Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- High-Sensitivity, Watch-Like GPS Receiver That Provides Exceptional Signal Reception
- 1 Piece Training Assistant That Provides Athletes With Precise Speed, Distance & Pace Data
- Includes Training Center Software, Which Allows Users To Download Workout Data For A Detailed Analysis
- Used For Multiple Sports Such As Cycling, Cross- Country Skiing & Windsurfing
- Data Acquired May Also Be Analyzed With Motionbased, Which Provides Online Mapping & Route Sharing
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|Item Dimensions||0.70 x 2.10 x 2.70 inches||1.40 x 0.50 x 1.60 inches||0.55 x 1.58 x 1.85 inches||0.50 x 1.80 x 1.80 inches||1.70 x 1.70 x 0.50 inches||1.40 x 0.50 x 1.60 inches|
|Item Weight||2.72 ounces||1.60 ounces||1.44 ounces||1.60 ounces||1.38 ounces||1.32 ounces|
|Sport Type||running, windsurfing, skiing, cycling||running||running, fitness||Running, Cardio, Cycling, Exercise & Fitness, Training||running, swimming, golf, cycling|
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Just when you thought Garmin had cornered the market on powerful, affordable, and effective wrist-mounted GPS devices, here comes the Forerunner 305. The release of this device is a major achievement from a design and technology perspective. This isn't just marketing-speak; the Forerunner 305 is the most accurate, most reliable wrist-mounted performance and GPS tracking tool we've ever tested. Yes, it's that good. While no device this compact can do everything (yet), the 305 pushes the boundaries of what is possible from something strapped around your wrist.Train indoors and still track your distance, pace and calories burned with the optional foot pod. This wireless sensor attaches to your running shoe and transmits distance and pace data to your Forerunner 305 so you can still use it when GPS reception is unavailable.
Amazon.com Product Description The successor to the Garmin Forerunner 301 is here, and it's better than ever. Weighing in at just over 2.5 ounces, the Garmin Forerunner 305 breaks new ground in terms of comfort, style, and performance. Totally redesigned, the 305 gives outdoor athletes and runners real-time information about speed, distance, pace, and heart rate on a device that's easy to use and amazingly compact.
The Forerunner 305 features the powerful new SiRF GPS navigation chip for supreme accuracy, even under tree cover and between tall buildings. A coded chest strap heart-rate monitor prevents unwanted interference from other devices. View larger.
The unit's GPS receiver is designed to face towards the sky when you're running.
A more watch-like design makes it far easier to use and wear.
The 305's digitally coded heart-rate monitor--which is worn as a chest strap--sends heart-rate data to the device so you can see whether you're training too hard or not hard enough. Alerts for pace, distance, time, and heart rate are also available. Additionally, the unit tracks speed, distance, pace, and calories burned. Meanwhile, a course feature lets you race against previous runs in order to improve your time or just compare heart rate and pace data at every point of the way.
The 305's easy-to-read, 1.3-inch display has been integrated into a sleek and stylish form factor that is definitely a step up from the larger and more cumbersome Forerunner 301 model. Indeed, the 305 looks and wears like a stylish sports watch, and it's more carefully designed to meet the needs of athletes. The design also positions the antenna with an optimal view of the sky. As an added feature, the case is water resistant to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes).
Accuracy is the name of the game with the 305. The vastly more accurate GPS antenna and receiver, which uses an advanced SiRF chip, offer much faster satellite acquisition times. Plus, the unit can hold a fix in places never before possible. Gone are the days of losing a fix under tree cover or when running between tall buildings. All of these features add up to far more accuracy in recording and tracking your exercise data. And because the 305 uses GPS to track how far and how fast you're going, you never have to calibrate it. The unit also doubles as a basic navigator. 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 305 features a USB data connection and docking cradle for downloading your speed, lap, exercise time, and heart-rate data into Garmin's Training Center PC software. The unit stores up to 1,000 lap histories, which you can download to your PC for a detailed post-workout analysis. Plus, you can create and schedule workouts using the included software and download them to the unit. A rechargeable internal lithium-ion battery offers up to ten hours of battery life.
For additional post-workout analysis, the 305 is compatible with MotionBased software. MotionBased adds a new dimension to training and outdoor fitness that makes the analytical aspects of a sport more compelling and a lot more fun. You can upload data to MotionBased, a Web-based application that has partnered with Garmin. MotionBased provides in-depth analysis of your workouts, as well as online mapping and route sharing that will take your training to the next level. MotionBased automatically calculates time, distance, speed, elevation, and heart rate, and it displays this information through meaningful charts, illustrations, reports, and maps. With MotionBased, you can also race multiple instances of the same route to see how you are improving or to race other members of MotionBased. You can "virtually race" someone you don't even know.
If you like the features of the Forerunner 305 but don't need heart-rate monitoring, be sure to check out the Forerunner 205.
What's in the Box
Forerunner 305 unit, digital coded heart rate monitor, Training Center CD-ROM, A/C charger, PC/USB interface cable, owner's manual, and quick-start guide.
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When exercising, I have it set to display current speed, distance, and heartrate. I also have it set to automatically record "laps" every mile.
After a workout, I connect it to my computer (using the attached docking station/USB connector) and upload the data to (the free) Garmin Training Center software and/or Garmin Connect website for further analysis.
