'I REALLY LIKE THIS GPS. ITS' LIGHT, SIMPLE & CHEAP. '
Strengths: 1. Easy to use- press a button (after 2 - 5minutes of initial location of GPS signal) and u are off and running. In both areas that I use my device in Swindon and colchester it finds a signal within 5 minutes while I am stretching. When it loses a signal it recalibrates when it finds it again so I don't lose much in mileage listing. 2. Variety - no more measuring off routes in my car for those long distance runs. Now I can just take off and explore- Great to be able to just be able to glance down and see distance, time, and my average speed. 3. Water resistance- basic water resistance (it says) so sweat and some rain shouldn't break your near £70.00-training piece. 4. Training log- who needs to download info, u can quick view your progress and delete unneeded ones or errors. 5. Batteries- personal preference, I like the AAA options- u don't have to worry about charging times or can just go with rechargeable batteries and always have 2 ready in case of emergency. 6. Value- for this low price it is worth a shot but save your box and receipt, so you can sell it for a decent price on ebay again
Weaknesses: 1. Signal- if you do trail running or run town/city centre running the signal could be a concern. Noticed that heavy tree area or large buildings may block signal. It does pick up the signal and recalibrate but that may not be an option if u run on a tree covered park/trail all the time. Maybe the Fortex would be better for Trails? 2. Rudimentary Map- the "breadcrumb" dotted map navigation is more of a gimmick. Not sure if I could find my way back by using the very basic map information. But this is really a GPS for keeping track of running and biking information not trying to find yourself around. If you need a real navigation system you would need a more advance and more expensive item.
Overall: I purchased it last year on ebay for £70 to assist in my London Marathon training. Worth the money for your training- it helps keep runs fresh and the ability to check how your stats are is amazing. The use of the Forerunner gets very addicting and it is now as valuable as my Asics 1100's on my runs. Hope it keeps working till April 23rd and beyond! Good luck and Happy & Healthy Running