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2463 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2009 7:15 PM by gavinshmavin
runner131419 Rookie 7 posts since
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Jun 30, 2007 12:33 PM

GPS Watches- what should I buy

I am thinking about buying a Garmin Gps watch.  Does anyone have either the  Forerunner 305 or Forerunner 205?  I need to know what specifications there are in the watch.  I also need to know about the ease of use.

Thanks.

  • stuttle023 Rookie 1 posts since
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    1. Dec 27, 2007 3:45 AM (in response to runner131419)
    Re: GPS Watches- what should I buy

    I bought a Garmin Forerunner 205 yesterday after a lot of research (I looked at Garmins and some Polar watches).  The only difference between the 205 and the 305 is the heart rate monitor on the 305 - if you don't need a HRM, the 205 has all of the other features at a lower price.

    (FYI, if you're willing to buy the ************, I found both the 205 and 305 on Walmart.com for MUCH less than anywhere else!)

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  • TJoseph056 Rookie 67 posts since
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    2. Jun 30, 2007 3:25 PM (in response to runner131419)
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    I recommend the Garmin 305 (or 205) also.  I got it a couple of weeks ago to replace an old Timex Speed and Distance system that I had.  I love it.  Walmart's price is okay, but I got it a lot cheaper than that at http://www.tristatecamera.com[/URL" target="_blank"> .

  • willbevan Rookie 51 posts since
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    3. Jun 30, 2007 5:48 PM (in response to runner131419)
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    The 205 does not support the footpod or the bike cadence kit, so if you want to use either you need to get the 305, glad i got the 305 for the options, the cadence sensor on my bike is very handy, and the footpod for my cadence when running is great!

  • pwinkle Rookie 72 posts since
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    4. Jul 2, 2007 1:45 PM (in response to runner131419)
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    My DH bought me the 305  about a month ago and I LOVE IT !! i didnt think i would use the HR but that is so cool and so interesting.  I am now so intrigued by my HR esp on long runs for my marathon training.  Go for the 305- you will not regret it.

  • Afty075 Rookie 7 posts since
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    5. Jul 2, 2007 4:52 PM (in response to runner131419)
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    I would be careful of Tristate Camera.  Generally camera shops in the NYC area are suspect, and ResellerRatings currently has a 5.3/10 rating for them.
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  • FrancesRe Rookie 92 posts since
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    6. Mar 30, 2009 8:26 PM (in response to Afty075)
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    What about the Garmin 405?

     

     

    Is that a new one? Is there a reason for preference for the 305 over the 405? Thank you!

     

     





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  • dwm082 Community Moderator 1,063 posts since
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    7. Mar 31, 2009 6:37 AM (in response to FrancesRe)
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    The 405 is the latest in the Garmin Forerunner line. I believe it was released last summer. It's a smaller device, looks a little more like a "normal" wristwatch, and has a touch-sensitive bezel control.

     

     

    The main reasons I prefer the 305 (older) over the 405 (newer)  are that the 305 costs less and I've read several reports that the bezel control doesn't respond well when wet. That could be a problem unless you don't sweat or never run in the rain/snow. As far as I'm concerned the 405 still needs a little more refining before I'd consider making the switch.

     

     

    Don

     

     





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  • digitalmuse66 Amateur 77 posts since
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    8. Apr 6, 2009 6:57 AM (in response to dwm082)
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    I am also looking around for a monitor and have been looking at the garmin's. I could have sworn I saw somewhere that the GPS on the garmin's doesn't work(well) indoors?

     

     

    Anyone know/experience issues with the gps. Not all my runs will be outdoors and i would like to have a heart rate monitor/running monitor in one and not have a thousand contraptions strapped all over my arms. I am leaning towards the garmin 305

     

     

    Before finding this board I was looking at a Polar FT60 G1 - mainly because I am familiar with the polar line ( I have an F4 HRM)

     

     

    Thanks in advance for the input.

     

     





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  • renegadejb Expert 53 posts since
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    9. Apr 6, 2009 7:47 AM (in response to digitalmuse66)
    Re: GPS Watches- what should I buy

    I have been using the Forerunner 50. Yes it is a lower model but it definatly gets the job done. Been using it for about 6 months now and have yet to have a problem with it or the footpod. If your looking for something basic to tell you pace and distance this is also a nice option and it is not as close to the bulkiness or price of the 305.

  • digitalmuse66 Amateur 77 posts since
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    10. Apr 6, 2009 8:26 AM (in response to renegadejb)
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    Thanks I guess what I am trying to do is find something that will allow me to track my runs and to replace my polar F4(HRM)

     

     

    I would rather get ONE piece that serves both functions: HRM and Running tracking then to have two different items.

     

     





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  • iBecks Rookie 3 posts since
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    11. Apr 17, 2009 12:56 AM (in response to digitalmuse66)
    Re: GPS Watches- what should I buy

    No GPS function will work indoors - it needs a direct line of sight to the satellites.  However, with the Garmin Forerunner 305 and 405 GPS units you can add a footpod to the setup for use indoors.  The footpod won't work with the 205.

     

    Just be aware that Garmin have recently announced a Forerunner 310 and 405CX.  It may be worth checking out the specs of these before you buy to see if any of the new features better meet your needs.  Personally I looked and couldn't see any real advantage for me, so I went with the 305.

  • Billiken on the Run Pro 135 posts since
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    12. Apr 17, 2009 10:01 AM (in response to willbevan)
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    Is the bike cadence kit accurate/easy to use/etc?  What are your thoughts on it?  I was looking into buying a bike computer to track cadence, etc.  I currently just strap my Garmin 205 to my handlebars to track distance, speed, etc. but would upgrade the Garmin and kill two birds with one stone if it's worth the cash.  Thanks.

     

     

    Joe

     

     

  • Tomforest Rookie 3 posts since
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    13. Apr 29, 2009 5:30 PM (in response to runner131419)
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    FWIW, I just bought a 305 off amazon.com for $170, compared to wallie-world's $210.

     

     

    From the reviews I've seen, being able to cross reference pace, distance, incline, heart rate, etc will be invaluable.

     

     

     

     

     

  • gavinshmavin Rookie 1 posts since
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    14. May 13, 2009 7:15 PM (in response to Tomforest)
    Re: GPS Watches- what should I buy

    I'm not sure if this is verboten on the boards (I apologize if it is), but I have a Forerunner 305 that I'd like to sell for ~$100.  Drop me an email (gavin.boyles@gmail.com) if you're interested.  I'm selling it because it's been gathering dust for months while I vainly try to recover from a knee injury (aargh!).

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