I've used and abused this thing for almost a decade,…
3 November 2013
Summary: I've used and abused this thing for almost a decade, mainly for cycling. I strap it to my top tube and off I go. I love the ability to upload the ride onto the Garmin Training Center application and gather my ride metrics (speed, average speed, climbing and descent data) and overlay it on a map.
Pros: Easy to set up and use, Variety of training modes (running, cycling), Long battery life, rechargeable
Cons: Sometimes difficult to see in the sunlight, Not comfortable to wear on the wrist when cycling
Summary: Bought this for my wife and had been looking at them for a while, but had held off due to the price of one that was not the size of a walkman. The wrist watches were still very big and seemed hard to see route info. This is just the right size and accomplishes what is needed.
Summary: i like the 305 just cause it looks a little nicer and better gps and training modes but i am sooooooo happy with this one! Im glad i got one with a heart rate monitor, but if you dont plan on using the hrm, go with the 205. it has no hrm but comes with the better gps....
Pros: amazing product!!! i got this cause the 305 was too expensive, but it still works great in city areas where i run. It seems like every time i turn it on, it tells me i have 10 hours left lol... great battery life! And i can run in the rain with it! ---------- The heart rate monitor IS NOT uncomfo...
Cons: NONE, great for the price!!!!! so much better than the ipod nike thing, cause you can actually see it during your run!
Summary: I have had the 301 since 2006 and use it on my daily bike commute, weekend races and even when I run or just walk the dog. The Velcro strap works well on a bike handlebar with a piece of pipe insulation under it. This saves the extra expense of buying a bike adapter if you use multiple bikes.
Pros: Multi-workout capability. Accurate speed time and distance. Easily adaptable for use on or off bike. If you don't need the map function of the Edge models this will do fine. Training Center software interfaces with Google Earth. Costs much less than the newer modes. Has a 'breadcrumb' feature to ...
Cons: The HRM is not the best. Transmitter is not compatible with Polar HRM's. Lacks cadence. A bit bigger in comparison to the newer 305 (but not by much). Sometimes is a bit laggy picking up satellites.
Summary: 301 is perfect for people wanting to run and keep a record. Buy a 305 if you want somethign to look down at every second and sigh. 305 satellite reception is better than the 301 but not that big of a difference unless you are running through the forest to grandma's house all the time.
Pros: Great easy interface even for the technically impaired. Excellent battery life.
Cons: Heart monitor is too uncomfortable to really wear on a daily basis. You will try it once just for the fun of it and then bury it in your door.
Summary: Having used GPS extensively while flying, I understand that the geometry of satellites "in view" is the key to a quicker "lock" of signals. When their geometry is poor, ie., lined up - or nearly so - calculating position is degraded significantly.
Pros: Compact, versatile, well made, very good battery charge life, light weight, easy to use, easy to read.
Cons: I echo the inability to print data is a disappointment in the software. The slow acquisition of satellites is only slightly annoying although easy to work around - set the unit outside a few minutes before you begin your workout.
Summary: Overall, the Garmin Forerunner 301 is an incredible value for the amount of data you gather from each workout. I am impressed with mine. As Always, newegg had incredible service and pricing.
Pros: Hardware is lightweight with very useful options and tools to increase and maximize your workout. The screen size makes it easy to read quickly during workouts to make sure you stay in your preset zones. The heart rate monitor works flawlessly outdoors. Software is easy to use and back up for saf...
Cons: Satellite acquisition is a little slow. Heart rate monitor does not do well indoors when Wireless equipment (wireless router, etc.) is close. Software will not let you print data from workouts.
Summary: Got this unit in October and have used it to monitor my training. The inculded Training Partner software does not allow me to slack. Additional motivation to compare my rides with other internet riders. If you are going to spend over $200 on a P**ar take a good look at this one.
Pros: Execllent user interface. Will track heart rate, speed, distance and ascent/descent. With included software will download all data to computer. And and free uploads to MotionBased.com. Here you can share your route and data over the Internet.
Cons: A bit big for race bike bars. Don't bother to buy the bike mount. Get a thick piece of pipe insulation and use that to mount on handelbars. Automatic Heart Rate zones only work in run mode.
Summary: NewEgg is wonderful.. Thanks>>>> NewEgg Garmin 301 is an excellent multi-purpose GPS trainer. I have used it three times in two days. Excellent Max Heart Rate overlay onto GPS map. Great computer software. NewEgg had the best price after several days of research on the web.