Garmin has announced two new GPS fitness watches, the Forerunner 310XT and Forerunner 405CX.
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
The 310XT (pictured above at right) is a waterproof, multi-sport unit, featuring 20 hours of battery life. Waterproof to a depth of 50 meters, the 310XT is clearly aimed at multi-sport athletes. It can categorize the various activities in a workout and log transition time between them. The 310XT uses both audible signals and/or vibration alerts, so you won’t miss your milestones.
It will be sold on its own or with a new waterproof, soft-strap heart rate monitor, which is expected to be available this summer. While it won’t transmit heart-rate data underwater, the strap can be worn under a wetsuit to shave down transition time. The suggested retail price is $349.99.
Garmin Forerunner 405CX
The 405CX, pictured above at left, brings increased accuracy in heart rate-based calorie computation. Using algorithms developed by exercise scientists and world-class athletes, the Forerunner 405CX monitors the micro changes in a user’s heart rate and uses that detailed information to better calculate the number of calories burned during aerobic activity. The 405CX comes with two additional form-fitting bands to accommodate large or small wrists. The suggested retail price is $369.99.
ANT+ wireless technology
Both units use ANT+ technology to automatically send workout data to a user’s PC or Mac wirelessly.
EDIT: The 310XT and 405CX are both expected to be available in the second quarter of this year.
There is no word yet on availability or price, though I will update this post should that info or product links become available later today.