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Garmin Forerunner 305 Waterproof Running GPS with Heart Rate Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Garmin

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  • High-Sensitivity, Watch-Like GPS Receiver That Provides Exceptional Signal Reception
  • 1 Piece Training Assistant That Provides Athletes With Precise Speed, Distance & Pace Data
  • Includes Training Center Software, Which Allows Users To Download Workout Data For A Detailed Analysis
  • Used For Multiple Sports Such As Cycling, Cross- Country Skiing & Windsurfing
  • Data Acquired May Also Be Analyzed With Motionbased, Which Provides Online Mapping & Route Sharing

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.3 x 6.9 cm ; 77 g
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 010-00467-00
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 2 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,728 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Product Description

Just when you thought Garmin had cornered the market on powerful, affordable, and effective wrist-mounted GPS devices, here comes the Forerunner 305. The release of this device is a major achievement from a design and technology perspective. This isn't just marketing-speak; the Forerunner 305 is the most accurate, most reliable wrist-mounted performance and GPS tracking tool we've ever tested. Yes, it's that good. While no device this compact can do everything (yet), the 305 pushes the boundaries of what is possible from something strapped around your wrist.Train indoors and still track your distance, pace and calories burned with the optional foot pod. This wireless sensor attaches to your running shoe and transmits distance and pace data to your Forerunner 305 so you can still use it when GPS reception is unavailable.

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Amazon.com Product Description The successor to the Garmin Forerunner 301 is here, and it's better than ever. Weighing in at just over 2.5 ounces, the Garmin Forerunner 305 breaks new ground in terms of comfort, style, and performance. Totally redesigned, the 305 gives outdoor athletes and runners real-time information about speed, distance, pace, and heart rate on a device that's easy to use and amazingly compact.

The Forerunner 305 features the powerful new SiRF GPS navigation chip for supreme accuracy, even under tree cover and between tall buildings. A coded chest strap heart-rate monitor prevents unwanted interference from other devices. View larger.

The unit's GPS receiver is designed to face towards the sky when you're running.

A more watch-like design makes it far easier to use and wear.
Plus, the 305 is engineered to help folks train better and smarter. Training assistant tools, various distance and time alerts, and bundled Training Center PC software combine to make the device an essential part of any athlete's training program.

The 305's digitally coded heart-rate monitor--which is worn as a chest strap--sends heart-rate data to the device so you can see whether you're training too hard or not hard enough. Alerts for pace, distance, time, and heart rate are also available. Additionally, the unit tracks speed, distance, pace, and calories burned. Meanwhile, a course feature lets you race against previous runs in order to improve your time or just compare heart rate and pace data at every point of the way.

The 305's easy-to-read, 1.3-inch display has been integrated into a sleek and stylish form factor that is definitely a step up from the larger and more cumbersome Forerunner 301 model. Indeed, the 305 looks and wears like a stylish sports watch, and it's more carefully designed to meet the needs of athletes. The design also positions the antenna with an optimal view of the sky. As an added feature, the case is water resistant to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes).

Accuracy is the name of the game with the 305. The vastly more accurate GPS antenna and receiver, which uses an advanced SiRF chip, offer much faster satellite acquisition times. Plus, the unit can hold a fix in places never before possible. Gone are the days of losing a fix under tree cover or when running between tall buildings. All of these features add up to far more accuracy in recording and tracking your exercise data. And because the 305 uses GPS to track how far and how fast you're going, you never have to calibrate it. The unit also doubles as a basic navigator. Mark your starting point as a specific location, see your current position on the plotter display, and follow an electronic breadcrumb trail back to your starting point.

The 305 features a USB data connection and docking cradle for downloading your speed, lap, exercise time, and heart-rate data into Garmin's Training Center PC software. The unit stores up to 1,000 lap histories, which you can download to your PC for a detailed post-workout analysis. Plus, you can create and schedule workouts using the included software and download them to the unit. A rechargeable internal lithium-ion battery offers up to ten hours of battery life.

For additional post-workout analysis, the 305 is compatible with MotionBased software. MotionBased adds a new dimension to training and outdoor fitness that makes the analytical aspects of a sport more compelling and a lot more fun. You can upload data to MotionBased, a Web-based application that has partnered with Garmin. MotionBased provides in-depth analysis of your workouts, as well as online mapping and route sharing that will take your training to the next level. MotionBased automatically calculates time, distance, speed, elevation, and heart rate, and it displays this information through meaningful charts, illustrations, reports, and maps. With MotionBased, you can also race multiple instances of the same route to see how you are improving or to race other members of MotionBased. You can "virtually race" someone you don't even know.

If you like the features of the Forerunner 305 but don't need heart-rate monitoring, be sure to check out the Forerunner 205.

