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

4.0 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.3 x 6.9 cm ; 77 g
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Item model number: 010-00467-00
  • ASIN: B000CSWCQA
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 2 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,935 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

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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I have bought this item recently and I am so happy to did it! It's an amazing equipment for my training! Exactly what i was looking for!

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!
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I have been using this watch for the past year now and am impressed with it. This watch if very easy to use and the programs are easy to follow. The accuracy on the GPS is very reliable but takes a while to load sometimes. It is a lot better then my Iphone Nike Running GPS program. The other issue I have with this product is that when I upload my runs, the site is constantly crashing. This is so frustrating! I still enjoy using this watch, but will be upgrading to another watch that downloads wirelessly.
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It's so much fun. You can run (ski, bike or even drive your car) wherever you want and it will show you the distance and time, store your track, speed and heart rate. After, you can transfer results to a computer to see all the information. It seems to be quite accurate. Battery lasts very long.
Must have gadget!
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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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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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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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The Garmin Forerunner 305 is awesome. I just love it! It has so many great features. The only downside to this product is the size, I would like for it to be smaller. The Forerunner 405 is smaller but it doesn't have some of the features I like on the 305, like a button to access the backlight and the 405 has a dial instead of buttons...I like the buttons best. When wearing the 305, the size doesn't bother me, it just looks clunky. Hope this helps!
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I bought this model when it first came out several years ago for more than $350. Amazon.ca has been selling it for about $140. It's about the best deal in a GPS/heart rate monitor on the market. I have looked. Using installed Garmin bicycle handle bar mounts on my road and mountain bike, I switch it between the two. I can also put it on my wrist, which is nice.

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.
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