Summary: Nice watch, but a bit big for a small wrist. I put a sweatband under it so it doesn't flop around. Nice features. Like the pace and distance alerts. So far it has held up well in the rain. Screen can be a bit had to read at times. Nice watch for the price. I bought a refurb and have had no problems so far. Have used it in many races.
Summary: Just ordered my second Garmin for running (this time I stepped up from 205 to 305, even though I don't routinely use Heart Monitor, because price is currently the same for both models). I loved everything about the first except: 1) It went kaput, 1 year and 3 days after purchase--which is to say 3 days out of warranty. Garmin was inflexible: refurbish for $69 with a 90 day warranty, take it or leave it.
Summary: Love it. It's water proof up to 30 meters so you don't have to worry about running in the rain or skiing in the snow! I've used it in the mentioned sports plus mtn. biking. With mtn biking it's a bit annoying to have it on your wrist with all the bumps and jumps so I just turn it on and start it and put it in my back pack then stop it and turn it off when I return to my start point. The software for the computer is easy to use and overlays where you went on a map.
Summary: The watch works well, it's light, easy to use and has decent battery life. I should have sprung for the watch with a heart monitor for a few extra bucks, but overal I'm happy with the purchase and the person I bought it from. The watch could use a back-lit screen though, hard to read in the dark.
Outstanding Training Tool for every level of Runner
Woluwe Runner, Amazon
30 May 2007
Summary: I had the Garmin 201 for many years and loved it. I seriously considered replacing my 201 with another but decided to upgrade to the 205. Pros: the 205 captures and holds the satilite signal better than the 201 and doesn't look as awkward on my wrist as the 201. It also has the option to charge on either 110 or 220V which is great if you ever travel outside of the States.
Summary: I've run 4 times a week with the Garmin 201 for the past 2 years so I was anxious to get the 205. After 10 runs with the 205 (some runs with both) here is my take on the new 205: Pros: - better form factor (although still big and same weight as the 201) - Buttons are more intuitive (less guessing in the dark) - More accurate - If I run the same run 3 times (e.g. a regular 6 miler) all 3 distances are within .02-.09... the 201 varied by as much as .3 miles.