Garmin 910XT Reviewed

By Ray from DC Rainmaker

(Garmin’s USA online shop is quoting USD$399)

The Garmin Forerunner 910XT represents the next generation triathlon/multisport watch from Garmin.  The watch builds on many areas that the FR305 and then FR310XT
had – including a slimmer profile then either of those watches, and a
new pool swimming mode to track your distance while swimming laps.  But
are these changes and others enough to get you running to pickup the
latest model? Well, stick around and I’ll explain.

Garmin 910XT

Like all my reviews,
they tend to be pretty in depth (perhaps overly so) – but that’s just
my trademark DC Rainmaker way of doing things.  Think of them more like
reference guides than quick and easy summaries.  I try and cover every
conceivable thing you might do with the device and then poke at it a bit
more.  My goal is to leave no stone unturned – both the good and the

Because I want to be transparent about my reviews – Garmin sent me a
development unit to try out.  It’s almost identical to that of the final
production unit that’ll be on store shelves in a bit (may have slight
color differences).  Once units are available in retail shops I’ll send
this back to Garmin and then go out and buy my own (to be able to
support y’all in the comments section down the road).  Simple as that.
Sorta like hiking in wilderness trails – leave only footprints.  If you
find my review useful, you can use any of the Amazon links from this
page to help support future reviews.

Because I was given a pre-production unit, I don’t have any fancy
unboxing photos at this exact moment.  However, I should have a final
production unit and box in about a week or two, at which point I’ll come
back and update this.  Fear not unboxing fans – I will deliver!

In the meantime, here’s the most important thing normally found in the box…the watch:

(Note that there may end up being some very slight color
difference between the unit I have above and what you end up getting.
Mostly an exact shades of gray/black thing.  Don’t worry, it won’t be
fuchsia or sea foam green or anything.)

For those familiar with the FR310XT/FR405/FR410 charging clips, the FR910XT uses the same two pronged system.

the FR910XT is the smallest multisport watch that Garmin has made to
date, being both slimmer than the FR310XT and FR305.  Though while it’s
still bigger than the Polar RCX5, keep in mind the RCX5 does not have GPS integrated into it, and instead requires a separate pod.

comparisons sake – I went ahead and pulled out the trusty kitchen
rolling pin and compared it to a number of other common triathlon
focused watches.  (See all the comparison photos and read the DC Rainmaker full review by clicking on this link).

The FR910XT has made a number of small updates from the FR310XT that
will definitely appeal to cyclists.  Starting off is the ability to now
customize up to five different bikes.  Each bike can then store a slew
of different saved parameters, such as ANT+ sensor details
(power/speed/cadence) and wheel size/bike weight.

Speaking of
which, the FR910XT supports the major cycling ANT+ sensor types
including Power Meters, Speed-Only sensors, Cadence-Only sensors and
combination Speed/Cadence sensors.  It also supports ANT+ heart rate
monitors as well.  And in the event of a power meter that sends cadence
information (pretty much all of them), it’ll happily pick that up too.

Read the DC Rainmaker full review by clicking on this link.



Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.