Hi TC, I've ran in a pair of Nike Free 3.0 V3s for the last 5 months.
Before this I ran in a pair of Nike Pegasus 26, read BTR by chance when my shoes were nearing the bin and opted for the Frees. I can honestly say I'm a better runner for using the Frees, I ran several Half Marathons and the Edinburgh Marathon in the Pegasus shoes and had no complaints but I do feel I'm a better runner now.
The furthest I've ran in the Frees is 21 miles with no problems.
Saying all this, my Frees are nearing the end and I've recently bought a new pair of Pegasus 28's, but I absolutely maintain I'm now a better runner/have better form for wearing the minimalist shoe.
Dean, you can buy the watch on Amazon for £139.99.
I bought it in the Amazon Black Friday deals for £126. I can't fault it, finds a signal while I put my shoes on and off I go. The web site is fab and the watch gives me the info I'm looking for when running.
As Dan says, the G is for Global so if your friend buys it, it'll be fine :0)