My Garmin GPS unit
I like to research products and find the sweet spot between performance and pice and most all of my purchases are based on the experiences of others. When ou read reviews you do have to take them with a grain of salt because if people really hate the product they will say so in a review and if they love it they will say the same in the review.
The Garmin Forerunner 305 is a very nice GPS unit with a heart monitor. I have owned a Polaris heart monitor in the past but it did not have a GPS function. I was getting tired of running the same mapped out routes and wanted to change it up a bit so I bought this unit. My
tried and true path that I measured out using Google Earth was exactly the same distance as the Garmin. I like that.
The Garmin program has a simple user interface that moves all the data to the program so you can track your runs. I saw another user comment about a free program called SporTracks and use this because it has a better map interface where I can use Google Earth to trace
my routes. The GPS watch is easy to use, very easy to customize and accurate. What more can you ask for in a GPS unit?
Here are some bullet points about the Garmin:
* There is a watch available on this unit. You have to go into the settings and change the look of one of the pre-set up pages. I like this because I do not also have to wear a watch.
* The GPS unit is bigger than a normal watch but not a lot bigger than any other triathlon watch you may have used in the past. I
am a bigger guy, though, so it may look big on a female wrist.
* The GPS does take between 30 seconds and a minute to lock onto a satellite. This is not a big deal, but you do have to stay in one place while it is syncing up.
* I bought the optional bicycle mount kit for this watch but as of yet have NOT used this product. I expect it to work flawlessly. It is easy to install on the bike.
* The heart monitor works fine. The straps are a little stiff but it is not too uncomfortable.
Garmin Final thoughts
I like the Garmin. I like it a lot. I like the functionality, I love the interactive map programs, I like to versatility, and I love the price. For a GPS unit used with an exercise routing I truly think that Garmin makes the top of the line products.