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Garmin Forerunner 305 Review

A GPS watch which stands out from the rest

I decided to go for the Garmin Forerunner 305 because it stood out from the rest. It’s not as small as other running watches but it is curved in a way that makes it comfortable to wear. Besides it has a wide-screen which makes it easy to view also while you are running. Also, since it has a higher resolution than other Garmin watches in the 300 series, it’s easier to see the display. The 305 has simple-to-use buttons that are not hard to press so if you are the type who has low tolerance for functional buttons you shouldn’t be worried about this watch. Wait a minute, did I say watch? Actually first and foremost the Garmin Forerunner 305 is a GPS. With its integrated, high-sensitivity GPS receiver with SRIFstarIII it is not a watch with a GPS but rather a GPS with a watch. What does this mean? The Forerunner 305 can track your geographical position better than any sports watch that came before it. There is even a “go to location” feature which directs you back to your starting point, or any point that you have chosen.

The Garmin Forerunner tracks your progress

Garmin Forerunner 305


The tracks that you have run are saved in the watch and can be exported to the training center software bundled with the watch, and from there the data can be viewed in Google Earth. You can also save the tracks “courses” so you can compete against yourself as a virtual runner or against others. With the Training Center software on your computer you can plan your workout activities in advance and chart your own progress as graphs showing your speed, heart-rate, distance and elevation. From studying your graphs you will be able to see the areas that you must focus on for your next training. In my opinion the watch is a good investment towards the achievement of your fitness and training goal because it is loaded with tools and software that helps you in tracking your progress.

Customizable data on the running watch

The Garmin Forerunner 305 has three main screens which can show you customizable data. There are 12 different fields of data you can chose to show on your screen, such as the time the sun sets, the distance you ran, how many calories you have burned, your average speed, or heart rate. Having so much to choose from I was spoiled for choice in deciding which data fields to show, but I finally decided on current speed, average speed, distance, time since start, and current and average heart rate. After each workout, the Garmin Forerunner 305 archives all your data so that you can access it from either your watch or in a more detailed format from your computer software. It is great to able to compare your performance with previous performance. I have used the watch for 6 months and I am already starting to see great improvements, but I have also been training three to four times a week, and one of the reasons I have been able to keep up the motivation is that I have been able to track my progress down to such detail. In the beginning I was surprised to see that I spend more or less the exact same time running the same route each and every time, it was almost so you could set a watch after me. However, I realized later that progress is not something that comes from one week to another, but that real progress only comes over several months. At the fitness level I am at now, I am happy to cut off 30-45 seconds on a 10 km route. After all if I do that every month, it adds up to several minutes.

If you are training for half-marathons, marathons or triathlons making yourself your competition is a very good way to ensure that you will be ready for such a competition or event.


Garmin Forerunner 305 Cons and Pros

Garmin Forerunner 305 Review Cons

The watch can sometimes take several minutes connecting to the GPS satellites. To avoid the waiting time I have a little tip, I usually place the watch in the window frame while I am changing my clothes for running, and by the time I am ready to go out the watch has already found the satellites. Once connected to the satellites the reliability of the GPS signal will not be interrupted, and if it temporarily loses connection for example if you go into a tunnel, are around very tall buildings, or run under extremely dense tree coverage, it will recalculate your speed and distance based on your last known location, meaning it figures out where you most likely went and interpolates, but you generally don’t notice this unless you are constantly looking at your watch.


Garmin Forerunner 305 Review Pros


The screen is crystal clear, everything that is displayed on the screen is visible also while running.

The watch is big. You may wonder why this is a pro but personally I like that the watch is big, I know that is a personal opinion as some may prefer a smaller watch, but as long as it is light and comfortable to wear I actually prefer a big watch because it gives you a perfect view on its large screen display.

The integrated heart rate monitor gives you insight in to your physical conditioning.

The Garmin Training Center software bundled with the watch helps you plan and track your workouts. The watch stores all the information, so you do not need to transfer it to your computer every time, you can accumulate a lot of workouts and store them in the watch for later analysis on your computer.

There are many good things to say about Garmin Forerunner 305

There are many good things to say about the 305. I would definitely not be without it now. I have only been running for six months and the 305 makes me want to go running although I never used to be motivated to run. It is easy to set up your different screens and has many useful features. The best thing about the Garmin Forerunner 305 is that you will be able to see yourself improve, and it really boosts your motivation to keep on working out. With the Garmin Training Software, you will have access to different charts and graphs that will help you analyze your performance in more detail. It is a running watch that satisfies the needs of both beginners and exercise/workout enthusiasts. Because it can play the role as your personal trainer, it suits those who want to have a good habitual running course and first of all it motivates you to beat your records and improve your fitness level, with a price of around ZZZZ it is really good value for money. I found Amazon to be cheaper than physical shops. However note, that Amazon US does not ship this watch to all countries, if you are in Europe for example you may need to order from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (DE).

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One Response to Garmin Forerunner 305 Review

  1. June 26, 2012 at 3:44 am

    My Yellow Garmin got used for about 5 years, then I sold it to a person who’s used the hell out of it for ahneotr 6 years or so. I replaced it with an eTrex Legend which has been great.The eTrex IS waterproof, but the battery compartment isn’t. If it gets wet, replace batteries and you’re back in business.Tom Tom would be utterly useless for geocaching, and a yellow eTrex would be bad for navigating on the road. Sounds like the real problem is you bought the wrong device for the purpose.

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