Garmin Forerunner 405

Comparison between Garmin Forerunner 305 and Garmin Forerunner 405

I am the lucky owner of a Garmin Forerunner 305. The 305 is a great motivator that I could not imagine being without, and therefore I had high expectations when Garmin came out with the Garmin Foreunner 405. It is clear from my review of the Forerunner 305 that I ...

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Garmin Forerunner 305

Review of Garmin Forerunner 305 sports watch

The Garmin Forerunner 305 motivated me to improve my fitness level This product exceeds my expectations. I have only owned it for two months and already it is proving very useful. After 2 months of watching and analyzing the data, I am now using the gathered information to adapt my training ...

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Product review of the Garmin Forerunner 305 sports and fitness GPS watch

The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver with heart rate monitor is not just a heart rate monitor but also GPS tracker. The watch has an extremely sensitive GPS receiver which provides accurate speed and distance data. Because the Garmin Forerunner 305 has a very sensitive GPS receiver it can track your ...

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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 ...

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Tips for your Garmin Forerunner 305

I have used the Garmin forerunner 305 for six months and have some tips that I would like to share with you. 1. Consider buying another wristband for the watch, for example a Velcro wristband which is much nicer and more comfortable than the rubber wristband that comes with the watch. ...

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Review of the Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom

The Nike plus Sports Watch is a running watch which has given Garmin much needed competition With the Nike+ Sports Watch a new player has entered the market for GPS watches in a market where Garmin until now has been dominating. Nike’s product is quite different from Garmin’s products. It is ...

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The Tarahumara running technique may help you!

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Garmin Forerunner 910XT Review

In November 2011 Garmin launched the Garmin Forerunner 910XT.   The new Forerunner 910XT is an upgrade to the Forerunner 310XT. It has all kinds of great features for swimmers, runners, and cyclists because it is designed specifically for multisports training.  It does not only have the distance, speed/pace, elevation functions for runner ...

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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Bicycling with the Garmin Forerunner 305

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Garmin Forerunner fabric wrist strap

Replacing the wristband of your Garmin Forerunner GPS watch A friend of mine discovered that you can replace the wristband of your Garmin Forerunner 305/405 GPS watch. He would not have discovered this product if it had not been for his dog having turned his GPS watch strap into a chew ...

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Garmin forerunner 305 vs 405

If you are considering buying a Garmin running watch but in doubt whether to buy the Garmin Forerunner 305 or the Garmin Forerunner 405 then read along. In the following I have gathered my experience with the two running watches in an overview. I already have the 305 but I ...

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Garmin Forerunner 305 vs Garmin Forerunner 405

Do you wonder what the difference is between the Garmin Forerunner 305 and Garmin Forerunner 405? You can see the specs below. Besides the difference in design and size the main differences are that 405 has wireless data transfer and a touch bezel. The touch-sensitive bezel controls the most of ...

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Garmin Forerunner 305 Pros and Cons

The Garmin Forerunner 305 is probably of the most interesting tools you could ever wear on your wrist. If you are curious to know what this GPS watch could do for you then read my review of the Garmin Foreunner 305 or read about the cons and pros below. I ...

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Garmin Foreunner Software options

In many ways it is the software and what you can do with it and not the device itself that makes the Garmin 305 special.

Most GPS based devices dump the data to GPX files and with the data you can do more or less the same things. With the graphical coordinates gathered by the GPS device you you can track where you went and the exact point in time you when went there. This allows you to do different analytical things with the simple raw data. How you use the software will determine whether the device will be a useful tool in your training.

By using software I am able to more accurately control my training especially pacing heart rate or speed. I have found that the pace meter is very useful for long runs because it helps me not to go too fast in the beginning. Likewise the cadence meter is very helpful in my cycling. In short, I can’t recommend using software in combination with the Garmin Foreunner enough.

Review of the Garmin Training Center software

The included Garmin Training Center software that comes with the watch is good but not ideal, it can do the basic things but you can’t customize anything – in particular, the names of your runs. The only thing you can do is create new folders. It does map but they are of really poor quality with no satellite imagery or interesting details.

The Garmin Training Center software does not let you change the data, so when there is a random mistake in data gathered (for instance sometimes it records a very high speed for a second) you can’t correct it. In general I would not recommend that you use this software to analyze your training and I think that Garmin has noted that the software has realized that the software is a bit outdated and therefore replaced it with Garmin Connect (see my review of Garmin connect here).

