Thursday, February 28, 2013

I'm a Garmin Snob

When I got my first Garmin (205) over 5 years ago I loved it. Like most of you, it was a "Eureka" moment and was a big change in the way I enjoyed my running. Being a numbers geek, I loved having all the data, seeing my pace, recording the splits. It was a game-changer for interval work and for races. LOVED. IT.

Last year I started hinting to DW that I wanted a newer one. The 205 still worked. but i envied the new sleeker ones that didn't look so silly on my little wrist. I decided if she didn't get me one for Christmas, I would get myself one. I figured the 210 would be a good upgrade from the 205, mistakenly assuming they were similar.

Well, DW knows how to take a hint, and went off to the LRS and got me a Garmin. But for some odd reason, the guy there talked her into getting the most basic Garmin 10.

The 28:37 5K on this picture should give you a clue who it is designed for. Not sure why the guy talked her DOWN to a cheaper model, but he said this had everything I would need. Unbelievable really. I tried to smile and say thank you. Checked it out and ran with it once, and had to be honest and say, you know, I kind of need lap pace and a few other things. So I took it back to the store and upgraded to the 210.

I've been using it for a month or so, and it's....fine...but...I was a little disapointed. The 210 is NOT a newer version of the 205. Sure I get lap pace, and can do interval workouts and upload my workouts. But I can't change the format of the screen to show what I want, like I could with the 210. Still, it is fine, and looks sleeker. And can be used as a watch.

But then one day I forgot my Garmin when I went to my LRS group run, and my friend there let me borrow her Garmin 610. Oh. My. God. This was the watch I wanted. First off, the font is better, so the numbers are easier to read (and just look cooler). The screen is fully formattable, so I can see what I want to see. It has a touch screen to easily jump around between screens. It can be lit up permanently during night runs, so I don't need to press the light button. And it can vibrate instead of beeping for splits, which is great for me because I have some hearing loss and can not hear the beeps at all. So I won't have to check it so often.
And look how pretty.

So I've been sitting on this knowledge that I got the wrong watch for a few weeks.Sure it costs a ridiculous $350 compared to $200 for the 210. But if I get 5 years out of it, that's not that big a deal.

So today I said "F*** it", and went ahead and ordered one (with a 10% discount I found online). So it will get here soon. Which leaves me with an extra Garmin 210. (I sent the 205 to a new home with a needy loopster)

So I am offering up the Garmin 210, almost new, to a runner who wants it. I want $140 for it ($60 off retail) and offer free shipping! So if you, faithful reader, want it, let me know with a comment. If I get multiple requests I will decide based on who I like best, so give me a good sob story. Or maybe I will choose randomly. Not sure yet.

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