4.6
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Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver and Sports Watch

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Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver and Sports Watch
 
4.6

(based on 29 reviews)

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Garmin Forerunner 305 - Great Gift for a Runner

I received the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS watch as a birthday present last year. I had just signed up for my first marathon, and realized that I would be doing most of my training...Read complete review

I received the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS watch as a birthday present last year. I had just signed up for my first marathon, and realized that I would be doing most of my training alone. I needed motivation and a coach. I found both of these in "tech" form in the Forerunner watch.

With my Forerunner, I was able to track my mileage, and at the end of each workout, I could upload my runs onto my laptop to see how I did with maintaining speed during the workout. I could also compare how I did on previous runs along the same route to see how I was progressing with hills and such. Talk about motivation. It made it so much easier to see that the miles I was putting in were making progress.

You can also set the watch to tell you when you've reached your target pace or target heart rate, and then it will start beeping at you if you start running outside (too fast or too slow) of your targeted zone. It was like wearing a coach on my wrist.

If you know someone who is into running, this would make a great present and they will thank you for it. I finished the Marine Corps Marathon in October, and having this watch during my training program made it a lot easier to achieve my goal.

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The Garmin Forerunner 305 is acceptable, but you can do better.

This device is designed for the exercise-conscious group. The purpose of this device is to inform the walker or runner how far they have traveled and how fast they are going. It also attempts...Read complete review

This device is designed for the exercise-conscious group. The purpose of this device is to inform the walker or runner how far they have traveled and how fast they are going. It also attempts to pick up a satellite signal of where you are, and gives you your current location. This product has many great features, but fails to deliver on most of them, at least fails to deliver effectively. This product takes an EXTREMELY long time to pick up a signal, but when it does get the signal, the Forerunner keeps the signal and works admirably. Sometimes it picks up the signal quickly, while other times it picks up the signal 30 minutes into the run, which leads into its main problem-inconsistency. It is too unreliable to consider, in my opinion. It has helped many people with their training, keeping track of their mileage and position and time, however, I'd much rather buy a cheap stopwatch and measure my distance manually then have to wait an extra 30 minutes before my workout. Overall, if you're willing to wait, the product will perform its duties, but don't say you haven't been warned about the possibility of waiting longtimes for it to work!

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5.0

Can't run without it

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from USA

Comments about Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver and Sports Watch:

My husband bought this for my birthday and I love it. It was an adjustment at first, as it is quite bulky for small wrists but it has helped me maintain my pace, increase and improve my pace and help me run faster times at races. One can also download the progress using the program that comes with Garmin - NOT the best program so I use athlinks and record my times.

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5.0

Perfect for every runner.

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from Yuma, AZ

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I am a new runner, started running in December 2010 with the goal of doing a marathon in 2011, and one of the first things I bought to help me train was this Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS. It was the best purchase I have made running wise because it does so much.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 is a wristwatch that comes with a heart rate monitor that you strap across your chest. The wristwatch part of the unit has a large screen that can be customized to display up to four items, and it is possible to set up four pages to quickly cycle through so that you can have more information at your fingertips. For example, I set up my main display to show the following: average pace, running time, heart rate, and lap time, but you can customize it to your hearts content. You could even have it tell you what direction you are going The heart rate monitor that is included has been great and works as advertised. With it I can train in my aerobic zone to increase my running efficiency. Your data can be synced to Garmin's own social service that breaks down splits and maps where you ran, you can make these links public or private of course.

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5.0

Must Have for Runners!

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from Union City, TN

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I love my new Garmin forerunner 305. I have had trouble trying to gauge my speed, and it seemed at times I was running too fast and then too slow at other times. The Garmin Forerunner helps me to quickly see my speed so that I can make any adjustments while training. The screen is large enough to easily see this information without being too distracting while training. I also like how it tells the distance ran. Sometimes it is difficult to mark off the distance that you are running while doing training runs and you have to guess at your distance. This device allows you to quickly see where you are at to help you better prepare for races. I am currently using this device to train for a half marathon, and I think it is great!

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4.0

Awesome for runners!

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from Minneapolis, MN

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So I love this watch! Love it. I would call myself a "runner" for about a year and a half now. Last year (2010) I decided to begin training for a half marathon and wanted to know my precise mileage, pace, and heart rate. Looked at a lot of options. Nike+ was first. This was great for shorter runs but when I started running 3 miles+ the accuracy dropped. when I went outside I found my stride to be registering far different than the treadmill so did research on GPS watches.

Been using the Garmin 305 for just over a year and LOVE it. Accurate, easy to use, buttons easily accessible and easy to customize screens. Downsides: sometimes I have to stand outside for 5-10 minutes for the sattelites to pick up a signal. This really sucks when you're crunched for time. Also, it can be bulky BUT I only wear it for running so it works great and perfect for me. For female runners with tiny wrists (like myself) you'll definitely notice it but you'll love it. And the price for what it does, can't be beat which is why I'm sticking with it. It's just so simple, does what it is supposed to and very easy.

