best gps watch????

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05/08/2010 at 20:05

can any one help

looking at gps watches to improve running time and to find out how far i am actually going as i tend to run by time rather than distance and my car cant always go where i run!!!!

have looked at garmin forerunner 110 and 305 not sure which one best?

thanks Rob

05/08/2010 at 21:33

what functionality do you require, that should determine the watch you purchase.

The 305 is a very reasonable product imho

05/08/2010 at 22:06

Check out the following reviews...very comphrehensive ! Should be more than enough information for you to decide. I just bought a Forerunner 110...

Forerunner 110

Forerunner 305

07/08/2010 at 14:26


thank you for your help the reviews were great think i know which one i am going to chose

many thanks


31/08/2011 at 10:29
Whats the difference between the 205 and 305?
31/08/2011 at 12:05
No experience of anything else, but I'm more than happy with the 305, picked up on evilbay new for around £10 more than a used one!! No brainer

31/08/2011 at 20:51
Check out this recent test of all the top GPS watches:

Best GPS Watch
08/03/2012 at 18:33

My Garmin lasted six months, they are notoriously unreliable. Check out other brands eg. Polar, Timex

09/03/2012 at 21:56
This one
10/03/2012 at 15:06
I recently bought a Garmin 305 and I've been more than happy with it. Very easy to use (I'm a complete technophobe) and it really has took my training to a whole new level.

That said, if all you are after is something to tell you the distance you've ran then the 110 would probably be perfectly adequate.

My own reasoning for buying the 305 over the 110 was hoping to progress further and I thought I might as well buy the model with the extra features now rather than spending money on the 110 now only to want to upgrade to the 305 in a couple of months anyway.
10/03/2012 at 18:43

I've had the 305 for a while now and it has been very reliable. Don't think of them as watches more as small computers and mine did 'hang' once. You reset them and they are fine. For my advancing years the 305 is good because it has a larger screen than the newer models. You could get the 205 without the heart monitor which was good value if you did not want the extra gizmo but I'm not sure if they still sell that model.

I see the 410 is dropping in price.

09/11/2012 at 14:07

Stay away from garmins.I bought my 110 in july of this year.


1. The screen fogs over after 10 min of running in cool or damp conditions.2.The heartmonitor is very unrealiable,the connection between the HRM and watch does not work from time to time leaving you frustrated on your next run. (has been replaced twice) 3.the watch switches off from time to time. You are often left with a non working watch even after being charged over night.

Make sure you research garmin watches thoroughly. There are 100's of unhappy runners around. Check out forums.


1.Customer service is good. 2.Garmin connect is very good for tracking your data.

Never again



Edited: 09/11/2012 at 14:09
09/11/2012 at 14:28

Garmin 305 is bomb proof, I've been using one for nearly 4 years now, and before that I used a Garmin 101, which I still have, although a little clumsier in size it is still better for longer events as it takes AAA barreries which can be replaced without losing a record of the run

09/11/2012 at 14:35

305 is fantastic.... but they don't make them any more .  The profiteers have pushed the price up to around the same as the new 310XT (about 180 quid), so I'm going to go for the latter when the price is right (it's waterproof, has great battery life and is very similar to the 305).

09/11/2012 at 20:50

I've had a very old 101 for years and years, and have now just upgraded to a 305. The 101 did become a little unreliable in the end, but it was pretty ancient. The 305 is a dream so far. I wouldn't call Garmins notoriously unreliable at all.

10/11/2012 at 14:37
I agree with Steve the 110 is very unreliable .I had the same problems as him and on my third replacement watch .
11/11/2012 at 00:27

I would guess that Garmins are the most popular running watch there is; must be millions of them out there. You're bound to get a few have problems. Garmin are pretty good at replacing faulty ones. My 405 was over year out of warranty and they sent me a brand new one when mine had a problem.

PSC    pirate
11/11/2012 at 07:10

another vote for the 305.  Mine is now 6 years old and going strong. We also have the older Forerunner 201 which is still going strong and has a battery life of 14 hours plus. Great brand, and great customer service.

Ultra AJH    pirate
11/11/2012 at 07:35
I have just bought a garmin 10. All I want is time and distance and to be able to put it on garmin connect.

11/11/2012 at 11:41
I have also recently bought an F10 great simple easy to use bit of kit. No heart rate. No fancy bells and whistles.
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