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Hello Running Community,
I have a forerunner 150. It has given me numerous problems. I have had issues with the watch holding battery life as well as the footpod. I am looking into getting a new watch that can keep track of speed and distance. What is the best bang for my buck? Suggestions? Thanks for the help.
I just replaced an old Garmin 201 with a 305. It was a great purchase and a relative bargain from walmart.com at $150ish bucks, shipping included. It's much bigger than a regular watch, though. The newest Garmins are more watch-like but are also more expensive.
I bought a Polar with footpod to track distance and pace, but after about 50 runs I gave up with it. The footpod is sensitive to your gait so if you change up your running with strides, slow/fast, tempo, charging up hill, etc it screws up the distance and pace calculation just enough that you never really know if your improving. In other words over time I look for a couple % improvement, but the footpod is off by 5% so I never really know where Im at. I tried calibrating it on the track several times bla bla. Just a pain. I now use a GPS app in my droid phone and its incredible. accurate, gives distance, pace, time, voice announements every mile etc. And its free, I use SportyPal but theres others like Cardio Trainer. Tried that one and its good too, and also free.
If you dont have a smartphone try one of the new watches from Garmin, I just bought my wife the new Forerunner 110. Its small, girly (pink) and does all the neccesary's, pace, distance, time, heart rate etc. very cool.
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If you don't need/want a heart rate monitor (HRM), the Garmin Forerunner 205 is the best bang for your buck. If you want to venture into the HRM world, the 305 is a better choice. You can find both for around $150 to $200. Great quality and user-friendly. But of course, the 110 is also a good choice, but has less advanced timing features than the 205 or 305.
Other good watches include Polar and Timex.
Given your focus on distance and speed, just look for a watch with a GPS function, and you'll be fine. All three are great brands, but Garmin's probably the best for GPS capabilities.
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I love my Garmin 305! I still have to explore all the options like the virtual partner, but everything has been great so far. My only complaints is sometimes it can take a while to locate the satelites when I first turn it on, and the size is really big for a woman with small wrists. All worth it though.
The good thing about the Forerunner 305 is that it is a Garmin. They are reputed to have the best accuracy and precision. When it comes to GPS watches the Garmin Forerunner has a better satellite fix.
Its a good all round watch and perfect for the beginner and pro alike. We have one and use it a lot. Very reliable and easy to use.
Here's a blog post that I wrote that might help you:
Personally, I use a Garmin 305 with the Heart Rate Monitor. It's a little "chunky", but it works well and the price is right at under $130.
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