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Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor
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Product Description

Just when you thought Garmin had cornered the market on powerful, affordable, and effective wrist-mounted GPS devices, here comes the Forerunner 305. The release of this device is a major achievement from a design and technology perspective. This isn't just marketing-speak; the Forerunner 305 is the most accurate, most reliable wrist-mounted performance and GPS tracking tool we've ever tested. Yes, it's that good. While no device this compact can do everything (yet), the 305 pushes the boundaries of what is possible from something strapped around your wrist. The 305 model includes wireless heartrate monitoring and it can also be connected to Garmin's wireless bicycle speed and cadence sensor. If you don't need these features, consider the lower-priced Forerunner 205.

View Garmin's Forerunner demonstration video.



Choose from 12 data fields to display on the 305's screen. View larger.


The design cleverly integrates the GPS antenna and aims it towards the sky when you're running or walking. View larger.


The Virtual Partner function makes your workouts more competitive. View larger.


Choose from three workout modes that help you target your training goals. View larger.


The 305 features rudimentary mapping and location marking functions. View larger.
Design
The 305's design is a radical departure from Garmin's previous generation of wrist mounted GPS devices, which reached a pinnacle with the Garmin Forerunner 301. While the 301 delivered accurate heart rate monitoring, good performance tracking, and decent GPS reception, it didn't quite deliver in the design department. The form factor was bulky and wearing it wasn't much different than duct taping a full-sized GPS device to your wrist.

Not so with the 305. Garmin's engineers obviously burned the midnight oil and have come up with a waterproof design that, while certainly not as small as a sports watch, feels just as comfortable. The curved casing allows the unit's antenna to face the sky when you're running, while the widescreen display is perfectly positioned for viewing when you need it. And the display certainly deserves a few kudos. While it's smaller than the display found on previous Forerunners, its resolution is far higher, offering incredible clarity and crispness.

Garmin has smartly given the 305 a simple button layout and the buttons have a nice tactile feel with good pressure response. The right side houses the menu selection and enter buttons, while the left houses a power/backlight button and a mode button. This simple and elegant solution is a big improvement over the sometimes confusing button functionality of previous Forerunners. View button layout.

The underside of the 305 is pretty nondescript, except for a row of contacts that interface with the included charging and data cradle. The cradle is small and unobtrusive and its single mini-USB port connects to either an included AC adapter, or a USB cable that connects to your PC. In addition to data transfer with the USB cable, you can also charge the 305's embedded lithium-ion battery via a powered USB connection from your computer.

GPS Performance
The big news about the Forerunner 305 is that it features an integrated, high-sensitivity SiRFstar III GPS receiver. What does this mean? It means that the 305's ability to both track, and maintain a lock on, your position is better than anything before it. After an intial battery charge, the tester had the 305 on his wrist and was tracking speed and distance with GPS satellites within 3 minutes. The next time we used the 305, satellite acquisition was nearly instantaneous. A run through dense trees didn't faze the unit either; tracking remained true and steady. Performance on a bike was equally impressive. Whatever witchcraft has been cooked up by the designers of the SiRF technology, we like it!



The simple docking cradle makes charging and data connectivity a snap.
While the Forerunner 305 isn't billed as a GPS navigation device, it does have some rudimentary mapping, waypoint marking, and routing capabilities. In addition to marking locations along your journey, you can zoom in or out of a simple map that displays your current direction and path. There's also a "go to location" feature that routes you back to your starting location, or to any location you have defined. Once you have defined several locations, you can save this information as a route, allowing you to travel the same path in the future. As you'll see below, the 305's new "Courses" feature gives you new levels of control over how you define your favorite runs and rides.

Training Functions
The 305 is first and foremost a training tool, and its ability to organize a ton of data types into a user experience that is intuitive and simple is no small feat. Whiz-bang technology aside, if you can't use it and make it a natural part of your exercise routine, it's worthless. When it comes to these factors -- and here's the take home message on the 305 -- this device is successful where many other devices fail.

The heart and soul of the 305 can be found on the data screens, which give you real-time information about all aspects of your workout. In fact, the 305 can display a dizzying array of data, such as calories burned, distance, elevation, grade, and heading, as well as multiple lap and pace modes. The 305 adds the ability to track heartrate, lap heartrate, average heartrate, and heartrate zones via the included coded heartrate chest strap. With the purchase of a separate wireless cadence and speed meter, you can also track bike performance data.

