Garmin introduces GPS training watch

Touchscreen technology makes its debut on the Forerunner range

New Training Effect mode makes the Forerunner 610 a virtual running coach

We've brought you news about Garmin's multifunction GPS, but also officially announced at it's press event, but available since April is the latest addition to the Forerunner range – the 610 GPS training watch.

The 610 sees Garmin introduce touchscreen technology into the established Forerunner range, hoping to capitalise on the current trend in touch control devices. Like its predecessors, the 610 is targeted at track athletes and serious running enthusiasts, but it can even be controlled while wearing running gloves – a common obstacle for other touchscreen interfaces.

“Running with Forerunner 610 is like having a coach with you every step of the way,” advises Andy Silver, Outdoor and Fitness Product Manager at Garmin. Adding “From giving the basics such as pace, distance and time to monitoring your effort through heart rate, to creating interval workouts and racing a friend on the other side of the world”

Additional advanced features include vibration alerts for when audible tones cannot be heard and a new 'Training Effect' metric that measures the impact of exercise on users' aerobic fitness.

The new device also debuts Garmin's 'Virtual Racer' technology, which allows you to race against both yourself, or other runners, by downloading races stored on the Garmin Connect website.

Garmin Forerunner 610 launch date: Out now

Garmin Forerunner 610 price: Around £360

Link: Garmin