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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
My first 305 lasted several years and several adventure races, some in heavy rains. During the last one, it died and started making strange beeping noises, but it started to work again after it dried out. This spring, it started to malfunction and would only charge sporadically, so I set out to replace it. After much research, I realized there was no better GPS/HRT for the price. Nothing comes close in reliability, functionality, and price. Road cyclists can even buy a cadence device to measure wheel RPM. FYI, I had to buy a third because I went over my handlebars on a trail this summer and smashed the screen. Garmin says it doesn't do repairs. That's kind of wasteful and disappointing.
Most of the device's measurements are pretty accurate (I've compared its results with friends' GPSs). The only negative is the calorie counter. I like to know how many calories I've burned and this device does not accurately count calories when one is inside for some reason. It slows right down. On the flip side, if you have been riding and then put your bike on the car and drive away without turning it off, it will record a massive amount of calories burned because the car is moving fast. This makes me doubt any reading that the calorie counter takes.
Other than this, the 305 is the best deal on the market.
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 19 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 20 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