The highly anticipated Garmin 910XT has made its way to my wrist. I've read about it for months and finally brought one home with me in mid-January when they became available in stores. Firstly, please note that this is a User Review and not a Product Review. My review is based on real-life use in the field and in the pool. I will not fill your time with techy specs that are not easily translated without a PhD in robotics. I also want to make it clear that I am not sponsored by Garmin in any way, not that I haven’t tried. I’ve been a long time user of Garmin multisport products. I used the 305 for years and more recently the 310XT. Before becoming serious with racing Tri’s I had used Timex and Polar products but switched to Garmin in 2007 before the first time I raced Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
Don’t be fooled by the size, the 910XT is not any smaller than the 310XT and even slightly longer according to Garmin…longer by like 0.2” but I think the completely new design helps it fit better on my small wrist. The 910XT does sport a slightly thinner profile which I’m hoping to be beneficial when stripping my wetsuit in T1. Aside from slight measurement differences these 2 watches are very similar in things like weight, battery life, display size, screen resolution, blah, blah, blah…yep there are only a handful of improvements technology-wise that make this stand apart from the 310XT and the competition.
Overall, the Garmin 910XT makes it into my must-have list of tech tools simply because of the added swim features but is debatable whether it’s a tool that everyone shouldn’t live without. At certain levels of competition you can do just fine with the 310XT and be successful at racing. The 910XT certainly adds some nice-to-have features and will help every athletes train and race efficiently. Anything that can help me train smarter to minimize the amount of time I spend on each discipline during the race will make it into my must-have list. If you’re on a tight budget, you can save some cash and go with the 310XT and do just fine but I won’t be giving up my 910XT any time soon.