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Garmin Forerunner 305 Receiver

Updated on June 10, 2011

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver Review

Does It Deserve Its Bestseller Status?

When it comes to GPS gadgets for runners, Garmin is one of the most well known and popular brands out there. This watch boasts a huge range of features beyond just basic tracking, especially when connected to your computer for detailed statistics. But does it really live up to the hype?

Features Of The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor

* High-sensitivity GPS receiver designed to look like a watch,

* Can be used for running, walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and windsurfing,

* Weighs 2.72 ounces,

* Measures heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned,

* Extra features include Auto Pause, Auto Lap and Auto Scroll,

* 1,000 lap memory,

* 1.3 x 0.8 inches display,

* Waterproof,

* Battery life of up to 10 hours,

* Strong signal reception,

* Training Center software for detailed analysis,

* Data can be analyzed with Motionbased for online mapping and route sharing,

* 1 year warranty.

What you'll get in the box:

* The Forerunner 305 GPS unit,

* A heart rate monitor,

* Wrist strap,

* Docking cradle,

* AC charger,

* USB cable,

* Training Center CD-ROM,

* Quick start guide and user's manual.

What Customers Are Saying About The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor

Most customers have praised the features of the 305, saying that it gives very good readouts for distance, heart rate sampling and average pace. You can enter personalized information about yourself to help the monitor work out how many calories you burn during a run. You can also program in laps to see split times.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor is easy to connect to your computer to view your routes, heart rate, elevation gain, distance, calories burned, your pace during different points during the run, stored data from the past and so on. You can either use the Garmin software or visit their website for even more up-to-date functionality. The software makes it easy to compare stats.

Lastly, this watch comes in at a great price when you consider the number of features and compare it to other brands out there.

Any Complaints?

Although the product is generally well reviewed, with nearly 2,000 reviews at Amazon.com, customers have mentioned that it takes a couple of minutes to synch to the satellite, which could be improved. There is also no feature that automatically switches the watch off, so battery can run low if you forget. Some customers have questioned the accuracy of certain features such as the elevation gain.

The look of the watch itself is quite chunky, meaning it's not exactly a fashion accessory, and is a little heavy on the wrist. But this shouldn't matter for most of the intended customers of this product.

Conclusion

In short, the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor is an invaluable tool for anyone who walks, runs or bikes and wants more detailed information about their progression in order to maximize what they do.

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