Garmin Forerunner 305

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sedbergh
Reviewed: 15 February 2010

Excellent training device with clear and easy to navigate displays

I picked this over the more expensive models na dhave been really pleased with it. I'm glad I selected the 305 as the display is really clear which is important especially when out running. I like the virtual trainer as this helps keep a steady pace on those long runs. I've had no problem downloading the Runners World training programme onto the 305 and they are easy to follow. I've only had it a week and I am still learning more about it but I'm very please with it.
The bleeper is quiet and can't be heard above traffic but that's a small complaint.
Excellent value for money and would recommend this to everyone.
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Set-Up:
5.0
Functionality:
5.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
5.0

sedbergh would recommend this product
Skinny Sore Legs
Reviewed: 14 February 2010

great training buddy!!

Easy to use for day-to-day training
All the info you need in one look
Accurate measurements
Bespoke training schedule not that easy to set up

Great system. I bought it more than 2 yrs ago and it hasnt let me down (I probably jinxed it now...). The GPS system locks onto the satellites quickly - even here in London. The only place it seems to struggle is around Leicester Square (where I work) but once I hit St James Park, it picks up the signal & runs fine after that. It really improved my training significantly.
In summary: Great purchase for a more serious runner!
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
5.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
5.0

Skinny Sore Legs would recommend this product
katie_ferg89
Reviewed: 26 January 2010

big watch, but big display, accurate GPS and lots of useful information for performance.

Amazing array of options and display modes, big screen with large figures so it is easy to read. Satellites are incredibly accurate (so much so that it shows me walking around my back garden as a cool down)
Rather large! Also can take a while to locate satellites when turning on, so you sometimes can't just get up and go, you have to hang around for it to find itself. The software provided shows minimal roads which is hardly useful.. (only A roads and motorways for me!) but the garmin connect website is excellent as another option. The heart rate display however is TINY (you have to squint at it) so this is something I would change.
Definitely worth the request for it as a Christmas present, I wouldn't be without it now, saves me having to go on mapmyrun after every different route. Very useful for speed, pace and heart rate, haven't yet tried the training programmes but will soon be uploading one of the 10k programmes from here onto it to test that out.
PC software is quite basic, but shows you graphs of elevation, HR, speed, pace etc, but maps on there are awful. I've been using the Garmin connect website which I have to say is very good in displaying routes, but less so on analysis of the run itself, so combining the two together is the best option.
Got this for Christmas from Amazon where it was reduced by around £50, it cost £129 which I thought was good value for what it does. Only problem now is that I spend my whole run looking at it to check my pacing! Apparently it can also tell you how to return to your starting point which gives me a sense of safety when exploring unknown areas.
Overall, I'd recommend it highly.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
3.0
Functionality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Features:
4.0
Value:
4.0

katie_ferg89 would recommend this product
Captain Haddock
Reviewed: 11 November 2009

GARMIN SETS THE STANDARD

Brilliant gadget. Evry runner should have one. Software is exceelent.
I have lost the signal on a very few occasions. Current pace can be erratic.
I use this on all my runs. Especially good for the long marathon runs to keep an eye on pace.
Score breakdown



Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
5.0
Value:
4.0

JF50
Reviewed: 10 November 2009

GREAT GADGET, GREAT FOR MAINTAINING YOUR LOG

Gives you the ability to keep such an accurate log of your running
Satellite coverage difficult at the strangest times. Prefer some freely available software to the Garmin supplied.
Wouldn't be without it.
Score breakdown



Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
3.0
Value:
3.0

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