Summary: My wife had the 305 and she loved it. Last year running the Chicago Marathon she was hit hard by another runner, knocking the Garmin completely off her wrist, and down a storm drain. She was using the quick detach mount system. She runs triathlons and marathons, the reason she likes the 305 is because it works on her bike with the pedal sensor and wheel sensor accessories. She can easily track cadence, etc.
I love to see what the next step will be for Garmin !
7 January 2012
Summary: My sons gave me a Garmin 205, so I was quite familiar with the use of the 305. The reason I upgraded to the 305, was the capability to monitor the heart rate and the cadence. I recently purchased a Trek road bycle and my friend and I like to ride medium to long distances. It is a blessing - after adding the Garmin 305 - I am able to keep track of so many things at the same time (attaching the Garmin is a snap with the small rubber holder; you really don't need any...
Overall a great product! Great feature list for a very reasonable cost.
6 December 2011
Summary: This is one of the earlier Garmin multi-use units, but is a very good value and gives excellent bang-for-the-buck. A little overwhelming at first, the user manual is well written and tthe user is able to navigate through and learn to use all of the features of this device relatively quickly. Some users will find the ob-board map display to be lacking and underwhelming. Personally I didnt view this as an issue as there was more than enough information presented.
Summary: I LOVE MY NEW GARMIN FORERUNNER!!!! This watch has unleashed my running interest and allows me total freedom in where I run, knowing that the distance/time/pace will be tracked. No more riding around in the car afterwards to try to calculate my mileage or trying to paste together my route online. I use a run-walk-run strategy for long runs and I set up my Garmin to beep at my scheduled intervals. It's great. I no longer have to carry and monitor a stop watch.
Summary: This was a gift for my wife. She is an avid runner. Aside from the size of the device, she loves it. She was able to get it up and running quickly, figure out how to use it for her training and now takes in on all runs and walks. It logs data well. The only drawback I can see is that you need to power it up about 5 minutes before your planned activity so that it can find the satellites. That takes a minute or two. Overall, I would buy this again.
Summary: This is an excellent product! Although it is rather large I would not trade it for a newer model. After reading reviews on all of the other Garmins I dedided to go with the 305. I utilized this for a month and a half training for a marathon and never had an issue with it. Due to the alerts that you can customize to stay on pace I finishe my marathon faster than I had planned fighting the watch to keep my pace for the last 7 miles!
Summary: This was one of my best purchases on Ebay. The watch was better than expected. Before I was training with a stop watch and mapping out my run on maps.com. Now I just run, watch my pace and go until I run the miles scheduled. I'm training for a marathon and this is by far the best training aid a runner can have. Overall size of watch seems big but I have small wrists. With the size, I can read the times alot easier than a normal watch.
Summary: This is a must for any runner who runs several days a week outside. I have been using this to train for a marathon. It has been phenomenal to keep track of pace while running as well as distance. You can upload your run to a computer and get a lot of data for each run. I use it to see how accurate my phone gps is and unfortunately the phone is not as accurate as the GPS.
Summary: I have had the Garmin 305 sports watch now for more than a month now. It works very well and I have been able to track my runs. I downloaded the program on my home computer and when I finish a week or so of runs I download them from the watch to the computer. I am able to see what my ideal running pace is. I have not been able to figure out quite yet some of the advanced things it can do, but I am slowly learning.
Summary: This is a great tool... I find it motivates me to get out and continue to push myself. If you have ever tried following a workout routine and notice the minute you think no one is paying attention, it's ok to slow the treadmill down, or "take a break" you know that it is human nature to take it easy. Since I got this "watch" I've been outside making neat patterns all over the area .