Looking advice for good GPS Watch
Looks like i am the first to admit it, I have the Nike GPS, really like it and its very easy to use both on the off the run, want to get the HRM to go with it but havent got round to that yet!
imk - have a look on dcrainmaker's site for reviews.
Basically 305 - old, but great, loads of features.
New range - some much simpler, not so many features, smaller, bit faster locking on to satellites, and better batteries. Disadvantages are lack of features on some models, and the bezel is loathed by some (not by others) - that only applies to the 405 or 410.
I didnt actually know Nike make a GPS watch. I presently use the Nike + app on my iphone but during my recent HM it told me I had completed 2 miles before I even got to the first and I would really like to be able to measure splits and don't think I can on there.
Anyone got more thoughts on the 310 xt? Is it just the 305 but improved?
I like the look of the 610 features but I dont think I will get on with touch screen - so would this, the 310, be the next option down offering most of the features of the 610 but without the touchscreen right? Too many models for me to pick! I am so confused. Trip to runshop I think.
Plus I currently use a polar HRM. I dont suppose my HR strap will be compatible with a Garmin will it?!
I've just treated myself to a 310 (from Handtec, who are selling them "newly overhauled by Garmin" for £150 and, claiming to be good as new - I'd go along with that).
It's slightly sleeker than the 305, which for me it's replacing. Has all the same functions and similar interface. Battery life is twice as long, the virtual partner is better implemented, and there's a vibration alert on top of the beeps.
I like the older-style Garmins because the screens are big enough to read.
I think the only feature I wish the 310xt did have was a run-walk training programme, but that can probably be bodged on the 31xt if I do some research.
The other advantage that the 310 has over the 305 is that you can use it for open water swimming (not as a HRM whilst swimming though). However if you are desperate to swim with it, you can stick a 305 in a ziplock back and stick it under your swim hat.
Muttley, surely you can just set up an interval session in Garmin Connect and then export to the watch? Set it up by time or distance and run for the interval and walk the recovery.
Yup, that's what I was thinking of looking into. The trouble with walk-run on a strict time basis is that it doesn't always fit the terrain. For the time being I'm planning on a run-walk strategy for really long runs of run a mile or so and then walk maybe a set distance (100 yards, say) or time, and this is where the vibrate alarm comes in handy.
Not impressed by the wireless transfer though. I think the 305's USB setup is better.
I just went to my local runshop and they told me that the 310xt is discontinued and repaced by the 910xt which is mega bucks. The guy also let slip that they are phasing back out the touchscreens....apparently. Touchscreens arent for me anyway. I think the 310xt sounds like the one for me.
Has anybody tried the Suunto Ambit? I've been told it's the best HRM on the market (plus it looks awesome) but I'm not sure how it performs for runners as it is set up to work well for a whole range of sports and outdoor adventure type activities. I'd be really interested to hear if any runners out there think it's any good.
The other one I'm considering is the Timex Ironman GPS. But I'm not sure how this compares to the Garmin 310 which seems to be everyone's favourite?
Any advice would be great - I'm getting pretty baffled by all the reviews out there!
Kate - me too, totally confused!!
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