You can set this up to actually direct your workout. For example, if you are doing serious intervals, here's a workout that I set it up to direct:
- Give me a five second countdown and then beep when to start
- Sprint for 1 min (and beep when the 1 min is up)
- Rest until heartrate goes down to 120 then give me a five second countdown and then beep when to start
- Sprint for 2 min
- Rest until heartrate goes down to 120 then give me a five second countdown and then beep when to start
- Sprint for 3 min
All this stuff is totally programmable by you in advance (either directly on the unit or do it in the Training Center software on your PC, then download it). This replaces having a coach right beside you calling out the workout. A VERY, VERY nice workout tool.
The battery's capacity (originally claimed to be 720 mAh or 10 hrs) got down to only 1.5 - 2 hrs, so I just changed the battery myself (to a replacement battery with a claimed 1300 mAh capacity!).
I didn't like messing with the originally-provided band, so I upgraded to the Garmin "Wrist Fastener with Expander Strap", a velcro band that makes it a snap to install onto and remove from my boat.
I really like this device. While I could've upgraded to the excellent (I understand) Forerunner 310XT when my battery recently gave up the ghost, I chose not to because there was no velcro band available for it (from Garmin, anyway).
I heartily recommend this device!
SETUP: There is not a lot to do as far as setup goes. I charged the unit for about 4 hours until it had a full charge. I took the unit outside and turned it on to verify that it could get a GPS fix, and it did so within a few minutes much like my Nuvi 205W did. The only other up front setup was to enter my gender, age, and weight. I stuck with the default heart rates for the 5 training zones.
If you just want to use the unit while exercising, you are done. However if you want to track and analyze your workouts, you have a couple of options to integrate with your computer. First is the included CD-ROM for Garmin Training Center. The other is the online Garmin Connect. I found Garmin Connect to be more user friendly, and after setting up Garmin Connect Garmin Training Center crashes after uploading workout stats.
There is additional customization that you can do with the 305 if you want to. When in use it has three screens of data for each type of activity. By default, your heart rate is not one of the fields that are displayed in larger font. It is relegated to a very small font on the top right of the screen. I customized the third screen for all three exercise modes (running, bike, and other) so that it shows elapsed time, current time, and current heart rate. You have tons of options in the data that you want to see.
USAGE: After getting things setup, the 305 is pretty easy to use. I get my fingers wet at the sync and rub water on the sensors on the heart rate chest strap. After six weeks of usage, I have immediately gotten a heart rate reading every time.
The other thing to do is turn on the wrist display/receiver unit. One thing that I find annoying is that you have to turn the GPS off every time you use the unit indoors. I wish that it would remember this setting as I use the unit indoors more than out. It would be more user friendly to be prompted to turn it on when you unit comes on rather than having to navigate a series of menus to turn it off. If your primary usage will be outside, this will not likely be an issue.
I tested the accuracy of the heart rate reading by comparing the reading that the treadmill takes from the hand grips in the gym. The readings either agreed or were within 1 bpm. That is pretty good in my book.
For my trial outdoor run, I took at route that I knew to be roughly 10k in distance. When I completed my run, the unit registered the route as being 6.22 miles. The speed readings seemed reasonable to me, but I have nothing to compare these against for accuracy.
As far as tracking workout data goes, Garmin Connect gives me mixed results. I cannot figure out why, but it I only get a detailed graph of my heart rate some of the time. When it is there, it is easy to see how my heart rate tracked during interval training.
One thing that is probably different from other heart rate monitors is that the 305 only tracks calories burned if the GPS is on. I found the reason on Garmin's knowledge base that the algorithm uses speed and activity along with your weight and heart rate to calculate calories burned. I'm not sure how the other units do this. It makes sense to me that the same heart rate running vs. cycling could result in different calorie burn rates.
There are more advanced features to the unit, but I really didn't need these.
Finally, the chest strap transmitter will not register with equipment in your gym that requires "Polar Compliance". This may or may not be important to you.
CONCLUSION: The Garmin Forerunner 305 is a great value for the price. If you take full advantage of the features it has, it is even better. The equipment is very reliable. I would like to see some improvements in the software for tracking your workouts, but this is a minor requirement.
The Garmin Forerunner 305 can help you with that. After it links to satellites, it will tell you your distance, pace, and time on the main screen. This helps me slow down during the first few miles and keep pace at the end of my run.
The 305 is pretty much the same as the 205 but is a different color and includes the heart rate monitor. I've used the heart rate monitor probably a dozen times. It works well. I'm not a target heart rate kind of runner so I don't use the heart rate monitor much.
The watch is big, sometimes takes a few minutes to connect, and doesn't work indoors. But it works well outdoors, is useful, and pretty accurate. You can find watches that look nicer but for the price, this is a great watch.
You can upload your workout information to the Garmin software and track your mileage, gain/loss in altitude, heart rate, splits, etc. The software could use some improvements but it works and has some useful features.
I recently went on a run with some longtime runners. I took a quick survey of the watches. 3 Garmin 305's, 1 Nike (the guy works for Nike so no surprise there) and 2 with no watch.
The distance it calculates isn't always 100 accurate but it's close enough for most people. If you are running under a lot of trees, running lots of curves, or out and back, it can shave off a little distance. But it's accurate enough that I've seen run organizers use this watch to measure a course. (Although I would recommend using a Jones Counter to measure a course.)
In all, I've had this watch for a few years and I am very happy with the purchase.
Top international reviews
the size is a little bulky especially for petite women.
The most disappointing thing is the amount of time it takes at start-up to acquire a satellite connection.
Ce garmin était pour mon frère et apparemment au déballage il était très satisfait. Je ne l'ai pas revu depuis donc je ne sais pas s'il a déjà testé le produit.