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Garmin Forerunner 305 Wrist-Worn GPS Personal Training Device with Heart Rate Monitor

by Garmin

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  • Garmin Forerunner: Sleek wrist-mounted sports performance trainer with high-sensitivity GPS receiver and heart rate monitor
  • Monitors heart rate, speed, distance, pace, and calories burned for smarter, more effective conditioning
  • Powerful GPS navigator provides faster acquisition times and improves tracking under trees and near buildings
  • Delivers detailed post-workout analysis on bundled Training Center PC software (connects to PC via USB)
  • Includes rechargeable lithium-ion battery; measures 2.1 x 0.7 x 2.7 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty

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  • Item Weight: 77 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: Forerunner 305
  • ASIN: B000FMQ296
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 May 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,161 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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465 of 469 people found the following review helpful By R. Cross on 21 April 2008
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OK, first looks - you are thinking to yourself "But what if someone tries to land a helicopter on it's enormous surface while I am out running?!"

Well, don't worry about it. Yes it looks bulky but when you are out running you never notice the size and it's easy to appreciate the highly configurable and easy to read display. This device is all about options. I choose to run with the four following items all simultaneously displayed:
Heart Rate, Elapsed running time, Average pace in km/h and Total Distance

I can of course choose to see other bits of information and have the screens changing at intervals I determine but part of the joy of running is getting away from it all and looking where you are going! The device just works, capturing all that lovely information about your heart, what kinds of slopes you are running on, how far you are travelling.

I once got lost in some big woods near where I live, then I simply turned the watch into navigation mode and was able to trace my way back through the forest to where I started from - absolutely brilliant gadget.

The real fun with the Forerunner comes when you get to analyze the data. The software provided with the watch is very basic. Most people I know download the excellent Sport Tracks software which is freeware from Zone 5 Software. To use this software you also need to have installed on your Windows PC a version of .NET from Microsoft (this is just some extra software for the Operating System to allow programs written in a certain way to run - again, it's a free download from Microsoft).

Now you can amaze your friends and family about how far you run, how fast you go, how big the hills are you are running up, amaze them with how many calories you've burnt off.
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247 of 251 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Horsfield on 25 Sep 2007
This is an amazing device. I thought I would add the following to previous reviews.

Answers to the questions I couldn't sort out before purchase (as a triathlete):
1. Can you swim with it? Sadly not. Although certified as waterproof it is not sufficiently watertight to swim with.

2. Can you download routes FROM memory map TO the device i.e. brand new runs/bikes planned at home on the map? YES - but you need to upgrade memory map 2004 software to the USB supporting version via their website. The device will then guide you around the planned course.

Added suggestions:

Everyone should check out SportTracks software (shareware - zonefive) which is vastly superior to the Garmin packaged applet. SportTracks integrates with google earth and automatically generates satellite images of your route.

The pre-loaded advanced training packages are good for turbo sessions. Obviously the GPS is useless but the watch will monitor your heart rate & cadence (with attachment) and instruct you through a pre-set or custom pre-programmed workout e.g. Cycle in zone 3 for 5 mins; Cycle in zone 4 for 2 mins etc.

Other bonuses over my old GPS and heart rate monitors:
It charges via USB while connected to the computer.
It has a coded heart rate belt - no cross-talk in the gym.
It has excellent GPS reception in the woods (much superior to my Geko 301).

All in all: For £150 a bargain. It has virtually replaced my old HRM and my GPS.

Downsides? £150 is still a lot. The large unit might put you off. It looks a bit retro. Can't swim in it. I now *know* that I run as slowly as I thought!
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By russell jones on 4 Mar 2009
I'm really enjoying using the Forerunner; this is the first running computer I have owned so I can't make comparisons to other models. I've found that the pace can be a bit variable while running but seems to level out to sensible values once it's uploaded onto the computer. The digits that are used for the heartrate could do with being a little larger too. It's very hard to read them while running especially on tracks. I was away last weekend in Amsterdam and it was fantastic knowing that I could run for an hour and the forerunner would be able to tell me how to get back to the hotel. Linux support out of the box would be a bonus, I managed to get it connected to my NetBook but it took a lot of effort to work out how to set it up.
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. D. Parnell on 1 Aug 2007
I've recently taken up running and thought I was being extravagant when I bought this (top of the range and all that) but its been a fantastic investment, even for a relative beginner. Not being someone who like to run a set route, it has until now been difficult to know exactly how far I've run each day, or to know if I'm getting better/fitter. The 305 helps with all of that, and more. Setting the 'quick workout' to a set distance/speed and using the virtual trainer to see if you're ahead/behind schedule is very useful, and unlike a real partner who would demoralise you if they got too far ahead, you can just switch him off! Seriously though, being able to record each run is really motivatiing, especially when you can measure your increasing fitness (faster speed, slower heart rate etc). Not used the online facilities because my Mac doesn't run Tiger, but the screen shots look good. Its a bit bulky on your wrist, the writing is small if you try to display everything at once, but overall its great and I thoroughly recommend it.
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