Thankfully, the device makes it easy to define how much or how little data you want to view during a workout. You can arrange the data that's most important to you and then make that data appear front and center on the device. Indeed, within a few minutes of skimming the manual and fiddling with the device setup, you'll have your most important data displaying just the way you like it. The ability to display heartrate is a big plus, too, as it's a fairly good indicator of excercise output, fatigue, and fitness level. The 305 has all the heartrate functions you'd expect from a full-function monitor, including the ability to set target zones and alerts to maximize the effectiveness of your workouts.

Garmin's Virtual Partner function was cool feature of previous Forerunners and they've decided to keep a good thing going with the 305. If you're the type that performs best when you've got a competitor egging you on, you'll love this function, as it allows you to set up virtual running or biking companions that compete against you.

If you're looking for an complicated workout with a variety of intervals and intensity levels, or just a quick three-mile jog against your best time last week, the 305 has you covered. Navigating to the Workouts menu on the device yields three options: Quick Workouts, Interval, and Advanced Workout. A quick workout is just that; set the distance and time, distance and pace, or time and pace of your planned workout and off you go. Interval workouts are just the same, but they allow you to add repetitions and rest between them. When you really want to get fancy with your exercise, you can step up to advanced workouts, which include goals for each workout step, as well as varied distances, times, and rest periods. You can use the Garmin Training Center software to set up these workouts and then upload them to the device.

Computer Connectivity and Software
Garmin has been outfitting their devices with USB connectivity for some time now -- a welcome move for those who struggled with serial port connections in the days of yore. Thanks to USB, the 305 integrates seamlessly with the Training Center software and we quickly had workout history uploaded and stored on the computer. Not only does Training Center--which is compatible with both PC and Mac--make it easy to track your performance, you can graph data such as heartrate alongside your speed and distance. Over time, this is a great way to view your fitness levels increase, and it also helps you see what types of workouts are necessary to strengthen your weaknesses. For instance, if you see your heartrate begin to spike after a certain distance, you know you need to increase your endurance workouts to train that area of fitness.

In a first for the Forerunner series, the Training Center software also lets you define courses on your computer that you can upload to the device. When course information is combined with uploaded workout information, the Forerunner becomes a complete guide, telling you where to go, when to make a turn, and what kind of workout to do when you're on the road or path. Back on the computer, the software's ability to overlay workout data on maps of the course makes it easy to see where the course offers up the tough hills and the easy recovery spots. Plus, the ability to track historical performance on a given course is a great way to measure your improvement.

The 305 is also fully compatible with Garmin's MotionBased service, which takes your training to another level by connecting your data with the Internet. While we weren't able to use the service, the promise of sharing courses, maps, workouts, and performance data with other users is intriguing. And if you're a serious endurance athlete, you'll be glad to know that the 305 is also compatible with TrainingPeaks.com, an easy-to-use web based training system designed to help athletes train for any event.

Pros

  • Radically new design is better in every way
  • Amazing accuracy and fast satellite acquisition time
  • So simple to set up and use, you will actually use it
Cons
  • Okay, it's bigger than a sport's watch -- but so much more powerful
What's in the Box
Forerunner 305, Garmin Training Center CD-ROM, heart rate monitor, docking cradle, expander strap, A/C charger, USB cable, owner's manual, quick start guide.

The successor to the Garmin Forerunner 301 is here, and it's better than ever. Weighing in at just over 2.5 ounces, the Garmin Forerunner 305 breaks new ground in terms of comfort, style, and performance. Totally redesigned, the 305 gives outdoor athletes and runners real-time information about speed, distance, pace, and heart rate on a device that's easy to use and amazingly compact.


The Forerunner 305 features the powerful new SiRF GPS navigation chip for supreme accuracy, even under tree cover and between tall buildings. A coded chest strap heart-rate monitor prevents unwanted interference from other devices. View larger.

The unit's GPS receiver is designed to face towards the sky when you're running.

A more watch-like design makes it far easier to use and wear.
Plus, the 305 is engineered to help folks train better and smarter. Training assistant tools, various distance and time alerts, and bundled Training Center PC software combine to make the device an essential part of any athlete's training program.

