About this product
|The unique wrist wrap design of the Garmin Forerunner 305 receiver makes it convenient to carry it along. The ANT+ wireless heart rate monitor with the Garmin Red Sports GPS receiver comfortably wraps around your chest and measures your heart rate. You can easily compare your pace and heart rate with your previous workout to improve your performance with the help of the Garmin Forerunner 305 receiver. The Foot Pod accessory compatibility of the Garmin GPS device helps you in indoor training. Customize data screen of the Garmin Red Sports GPS receiver makes comparing your workouts easy. Once the battery of Garmin GPS device is charged, it lasts for about 10 hrs.|
|Model||Forerunner 305 Red|
|MPN||010-00467-00, 010-00467-01, 010-00467-02, 010-00467-03, 0100046700DL, 010N046700, 05730255000P, 100046701, 100046702, 100046714, 110911, 210229760, 25533, 900454, CWR25533, F305, F502, FR305, GARFR3054, ODGPS10508021, OWHBC107, PSS91616|
|Display Size||1.3 in. x 0.8 in.|
|Display Type||4 Level Grayscale LCD Display|
|Resolutions||160 X 100|
|Features||3D Map View, Heart Rate Monitor|
|Trip calculator||Trip Timers|
|Accuisition Time - Cold||45 sec|
|Accuisition Time - Initial Time||38 sec|
|Accuisition Time - Hot||1 sec|
|Update Rate||1 per second, continuous|
|Max. Horizontal Accuracy||< 33 feet|
|Battery Type and Quantity||Proprietary Lithium|
|Battery Life||10 Hours|
|Environmental Protection||IPX7 Waterproof Standard|
Most relevant reviews
- paulfawcettDec 10, 2007by
An affordable winner!
An amazing piece of technology for a very affordable price. These can now be had for around $200, with rebates often putting it into the range of $150. I had heard from other reviews that picking up the GPS satellites on power up could take some time, but this has not been an issue for me at all. The first thing I did with my new unit was update the GPS software and firmware, and it does an amazing job of locking on the satellites, usually in about 15 seconds. It will get a signal even within my bedroom, so long as there is a window nearby. The only trick is to hold it still while it is locking on. I have never had it drop the signal while running, even near tall buildings or under tree canopy. The accuracy appears to be very good. On a recent 20 mile run, it clicked over to 20.0 miles exactly where the route plotted with Google Earth predicted.
One of the main reasons I got the unit was for the heart rate monitor. I find this data incredibly valuable for avoiding overtraining and tracking my progress. I was worried at first that the monitor, which straps to the chest, would be uncomfortable for distance runs. But that concern turned out to be unfounded. After a short adjustment period, it is actually quite comfortable, and I have worn it out to marathon distance with no discomfort or chafing. I forget that it is there. By the way, the main unit itself, while it looks a bit bulky, is actually quite light, and fits well on the wrist.
The training center software is also very good. There are a couple of areas that could be improved slightly. The maps shown in the training center are of quite low resolution. If this is a concern to you, pay $20 to subscribe to Google Earth plus - this allows you to upload your data to Google Earth, and see the satellite photos or map of exactly where you have run. I would also like the ability to highlight some subset of the laps from a run and have it display average statistics just for the highlighted laps. Currently it just shows you data for the whole run or for individual laps.
One other minor annoyance has to do with the alarms. The unit allows you to set audible alarms for various conditions - pace too slow, pace too fast, heart rate too high, etc. This is very useful, but sometimes its just a bit annoying - it will go off every 20 seconds or so. OK- I'm going up a hill, or I'm sprinting the last quarter mile. I KNOW my heart rate is high, stop bugging me. There should be a way to press just one button, and have the alarm be silenced for five minutes. The way it is now, it takes about 6 key presses to silence the alarm permanently, which is a pain. Oh - and the elevation data is not very accurate. This is not a problem so much with the unit, but is rather a fundamental limitation of GPS systems.... only super high end WAAS-enabled GPS systems provide accurate elevation information, and I know of no handheld unit that has this capability. But these are very minor annoyances on an otherwise fine unit.
