Summary: The 305 works extremely well. Battery life is good for a metric century biking. Easy to read screen. Only issue us Garmin Connect web site. Very unpredictable as to whether the upload works without multiple tries. Otherwise I'd give it 5 stars.
Summary: I had purchased my 1st 305 from a local box store because of their warranty. When it could not hold a charge for my entire run, I decided to return it only to discover their warranty wasn't as explained to me initially, and this unit was no longer offered my them. I did not want to upgrade to a newer and more expensive unit so I opted to search Amazon. Actually has more features than I need, but I am used to it.
Summary: The Garmin is everything I expected. Its accurate and has a lot of very helpful functions(most that i'm still trying to play with). It's a little bulky but I also have very small wrists. I wear in on my inner wrist or it'll rub on my bone and become irritated. It stays in place fine, even when I get sweaty. When I was setting up my Garmin with my computer for the first time I was having difficulty with my laptop recoginizing that it was attached.
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.
Summary: My only real gripe about this is that it takes quite a long time to acquire satellites... sometimes. Even with no real change in location, it takes (with open sky) anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes to acquire a fix. Kinda lame. Whatever... once she's locked up it's game on. I specifically got this one instead of a newer model because i wanted the big display... dick tracy communicator watch status is the 'downside' to that.
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...
Summary: Got the Garmin Forerunner 305 for training purposes. I bought it a few weeks ago. I decided on it mainly for the quality that was portrayed in the reviews and the price point. If your looking for a quality piece of equipment at a low price... this would be my recommendation. I have used it on the bike and run portions of a few triathlons. They say that you can get it wet (not submerged but wet).
Summary: Let me first say that this watch is great. The only reason why I did not give it 5 stars was the lack of a back light which can be a problem when running in the early morning hours or at night. So with that said on to the review. I just started running pretty frequently about 7 to 8 months ago. As a college athlete I have found it hard to find things to satisfy my competitive appetite since I cant do it on the field anymore. This watch does it for me.
Summary: Mentioned by someone else, but wish I could layout a route ahead of time and upload. The maps that load are US base maps only.
Pros: Wonderful to track your runs with precision, certainly better than the odometer in the truck! Impressive how many tracks/runs this will hold, up to six months so far. The heart-rate monitor has worked flawlessly for me every time. If you need to see your progress or results for feedback purposes, this is the device to get. The charts in the software are helpful.
Cons: I only have 2 minor issues, hence why 1 egg off the score. Long acquisition times, 3 minutes+. I am a huge GPS fan and user, so I have several GPS, but this one is the slowest by far. Seems to get confused during warm-up walk while waiting to acquire satellites. Windows drivers! Really bad! I installed the most up-to-date USB drivers directly from Garmin. About two weeks later, the system began to freeze (BSoD) occasionally when I connected the GPS. After a little sea...
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!