Posted: 08 November 2006
Overall: For the amount of money these things cost you'd expect something excellent and in theory thats what you get. Theories don't always work out though.
The 305 is a one stop shop for all the info you need to help you train more effectively, monitor progress and record information.
There are some weak points in general performance listed above but you can get round most of these.
My biggest gripe is that I don't expect the thing to die within a few months of purchase - espescially having paid so much for it. From looking at the forums there seem to be huge issues with the 305, with some users already on their 3rd, 4th or 5th unit.
The customer service isn't great either. I contacted Garmin and have had 2 emails from them asking for information or advising me on actions which were already provided in my initial mail - its like they've responded without really reading it. I called today to find the person who emailed isn't in, nobody else can help and even if they could the 'system is down'. Latest is that I will have to pay to return the watch via Special Delivery, and if I can't provide proof of purchase they'll charge me another £55 (even though all UK 305s will be within warranty as they have only been selling them here for 9 months.
You'll get to rely on the 305 and that'll make its loss if/when it packs up all the more annoying and the back up from Garmin doesn't help.