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I previously used the forerunner50 with a foot pod. I have not been very happy with my results. Foot pods are annoying. The watch required calibration which never seemed quite accurate enough for my liking. The battery frequently gave me trouble. I am looking into getting a gps watch. Some of the watches I have looked into are too bulky. I would like it to be the size of a regular watch. I primarily want a watch to record my distances for runs but would also like to see pace, mph etc. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Let me know what has worked for you! Thanks.
Check out the Garmin 110 or 210. Both are GPS watches that can function without a footpod. In addition, they don't require a separate GPS transmitter to be worn on your arm. Above all, both are normal-sized watches that can be worn for everday use. Note, however, that the 110 does not show instant pace, although it does show average pace over an entire workout. The 210 does show instant pace. Here's a link to the 210: http://www.activewatches.com/Garmin-Forerunner-210.item The Garmin 305 is another great option. Great entry-level GPS watch at a less expensive price point, but much bulkier and, in my opinion, can't be worn for everyday use (although it's light and you won't notice it during a workout). Here's a link to the 305: http://www.activewatches.com/Garmin-Forerunner-305.item
There are a lot of other options out there, such as the Timex Bodylink (http://www.activewatches.com/Timex-Bodylink-Heart-Rate-Monito.item) and the Polar RS300X G1. However, most others require a separate transmitter to be worn for the GPS to function. If GPS is your primary purpose, go with a Garmin.
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I picked up a Garmin Forerunner 205 for $88 a few months ago from Amazon. (Unfortunately, I haven't seen it that cheap since.) So far, I really like it. At some point, I may want the heart rate monitor and upgrade to a 305 or equivalent, but this meets my needs for the moment.
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I just love mine! It is a couple of styles old, but works great. It is a Garmin 305. I bought it on line at Wal-Mart.com and paid @$125.00. I love it. It has the GPS, HR monitor strap, all of the bells and whistles. The only downside is that it is a little bulky.
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I almost got the Garmin 305-- only $130 because it's an older model, but when I saw it in person decided against it- way too bulky for my needs and has more bells and whistles than I need. Ended up with Garmin 210-- more expensive because it's a new model, but less bells and whistles and almost the size of a regular watch.
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My wife has the Garmin Forerunner 305 with heart rate monitor and she loves it.
I like being able to download all her data to the computer and track her runs on Google Earth. Each time the watch records the GPS position it creates a clickable point on the map and you can see heart rate, elevation, distance, speed, pace and more.
Its a good watch and good value for money. I got hers from Amazon.
Count me in the Garmin 305 club; $128 on amazon. It is a bit bulky if you want to spend extra you can get the Garmin 110 or 210, the only difference between those and the 305 is the size and I think the 210 has wireless capability. Both are over $200 though.
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