Pros When you can get a signal to works very well.
Cons No ready for prime time in an urban environment.
Summary In the month that I have owed the FR 305 I have taken to leaving it at home because it is so hard to get a signal; I don’t even consider it on a cloudy day! This morning, under a cloudless sky with minimal trees (108th in Riverside Park in New York City), I stood there for 10 minutes while it was trying to locate a signal only to be rewarded with the unit asking if I was in doors. Giving up I turned it off and on (so it would look again) and then ran three miles south along the Hudson River – about as “big sky” as you are going to get in New York City. Same question.
The one time I got it to work, in Central Park of all places, it seemed to work fine though the “pace” on two different screens did not agree with each other. Since the unit is collecting dust in my drawer, I have not spent the time trying to figure out if they are telling me two different things. No comment on the HR monitor for the same reason, I never use the thing.
I am no scientist but it does seem like Garmin is asking for trouble by putting contacts for the recharger underneath the unit where it will spend a good portion of its life on a sweaty wrist. Isn’t warm, salt, moisture, and metal a recipe for corrosion?
Too bad, I had high hopes for this unit. I’ll try again a couple more times but suspect will soon give up as it is very distracting constantly looking at my watch to see if it is working. Seems to me I should drop this all together, map out my distances with Google Earth and just use a $5 stopwatch! Anyone want to but an almost new FR 305??
Pros Size, accuracy, functionality
Cons Battery life, sync up time
Summary I was skeptical when I first purchased as I had the Timex Bodylink for years and was pleased with its performance. I run frequently on trails with significant tree cover and wasn't sure if the Garmin would lose contact. Pleasantly surprised with the unit and performance. The unit is much larger than the Timex wristwatch but you lose the GPS armband the Timex demands. You can really only wear during runs/rides but if I got use to this fairly quickly. At times it can take up to 30 sec to get a strong lock on the satellites but once it does, I have never had an issue. I took this on the VT50 Miler race in central VT which was almost exclusively on single-track through mountainous terrain. The signal ranged from fair to poor but the accuracy did not suffer. You can upload to Motionbased.com and it will confirm. Only downside is battery life if you run ultras. On the VT50, it lasted just over 10hrs but wouldn't last for a 100miler. Overall, most pleased I ditched Timex for this baby.
Pros The best interface ..Super Userfriendly..Super GPS . Easy to read while running
Cons mmmmm let me seeee ...um a bit bulky but if can save your life ....what the heck !!
Summary Dont belive everything you read alot of people that sponsor and work for other companies will say bad things about the Best and they dont even own a forerunner. I live near a Rain forest about a half a mile away and its always cloudy and theres alot of trees and i live in a island . So dont belive all these negative reviews there not true because theres one person that iam not going to mention but that person always write something negative about everything . So try the 305 forerunner and enjoy. ITs the best . for novice and for PROS.try it you wont lose anything ....dont you have a return policy at you local store????? SO GIVE IT A TRY!!!!! and you be the judge.
Pros Not entirely hideous
Cons Clunky, rarely gets a signal it can hold
Summary I had this beauty for 48 hours before returning it to the store. In that time, I ran 2 10-mile runs, measured by the Garmin as 12.2 miles and 7.4 miles, respectively, thanks to some seriously flawed connect-the-dots compensation for the 20-30% of my runs I spent outside of a GPS signal.
I live in Los Angeles, and I'm used to a little fuzziness and dropped calls when I'm going through some of the hills or canyons, but this was ridiculous. I lost my signal in all the expected places, but I also dropped it (twice) on Sunset Boulevard in downtown LA without a cloud in the sky or a tree on the horizon. I actually watched it recalibrate my distance traveled in real-time. 6.2 miles. Wait--no! 7.8. Oops. back to 5.9. This thing is useless. Thank you, Sportmart, for accepting returns. I'll just premap my runs on Google Maps and use a stopwatch and some 3rd-grade division.
Pros Great reception, compact, allows use of a Heart Monitor
Cons 4 datafield page a little hard to read while exercising
Summary I think this workout tool is going to take my exercise program's to the TOP! It receives satellite reception well, even on a pathway that is covered by trees for miles. I can change sport settings whenever I want to get different information to read as I workout. The Heart Monitor lets me know what zone I'm in for easy,tempo and speed running. I can read my current distance,speed,pace,time,and a lot more quickly and with ease. all info is recorded on the device and you can transfer it to the training program that comes with it. I could go on and on, but let me just say it's worth the money!