Garmin - Forerunner 305 GPS
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- MP3 PlaybackNo
- Bluetooth Built-inNo
- Text to SpeechNo
- Voice PromptsNo
- Battery Life10 hours
- 3D Map ViewNo
- Auto Sort Multiple DestinationsNo
Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 70 reviews(70 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent GPS watch for a runnerPosted .
I have owned a Forerunner 301 for over 3 years and it works great, except for when I run under tree cover. I upgraded to the 305 and so far it has not disappointed. The signal reception is much better than the 301, I have yet to lose signal. The 301 still works fine and will take a permanent home in the cradle on my bike. My only complaints are with the buttons and the cradle. The two buttons on the face are great, but the side buttons are not easy to use while running, and they seem to require pushing in the perfect spot to work. Not a huge deal, but the buttons on the 301 are better. The second complaint is that you must use the included cradle to sync/charge the device. Again, not a huge deal, but I would have preferred a built-in USB port on the watch. (The cradle is USB) Contrary to a couple of other reviewers, you can display the current time on the watch, you just need to set it as one of the data fields. You can scroll thru 3 pages of up to 4 data fields each, so you can see plenty of information while running/biking/other. Pace, heart rate, time of day, lap time, accumulated distance, etc. It even has the option to show sunrise/sunset times if you have a need to know that. Like the last reviewer, I have also noticed issues with the altitude readings. I have been running on a track quite a bit lately and I know I'm not running up/down hills, but it logs very inconsistently. Last night, my first lap of the track showed I ascended 56 feet, then on lap two, same lane, I somehow descended 42 feet. The heart rate monitor works good, no issues. Not only does it record your heart rate, but it provides a convenient place to hang your MP3 player. ;) The watch itself is much smaller than it looks in pictures, it is not bulky at all. Yes, it is bigger than a normal watch, but it doesn't feel like an anchor on your wrist. The "Auto Lap" feature has been updated, it now includes a position based lap option. If you do track running, this is awesome because you can mark the start/finish line and the device will automatically lap every time you pass that location. It isn't exact, but normally within a few feet. It saves you from having to push the lap button and/or keep track of which lap you are on. The "Courses" feature looks promising, but I have yet to experiment with that. Once I get back to the streets, I will give that a try and "race" my previous runs. The option to record data every second is nice as it keeps the information much more accurate. It significantly reduces the amount of data that can be saved on the watch (3.5 hours instead of unknown), but as long as you sync frequently it shoud not be an issue. On "Smart Record" it only saves when key points change and I noticed on my 301 that it would cut corners whereas the 305 on 'every second' does not. Overall, I think the device is well worth the price. I could run with just a normal stopwatch and calculate the data myself, but being able to push a couple buttons and have it all done for me is even better. I find that I push myself harder due to the logging/sync features of the device simply because it is easier to see my progress. I can see my overall distance, my increased speed, calories burned, etc all on the computer. Plus, the ability to overlay my track on a map is pretty cool. The included Garmin Training Center and the newly released Garmin Connect web site are both great, but there are better options. Search for SportTracks, which is a donation ware offering, it has many more features.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best Exercise Tool I've Ever OwnedPosted .
I've been using my Garmin 305 for well over 2 years now. It's been through 2 full marathons, 6 half marathons, and countless other races. It makes my training so much more fun and the data I collect is invaluable. Also, it's been a godsend when I'm traveling for work. I just put it on and out the door I go for my training runs. I have looked into the new 405, but I'm not ready to make the change. My 305 has MORE features, BIGGER display and has been running flawlessly for many many miles. Why change a good thing? The software that comes with the 305 is sufficient, however, I've opted to use the premium online MontionBased service. Talk about a wealth of information.... this site is the BOMB! Lots of graphs, charts, maps, stats, and it interfaces with Google Earth to give you a satellite image complete with your route displayed. It's excellent for my hiking and mountain climbing, as well as my training runs. The service is just a few bucks a month but they also offer a free limited account that is pretty darn good too. I also use the foot pod for my track workouts and indoor runs. Works great. I picked up a new velcro wristband due to the fact that I have a very small wrist and the replacement band fits me much better. I can't say enough about my Forerunner 305. I am and have been sold since the day I put it on my wrist.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Garmin Forerunner 305Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Garmin Forerunner 305 is everything I hoped it would be. Just strap it on and turn it on. It picks up enought satelites to pinpoint your location, and off you go. I use it for walking, running, and biking. The Forerunner works well doing all three. It measures distance traveled and speed accurately and displays it on the big screen. I have not used the heart monitor yet, but I am sure it will work just as well. If you want to know how far or fast you are going, then the Forerunner 305 is for you. I tried step counters and doing the math afterwards, but that didn't work. This is the best way to go. The price is very reasonable compared to the others in the Garmin line of portable GPS's. I got mine on sale from Bast Buy for $150.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
