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Posted on Apr 29, 2013 6:52:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2013 6:58:07 PM PDT
spassmeister says:
I've been using Nike+ for about a year and a half. I have a garmin 800 for my bike and have used polar, timex and garmin watches over the years. I do marathons (and Ironman) and run about 70 miles/week total. This my fifth GPS watch (sixth if you include I had to replace it) and I like this one the most thus far, but with some caveats listed at the end.

Pace accuracy: With my running group we have each of the above watches and compare what the pace is - and universally the instantaneous reading vary wildly and are much less useful than using average pace. I just did the Boston Marathon (2013 - luckily finishing well before the tragedy) and comparing manual 1 mile splits (by tapping the watch at the mile markers) with the gps derived splits for the first 4 miles show how accurate it is: 6:56/6:55, 7:13/7:12, 6:58/7:02, 7:20/7:18

Ease of Use: plug it into the USB port on your computer, Nike+ detects the watch and uploads your run. the Nike+ site does the rest. The Nike+ site used to be horrible but is much improved and useable...but it lacks the "fun" of Strava's web site. The watch screen is easy to read with giant numbers.

Issues: this is my second Nike+ watch. The first one simply died after on year and the warranty was expired. you cannot export Nike+ data to Strava - which truly sucks if you want all your workout (Bike and Run) in the same site.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 6:23:49 PM PDT
I am looking at Costco and for 199 they have the forerunner 310xt....I am also on the garmin website and cant find the 305 that others are raving about...Is this an updated version? Any experience with the 310 xt?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2013 6:22:30 PM PDT
I am looking at Costco and they have the forerunner 310xt....for 199. Any experience with this watch?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2013 6:22:29 PM PDT
I am looking at Costco and they have the forerunner 310xt....for 199. Any experience with this watch?

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 4:14:17 AM PST
JMR says:
I had gone ahead with Forerunner 410 and quite happy with it. However, do have some inconveniences!

Here is a list:
- Locking the keys once the activity is started. Have to press Start/Stop at the same time and the keys sometimes slip. Instead of the lock, the activity would have stopped without you realizing!
- Shutdown option is little painful - Too many clicks and swipes!
- Locating satellites for GPS function is little slow

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 4:22:12 PM PST
I've had a 305 for about 6 years. A couple of years ago, the screen went blank and I could not get it to turn on. I learned how to do a hard reset from the internet and it has been working fine since that time. The software for training is not dependable when downloading data so I just take the info right from the watch. Newer Garmin watches really don't provide any more information except for maybe the fenix gps watch but it has software problems and leaks too. Stay with the 305 for the price and great data. Live with the huge size but readable face. It is the same with their hand held gps devices. the 360csx is still the best they ever made.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2013 8:29:13 PM PST
The Nike watch has plenty of problems. Search around to read about people hating on Nike. I have also had two Garmin 405s suffer the blank screen of death. Good luck.

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 7:33:47 AM PDT
JMR says:
Oh boy! Almost all the reviews are for Garmin products. What about others? Amazon suggested a list based on my wish-list and I found Nike+ and a Moto too there. Rest all Garmin. I decided on Garmin's Forerunner 410 but now I am confused. Should I look for an alternative or a time tested Garmin product. Please help. Thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 1:04:59 PM PDT
Joel says:
where do you see it on sale for $159

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 6:36:42 AM PDT
I've been running for 25 years and have bought every device to try to track and improve my training. I bought two different Garmin watches but they are inaccurate; they cut-off 'the corners.' For only two bucks ($1.99), I found the best training tool, an app for the Palm smartphone called Running Buddy by Disciple Skies Software. This is so good, it's worth buying an old Palm off of ebay just for this app! It is so accurate, (I've tested it compared to google earth) and gives me all the stats I want and is super easy to use. I've improved my time already just using it for a couple of weeks!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 4:24:53 PM PST
G. Denny says:
It comes with an extender but I just tried it on a can that is 8 1/2 in circumference and it latched but was extremely tight. Not sure what your comfort level is, but it would be a stretch getting it to fit properly. (literally)

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 3:47:11 PM PST
Florida Phil says:
Can anyone tell me how large the largest setting would be on the wrist strap? Watches are always difficult for me. I have 8 3/4" wrist circumference, which is very large. Most "large" watches don't come close to fitting me. Can someone let me know. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2010 9:44:21 PM PDT
euphonically says:
i think you can buy with the heart rate monitor config or the foot pod config. if you buy the heart rate monitor configuration, you'll need to buy the foot pod separately. i chose the heart rate monitor configuration. don't quote me though. you need to check.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2010 9:42:23 PM PDT
euphonically says:
depends on the os you're using. i would imagine their software is not compatible with a much older os. you need to go to their website and find out which apple os is compatible. i have a macbook pro and i can download software for my computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2010 8:31:21 PM PDT
Just making sure but do I have to buy the footpod seperately from the 305?

