Garmin Forerunner 305

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Chris2
Reviewed: 12 March 2006

FANTASTIC - COULDN'T RUN WITHOUT ONE NOW

Ability to have up to 4 different bits of info on one screen, ie. pace/hr/time/distance.
Fits like a watch - more comfortable than 301.
Very fast at acquiring satellites - even indoors.
The training centre software much improved, ie. now uploads max heart instead of just average heart rate.

It might be because its new, but the tiny buttons on either side of the unit are stiff to press in.
The price - £289.95.

Overall, I am very pleased with the 305. Went for a run in the woods today, the 301 would have lost the signal for at least 2 miles, but no signal loss on the 305.
Also, the training centre software has more features, ie. comparing a course against a previous course.

10 out of 10
Score breakdown



Performance:
5.0
Ease of use:
4.0
Value:
3.0

Do2
Reviewed: 09 March 2006

YOU'VE READ THE BASICS,NOW JUST IMAGINE...

...wearing it in the car "are you sure officer, my Garmin 305 says I was only averaging 69mph!" (Avoid mentioning the 5 minutes at max hr when he was in pursuit!)
Is your Marathon training frustrated by a custodial sentence? - Gain weekend release for those long runs "don't worry you can track me on my Garmin 305!"
Don't buy if...your "Sunday 15miler" is actually a 3 miler to the pub, 2 pints, and a womble home to your other half pretending to be worn out - you're exposed through gps and google maps!
Or if you are the one using Thursday"intervals" as a cover for a passionate weekly liason with the wife's sister - it'll be no good showing off yout heart rate printout if she has hold of your grid coordinates!
Why not buy one as a "peace offering" for your arch racing rival, then simply employ a teenager to hack in to their computer - all you'll ever need to know about their training schedule, biometrics, and the truth about that extra run they claim to do each week! And on the subject of buying for others, an admission that the sole intention of this "review" is to get those lovely people at RW to send me a freebie Garmin 305 - who knows I may even be able to put some of the suggestions above to the test for real and update you in a genuine review, and with the money saved I'll even take out a subscription to RW!!
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Performance:
5.0
Ease of use:
5.0
Value:
4.0

gymbunny
Reviewed: 07 March 2006

BRILLIANT - DOES IT ALL IN A SMALL LIGHT PACKAGE

Only one watch/receiver. Large screen with great graphics that are easy to see. Simple to navigate all the different functions.
Expensive and a bit chunky. Difficult to hide your gadget addiction with this one.
Brilliant. Totally love it.
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Performance:
5.0
Ease of use:
5.0
Value:
4.0

Commuter runner
Reviewed: 04 March 2006

FANTASTIC PIECE OF KIT, NO RUNNER SHOULD BE WITHOUT IT.

- Gets a satellite signal in seconds
- Can even get a signal indoors
- You only need 2 pieces of equipment as opposed to 4 with timex trail runner.
- If you get lost running a circuit, you can look at the gps map feature to get you back.
- You never loose the gps signal on route. Have not tried in woods or London yet though.
- Very light.
- Can set heart zone alerts
- great software can see your route will google maps
- Still quite big and ugly, but all in one unit.
- Heart rate figure on watch is very small to read.
- Quite expensive
I previously had a timex trail runner and this bears no comparison. There are less units to carry. It instantly gets a satellite as opposed to getting hyperthermia before finding one. It is a real pleasure to use. I have just got back into running again and I hope this will give me the motivation to keep going.
Score breakdown



Performance:
5.0
Ease of use:
5.0
Value:
4.0

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