Garmin Forerunner 110 Review

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The Garmin Forerunner 110 will provide you with one of the easiest and most simple interfaces for tracking and analyzing your running. There’s very little setup required, so you can just press start and start running or walking. As we further dive into the device below, the word simple should be it’s middle name.  This Garmin Forerunner allows you to know how far and how fast you have gone. The Garmin Forerunner is water-resistant, which is awful helpful if you find yourself in a sudden downpour.  If you are looking for a more complex and configurable device to take you to the next level then check out the Garmin Forerunner 310XT.

Garmin Forerunner 110

  • GPS enabled – GPS capabilities built in to the watch. Ready to go out of the box to not only accurately track your distances but when using most available training software you will be able to see your routes mapped out for you.
  • Heart rate-based calorie computation
  • Water resistant (IPX7) – This does not mean waterproof. Don’t swim with it or submerse it in water. It can handle sweat and rain. If unit is submerged or very wet, Garmin recommends you wipe dry and air dry the watch before using or charging.
  • Heart rate monitor (some versions) – This watch is compatible with ANT+ heart rate monitor devices.
  • Garmin Connect compatible – Allows the ability to upload all the data from your training workouts for further analysis and to keep a cumulative tally up to the present.
  • Garmin Training Center software
  • Auto Lap – This function will allow you to designate a distance as a lap and each time that designation is achieved the watch will automatically register a lap. When you later analyze your data you will have data for the entire workout and also data breakdowns for each lap.
  • Sport Watch – The Forerunner 110 has also been designed to be worn as an everyday watch. When not in GPS mode you will have long battery life and basic watch functions including an alarm. The normal display will give you time and date.


Garmin Forerunner 110 Images and Screenshots





What’s in the Box:

Unisex, Black Version

  • Forerunner 110 (unisex, black)
  • AC charger
  • Owner’s manual


The Forerunner 110 will come with preset defaults. The first time you use the unit you will be taken through a series of choices to change the system settings to your selections. The unit contains four buttons with each button having multiple functions. These functions include the following: turn on light, turn device on/off, start/stop the timer, mark a new lap, save your run, reset the timer, switch between time of day/timer/heart rate. Icons will show you the battery charge level, gps is on and receiving signals, heart rate monitor is active (assuming you have a heart rate monitor), alarm is on.

One feature that has steadily improved over the years is the time it takes to pick up satellites. Garmin projects the Forerunner 110 may take 30 to 60 seconds to locate satellite signals. You will need to be outdoors to pick up the satellites. It is best in a open area outside. If you are having difficulty picking up the signal, take the watch off and set it down. Sometimes it will pick up the satellites easier if it is not moving around while on your wrist.

While the Garmin Forerunner 110 does have the ANT+ wireless technology, it works only with a heart rate monitor. No other accessories will be capable of connecting to the device. If you purchase a heart rate monitor you will have to pair it with your device the first time you want to use it. After the first time the device should recognize the monitor in subsequent uses. When the heart rate monitor is paired with the Forerunner 110 a heart icon will appear on the screen.  If you buy the 110 without the heart rate monitor you can always add one later (just make sure it is ANT+).


Going for a Run

Press start from the timer page and you are off, with history of the run being recorded. After completing your run, press stop. Press and hold reset to save your run and reset the timer. Garmins aim with this watch is one of simplicity and to be able to use it as an everyday watch. Simplicity in the form of push the button and go. They realized that many times runners get caught at the starting line of races with the wrong screen or the wrong setup on their watch and then there goes the starting gun. The Forerunner eliminates that with a simple design and simple display and ease of use.



Run History

The Forerunner 110 will be able to save about 180 hours of run data history with typical use. When the memory in the device is full, the oldest data will be overwritten. You should periodically download your data to your computer so that you don’t lose any of your history. You can download your history data to Garmin Connect and/or Garmin Training Center. There are also 3rd party running software programs that accept forerunner data files.

The run history displays the date, time of day, distance, run time, calories, and average pace or speed. If you are using the optional heart rate monitor, your run history will also include your average heart rate data. You need to select History from the menu and you can scroll through your saved run data. You can also delete runs from this same menu.



The Garmin Forerunner 110 features a number of custom settings. With one of its aims as an everyday watch, you can set an alarm. Auto lap will allow you to automatically mark a lap at a specific distance. The user profile allows the Forerunner 110 to calculate run data based on the following information: gender, age, height, weight, and activity class.

Activity Class – You will rate your activity level from a chart that includes: No exercise, Occasional, light exercise, Regular exercise and training, Daily training. This will help the device to more accurately calculate your specific data.

Calorie expenditure and heart rate analysis technology is provided and supported by Firstbeat Technologies Ltd.


Garmin provides two free software options for storing and analyzing your run data history:

Garmin Connect is a web based product accessed through the internet. After connecting your device to your computer with a USB cable, follow the instructions with the software to download the run data history from your watch to the software.

Garmin Training Center is the Garmin software that you can download and it will reside on your computer/desktop. Once downloaded and installed you will not need the internet to access it.


  • Unit Dimensions (W x H x D): 1.8″ x 2.7″ x 0.6″ / 4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Display Size (W x H): 1.0″ x 1.0″ / 2.5 x 2.5 cm Diameter
  • Display Resolution (W x H): 52 x 30 pixels
  • Weight: 1.8 oz / 52 g
  • Battery: Rechargeable li-polymer
  • Battery Life: 1 week – you are training for 45 minutes per day with GPS. the forerunner is in power save mode the remaining time; 3 weeks in power save mode the entire time; 8 hours in training mode the entire time
  • Power Save: After a period of inactivity, the Forerunner prompts you to go into power save mode. The device displays the time and date, but doesn’t connect with the GPS or optional heart rate monitor. Simply press page to exit power save mode
  • High-sensitivity receiver
  • Lap History: 1000 laps