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4.0

The Garmin Forerunner 305 is a great workout tool

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from Wilmington, MA

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I wanted a GPS watch to help with my workouts and to motivate myself. I chose the Garmin Forerunner 305 because I already had experience with the Garmin brand (gps unit). The basic functionality such as distance and heart rate monitoring work perfectly. The inital acquisition of the satelittes takes some time just like their GPS units!!! How frustrating sometimes.  But once it acquires the signal, I haven't see any signal drops like I have experienced with other GPS watches.  This unit has a very comfortable and well-designed heart rate strap. I was hoping that owning a device like this would be motivational for me and it really has been. I can't imagine running, biking or doing any phsyical activity without it now!  After working out, I just plug this thing into my computer and my workout logs are updated. It can't be any easier! The watch is a little bulky looking and not too the greatest fashion, but it works good. TWO THUMBS UP!

 

 

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5.0

A must have for serious runners

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from Saint Paul Park, MN

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I've done the half marathon training with and without the Garmin forerunner, and it's much easier with this watch.  It's great for when you're training for a race.  It hooks up easily to your computer.  The software it comes with is easy to use.  You can enter in your workouts for the week, month, whole training program, and send them to the watch.  Then all you have to do is choose the day or your workout, and off you go.  There are a ton of preset workouts, or you can eaily customize your own.  It also takes all the guess work out of running when you're shooting for a certain pace or distance.  The window clearly shows 4 different measurements, so there's no flipping back and forth between screens while running.  The heart rate monitor is a great additional feature.  Enter in your weight and age, and it easily adjusts heart rate zones and calories burned.  The software keeps track of all your information, so it's easy to see how much progress you've made (great for those bad run days!!).  It's worth every penny.

Only con is that is a little bulky, especially if you're a smaller woman like myself.  The signal can take awhile to pick up if you're in an area with lots of trees or buildings blocking the signal. 

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4.0

Garmin Forerunner 305 Review

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from Saint Paul, MN

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I started using the Forerunner 305 a few years ago after using a Polar F6 heartrate monitor for a few years before that.  The 305 gave me the option to get GPS distances when running outside as I started to log miles more accurately.  When paired with the optional cadence sensor, you can also record distances traveled inside on a trainer.  The watch has changed how I have worked out both monitoring my speed/pace/HR/cadence.

I would highly suggest this for an entry level heart rate monitor especially for those looking for GPS.  The watch can also be used for tracking GPS routes while swimming in open water if you put it inside a ziplock baggie and swim cap.  The 310 offers more robust function for GPS while swimming but the 305 does the trick for a much lower price point.  

The watch is a bit bulky and I highly suggest the quick release kit for a much more comfortable feel.  A mode for multi-sport also makes this watch ideal for a triathlete across multiple different sports.

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5.0

Fantastic

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from Henderson, NV

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I have had this GPS for about 3-4 years now, and it has been amazing.  It has yet to fail me, and that is saying quite a bit since I am fairly hard on my equipment.  I have used this while running and bicycling, and it has been great for both.

For somebody who has never trained with a GPS device, this opens up entire new levels of training.  Before all I had was my time, so I knew more or less how fast I was going.  Now I am able to program in all sorts of training programs, like if I want to run at a certain pace, or maintain a certain heart rate.  Plus, when I get home, I can upload the run and watch it all on google satellite view and see how I did.  Plus, it lets you upload to online software that tracks how you are progressing.  I can honestly say that this helped me get past many plateaus in my training just by allowing me to see how I was progressing (or not).  I would highly recommend this to anybody that is active outdoors. 

 

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5.0

Good GPS watch

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from San Jose, CA

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I got the Forerunner 305 about 2 weeks ago and used it a couple times. It's an affordable GPS watch with great features that allow me to see how fast and far I'm running. It came with a heart beat sensor that you put on your chest and I found the heart rate to be pretty accurate. The watch is a little bulky but still fits well even on my skinny arms. The watch has great customization to allow you to put on data that you care about. I have mine set to lap distance, lap pace and heart rate. You can also use the watch for cycling if you wish. Getting GPS satellites takes about 1-2 minutes in my experience, which is kinda long but not a deal breaker. Connecting the GPS watch to your computer allows you to connect to Garmin's online page to upload your stats, or you can use the client that comes with it. Uploading online allows you to share your runs and view various of graphs. Really good product if you are active and need the data.

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5.0

Garmin Forerunner is perfect teammate for triathalon training

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from Highland, UT

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I received the Garmin Forerunner 305 as a birthday gift so I could start preparing for my first triathalon. At first I was skeptical of the cost, as I felt I could calculate the distances and speed I ran for much cheaper on my own, but I have found the time the Garmin saves me is well worth the money that it costs.  The 305 is not quite as small as some of the newer models, but this is something I have actually come to really like, as it is easier for me to adjust while I am running.  The heart rate monitor is small and I barely notice it across my chest, it was very easy to adjust to.  The best thing about the Garmin is that it is so easy to connect to my computer and upload from, it only takes a few minutes and seems to be very accurate.  Sometimes when I go trail running it seems to have a hard time picking up the signal, but this is not very often and is what I would expect from any other simliar device. Overall I feel the Garmin increases my enjoyment and ease of exercise.

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