\n\nI\u2019m an avid bike rider and attend the good old gym on a regular basis. One thing I\u2019ve long failed to do is keep track of my workouts \u2013 I don\u2019t even have a little black book to record my mileage or \u2018sets\u2019 completed. Enter the Garmin Forerunner 310XT, which is considered one of the best fitness trackers\u00a0out there.\n\nThe Forerunner 310XT is Garmin\u2019s first fully fledged GPS watch to offer not only a myriad of workout and tracking options, but is waterproof up to 50m. Aesthetically it\u2019s a bit on the large side, but that lends itself to a reasonably large screen, all things relative of course. The wrist band is finished in bright orange, so there\u2019s no mistaking this thing for anything but a workout watch, although I\u2019m relatively confident that runners and triathlon nuts could get away with wearing it year round, though they might be a bit hampered by its 20 hour battery life.\n\n\n\nAnd despite that sounding like a short battery life I assure you it\u2019s not, especially if you use the Forerunner 310XT specifically for your workouts. To streamline the charging process Garmin has included a clothespin like charger that grasps the 310XT at two contact points, making charging the device a snap (pardon the pun).\n\nRelated: If you like this device, you may also want to read the Garmin Forerunner 210 Gps Watch review\n\n\n\nFunction wise the 310XT really delivers. It\u2019s waterproof, so Triathloners will like its ability to go from the water, to the bike (there\u2019s an optional bike mount) to the run. If you so chose you can even set it up to transition in between these sports and keep track of your time in between each transition so you don\u2019t cheat your stats. I primarily used the 310XT while biking and lifting weights and despite it being largely designed for running, swimming and biking it still was a great compliment to my muscle building routine.\n\nRelated: Looking for a different option? Read the Garmin Forerunner 610 review\n\nThe Garmin Forerunner 310XT can track calories, heart rate (strap included \u2013 works wirelessly) distance, speed, cadence (optional bike attachment needed) and pace. It can set you back to a desired location or race you against a virtual opponent using stored info about your previous workouts.\n\nAnd the features don\u2019t end there. Included is a USB stick that wirelessly connects the 310XT to your computer when placed within a close proximity. You\u2019ll need to fire up the included software and register for a Garmin Connect account, but once you\u2019ve done that you\u2019re work out info is automatically uploaded to the web where you can view graphs and charts; all the stuff that could potentially make you into a super human athlete.\n\nMuch like many of today\u2019s cell phones the 310XT is equipped with a vibrator alert that can also be paired with audible alerts. This is ideal for those of you that like to exercise with headphones on and would like to stay aware of your lap or pace alerts, or just don\u2019t want to disturb fellow athletes.\n\nFor each sport you have the option of going with a standard screen, or if you so chose you can add more or less data fields depending on your goals and what info you want to be able to view at a glance. For weight lifting I opted for time of day, timer, heart rate and calories burned. For cycling, though, I modified the screen to display distance, speed, timer and heart rate. Again, it\u2019s all customizable with up to 4 data fields per screen and the option for multiple screens that can be cycled through at the push of a button.\n\nTurning on the screen\u2019s backlight is as simple as clicking the power button \u2013 hold it down and it turns the device on or off.\u00a0 Holding the \u2018mode\u2019 and up arrow locks the keys.\u00a0 These are just a few of the intuitive controls found on the 310XT, which is a good example of how easy it is to use the device. It took me a bit of time to become familiar with all its options and menus, but depending on your workouts and goals you\u2019ll find the ones you need to use after just a few uses. I didn\u2019t try my hand at the interval training, which allows you to set goals, such as distance and time, and although I\u2019m sure these functions are useful for the hard core cardio trainer, I\u2019m just not cut from that cloth.\n\nDownloading the data from the 310XT computer doesn\u2019t happen at a blazing speed, but if done regularly it shouldn\u2019t take more than a minute or two. I left my data stored in the watch for a few weeks and the initial sink took sometime. Not only can you view your data but you can explore fellow Forerunner\u2019s workouts, such as the location and distance of their runs or bike rides. You\u2019re able to search by location and if you so choose you can download their workouts to the 310XT for a virtual opponent. This is a brilliant piece of social engineering and really makes the $350 investment in the device all the more worth it. If that\u2019s not enough to satisfy your insatiable thirst for data, you can also view your total workouts by week or view them in a calendar.\n\nLook, I could pretty much go on all day and after using the Garmin Forerunner 310XT for well over 4 weeks I don\u2019t even begin to feel as if I\u2019ve scratched the surface of the device\u2019s full potential. The price tag is a bit steep ($350), but the sheer amount of use and utility you\u2019ll get out of this GPS infused device will easily pay for itself. It\u2019s one thing to track your workouts by writing them down in a log book, but it\u2019s a whole new planet of physical exercise and well being when you can create, collaborate and track everything with one simple device that requires little to no manual input. My only gripe with the 310XT is that the software kept asking me to install the plug into my computer, but that was more a result of Safari\u2019s lack of compatibility than anything else.\n\nDo your body a favor, especially if you\u2019re an avid biker or triathonler and pick up a Forerunner 310XT.\n\nPros:\n\n \tTracks your workouts without manual input\n \tSolid build and design\n \tEasy to use\n\nCons:\n\n \tSoftware plugin not compatible with Safari\n \tSomewhat limited battery life\n\nYou can grab one at Amazon for $320 or for $375 wth a heart rate monitor.