I would highly recommend the Forerunner 305 to any runner.Read full review
- davidfortuneAug 9, 2006by
Speed, Distance, Pace, Heart Rate... to the foot
The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver and Heart Rate Monitor is a first rate piece of equipment for the serious runner or cyclist. Strap it on (it is a little chunky but not ridiculous for the capabilities), power it up (give it a couple minutes to find all the Global Positioning Satellites), clip on your Garmin Heart Rate Strap and you're ready to run or ride with intelligence at your fingertips.
GPS Satellite reception is usually very strong (occassionally bad weather might cramp your reception a bit). This little wonder tells you where you are, how fast you are going (in MPH, KPH, and Minutes Per Mile or Minutes Per Kilometer), what you Heart Rate is, your max speed/pace, your lap time, elapsed time, paused time (just in case you started too fast or nature called and you had to take a break), average speed, lap speed, distance travelled, and number of laps (either designated manually or automatically based on your preset requirements).
The 4-way screen (capable of showing 1 to four individual metrics - again user configurable) is clear and easy to read even in bright sunlight. The Forerunner 305 is water resistant so it can be worn without worry even if you decide to ride or run in the rain. If riding is your forte then you might want to purchase the optional cadence sensor to provide the additional metrics related to pedal cadence.
Download your workout stats to your computer via the included cable and free Garmin Training Center software or track your workouts online through Motionbased.com.
It is a great product with great features. It even tracks your course and lets you plan future runs based on previous courses.
I haven't found anything that I want that it doesn't do.
Oh, yeah - battery life is pretty good to (I find about 8 hours of running time).Read full review
- 355461528@delet...Aug 15, 2006by
Technology and Simplicity...it's Mac friendly, too!
Buying this device was a gamble. This is my third Heart Rate Monitor and my first GPS device. It is amazing. It's so much more intuitive and easy-to-use than the previous Polar HR monitors that I have owned. It is worth every penny, in my humble opinion. The web based application provided by Motionbased.com is so thorough, and it literally takes one click to upload your data and less than 15 seconds. Imagine a graph that includes your HR, time, distance, and elevation coupled with a satellite view of your trek, and bunch of other stats to review if you desire. And the Web based application works seamlessly with a MAC. Best of all, HR monitor and clock on the Forerunner are so easy to start and stop. In addition, one can customize the data that is on the screen. So whatever you care to track as you trek, simply configure the device to show you that information. Really it's easy. This thing is the coolest and smoothest application of technology. It makes training fun and informative. The only thing lacking is a countdown timer. But hey, perfection is just around the corner. Thank you Garmin. This product exceeds my expectations.Read full review
- many97Apr 9, 2015by
Excellent help in the training..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
- mcohn1987Jul 10, 2015by
A brick, in the best sense of the word
I've been using this Heart Rate Monitor for over 6 years. I bought it refurbished online for about $167 with the Heart Rate Monitor in 2009. You can buy this online for about $35 now. Is it worth it? Absolutely. The HRM by itself costs more than $35, and you will not find a better functioning or more customizable GPS watch, even with all the competition that has sprung up in recent years.
Over the 6 years I've owned this product, I've replaced every other piece of electronics I've owned, but not this one. 6 years of consistent use and abuse and its still running strong and I'm sure I'll be using it for years more. I've never had to replace the battery, it still lasts for 10 hours or so with the GPS and days without it, and it functions absolutely as new.
The only part of the watch that I've had to replace are the watch straps (not included the HRM, which I lost at the gym and had to replace last week). The straps wear out at the top, but the watch comes with spares. I opted to replace the straps with a spare set from a suunto dive watch because they are more comfortable and bomb-proof.
The one drawback is that this unit is an absolute brick. It's large and indestructable and you will get made fun of if you wear it on the soccer pitch, so not for the sensitive ;) It will function during swimming, but it is not comfortable on swims as it is quite bulky.Read full review