The 305's digitally coded heart-rate monitor--which is worn as a chest strap--sends heart-rate data to the device so you can see whether you're training too hard or not hard enough. Alerts for pace, distance, time, and heart rate are also available. Additionally, the unit tracks speed, distance, pace, and calories burned. Meanwhile, a course feature lets you race against previous runs in order to improve your time or just compare heart rate and pace data at every point of the way.

The 305's easy-to-read, 1.3-inch display has been integrated into a sleek and stylish form factor that is definitely a step up from the larger and more cumbersome Forerunner 301 model. Indeed, the 305 looks and wears like a stylish sports watch, and it's more carefully designed to meet the needs of athletes. The design also positions the antenna with an optimal view of the sky. As an added feature, the case is water resistant to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes).

Accuracy is the name of the game with the 305. The vastly more accurate GPS antenna and receiver, which uses an advanced SiRF chip, offer much faster satellite acquisition times. Plus, the unit can hold a fix in places never before possible. Gone are the days of losing a fix under tree cover or when running between tall buildings. All of these features add up to far more accuracy in recording and tracking your exercise data. And because the 305 uses GPS to track how far and how fast you're going, you never have to calibrate it. The unit also doubles as a basic navigator. Mark your starting point as a specific location, see your current position on the plotter display, and follow an electronic breadcrumb trail back to your starting point.

The 305 features a USB data connection and docking cradle for downloading your speed, lap, exercise time, and heart-rate data into Garmin's Training Center PC software. The unit stores up to 1,000 lap histories, which you can download to your PC for a detailed post-workout analysis. Plus, you can create and schedule workouts using the included software and download them to the unit. A rechargeable internal lithium-ion battery offers up to ten hours of battery life.

For additional post-workout analysis, the 305 is compatible with MotionBased software. MotionBased adds a new dimension to training and outdoor fitness that makes the analytical aspects of a sport more compelling and a lot more fun. You can upload data to MotionBased, a Web-based application that has partnered with Garmin. MotionBased provides in-depth analysis of your workouts, as well as online mapping and route sharing that will take your training to the next level. MotionBased automatically calculates time, distance, speed, elevation, and heart rate, and it displays this information through meaningful charts, illustrations, reports, and maps. With MotionBased, you can also race multiple instances of the same route to see how you are improving or to race other members of MotionBased. You can "virtually race" someone you don't even know.

If you like the features of the Forerunner 305 but don't need heart-rate monitoring, be sure to check out the Forerunner 205.


What's in the Box
Forerunner 305 unit, digital coded heart rate monitor, Training Center CD-ROM, A/C charger, PC/USB interface cable, owner's manual, and quick-start guide.



The Forerunner series provides outdoor athletes and runners with real-time information about speed, distance, and heart rate all on a single device with an easy to read display. With features like auto-lap/pause/learn/scroll, training assistant tools, various alerts, and Training Center, the Forerunner enabled people to use all of that data to train smarter and more effectively. The Forerunner 305 will serve as the next generation Forerunner family. The Forerunner x05 series will incorporate many of the same great features of the Forerunner x01 series such as ease-of-use, large easy to read display, and software training features while improving other areas of the design to better meet the demands of athletes.
Features:
  • High-Sensitivity, Watch-Like GPS Receiver That Provides Exceptional Signal Reception
  • 1 Piece Training Assistant That Provides Athletes With Precise Speed, Distance & Pace Data
  • Includes Training Center Software, Which Allows Users To Download Workout Data For A Detailed Analysis
  • Used For Multiple Sports Such As Cycling, Cross- Country Skiing & Windsurfing
  • Data Acquired May Also Be Analyzed. Which Provides Online Mapping & Route Sharing

Customer Reviews:

  • Good Stuff
    The 305 is fantastic for what I need it for, I've been training for a triathlon and the switch between running and biking couldn't be easier. The programmable workouts are fantastic. For those who are looking to punish themselves with a little bit of interval work, consider the 305 your unrelenting coach, telling you to toe the line even if you are still feeling like crap.

    Only problem I have is the length of time it takes for the satellite to connect. But like others who have reviewed, I just turn it on, put it on the porch, go in and finish getting ready and it's ready to roll when I come back.

