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Discussion: Garmin 310XT

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Jul 24, 2018 6:08 PM # 
I bought a new one of these in April, then upgraded to a 235, so I have a very lightly used 310XT, available to a new home. Anyone interested?
Jul 24, 2018 10:16 PM # 
I am. Mail sent back channel.
Jul 24, 2018 11:24 PM # 
I'm considering the same upgrade (310XT to 235). Do you like the 235 so far...?
Jul 25, 2018 12:52 AM # 
Yes. I got the 235 for being able to upload by app, but found that it was also fine as a regular watch, better battery life, better at getting satellites, and since I wear it all the time, harder to forget at home.
Jul 25, 2018 2:02 AM # 
Cool! Thank you for the feedback. :-)
Jul 25, 2018 7:13 AM # 
Terje Mathisen:
I just (last night) ordered a 235 for my son and a 735 xt for myself, both selected due to having dual gps/glonass chipsets and decent battery lifetime. I really don't need payment functions, music playback or apps on my watch.

(My 5 year old 620 has developed severe battery issues, plus it cannot handle swimming anymore. :-( )
Jul 30, 2018 2:18 PM # 
The band on my 310XT just broke. Again. I think this is the 5th time and it's not repairable. The plastic on the body of the watch, where the band-pin sits, cracks. Hope it's still under warranty.

Anyone else experience this problem?
Jul 30, 2018 6:47 PM # 
Bill, I have not had a 310XT but I have had band breakages with both a Garmin Forerunner 405 and a Forerunner 610. No band problems yet with my year-old 235 and if it does break it will be easy to fix with standard watch parts.
Good luck with the Garmin warranty. If it is not under warranty it seems that usual practice is that you send in your watch and for $125 they send you a refurbished watch of the same model or give you a credit on an upgrade.
Ditto to all the accolades above for the 235. I am impressed with its functionality and accuracy.
Jul 30, 2018 6:53 PM # 
I broke two 310xts, one just like that, and one where the buttons failed. Not under warranty and not repairable by any conventional means, so I just got another one when it happened.
Jul 31, 2018 12:46 AM # 
Nancy broke the band on her Garmin 10, and I was able to get a replacement band on eBay. It's not everybody's cup of tea, but we've been delighted with these inexpensive watches (I prefer my 10 to my fancier 405cx).
Jul 31, 2018 8:15 AM # 
I have a collection of broken 310's, which I had been repairing (battery replacement) or using for parts. I have a 910 now which is much faster and longer battery.
I had found Garmin to be great to deal with, for answering questions, and I think a refurbished 310 is a good deal at $125.
Jul 31, 2018 6:09 PM # 
You can buy a new one on Amazon for about $140, free shipping, so not saving much on refurbished.
Aug 1, 2018 10:10 PM # 
Band broke on my 310XT too.
Aug 1, 2018 11:03 PM # 
I paid nearly $20 for mine on eBay. It has a small scratch.
Aug 2, 2018 5:27 AM # 
I do like my 235, plugging its heart rate into 220-minus-age make me feel much younger. And I don't need music on the go - there's entertainment. Today I was biking home, trying hard, the last stretch rises in 100m in 700, and it said "Move!"
Aug 2, 2018 9:27 AM # 
That "Move!" command on the 235 is a strange one. But sometimes it is very helpful. Once I came in from a run a little early and headed to the toilet. I did not notice that I had forgotten to turn off the watch. As I sat there waiting for nature to happen I heard a beep. I looked at the watch and it was saying "Move!" Thankfully my system did and I was able to complete the run a little lighter.
Aug 2, 2018 3:42 PM # 
I have a two-day-old 235 that told me to MOVE this morning. No idea what that means...
Aug 2, 2018 3:49 PM # 
Yeah, it does that a lot. I may study up and figure out how to turn that off.
Aug 2, 2018 4:12 PM # 
You can turn off the move alert from the Garmin Connect app. Garmin Devices-> Settings-> Device Settings -> Move Alert toggle.

It goes off after an hour of inactivity and reminds your every 15 min if you still haven't gotten up and walked around. Not sure if it just uses steps so that sitting on a bike is also "inactive". I think the little red bars on the left show up a build up of inactivity.

I found it useful the first few days I had it as a reminder to get out of my chair at work and walk around a bit. But then it just got too frequent to be helpful. :-(
Aug 2, 2018 4:16 PM # 
That's called "alert fatigue" in the healthcare world...
Aug 2, 2018 5:18 PM # 
Mine called “Move” randomly, usually at about 9 am. Sometimes just after I sat down or finished a run. Turned it off. Can also be done through the watch menus but quite deeply in there. After an update, started “moving” again so quickly back to menus.

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