Garmin Forerunner 305 Waterproof Running GPS with Heart Rate Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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
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Garmin's next-generation, sleek and stylish line of personal trainers--the Forerunner 305 Portable Navigator. This taskmaster will continually push you to do your personal best. The Forerunner 305 Portable Navigator combines all of the popular features with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, new courses feature, and robust ANT wireless heart rate monitor for optimal performance. It continuously monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. It tracks your every move with a super-sensitive GPS that even works on tree-covered trails and near tall buildings. Receive a detailed post-workout analysis on the PC with included Garmin Training Center software.
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.
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.
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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.
I like to say if it's not written down it never happened and the Garmin writes everything down. Well on your computer that is.
It does intervals. I like to run 10min Run 1 min Walk for my LSD (Long Slow Distance) Runs and this does the job.
I can set my pace so if I go too fast or slow it will beep. It is the same with my Heart Rate.
I think having all my data saved motivates me to train more consistently.
I am training for a marathon (on 2011 September, 25th) and this Forerunner help me so much to program all the different trainings I have to do until the marathon!
With the program include (the "Training Center" CD in the box) you have so many ways to follow your progress and many options are available!
It's my personnal trainer now and I really love it!
Must have gadget!
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Took ages & ages to acquire satellite sigals.
After 10 mins, it popped up a message box asking me if I was indoor.
100% waste of money.
It was so uncomfortable that I chose to not wear it on my wrist. I opted to strap it on my shoulder.Published 13 months ago by James Pitts
This watch has thousands of workouts on it now and has worked extremely well. The heart rate strap is ANT+ compatible so I can also pair it with my smart phone and other devices. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stephen
couple of things that were disappointing.
the size is a little bulky especially for petite women. Read more
We have three Garmin's that we use for running. A 205 which is excellent as well as a 210 which is OK. But the 305 is unbeatable, as well as dependable. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2014 by e read mat
Size and jokes about getting an arm workout while running aside. This watch is by far the best bang for your buck. I have friends who had bought smaller or "prettier" GPS watches. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2013 by T. Elliott