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RunningArends11 Rookie 9 posts since
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Jul 13, 2010 4:28 PM

Watch for distance

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.

  • Billiken on the Run Pro 135 posts since
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    1. Jul 16, 2010 10:13 AM (in response to RunningArends11)
    Re: Watch for distance

    I just replaced an old Garmin 201 with a 305.  It was a great purchase and a relative bargain from 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.



  • Beer and Cupcakes Legend 970 posts since
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    2. Jul 16, 2010 5:18 PM (in response to Billiken on the Run)
    Re: Watch for distance

    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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  • ActiveWatches Dave Legend 207 posts since
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    3. Jul 18, 2010 6:57 PM (in response to RunningArends11)
    Re: Watch for distance

    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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  • sassigrass Rookie 3 posts since
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    4. Jul 28, 2010 10:30 AM (in response to ActiveWatches Dave)
    Re: Watch for distance

    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.

  • stuu3270 Rookie 5 posts since
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    5. Apr 27, 2011 3:37 AM (in response to RunningArends11)
    Re: Watch for distance

    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.

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  • how2runfast Legend 207 posts since
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    6. Apr 30, 2011 10:42 AM (in response to RunningArends11)
    Re: Watch for distance

    Here's a blog post that I wrote that might help you:


    6 Great GPS Watches for Under $200


    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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