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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 25 Sep 2007
This review is from: Garmin Forerunner 305 Wrist-Worn GPS Personal Training Device with Heart Rate Monitor (Sports)
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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Initial post: 1 Jan 2009 22:20:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jan 2009 22:20:53 GMT
Thanks for a great review. As a newbie to running I was nervous about whether the device was worth the money and how well it worked. I just this second ordered one and really feel like I have done the right thing! Thanks!!!!

Posted on 10 Apr 2009 10:30:43 BDT
M. Brook says:
Quick question, does the 305 come with a foot pod or do you have to purchase it seperately?

Thanks,

Martin

Posted on 14 Jun 2009 22:11:48 BDT
Hi,

Can you elaborate on loading pre-planned routes TO the device? I am using the sportstrack software and cant seem to do it??

Thanks,

Stewart

Posted on 2 Dec 2009 15:57:28 GMT
A. E. Grande says:
Could you tell me if this forerunner 305 can be used for cycling or do you need to buy the cadence sensor as well?

Posted on 3 Jan 2010 15:42:24 GMT
Thanks for a great review and witty with it!
Always good to be able to smile whilst learning that something is good/bad/rubbish
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