What is new about this device compared with older devices in the Forerunner series is that it is a multisport GPS watch that can also provide detailed swim metrics data. It is water resistant to 50 m and can be used in the pool or in open water. Some of the swim metrics it can capture are distance (obviously), pool lengths, stroke counts and it can also identify the type of strokes. Using these data it can also calculate the SWOLF score. This is an index of swimming efficiency (the lower the better).
Obviously this is not just a swimming GPS watch, it reports a number of data and statistics useful for dry land sports, including distance, speed/pace and heart rate (optional with the more expensive version). It also features an an on-board barometric altimeter that is responsible for recording elevation data.
So in theory it appears to be the ideal gadget for triathletes. It even has a low profile design to allow users to get in and out of swimsuits easily and an optional quick release and bike mount that will allow users to easily move it from their wrist to the handlebar.
Another interesting feature is Virtual Racer™, which allows users to race against themselves, or others based on previously saved training sessions. I guess a bit of competition is always good even if you are just training. The Garmin Forerunner 910XT is also compatible with Garmin Connect and Garmin’s and third party wireless fitness gadgets such as heart rate monitors, power meters and foot pods.
Currently it is listed on the Garmin online shop with a price of $399.99 for the base version and $449.99 for the version that includes a premium heart rate monitor. The availability information states that it will become available in the 4th Quarter of 2011.
Some final features/specs not mentioned above include:
- Vibration Motor for Alerts.
- 20h Battery Life
- Weight: 72gr
- Compatible with the Garmin Training Center®
- Changes Sport Mode with the push of a button.