I was almost wishing I'd gotten the foretrex, until Joe metioned you can't get your current speed. I like to condition at a good working trot and make sure to keep my speed between 8-10 MPH, which I can gauge easily with my etrex. That being said, I don't think I could do it off of just the avg speed because I can see the difference it makes from before, during, and toward the end of my ried, especially once you factor in any stopping at gates (which I have to do) as well as when we walk the last distance to cool off. I can't remember if I mentioned my settings, but I have mine set up to tell me the time, riding time, moving time (which it's really helped to know the moving time! I've found that when we go for 10-13 mile rides, there's about a 30-20 minute difference between our total and moving times), Current speed, avg speed, max speed, current trip odometer, and my annual odometer. It can also do all the waypoints and whatnot. It was advertised as one of the best GPS for geocaching, if you're familiar with that. I guess it all depends on what you're looking for in your GPS, but I love the info I get with mine.