What's in the Box
Forerunner 305 unit, digital coded heart rate monitor, Training Center CD-ROM, A/C charger, PC/USB interface cable, owner's manual, and quick-start guide.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most helpful customer reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Mckinnon on Jan. 15 2011
I bought this unit to replace one that is over ten years old and is becoming less than reliable. But this was after over 300 races and thousands of training days. So far this is a better unit than the old one. I prefer that it fits on my wrist rather than on my sleeve. It is easier to read when I am running. I have not used the heart monitor with it yet, but if it is like the old one, it will be reliable. Garmin has made themselves a world leader in this type of equipment because of devices just like this one.

It comes with five buttons. There are power, mode, lap/reset, start stop, enter, and arrows which you press to scroll through menus. With an optional Garmin cadence sensor (GSC 10}, you can use cadence alerts for your bike. You can also set the Forerunner 305 to automatically pause if you have to stop and then start again. It records any paused time as Rest Time and any paused distance as Rest Distance. You can set up three types of workouts: quick, interval, and advanced. You can also race against a virtual partner.It can be set up for multisport athletes including triathletes and duathletes. It is waterproof, but not intended to be used while swimming.

It can store up to two years of data in it. When the memory is full, it will start rewriting data. Meanwhile, you should not have to worry about this if you download it into Garmin Training Centre once in awhile to analyze your own activities. Unlike the old model this one can be programmed to be used as a GPS whne you turn the device to map mode. It comes with a 75 page instruction manual, a heart rate monitor, a quick start up manual, a charging unit, a USB connection for your computer, a spare strap buckle, and a Garmin Training Center disc.

I recommend this unit over all other Garmin Forerunners. It is all most athletes would ever need. I paid a remarkably good price for this unit and would recommend it to anyone serious about their training.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Niv on Aug. 17 2010
I had this product for a month now,i used it for about 20 times already and i think it is absolutely amazing.
It is a great tool for serious runners,you can learn a lot about your workout and just get better and better.I highly recommend it for anybody who wants to improve his performance.if you just want to see your heart rate you can find a lot of other cheaper options.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Donkers on July 3 2011
I've upgraded my first generation Garmin 301, with this 305 unit. Garmin has released a new series, so the pricing has really dropped on these older units making them bargains. I've owned several Polar/Garmin HRMs, and this one has been the best to date! It reads my heart rate far better than any prior units (even the HR only Polar units). The GPS unit is far more accurate (especially in heavily wooded areas as it rarely looses the sat signals) than the previous 301 generation and locks on to the satellites super fast! My son owns a 205 unit, which does not lock onto the satellites near as quickly as this 305, but tracks just as accurately once the sats are locked in.

Battery life may be somewhat limited compared to the bulkier older units, but still superior to the newer sleeker models. I haven't tested the limits for use, but ultra runners have told me the latest generations have really sacrificed battery life for the new compact styling. I think the 305 provides a nice balance between performance and battery life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The avid one on June 16 2011
The price to quality on this product cannot be beat. You get a GPS, a training tool, a heart-beat monitor and history with the training software. An excellent way to stay on track, improve performance and mark your progress.
However, it is a bit bulky and therefore if you're using it for biking, you're better off buying the adapter and strapping it to the bar.
Also, cold starts can take a couple of minutes b/c the receiver is small. Stand with the watch facing south/west to boot up a bit quicker.
It's easy to follow progress on your pc by attaching it with the supplied USB cable. Also charging is easy with the supplied craddle.

A charge will last you about 10 hours and it'll take 2 hours to fully re-charge.
Finally, it can be programmed very easily to your own personal preferences. You can dispense with the manual for that part b/c navigating through the screen is child's play.

Overall, its excellent. I'd give it a 5 star if they supplied the bike craddle but as it is they don't and $40 for a peice of rubber with the garmin stamp on it is way too much.

Highly recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Michaud on May 12 2011
I really wanted to love my Garmin 305. It had all the features that I was looking for and the versatility use it to track a number of activities. But a recurring conflict between the Garmin USB drivers and Windows 7 (64 bit) - which Garmin refuses to acknowledge as a widespread problem - means that I cannot endorse or recommend this product. Almost every time that I plug my Garmin 305 into my PC, the computer instantly crashes (BSOD) and goes into recovery mode. Since the 305 is charged by placing it into its cradle, this can cause challenges just keeping the unit charged. I've found that I have to delete the USB drivers, which prevents the conflict but allows me to charge the unit.

If you would like to see how widespread this problem is, and how long it has been an issue, simply put "Garmin 305 BSOD" (BSOD = blue screen of death) into Google and you will find tons of reports on this problem. Repeated contact with Garmin yielded no solutions other than re-installing the USB drivers.

On the positive side, the unit tracks well in operation once it has locked onto the satellites (which can take more than a minutes sometimes) and can be used for several hours without needing to recharge. The Garmin Connect website is also quite useful for tracking workouts (if you can get the 305 to connect without crashing your computer) and is in almost all respects better than the included Training Centre software. The size, while bulkier than some of the newer units, is not intrusive and I don't notice it on my wrist when I am running.

Bottom line: look elsewhere if you want the connectivity to upload your workouts to your PC. But, if all you want is a simple GPS and heart rate monitor, this is a good option to consider.
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