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Gear Essential: Garmin Forerunner 305


Check out this reader review of the Garmin Forerunner 305 from the OnSugar blog Running Nina.

Perhaps the most important item for me and my running is my Garmie. Ahem, Garmin Forerunner 305.

It works off of GPS so you turn it on and go. No need to calibrate at all.The big display makes it easy to read with a glance. The "Lap" button is awesome. I can "lap" every mile (or whatever distance I choose) to see my time splits and pace per mile. The mile alarm feature is perfect for telling me when to press the lap button. No need to constantly look at my watch, just listen for the beeps and press lap! When you plug it into your computer you get to see a little map of your route! There is a tab (on the computer) to see your results and splits. Makes it easy to see progress. It comes with a heart rate strap so you can also see your heart rate and calories burned. I don't use it but it's good to have if I want to. Most of all it is super easy to use and that is always an important factor!

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organicchick organicchick 3 years 47 weeks
You can program it to automatically count each mile (or half mile or whatever) as a lap...
ekstor ekstor 3 years 47 weeks
Great, solid GPS watch. This is at least a generation (possibly two) behind the most current version of Garmin's GPS watches. That said, I've heard of issues with those latest versions. I have the little brother version of this, the Garmin Forerunner 205, which is nearly identical, except without the heart rate monitor and with no support for some bike-related accessory... but if you don't need those two things, you can get the 205 for much less.
TiVo TiVo 3 years 47 weeks
I have a forerunner, and I love it! It helps motivate me to run.