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Garmin Forerunner 301 GPS Personal Training Device
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- Continuously Monitors Heart Rate, Speed, Distance,
- Pace & Calories Burned
- Combines Proven
- Heart Rate Monitor & Training System
- Software To Create A Highly-Integrated
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- Size (LWH): 8.5 inches, 5.75 inches, 3.75 inches
- Weight: 1.35 pounds
Get results in a heartbeat with the Forerunner 301. This training partner continuously monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. The Forerunner 301 combines the popular features of the Forerunner 201 with a proven heart rate monitor and Garmin Training Center software to create a highly integrated personal training system.
Amazon.com Product Description The Garmin Forerunner 301 is the next exciting addition to the Forerunner lineup. Take your workouts to the next level with all the great GPS features found in the Forerunner 201, plus the added capability of a continuous heart rate monitor. Knowing your heart rate while exercising lets you measure your exercise intensity and performance, giving you a powerful training tool. The Forerunner 301 training profiles can be customized for running, cycling, and other sports. For those interested in losing weight, improving fitness, reaching peak athletic performance, or just improving health to reduce heart-related problems, the Forerunner 301 delivers.
The Forerunner 301 offers a wide variety of training features that can help you train at any level you choose.
Included Training Center software allows you to store and analyze data using interactive graphs. View larger.
Like the Forerunner 201, the 301 also doubles as a basic navigator. You can mark your starting point as a specific location, see your current position on the plotter display, and follow an electronic breadcrumb trail back to your starting point. The built-in GPS receiver provides highly accurate data, and there's no calibration required. Just turn it on and go.
The unit's USB data port means that connecting the unit to your computer is easier than ever. The USB connection offers fast and reliable data transmission to any USB-equipped PC. And because analyzing workout data is an important tool in reaching one's fitness goals, the 301 comes with Garmin Training Center software, which allows you to download workout data to your PC for detailed analysis. View data for each workout, including your heart rate, time, distance, speed, path traveled, and altitude. You can also track data for multiple sports and multiple users, and you can overlay workout data onto a map. The unit is compatible with MotionBased and TrainingPeaks, which are popular third-party training software packages.
With up to 14 hours of battery life, the 301's rechargeable lithium-ion battery is designed for extended use. It's also rugged and waterproof for up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. The unit ships with a 1-year warranty.
Get heart rate and other vital data at a glance.
Customize your workouts with programmable intervals.
Set up exercise profiles for different types of sports.
A built in Virtual partner runs alongside you, graphically displaying your goal pace/speed.
What's in the Box
The Forerunner 301 wrist unit, the digital coded heart rate monitor, the Training Center CD-ROM, an expandable wristband, an A/C charger, a PC/USB interface cable, an owner's manual, and a quick start guide.
Top Customer Reviews
- Rugged construction
- Illuminated screen
- You can export all your routes, workouts and locations to a GPX file and upload to Google earth or other mapping system.
- Lots of memory. I've never lost a workout on the device because it has enough memory to store workouts going back to 2006.
- The ability to export workouts to your new garmin device THEN sync them into Garmin Workout center to view historical workouts history going back years. I really like that.
- Virtual Partner! I love this feature. Basically, set your time and distance goal and the screen shows your location vs. your virtual partner so you know if you're performing well enough.
- The Workout Center software lets you see on a map where you were, your speed, elevation, heart rate, distance and other performance metrics. I love finishing a killer workout and reflecting on it at the computer to see where I can improve or if I was even pushing myself.
- Hear rate alarms to let you know if you're slacking or if you're going to die if you don't slow down a little.
- The USB port rubber flap was ill-conceived and fell off almost immediately
- Sometimes slow satellite synchronization. Maybe a problem of the GPS satellite infrastructure and not the device.
- Accuracy can be a bit dodgy on a 1/4 mile track and the bread crumbs (Spots where the device notes your location) can be a hundred meters off which makes accuracy diminish.
- Let me configure it from my PC when it's plugged in. There are tons of features to configure on a small screen with a deep menu system
- Bluetooth connection to my cell phone so that if my heart rate stops, it calls paramedics with my GPS location. That would be a great safety feature.
Overall, it's a great little GPS for tracking your workout history.
I have actually since updated to a newer model and gave it to a friend but the newer ones are similar but more accurate.
It tells how I am doing and gives me a point to strive to do better next time I go out. My biggest complaint about it is that it has sooooooooo many features I tend to just use the most basic items. I hope to eventually play around with all of the features, but right now the most basic features are all I need to push myself.
When working indoors at the gym,if I walk too close to the vending machines or the electrical service panel, the whole unit has a brain freeze and wipes out all the data for that particular session, even though the display fakes me out by continuing to act like it's working. But when I get home and plug it in to use the Training Center software, the display graph gives me a dead man's flat line all the way across. The whole point of wearing this thing is to record my heart rate and other data to use later for comparisons.
Also it is a common gripe among owners that the altitude recording function is consistently screwy. I can leave my house at one elevation, go for a long run, come home, and find that according to my Garmin 301 my house has either dropped 50 ft in altitude, or gained 50 or more ft. Also, I bought the Google Earth upgrade to overlay the Garmin GPS data on their maps and while it is fairly accurate, it sometimes wildly goes off course on the map even though I was going on a straight route.
But all these things aside, it's still useful to my daily and weekly training and I put up with the quirky things it does and just move on.
Tip: Sometimes the heart rate receiver in the unit will lose the signal from the chest strap for no apparent reason. You'll see the whole screen go blank or just freeze up. Be prepared. Be sure to read your manual in advance and know how to re-set the HR monitor to find your chest strap's signal. It can save you a lot of cussing when you get home and find you've lost all your HR data.
Last thing: Customer Service at Garmin. They ... uh, ... how can I put this delicately? They suck.
Should you upgrade to the 305? I hear the 305 has the same guts as the 301 with a few added bells and whistles and guess what? People are complaining about the same problems they are having with the 301s. So until Garmin decides to really change the guts and the software of their Forerunners, you might as well get the 301.