Summary: Amazon.com is the best source for reviews of the Garmin Forerunner 305. More than 1,800 people have rated the watch, and some of the reviews are impressively detailed. DCRainmaker.com, a triathlon blog, has a detailed and illustrated review, and we found solid test-based reviews from The Associated Press, RunTheLine.com and About.com.
Pros: Excellent value, Heart-rate chest strap included, Numerous training features
Excerpt: Garmin’s foray into GPS products is pretty well-known. The company has also made developments in the Health and Fitness department and the Forerunner GPS watch is one such device that’s aimed at this. The Forerunner 305 has come for a review and as we ran it through its paces we see whether it will help you make it to Tour De France.
Excerpt: The Garmin Forerunner 305 has been a companion on my road to better living. It has SiRFstar GPS with WAAS to ensure a constant signal regardless of the terrain or weather. It can find a signal in tall building areas, trees and cloudy days. The wrist watch GPS has the ability to monitor my heart rate and the length of my work out. Whether I am running or walking fast it charts everything.
Conclusion: The Garmin Forerunner 305 provides a complete solution for monitoring, storing, analyzing, and sharing a wide range of workout data. Its built-in GPS capability (including a high-sensitivity receiver that works well even under tree cover or in urban environments) keeps track of where you went, how far, and how fast, with no wires to clutter a bike, and no gadgets to place in a running shoe. The Forerunner 305 includes many customizable features and displays.
Pros: A complete solution for monitoring and analyzing workout data., Highly customizable display., Connectivity to personal computer training software and online tools.
Cons: Setup, and mastering the features will take a little time and practice.
Excerpt: I got mine @ REI on the day they came out. It's been my constant companion on every training run or hike. It's a great tool for keeping a workout log. Combine the 305 with Motionbased online membership and you have an awesome mapping system. It interfaces from motionbased.com to Google Earth to actually put your routes on a satellite image. I've found the elevation tool to be pretty accurate. (not as good as altitude but it'll do) I give this 5 out of 5!
Improved GPS data and heart rate information on your wrist
Consumer Electronics Net
14 December 2006
Excerpt: The Garmin Forerunner 305 Personal Trainer ($260 Street) is a watch that uses GPS satellite reception and a heart rate monitor to track exactly where you're going and what your body's doing when you exercise. It's a highly sophisticated instrument whose data can be quickly transferred via USB to your PC (Windows only), where you can track your exercise progress using the included Training Center software.
Excerpt: The Garmin Forerunner 305 updates the Forerunner 301 , and there are a number of improvements that go beyond the stylish appearance, such as the addition of customizable data screens. But the thing likely to wow everyone is the SiRFSTAR III chipset, which has been getting rave reviews for acquisition time and awesome coverage under canopy, in urban canyons and even indoors!
Summary: Customize your Forerunner 305 to get the most out of your training. To help you achieve your personal best, the Forerunner 305 includes the following smart features: Courses feature lets you download recorded courses and compete against previous workouts Auto PauseÂ® pauses and resumes training timer based on a specified speed so you never have to start or stop the timer Auto LapÂ® records lap data when you reach a specified time, distance or position so you never have...