GPS Watch

Looking advice for good GPS Watch

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11/01/2011 at 10:14
Hi guys,

have been thinking about getting a GPS watch for running and was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction. I don't really want to spend a complete fortune and really just want it to monitor pace and distance. I had looked at the Garmin range but are pretty expensive.

Thanks in advance
11/01/2011 at 11:00

Amazon are doing the Garmin 305 for £107 inc delivery, sweetshop are doing the 205 for £99...


11/01/2011 at 11:02
I had been looking at the 205 a few months ago and checked the Garmin website which shows me they have launched a new range.

Have you experience of either?
11/01/2011 at 11:17

Yes they`ve launched the new forerunner 110 - 210 - 410..  the 110 - 210 are much smaller on the wrist than the 205/305 but  the 110/210 lack many of there features, I`ve also read about 110 units locking up and screens misting over.... in the end the price/reliability of the 305 won me over....

11/01/2011 at 12:33
Another happy 305 user here, only thing missing is a vibrate function like the 310xt (305 has a crap speaker)
11/01/2011 at 13:31

Nothing beats the Garmin 305 value for money wise. Humanity reached its technological peak when they created it. I have had mine for 3 years and recently bought the brand new Timex Global GPS (I like gadgets) and it is not as good as the Garmin. 100 knicker is an absolute bargain for something that can be used for years on a daily basis.

14/01/2011 at 13:50
I looked into this for weeks and ended up getting the 310xt. It was more than I wanted to pay (£170 on ebay) but that was with the heart rate monitor which Im going to probably sell to get £20-25 back. In my opinion its well worth the extra money - my only real issue with the 305 was that the battery life is only 10hrs. The 310 is also waterproof and is supposed to have quicker/more acurate gps receiver (although some people say this isnt true). My only 'tiny' and I repeat 'tiny' grip of the 310 is the size of it, but then it is a tool, not a fashion item for wearing down the pub.  I did look at the 405 for this reason, but a lot of people appear to have problems wit the touch screen.
14/01/2011 at 15:21

I got the 405CX for Christmas and I'm really liking it at the moment. The main reason I chose it was because of the size, as most GPS units seem to look like you are carrying a gameboy around and I'm slow enough without something like that weighing me down!

 Have only used the basic functions so far (ie start and stop and how far I've gone) but it's really simple to use and the touch bezel thing is great. I think you can get it off Amazon for £185 including a heart rate monitor (which I haven't used yet) so although it is expensive it is a great piece of kit, and is small enough for me to wear as a normal watch without looking like a tool!

14/01/2011 at 16:13

End of a crap week at work and what do you get to finish it email alert taking you to a forum with someone you dont even know calling you a tool. Cheers for that Dave !

For me, functionality comes first.  With limited battery life, its not a watch that youre going to wear down the pub anyway.  The touch screen of the 405 is a great gizmo for showing your mates (I bought a Tissot Touch a few years back for exactly that reason) but there do seem to be a few problems with it, especially when it rains.

 Have a good weekend all (especially my fellow 310xt wearing tools)

14/01/2011 at 16:19

Sorry, no offence meant!

 As I said I have only had my watch since Christmas so only time will tell if the touch bezel holds up. Size was the main consideration for me so I just gave the in-laws a list of watches I quite liked and this is the one I ended up with.

 Also, I got told that the battery doesn't last very long, but if you turn the GPS off while you aren't using it for running it seems to last a good few days between charges. I don't want to wear it down the pub or anything but I do wear it for work if I am going running that day.

14/01/2011 at 16:33
Happy 205 user here, don't need the HRM function as I already have a Polar.  First 205 threw a bit of a wobbler after 6-7 months but was replaced without a squeak by Garmin.  Signal acquisition can be a little slow, but that's rarely a problem.   
23/01/2011 at 13:50
I tried the 205 on in sweatshop yesterday and I don't think I'd be happy running with it (or the 305 for the same reason) because of its bulk.  But I don't want to shell out for the 405.  Like the OP I'm just looking for something that can tell me distance, current pace and average pace.  Is there anything out there that doesn't sit like a brick on your wrist that doesn't cost a fortune?
23/01/2011 at 14:02
Kosie, I have a 305 and am a girl with small wrists........and can honestly say it isn't uncomfortable in the slightest when I'm running. I my 305
23/01/2011 at 21:01

I love the 310XT

I have skinny wrists and it is FINE.

The screen is easier to see than the 405CX and the vibrate mode is great

I had a 405cx;but sold it'cos I hated the bezel and the battery life was rubbish,also the screen kept on freezing

The 405cx is still fairly "heavy" on a slim wrist

Edited: 23/01/2011 at 21:02
23/01/2012 at 19:03

Looking at the "Timex Mens Expedition Trial Series Digital Compass watch with fastwrap strap - T49688SU "   - it claims to have GPS but this doesn't seem to be mentioned at all in any descriptions.   Has anyone come across this watch and its (possible) GPS capabilities?

All I'm after is something that can tell me how far I've gone, and how long I've taken to do it   (and if it can divide one by the other and give me my average pace, that would be nice).   About the best reviews I've found so far are for the Soleus GPS 1.0   - does anyone know of anything else in this price range (ie below about £100)?

18/10/2012 at 19:03

im thinking about the soleus range, either 2.0 or 3.0 wouldnt mind the hr monitor, have got garmin 305 but want something similar with out the bulk on my wrist. any reviews?

18/10/2012 at 19:31
Edited: 18/10/2012 at 19:33
24/10/2012 at 10:11

hello techypeeps,

So I have beenusing a Polar heart monitor which is great but doesn't tell me anything in terms of times, splits etc and as my training gets more serious, this info I would like to know.

I hear overwhelmingly that the Garmin 305 is the best around, but my local running store tells me that they are now discontinued and there is a new range out 10, 110, 210 up to 610.

Now I am blithered! Anyone have experience of the new range who can compare to the 305?

24/10/2012 at 10:13

and P.S I have a Mac, if that makes any difference as to whether or not they would suit

24/10/2012 at 14:32

I have the Ironman GPS watch with heart monitor T5K575

Pretty happy with it, I like the web based 'training peaks' on line portal that helps get the most from the data, overlays a map, etc.

Haven't tried the garmin.

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