Here is a screenshot of the Garmin Training software:

 

Alternatives to the Garmin Training Center software

What is great is that third parties have created plenty of software for GPS based devices (based on the Google standards (KML/KMS) and/or the GPX standard).

 

Review of Sport Tracks

I mainly use this software, because it is excellent and has a free trial version. The software has the ability to name runs and group activities and first and foremost it is easy to export to .gpx and .kml files unlike in theGarminTrainingCenter. On the maps you can see your route, stops & pauses, lap markers and the direction you were going. From the route map you can pick different parts of your workout for detailed analysis, or edit the track to fix satellite data problems. From the main screen you can see the activities for the selected week as well as your weekly and monthly totals. You can customize the main list in the activity view to show any of over 65 data columns in your workout log.

Using the reports view you can spot trends in your training or monitor progress towards your goals. The athlete view allows you to see charts of your progress over time and to enter all the physical info you wish such as standard data on weight, body fat percent, andBMI.

http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/SportTracks/

 

Review of Training Peaks (free and subscription based)

TrainingPeaksis a web based, but you will still need to install the free Device Agent desktop based software which Allows you to upload your data to your online online TrainingPeaks account. The web based software is very similar to Garmin Connect, but it provides a broader overview of your training plan. The web based software is offered in a free version and a subscription version. If you have a coach or a are coach yourself TrainingPeaks makes it easy to communicate training data with others. The unique thing aboutTrainingPeaksis that Coaches can track several athletes from their account.

One you have uploaded your data to TrainingPeaksyou can analyse the data and change the workout descriptions. Overall, TrainingPeakswould be useful for you if you need to share workouts with a coach.  If you train with a personal coach, want to follow a professionally designed training plan, or want a Virtual Coach TrainingPeaks could be a software that would help you to improve. TrainingPeaks is also good for analyzing your workouts.

Training Peaks

Review of MotionBased

MotionBased has been replaced with Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect

See my review of Garmin connect

Garmin Connect is an online and far more advanced version of theGarminTrainingCentersoftware which is bundled with your Garmin Forerunner. If you install a small application called web agent on your computer it will grab your training data from your Garmin and transfer it to the website. To use it you simply connect your Garmin Forerunner 305 to your PC/Mac and navigate to the website and click Upload. The website will then connect to your device and grab your workouts. It only takes a few seconds to set up and it automatically uploads your activities which have not already been uploaded. It is all very simple and uncomplicated.

It is of course also possible to manually upload the data, but the web agent is more painless and easy. A nice feature of the Garmin Connect web based software is that you can share your data on a ‘public’ section of the site. You can use this option if you go for a run or a ride with friends and want to want to show them the route you took afterwards. You can also just use it share routes in general so that others can find good places to run. If you are in area you are not familiar with the site is very useful to find routes for runs and rides. Through the Explore tab you can search for runs/rides/activities by city or area which is perfect if you have just moved to a new place or if you are travelling and want to find a good running route.

The website can also do a lot of smart reporting and it allows you to export your workouts. Garmin Connect is an excellent tool if you want to share your routes and workouts with your friends. I also think that Garmin Connect is a good way to store all of your works workouts online so you do not have to worry about losing the data if your computer’s harddisk dies. But if you want in depth analysis maybe Sports Tracks orTrainingPeakswould be better tools.

Google Earth

The downloadable version of Google Earth remains one of the most incredible programs you can download for free. Google Earth allows you to view global imagery and other geographic information. While not as useful for analyzing and viewing training data such as your speed or heart rate it’s perfect for looking at your routes. You can easily export your routes directly from Garmin Training Center or Sport Tracks to Google Earth. With Google Earth you can also do flyovers of your route if you click the play button. You can pan and zoom the detailed satellite images, mark locations, and activate layers that show points of interests Google Earth also includes a tilt feature that allows you to show the map in a 3D perspective that shows elevations levels. Additional features include emailing and printing of map views, on-screen measuring, and personal places.

People have uploaded KML files for just about everything, so you may be able to find useful routes or points of interest in your neighborhood.

If you have read my reviews of the Garmin Foreunner running watch and about the software options above I think you have a good idea of how the Gamin running watch can be used. I am sure you will be amazed with it, after all the watch is not expensive at all. If you combine it with the free software you will really benefit from this running watch and I am very sure it will motivate you to train more and reach your training targets, for me it has really given a boost to my fitness level.


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