Garmin Forerunner 110 promises to be simple

The Garmin Forerunner 110 is a new entry-level device joining the ranks of Garmin's sports watches.

The Forerunner 110 features a SiRFstar IV GPS receiver, which Garmin claim will acquire and hold signal under a woodland canopy and in built-up areas. Nothing is more frustrating when pounding the pavement to find that your sports watch doesn't have a fix on you.

Garmin boast that the Forerunner 110 is slimmer than any other device and offers 8-hours of training time off a single charge and a memory that will record 200 hours of training.

The Garmin Forerunner 110 is also compatible with Garmin's heart rate monitor straps (with options to buy the watch with or without the strap), so you can see how hard your body is working.

A USB connection will let you use Garmin Connect to extract your data for analysis and to fill out your training diary, as well as charging the watch. There will be a choice of three colourways, pink/grey, black/grey and charcoal/red.

"Forerunner 110 fills the needs of runners of all levels by focusing on simplicity without sacrificing accuracy", says Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales at Garmin. "Within seconds of stepping outside, you simply press start and instantly know your distance, pace and time – all without any complicated setup or excessive accessories." 

The Garmin Forerunner 110 will first be hitting the streets at the Virgin London Marathon on 25 April 2010 and it likely to appeal to those who don't want or need to more advanced features higher up the range, such as those on the Forerunner 405 we reviewed last year.

You'll be able to get the watch for £169.99 on its own, or £199.99 with the heart rate monitor.