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Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 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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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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I've been using the 305 for several years now, pretty much since it was first released, and I love it. I had an older and cheaper model previously, which was okay, but the 305 is a major leap forward.
I run 5 times per week, from a few miles to 12 or 15 each run. Using the Garmin over time I've been able to establish a consistency I didn't think I was capable of. That means that if I'm on an easy, mindless run my per-mile time is always within a few seconds of my norm. On days I want to push harder I can take a quick glance at my wrist to check my pace and confirm that I'm running within my limits. One of the things I really like is that if I'm running well and trying for a PR I can check my time and pace and make the needed adjustments.
Normally the 305 finds the needed satellites quickly, although once in a while it takes a bit longer. That means it's helpful to remember to turn it on a couple of minutes before you want to start just in case it's one of those days when the satellites are hiding.
The transfer of data to the website and your PC is fast and easy, as is charging. You can even watch your run afterwards by means of a marker that moves along your route on a map, coupled with speed and other data. Pretty cool.
So far as I can tell the heart-rate monitor is accurate. I've got a heart-rate app on my phone (it uses the camera against your skin to measure your pulse) and the two have been in agreement when I've compared them. (Of course, the app doesn't link to the other running data.)
Bottom line, the 305 is a great tool to help improve your running, and it's very easy to learn and to use. Well worth the price.
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!
Anyway, this 305 is better in every way. It has a rectangular screen that can show 4 data sets. It can be turned off so that you won't be faced with a dead battery the next time you need to go for a run, and for most people, it'll have more functions than you possibly need. I like the instantaneous pace readout.
My only complaint is that it's relatively slow to acquire a GPS signal when you first turn it on.
In the end I spent a $100 on a new Ultega- good watch, same software, and lighter weight. I know this product has a lot of glowing reviews, but I wonder how many had a similar experience to mine. Happy trails...
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