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 8:43:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 2, 2013 11:16:00 PM PST
Rufus Fox says:
I have 3.4 years experience with the 305. I am on my 3rd one, the first 2 starting to act strange about 8-10 months in, then freezing up. The third one has been great- all the best of the first 2, then some! This one's battery lasted me 12 hours at a 50 miler last October. I took out autopause, any alarms, alerts, and anything else that beeped, except miles. Their customer service has been excellent and very responsive. When I needed mine fixed/exchanged with a race coming up, they immediately sent me one as soon as they received mine. And yes, I have enjoyed all the data, charts and graphs! I esp have enjoyed the notes section, where I write down things from each run/race, such as food before, during, & after, weather, clothes, shoes, special training notes, etc. I have referred back to these many times as I have trained for new races. I know I haven't used the 305 to near its capability, however I think it has been one of the best investments we have ever made in my running. I also have enjoyed using it as I have travelled. It is fun to see the maps of all these places I have run at. The only thing that is a bother right now is that it only works on windows. My husband has been able to find people who enable it to work on Linux, but we haven't gotten up quite yet.

UPDATED: March 2013- Still running. I was having trouble with the screen going blank, etc, and we called in and the guy walked us through the process of resetting it and it has been great since, except the battery seems to only go about 2 hours. To send it in- the replacement is down to $79.00 now I believe. We run it on a program called pytrainer which works fine on linux.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 8:06:59 PM PDT
R. Pellinger says:
I have an i-mac at home. Will the 305 be compatible?

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 8:12:38 AM PDT
C. Barrows says:
A few points/answers based on my experience with the 305 over the past 2.5 years:

1.) The battery is still holding a charge just fine for the duration of my long workouts (~3.5 hrs). Did a half iron tri about 1.5 years ago and it held up fine for that too (6 hrs). I have mine set to the "smart recording" mode rather than the "every second" mode as suggested by a previous poster. I have another half coming up, and will update if the thing craps out on me.

2.) There are two wrist bands that come with it which will allow it to fit on a pretty small wrist and a pretty large one. I have a 7" wrist and there is plenty of slack. There is also an add on so you can mount it to your bike and that comes with another wrist band that is velcro. I like that one (and the bike mount).

3.) The GPS does not work indoors or in the water. The heartrate monitor does not work in the water.

4.) If you are having trouble getting the GPS signal outdoors, make sure there is nothing obstructing the watch's line of sight to the South West sky. I believe that is where most of the satellites reside. Trees, buildings, and you may be blocking the signal.

5.) If you bike, get the cadence sensor add on. I recently bought one and it is wonderful to not have to constantly ask myself, "How fast am I pedaling? Is it time to shift?"

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 4:34:14 PM PDT
Diablo2k says:
How well does the GPS on the 305 work when walking inside at the gym. I walk there 2 times a week then walk outside on the weekend. I don't keep track of distance walked at the gym, I just walk till I feel I am done. Afraid if I set a goal each time I will either shortchange myself or get down on myself, but I would like to know after I am done how far I walked. On the treadmills I normally walk 3miles an hour and have tried to keep that pace on the indoor track as well.
Also I have a 8"+ wrist, will the larger size wrist band fit me ok? Yeah I am a big guy at 6"1 285lbs, This is why I have started walking. Tired of everyone telling me I need to excercise more.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2010 11:18:03 AM PDT
euphonically says:
i know this is an old post, but i completed a trail marathon in about 5:50 hours and my garmin 305 ran fine. the distance was accurate and so was the time at the end. something must have been wrong with your device or you didn't completely charge it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2010 9:14:59 AM PDT
I have been using the 405cx for a year now, and am quite happy with it. The only issue that should improve is the touch zone that gets stuck sometimes.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 6:59:51 PM PDT
absolutely LoVe my new Garmin 305 ForeRunner, it has an amazing amount of tools with it, very user friendly. it is my 1st heart monitor watch and I can't imagine going out for a walk/run without it! I forgot the heart monitor strap once so far, hopefully it will be the 1st and last time for that!

get the 305, you will NOT be disappointed!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2010 12:54:33 PM PDT
Gigi says:
The watch has a setting that recalculates every second and another that reclaculated much less often. If yours is set for every second switch it to see how it works. I mine set for every second and it seems to last about three hours. The other setting is suppose to last 12 hours.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2009 3:44:04 AM PDT
The battery of 310XT is 20 hours -- that is the difference that matters...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2009 11:00:59 AM PDT
E F. Varisco says:
The 310XT is out. Amazon must have sold out of them. I saw one at the running store that I buy shoes from a couple of weeks ago.

I had thought about upgrading from the 305 but nixed the idea because of Garmin's misleading advertising. Even though it's waterproof it will not track in the water, nor record heart rate. So, why pay twice the money to upgrade when all you really get it a waterproof watch? It does record power if you have ANT+ so for some that might be a selling point for some.
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