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Garmin Forerunner 305 Wrist-Worn GPS Personal Training Device with Heart Rate Monitor (discontinued by manufacturer)

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: 540 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 (442 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,607 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Form meets function with Garmin's next-generation, sleek and stylish line of personal trainers the Forerunner 305 & 205. Don't let their good looks fool you. These taskmasters will continually push you to do your personal best. The Forerunner 305 combines all of the popular features found in the 301 along with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, new courses feature, and robust ANT wireless heart rate monitor for optimal performance.

Designed for athletes of all levels, this running partner and personal trainer has one goal in mind a better you. 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.

The Forerunner 305 keeps you on track with innovative features including:

New! Sleek, stylish, lightweight design that "wraps" the GPS antenna around part of the wrist for a better view of the sky, improving reception during training

New! High-sensitivity GPS receiver provides faster acquisition times and improves tracking under trees and near tall buildings

New! Robust ANT wireless heart rate monitor with softer, more comfortable chest strap and superior battery life eliminates cross-talk with other devices to reliably measure and send heart rate data, and helps you train in your zone

New! Customizable screens let you view up to 12 data fields on 3 data screens for immediate feedback on the information you need most when training

Multi-sport" capability lets you seamlessly transition between sports without resetting the unit, so you can use it for running, biking, and more

Easy to use no calibration required. Just turn it on and go

Customize your Forerunner 305 to get the most out of your training. To help you achieve your personal best, the Forerunner 305 includes the following smart features:

New! Courses feature lets you download recorded courses and compete against previous workouts

Auto Pause® pauses and resumes training timer based on a specified speed so you never have to start or stop the timer

Auto Lap® records lap data when you reach a specified time, distance or position so you never have to punch the lap button

Virtual Partner" lets you train against a digital person at specified time, distance or pace goals

AutoScroll" cycles through data pages during a workout

Monitor your pedaling cadence as you ride with the purchase of the GSC 10. Like the heart rate monitor, this self-calibrating, wireless speed/cadence sensor uses the same robust ANT wireless technology to reliably measure and report your pedaling strokes per minute.

Included Garmin Training Center software helps you tailor workouts to meet specific goals and objectives. Create your own workouts or use workout templates included on the CD. Interactive analysis tools let you chart performance overlaid on a map.

Data acquired by the Forerunner may also be analyzed with MotionBased.com, a web-based application that has partnered with Garmin. MotionBased" provides in-depth analysis of your workouts, online mapping and route sharing that will take your training to the next level. Endurance athletes may also use the Forerunner with TrainingPeaks.com, an easy-to-use web based training system designed to help athletes train for any event.

Forerunner 305: You'll like the results

Box Contains

  • Forerunner® 305
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Garmin Training Center CD
  • Docking Cradle
  • Expander Strap
  • A/C Charger
  • PC/USB Interface Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Owner's Manual

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.4 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    472 of 476 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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    248 of 252 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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    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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    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Liane on 13 Aug 2007
    I bought the Forerunner 305 about six months ago and I never run without it now. It has helped me to focus more on not only my mileage but also on improving my times over the same course. I also use the heart monitor every time I run so I can monitor my heart rate both running on the flat and on uphill courses.

    It is quite a large watch (as I have very small wrists) but this is overcome by wearing the watch slightly higher on my forearm which poses no awkwardness.

    I found it very user friendly and easy to work with my laptop to download my workouts and plan further routes on my laptop to upload onto the watch.

    An all-round good purchase which has helped my running to improve dramatically.
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