Garmin Forerunner 305

  • Price Paid:$149.99
  • User rating:
  • Would buy again from this company: Yes
  • Used product for: 1 months
  • # of logged workouts:

"the available info while running (pace, actual dist and even HR) are all I need for my training,
Comes with a very handy multisport setting - I did a triathlon where a friend held the unit while I swam, and she handed to me as I came out of the watr. The lap button will give you T laps as well as recognize your next sport.

UPDATE: 6 months into using it - NO regrets! this is the best tool I could have invested my money into. Yes, the 310 has longer life battery and better waterproofability but this is still a very good piece of equipment for half the price.


Ease of installation

systems comes ready to use out of the box. No need to


Ease of use

has lots of features, which can make it complicated but reading the instructions helps (sorry, I'm a guy). UPDATE: i am still finding useable features every week.


Quality of Construction

shame that it isn't water tight - ervything else seems sturdy. UPDATE: can be used underwater for bouts that are less than 30 secs (strokes are), I haven't had an issue in the water, though I do not reccomend for swim training.



great fit, even comes w extra strap for wider wrists. UPDATE: optional acesories are relativeky cheap



although it is bulky, I feel no difference from a regular watch while working out.



great fit, extra strap for wider wrists, chest strap is very comfy. UPDATE: optional accesories (bike mount and quick change strap) make it even better.



not sure yet. EXCELLENT - been using in water w/o problems, just keep it above as much as possible but it is water resistant.



i believe this is a real value at $150 vs. other HRMs and GPS units.



a bit bulky, but this is necessary to house the GPS system. UPDATE: u can't even tell the difference between this and a Timex when working out.


Customer Service

not sure yet - 6 mo including underwater and haven't had the need to call CS - awesome quality.



sometimes it takes a while to find a GPS signal but once it locks it works fine/very accurate.


to me, knowing my actual dist. as well as pace is what I need to train better.


size, and time it takes to lock the signal
can't rush into your run right out of the house. UPDATE: It's only weakness? It isn't suitable for pool training.

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  • 214 people use
  • 6194 workouts logged
  • 89550.2 miles / 11264.35 hours logged