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GPS watches for runners and bikers....

patruns 10 Points
edited November -1 in GPS Recommendations
Has anyone had any experience with this units? I've been looking at the Garmin Forerunner 305 and was looking for some feedback. It includes a heart monitor which is also something that I am interested in. I just want to lock onto a sat, hit "go" and run where I please while in a certain heart rate range and then hit "stop" and then connect to a PC and have it track where I have been, how far I went and the time and speed. Seems like these devices have taken out all the work expect for the running part.

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  • Tim 1467 Points
    For the most part you are right. A common issue is reception. Given the small footprint of a watch, you've got to put in a tiny chip and not feed it too much power.

    I've got a forerunner 205 I use every now and then. Simple, effective most of the time, but often I sit there and wait awhile before it gets a signal.
  • tgelstontgelston 0 Points
    I had a 205 too. And 90% of the time it worked perfectly. About 10% of the time I would be sitting in front of my house waiting and waiting for it to get a signal lock. If I left before it got a location lock it could be a long wait. usually my approach was to sit it out on the car about 10 minutes before I needed to go - get my stuff ready and by the time I was ready - it was ready. I gave mine to my dad now for his horseback rides - he loves seeing the map of where he rode.
  • patruns 10 Points
    So what I think you are both saying is once you have the sat lock it works like a charm but you may have to wait a while first?
  • Tim 1467 Points
    That has been my experience.
  • Tim 1467 Points
    patruns, how urgently are you thinking of getting one?
  • patruns 10 Points
    patruns, how urgently are you thinking of getting one?
    No rush Tim. Just started returning to running and waiting to see if I can stick with it. I used to be an avid runner and have a computer log of daily runs and races that span several years. After reading, I was quite impressed with the idea that I could just start and stop it and then upload to the PC without any additional info on my part.

    Why, you hear of something new on the horizon?
  • Tim 1467 Points
    It is out of my reach for a couple of weeks but I'd let you borrow my Forerunner 205 if you want to try it out.
  • patruns 10 Points
    Gee Tim, that's awfully nice of you to offer. Right now, I am in the very beginning stages of returning to running and not going far on a run. If I get through this period and start going for 5 mile runs I might just take you up on that.

    Thanks! :D
  • ifse 0 Points
    Resurrecting this old thread.

    Patruns, did you get the Forerunner 305? Amazon is selling it for $158 now and I'm tempted. I want an HRM, and for a little bit more, I can have GPS as well. I'm just not sure how good it is, in terms of distance tracking and HR accuracy.
  • patruns 10 Points
    For once I held my breath and waited to see if I would really use it. Good thing as the only running I have been doing recently is after the bus, subway and train. :oops:
  • ifse 0 Points
    Sounds like you need a Forerunner 305 for motivation :)
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