AMAZING!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I love my forerunner. I seriously feel naked without it. Whenever I forget to press the lap button (which is rare but has happened. Talk about a doh! moment) I am devastated. I love looking at the chart of my heart rate and pace after every run. This watch is basically why I am becoming a faster paced runner. I am able to see my heart rate when I look at the watch so I know when I should slow it down or if I can keep up my pace. I love being able to see what pace I am running (trust me, when you usually run a slow 10:00 pace and look down to see you've been running at an 8:53 (which is fast for someone like me), then come back to look at the charts to see you ran that 8:53 pace for 3/4 of a mile, you will love it). The GPS is awesome because I can see what trail I ran and can use it to try to train faster. Oh, this watch also lets you race against your best time. Seriously. I just started become serious about running and consider this to be one of the best investments I have ever made. I saw a review where someone noted that there is no backlight so s/he couldn't see anything in the dark. All you have to do is press the power key to get it to light up.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great ProductPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I love that I can now download my workouts to my computer...makes it much easier to keep track of my fitness goals and achievements...just don't forget to hit 'stop' after finishing your workout before resetting...oops! I complete triathlons, so I love the multi-sport function. The heart rate monitor is easy to wear, doesn't bother me at all while running. The size of the watch is a little hard to get used to at first, but I'm totally fine with it now.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
amazing !!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
If you like to run then you need this watch! I've been using it for a year and I can't run without it ! It tracks your time, pace, distance, HR, calories, and elevation. It is very accurate. No more guessing how far you ran. All your runs can be downloaded to your computer and you can compare your statistics. It is very motivational everytime you see improvement. Great watch Garmin !!!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Gotta have tool for any runnerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Garmin 305 is the absolute gotta have tool for any runner, from beginner to advanced. There are so many features and variety of ways to track your progress, check your heart rate and just keep you motivated and on the right track. I run a lot of races and I love that I can customize the screen to the features I want to see displayed during my race, like pace, distance and time. I used the lap feature often just to compare my pace anywhere from mile one to mile twelve. It was so easy to use right out of the box, and there is so many features I will probably never use them all. But It does have everything I need. The Gps is awesome and right on. I mostly run flat suface road and not in a huge city surrounded by lots of buildings so I have never had any trouble with losing a satellite. Like I said it's a great tool and one I would not do without.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent workout tool ..Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I like this thing quite a lot. I use it primarily for running, with biking a secondary usage. The main reason I wanted it was for the instantaneous readout of distance, running pace and heart rate, the latter needed for the speed work I want to do this running season. The core functionality (distance and heart rate monitoring) works perfectly. There's none of the signal drops I've had with other heart monitors. Once the satellites are initially acquired, I've only had one dropout when I was outside. The initial acquisition of the satellites can be quirky and can take some time. The accuracy (according to the readout) is +/- 25ft, depending on how many satellites can be found. I've compared the distance measurement on the GPS with a known, measured distance on one of the trails I run on. The GPS always increments a mile when I'm within 5 or 10 feet of the mile marker sign on the path. Well, I guess that's the least I should expect from a GPS unit with that price! Of course it's bigger than a normal running stopwatch, but that hasn't bothered me at all. The heart rate strap is also very comfortable and well-designed. The display is crisp and has one outstanding feature: The information presented on the various pages can be completely user-customized. The default screen layout is rather poor, but in just a few steps I could replace it with the information I wanted to see while I run. There are almost 40 different data fields you can choose from for display. Examples: current pace, average lap pace, average run pace, heartrate, distance. The only disappointment is the point-in-time (instantaneous) pace measurement: It varies wildly during a run. I see swings as big as +/- 3 minutes/mile. I know my pace is fairly consistent during a run. I just looked at my run today, and according to the data the first mile varied from 5:57/mile to 12:06 mile. I suspect the problem is either in the averaging algorithm (too short a distance?), or in the uncertainty that results from different satellites coming in and out of view. The variations seem to get worse under tree cover compared with an open area. Luckily there's a lap-average pace that can be presented, and at least that value is useful and more accurate. The bottom line is that you can't look at the watch and say "right now I'm running 9 mins/mile". There is the ability to specify a pace smoothing factor, but I have it maxed out and still see the variations. The elevation readout also seems inaccurate, but that isn't important to me. Upload of workout data to the PC software (Training Center) is transparent. The PC software is very good for presenting time/distance/pace/heartrate/calorie data. However the maps it shows are very crude. I've worked a bit with one of the online, subscription services (MotionBased). That looks really good and provides some additional functionality beyond the included Training Center software, although I still haven't decided if it's worth the $$$ yet for long-term data storage. MotionBased allows export to Google Earth, and it's tremendously cool to see your running path superimposed on a satellite image. You can recharge the unit through the USB port on your computer, although it's slower than using the dedicated recharger. I had hoped that owning this device would prove motivational for me, and indeed it has. I can't imagine running or biking without it. Updating my training log is trivial now: Plug this thing into my computer, and it's done. My hope is that a future software update will do something about the pace calculation (maybe a few additional levels of smoothing?). If so, the Forerunner 305 would earn 5 stars+++. Positives: Flawless heart rate sampling Great distance measuring and lap-average pace calculation Seamless integration with a PC Fully-automatic training log update User-customizable display Negatives; Wildly-varying pace readout.