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

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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
  • ASIN: B000CSWCQA
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 2 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,510 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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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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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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