer battery life sounds great – and although it’s not an attractive watch, it’s really easy to read, perfect my ‘runner brain’ that I tend to get on a long run.
To make matters more interesting, I have a $50 gift card to Road Runner Sports, as well as a VIP membership, which would bring the 220 cost to $175 and the 310XT to just $138.95…it’s hard to decide because I really want this to be a longer lasting relationship than the one I had with the 405
I’ve asked a few runner friends already, and have heard votes for each side, so it’s hard to decide…but if you were in my shoes (pun intended) which would you choose?