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Garmin forerunner 305 now £97.80 with code @ amazon

£97.80 @ Amazon
Use the discount code to get 10% of the listed £107.98 As part of this week's Electronics Deals of the Week promotion, receive a further 10% off this item. Just enter voucher code 'TNWEEK43' at t… Read More
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Use the discount code to get 10% of the listed £107.98

As part of this week's Electronics Deals of the Week promotion, receive a further 10% off this item. Just enter voucher code 'TNWEEK43' at the checkout.

* Sleek wrist-mounted sports performance trainer with high-sensitivity GPS receiver and heart rate monitor
* Monitors heart rate, speed, distance, pace, and calories burned for smarter, more effective conditioning
* Powerful GPS navigator provides faster acquisition times and improves tracking under trees and near buildings
* Delivers detailed post-workout analysis on bundled Training Center PC software (connects to PC via USB)
* Includes rechargeable lithium-ion battery; measures 2.1 x 0.7 x 2.7 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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#1
Good price, but useless for mtbing as the gps drops out all over the place and gives fantom speed readings.
#2
Excellent for kayaking, running and cycling on roads. Haven't tried mountain biking in the woods.
#3
At least this model works in the rain.... unlike the model that replaced it (the 405!).

Good find!
#4
Great bit of kit, great price.

Battery lasts for ages.
#5
Bargain. Glad I didn't buy the 205 last week now!
#6
Really good GPS, I've used mine in various places round the world. The sensitivity is good, and battery life is excellent, roughly 7-8 hours in practice. Properly waterproof too. Only criticism would be that the plastic casing does not like mosquito repellent. I've not seen a better wrist GPS, but there are new Garmin models out recently that I havent looked into.
#7
Hmmm furher reading indicates that it works well as a cycle computer and woods aren't as big a problem as I had read elsewhere.

http://tupps.com/?p=92

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsX8JknOudc

Manuals here:
http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/984_OwnersManual.pdf
http://www8.garmin.com/products/manual.jsp?product=010-00467-00

Useful
http://www.lincsquad.co.uk/garmin_305_resource_page.php

Edited By: jazid on Oct 29, 2010 15:20: links
#8
You can get apps for an iPhone for less than £2 that does similar things, is this better?
#9
Mr_Spanners
At least this model works in the rain.... unlike the model that replaced it (the 405!).

Good find!


My 405 works fine in the rain,
bulky compared to the 405, but still a good deal.
#10
good price,this is very big and cumbersome though....I have the 110 and its easier to use and more like a normal watch
#11
I was looking a getting a garmin watch recently, but many reviews on all garmin watches say that after 1-2 years they start going wrong and i'm not going to splash out that sort of money to find after a year it is shot it. I will stick to using mapmyrun.com and a stopwatch. Much cheaper way of doing it!!
#12
adamrwood
I was looking a getting a garmin watch recently, but many reviews on all garmin watches say that after 1-2 years they start going wrong and i'm not going to splash out that sort of money to find after a year it is shot it. I will stick to using mapmyrun.com and a stopwatch. Much cheaper way of doing it!!


had mine for years and years and it's still going strong! Never have any problems with it and never drops out even in the forest!
#13
adamrwood
I was looking a getting a garmin watch recently, but many reviews on all garmin watches say that after 1-2 years they start going wrong and i'm not going to splash out that sort of money to find after a year it is shot it. I will stick to using mapmyrun.com and a stopwatch. Much cheaper way of doing it!!


Not ideal, but possible
http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_6152698_replace-garmin-forerunner-305-battery.html
http://www.fixya.com/support/t781694-forerunner_305_battery_replacement
http://sites.google.com/site/ctorunner/dismantleforerunner205
http://addictedtorunning.co.uk/running-garmin-forerunner-305/garmin-forerunner-305-review-battery-life
http://blog.oobrien.com/2010/07/garmin-forerunner-305-battery-charging-failure-solved/


Edited By: jazid on Oct 26, 2010 20:08: more links
#14
paul.jacobs
You can get apps for an iPhone for less than £2 that does similar things, is this better?


Can't work out if you're being serious or not...
#15
adamrwood
I was looking a getting a garmin watch recently, but many reviews on all garmin watches say that after 1-2 years they start going wrong and i'm not going to splash out that sort of money to find after a year it is shot it. I will stick to using mapmyrun.com and a stopwatch. Much cheaper way of doing it!!
I did kill one 305 putting it through the washer and dryer, though it lived on for a few months afterwards. Current version going strong after 18 months, and has 2 big advantages over the mapmyrun method I resorted to between Garmins. 1. Take an unplanned run in an unknown area and you can just enjoy the route while the device remembers where you went. 2. Saves time and gives optional heart rate. Love it, especially at the price of a good pair of shoes.
banned#16
have one of these they are great
download your runs to google maps etc pace per mile love it

Edited By: bluev87878 on Oct 26, 2010 20:34: spelling
#17
I nearly bought one of these last year. I'm glad I didn't. I just use 'Cardio Trainer' on Android for free with an Orange Sanfrancisco (£80)
#18
I have this and along with the heart rate monitor it's a fantastic price for a great piece of kit. I've used mine for running and cycling and never found any problems with it. As others have said the battery is good and I've not found the size to be a massive issue.