    Great product!...more info
  • Very good product!
    I just bought the Garmin 305 running watch. It exceeded my expectations. Very simple to start running, and extremly accurate.
    The heart rate monitor works very good, you can either your heart rate beats per minute or the % of your maximium effort.
    I do recomend this product!...more info
  • Great running tool
    I've had this for a few weeks now and absolutely love it. It does everything for me that I need it to do, the software that collects the data is great and everything just works right out of the box.
    I don't feel the watch on my arm at all, and I can already sense a dramatic improvement in my training as I am able to monitor everything much better....more info
  • almost good but still not quite
    well i really havent used it much cause its been raining alot and i dont want to take a chance ruining it like my 205. IT really has not changed much from the 205 at first glance, however ill try to use it more in a few weeks and see. the distance is the same on every trail i run as the 205 so they must not have changed GPS at all which means your just paying for the name 305 :-P overall my 205 last a year and i guess i got my moneys worth but i just dont see why ith technology increasing they couldnt make this water proof or something...more info
  • excellent
    if you're reading this then you want it.
    it's as good as everyone says it it.
    quick. fast. bulky but comfortable.
    but more importantly motivating and essential to track your training....more info
  • garmen 305 great deal for running
    This watch is the perfect toy for the average or even competitive runner. Its seems to be very accurate and the heart rate monitor is nice to have too. It is big but doesn't brother me but might not be for a women due to size. The software Garmin Training software is not good but that is the only compliant I would have. I use SportTracks software which is very good. Great watch...more info
  • Very good product!
    I just bought the Garmin 305 running watch. It exceeded my expectations. Very simple to start running, and extremly accurate.
    The heart rate monitor works very good, you can either your heart rate beats per minute or the % of your maximium effort.
    I do recomend this product!...more info
  • I use it on my Bike
    I also bought the quick release bike mount kit and record my bike trips, which is the only way I use it. 2 days ago we went 40 miles on the bikes for 3 hours and 8 minutes and I didn't even notice the chest strap, in fact I forgot I had it on for the next hour after. So that is very comfortable. When I first got the Forerunner I was disappointed with how small the heart monitor was, but I found that it is easy to change and customize the screen the way you want and I have 1/4 of the screen with my heart rate and is very easy to see. I love seeing the reluts of the bike rides, including the averages for speed and heart rate, and how long my heart is in a zone. Very cool and very helpful. Great product, you can't go wrong with this one....more info
  • very happy with 305
    Owned the 305 for 6 months of continuous use, and I am very glad I didn't wait any longer to buy it. I used it to train for (2) half marathons, and it has been indispensable. It was and still is motivational to own and use. When used with a scheduled training program, I was easily able to track the improvement in my performance. My heart rate has decreased and my speed and strength have increased since I began using it, and I still continue to see significant improvement: no plateau in sight.... I think I'll use the 305 till I wear it out, not upgrade to a smaller device, because I like being able to see the display while I'm running, without having to put on my glasses! I could not be happier with the 305. Amazon delivered it several days earlier than promised, which I was happy to discover....more info
  • Great Training Device
    I've had the Garmin 305 for about a month now and since I've learned how to use it I love it! It was fairly easy to learn how to use and setting up the software on the computer only took about 20 minutes.
    The watch locates the satellite usually within about a minute or two. The data is very accurate and you can customize the display to show anywhere from 1-4 items (HR, current pace, avg pace, Time of Workout, Distance, Calories, Direction, etc). It's really cool too in that when you load the workouts into your computer you can view the data in several different formats.
    Although I've only had it for a short time, all in all I'm very happy with the watch so far and think it has already helped improve my workouts.
    One more cool feature... Easter Sunday I went out for a ride before the family brunch at my aunt/uncles house. I rode 20 miles out into the country and on my return trip I couldn't remember where to turn to make it home (not usually a problem unless eggs benedict are waiting for me). I stopped on the side of the and pulled up the 'Back to Start' option and the watch pulled up a map that took me back to my starting position without any problem....more info
  • Good Stuff
    The 305 is fantastic for what I need it for, I've been training for a triathlon and the switch between running and biking couldn't be easier. The programmable workouts are fantastic. For those who are looking to punish themselves with a little bit of interval work, consider the 305 your unrelenting coach, telling you to toe the line even if you are still feeling like crap.

