"Unrelated gadget deal side note of the week: As many of you noticed, REI will be starting a short sale on Friday on the FR910XT ($340 with the HR Strap, $300 without), and the original Ambit also cheaper. For those waiting on that – just hang tight. Given you’ve gotta hang tight anyway, then I’ll have something of note at 12:01AM Eastern on Friday. Oh, and no, this doesn’t mean there’s a new FR910XT coming out.)"
DC Rainmaker's update on sales on the 910XT, 310XT, Edge 800, etc.:
$169 for the 310XT is a great deal! Sale on that model starts Monday.
Hmm still on the fence about whether or not I should take the plunge on a GPS watch. Are any current 310xt owners planning to upgrade to the 910xt and unload their 310xt on the forum? You could probably do better than the $50 trade-in rebate REI is offering and help some of us (at least me) overcome our indecisiveitis.
I've been debating about whether to take the plunge and move to the Garmin. I've been looking at the 310xt since I'm not sure the upgrades with 910xt really matter to me.
Question - will I be able to rely on this for the duration of an Ironman? Let's assume a slow pace :-)
My 10 year old Garmin 305 has no issues lasting through the bike, run, and T2 of an Ironman on 4 different occassions. For me, those have been in the 10-12 hours range. I don't wear it during the swim because the 305 can't go into the water. I leave it on my bike, cover it up with an old t-shirt to protect against wondering eyes, and turn it on when I get to the bike. The old t-shirt, you can discard in transition.
I'm planning to use that old school 305 again for my next Ironman. I think that I read somewhere that the 305 has a 10 hour battery life, not sure what the battery life is for your 310. I've exceeded the 10 hour limit plenty of times. If you want to test it out, just turn it on, let it sit by a window so that it can pick up a gps signal, and check on it again after 10, 11, 12, 13 hours to see if it's still alive. Or you can leave it in your car as you drive around.
My 310XT's battery life is really good. It got me through my first IM and the Total 200.
The 310xt has 20 hour battery life but I read somewhere that this is less if using certain functions.
Do you use yours for bike mph / cadence / etc?
I use mine for mph during the run and bike as well as to inform me when I need to take in gels and other nutrition.
I don't use it for cadence or heart rate monitoring.
I used my 301 XT with HR, bike mph/cadence for my IM which was 13:30. The HR monitor stopped working towards the end of my run but I think it the HR monitor. I am thinking of upgrading to the 910 XT for the smaller size and swimming functions.