Definitely a hot deal for me.
#19
For those that have one, it might be worth checking this software out too...
http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/sporttracks/features.php

Edited By: jazid on Oct 26, 2010 20:33: .
#20
Nice bit of kit for the money. Garmin Connect site is nice to use and works well.
Have the 310XT myself, but if you don't mind wired connection and don't need it to be waterproof then the 305 is good.
Bridges, tunnels and forests can affect the gps watches so I've been known to run faster than Usain!!
#21
I've had the Forerunner 205 for 2 years and it's the best gadget I've ever bought. I use it every bike and every run and triathlon competitions. Incredibly accurate and super reliable, even in heavy wooded areas. It has never missed a beat. My wife has struggled with iphone apps, which are hopeless compared to a bespoke Garmin. If you run regularly then this is a must. You can upload the data, battery lasts for ages, even lights up in the dark.
#22
Ordered one before this was posted - this is a fantastic deal - they were 145 on amazon earlier this year
#23
paul.jacobs
You can get apps for an iPhone for less than £2 that does similar things, is this better?


Can you wear your iPhone on your wrist while you're jogging in the rain?
1 Like #24
Had mine for about 2.5 years now. It has been used for 100-200 miles cycling and 20-30 miles running every week and never missed a beat.

If you wan't to attach it to the bars on your bike get one of these http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/bike-support-sv-300-10307713/

I usually turn it on and place it on a window ledge for a minute prior to going out so it can lock on to the sats.

The best function about the watch is that you can design a route in map my ride etc and upload it onto the watch. The watch has a digital compass needle that points you in the right direction.

You can also set it at a certain pace and the watch will have a virtual partner which shows whether you are ahead or behind that virtual partner.
#25
jazid
Good price, but useless for mtbing as the gps drops out all over the place and gives fantom speed readings.


I use it for MTBing every week and it has never once dropped it's signal.
#26
Just noticed that Runkeeper.com have updated their Garmin 305 support. A very good site for planning routes and keeping track of training.
#27
..i have one of these and they are great. The way i see it a phones a phone, a watch is a watch!! I wouldnt run with my expensive phone or iphone..may as well with a sign saying mug me!!! Looks like this is the average price these days for this model. Looking on flea bay they are going for £100 or less now

Edited By: jj584143 on Oct 27, 2010 16:09: ..
#28
They have recently announced the Forerunner 410 - which is the same as the 405CX except you can turn it off, and has improved bezel (and you can use it with wireless scales). It is also black instead of the girlie blue.

Hot deal for this one but I want mine a bit sleeker.
#29
I am interested in using simply as a walking GPS
Does it allow it to function as a digital compass to a set location and distance to a set location

How good is the map , is it good enough to navigate by?

I am severely dyslexic , with specific learning difficulties , so this will help also to navigate back to my car...

Appreciate any insights from people who have them if that might be possible

Edited By: electron3333 on Oct 28, 2010 11:07: clarity
#30
electron3333
I am interested in using simply as a walking GPS Does it allow it to function as a digital compass to a set location and distance to a set locationHow good is the map , is it good enough to navigate by?I am severely dyslexic , with specific learning difficulties , so this will help also to navigate back to my car... Appreciate any insights from people who have them if that might be possible

To answer you question, it seems to have a compass that can guide you on your route, but I suspect a GPS with waypoints might be better.

As I have already posted - manual can be found here:
http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/984_OwnersManual.pdf
Tutorial here:
http://runningsamadhi.elehost.com/gps-running-tool-and-tips/create-garmin-forerunner-course-from-gmaps/

Edited By: jazid on Oct 28, 2010 12:02: .
#31
More useful advice from a owner on Amazon:
have just done a like-for-like replacement of my 2/3 year old Forerunner 305. Here's why and also what to watch out for:

1. It does the FULL job for anyone from beginner to near elite athlete.
2. You can customise the display to show virtually any 2, 3 or 4 statistics suitable for cycling or running.
3. It's big and ugly...problem? No because if you buy small and pretty ones you can't read the display and/or have to keep fiddling with it. Big and ugly, yes but practical and works.
4. Battery - don't get caught out with this. It will last for several hours but each time you finish using it download your exercise stats to your PC and leave it switched off and charging on the USB2-PC cradle (supplied). I can even charge it using my TomTom's car cigarette charger.
5. It takes a while to find a satellite, up to a few minutes sometimes when starting up. Well so does my TomTom, it's just a satellite thing. Also Downlaod the Chipset G update using the Garmin autoupdate software (provided)
6. The bundled Garmin software is disgraceful rubbish and you want to use the free Zone 5 software Sporttracks version 2.1 (later versions are not free at time of writing Nov 2010). Keep the Garmin software installed though as you must only update your device with that AND it is also useful if you need to plan specific training exercises eg stepped intervals.
7. The supplied small strip can easily come undone (disastrous on a MTB potentially). Fit the supplied larger strap with the supplied tool.
8. Rinse it after use to get rid of sweat but don't go swimming in it.

The reason I replaced it was the inbuilt speaker and battery and satellite startup speed all seemed to deteriorate over time. If you read other reviews there may also be a longterm minor corrosion problem of sweat through the speaker hole. I just didn't want to go there and ebayed my old one while it was still in full working order.

I hated it at first being a Polar user but it really is quite good once you get used to it. £120...bargain.
#32
FWIW, I had to perform a factory reset of my unit after charging for the first time and before I used it. It wouldnt turn on otherwise!

Instructions here:
http://addictedtorunning.co.uk/running-garmin-forerunner-305/rebooting-a-garmin-forerunner

Other useful infor for upload DIY routes
http://www.bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=16029211

Edited By: jazid on Jan 07, 2011 23:26: link added
#33
Another interesting post here:
http://www.coolrunning.com.au/forums/index.php?showtopic=13997

Another link about why the maps might not show up
https://forums.garmin.com/showthread.php?t=13826

Edited By: jazid on Jan 08, 2011 23:16: link

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