Review of Garmin Forerunner 305 (with heart rate monitor)

I’ve toyed around with the idea of buying this Heart Rate Monitor/Workout Data Collector/GPS for a while. I finally took the plunge and do not regret it at all!

One concern was that I was unable to find one in a store to actually hold and feel how heavy it is. It is physically larger than a regular watch, but the weight is not much different (if any at all) than my regular watch – a Timex Expedition.

The display can be set to show up to four pieces of data. It is easy to read even at that setting. Currently, I have mine set to display heart rate, distance, pace and time of day. However, I plan to change the time of day piece to calories burned. I know generally what time it is when I start my run and I can’t really see using this as a regular timepiece, it is a little too bulky for that. It not only will display the data, but it will also record the information for download.

I only use mine for running, but you can use it for biking and other sports as well (it is water resistant).

The GPS feature appears to be very accurate and when downloaded will even track when I crossed from one side of the road to the other.

The buttons are easy to use and the operation is simple. It comes with a quick start guide as well as a detailed instruction manual.

If you’re looking at this model, I highly recommend it. You can find some good deals on e-bay, and probably on Amazon.com as well. I have seen the MSRP range from $199 to $299. I’m guessing that has a lot to do with what is actually in the box, but just make sure you shop –and read the fine print – before you buy.

NOTE: This is not a paid endorsement and I did not receive anything from Garmin for this review. However, if they want to send me something . . . J

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