    Only problem I have is the length of time it takes for the satellite to connect. But like others who have reviewed, I just turn it on, put it on the porch, go in and finish getting ready and it's ready to roll when I come back.

    Great product!...more info
  • Great Investment for Training
    I just completed my first marathon and waited until AFTER I ran it to buy the Garmin 305. I wish I had had it while I was training because it's the easiest way to keep track of your progress through your pace and heartrate. The computer software is incredibly easy, you just plug it into your computer and it show's you everything you need to see. The best part is the price...there's no need to spend $400 for a streamlined newer version, this one gives you all the information you need, it's easy to use and you really don't notice the size of it while you're running. Plus I've heard it's easier to use and read than the newer ones....more info
  • garmin forerunner
    Absolutely worth the pennies...Brought my Marathon time down 20 minutes. My only issue is the bulkiness. ...more info
  • keeps me honest
    This is my second garmin and I love it. I am a walker and every saturday I do 12+ miles....with my garmin I can't cheat and cut my walk short and have to be honest about how many extra calories I can indulge in on saturday night! They are accurate and rarely don't work just as they are supposed to....more info
  • GARMIN FORERUNNER 305 GPS RECEIVER WITH HEART RATE MONITOR
    This product has a lot of potential as a training assistant device, most of which you can read about in the product description. The biggest drawback I've found so far (I've had it for about a month) is the heartrate monitoring feature. I paid extra to get this (could've had the GPS alone for about $100) because at age 55, I thought it would be essential to watch the old ticker while running, cycling, etc. Turns out the heart rate numbers are so tiny they are nearly invisible, and absolutely impossible to see while running. The beeps are very difficult to hear if there is any extraneous noise around, which there usually is while running. I tried the GPS feature yesterday while on a 25mile bike ride just to see how it works; it was excellent. I have no worries about running or biking while on vacation in unknown territories now. It will probably work simply to find my parking space at a large venue as well. I still need time to experiment with all the features it offers. But, it seems like a very worthwhile investment except for the aforementioned digit size! If you've got perfect vision, go for it. ...more info
  • Garmin Forerunner 305
    I really like the Garmin Forerunner 305. Once you figure out how to program, easy. Little bulky and slides on my wrist but I can't live without it. ...more info
  • This is a great device. Every runner should own one
    I am a fairly avid runner and maybe run 4 or 5 times per week. I have always used a heart rate monitor and google maps to plan my routes, but not really sure how accurate they were. This GPS unit is very accurate and provides a ton of data to analyze. It is very easy to use. The second time I used it, I used it in a 5 mile race. It was great to see how fast I was running (I never knew my pace while running with just a heart rate monitor), my heart rate and overall time. The cool part was when I was running my fastest at the finish and realized I was running at 11.1 miles per hour. I ran the race at a 8:40 pace but ran the last part at a 5:27 pace. I was flying. Get one even if you only run a few times per week. It is a lot of fun....more info
  • EXCELLENT !
    i was very pleased with the item, and also with the shipping time !!the garmin 305 came just as promised,new, still in package and works great! i had the garmin 205,passed that on to my son and after useing it a couple of years, but decided to upgrade to the heart monitor on the 305 , great product !i travel all over the country , so i always run in different areas and it great to know exactly how far and the stats on my running/walking. ...more info
  • Great Product
    I am new to running and I am currently training for a half marathon. The Garmin was a great investment. It is especially helpful in tracking distance, time, heart rate, calories. I have only used it for running so far. The watch is big but its comfortable and doesn't get in the way. Also the heart rate monitor chest strap is great- I wear it right under my sports bra and it feels like you are not wearing anything at all....more info
  • Great tool
    Gps works great. Plenty of info to review to make adjustments to your training program....more info
  • keeps me honest
    This is my second garmin and I love it. I am a walker and every saturday I do 12+ miles....with my garmin I can't cheat and cut my walk short and have to be honest about how many extra calories I can indulge in on saturday night! They are accurate and rarely don't work just as they are supposed to....more info
  • Great tool
    Gps works great. Plenty of info to review to make adjustments to your training program....more info