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Garmin Forerunner 305 Review

Hi fellow runners, forgive the lack of updates. We’ve been busy in the office and finally got our hands on the Garmin Forerunner 305 to provide a review of this popular sports watch. When we first got the Garmin 305 in the office, we instantly loved the cool look and style, advanced functionalities and superb performance.

The Garmin Forerunner series is designed and targeted at runners who want to accurately measure distance, speed, heart rate, time altitude and pace, which are all important factors to track and measure while training for running.

Garmin Forerunner 305 Review

Garmin Forerunner 305 LCD Screen

Garmin Forerunner 305 LCD Screen

The first thing you will like about the Garmin Forerunner 305 is how stylish it looks on your wrist, which is also backed up with many advanced functionalities such as GPS tracking, heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned monitoring so you analyze your running routine. With this running data, you can train better and run more effectively allowing runners to continually build up their performance and times.

Garmin Forerunner 305 Workout Modes

Garmin Forerunner 305 Workout Modes

With the built-in GPS, the Garmin 305 can track your running route, speed and distance. This data can then be uploaded to a personal computer to analyze and keep track of your training progress. What we loved about GPS was the performance, which usually provides an instant lock within three minutes.

The Garmin 305 also comes with training functions that allows runners to download previous recorded data so you can track and view your progress. So lets let a look as some of the features of the Garmin Forerunner 305:

  • Stylish design
  • Highly sensitivity GPS receiver that provides great signal performance
  • A great virtual training assistant that provides runners and athletes with accurate speed, distance and pace data
  • Includes training software, which allows runners to download running data for analysis
  • Can be used for various sports such as cycling, cross-country skiing and windsurfing
  • Data can also be combined with MotionBased, which provides online mapping and route sharing
  • Also features an alarm, clock, timer, AutoLap, virtual running partner and auto pause.

Check out Garmin’s Forerunner 305 in action.

The Good Stuff

  1. The stylish design makes the Garmin 305 one of the best looking sports watches in the Forerunner series.
  2. Fast and instant GPS tracking providing accurate running data.
  3. GPS performance is not affected even when running under trees or in densely covered areas.
  4. Simple and easy to set-up making it ideal for all runners and athletes.
  5. We love the “auto pause” feature that automatically detects when you have stopped running and pauses your time until you start running again. Very useful if you are waiting to cross a road or stop for a little break.
  6. Comes with a convenient mini-USB docking and charging cradle making it easy to charge and retrieve data.

The Bad Stuff

  1. Some runners may find the design of the Forerunner 305 a little bulky but we didn’t find the design intrusive or obstructive during our running workout.
  2. We couldn’t figure out a way to just display the time on the Garmin watch and turn off GPS because the Garmin 305 needs to be set up to display different items on the screen.
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Garmin Forerunner 305 Specification
Color: Black and red
Dimensions: 0.7 x 2.1 x 2.7 inches
Weight: 2.7 ounces

What Other People Say About the Garmin Forerunner 305
“I have recently taken up running and am preparing for my first half-marathon, after running several 5 and 10Ks. This has been incredibly helpful for pacing and getting a good sense of where I am at in my training. My daughter and I really like the functionality but please note this is a large watch that takes getting use to!” by Maria.

“I bought this item back in 2009 and still working pretty much flawless. I have run about 8 half marathons and perhaps 8 bike races wearing it, under sunlight, raining, wind, and the watch is in one piece! I just put some protective film to avoid scratches (I go crazy if I see scratches). Pretty nice and good value for my money!” by Freddy R. Ramirez Leyva “Osiris”.

“In October I bought this Garmin 305 while training for my first half-marathon. There are so many features that other companies don’t even come close to matching. As far as the GPS.. nothing else can even compare to the accuracy. When the Motoactv came out I felt that I would enjoy this product even more than the Forerunner 305. Boy, I was wrong. I loved the fact that it was an mp3 player and a GPS. However.. the GPS was wayyyyy off! I ended up returning the Motoactv. Needless to say, I am more than pleased with the 305!!! I can’t see myself using anything else for a while.. and when I do upgrade.. it will definitely be a Garmin.” by JillBacow.

Video On Garmin Forerunner 305

Conclusion
The Garmin Forerunner 305 is packed with many advanced functions that is sure to satisfy most novice and professional runners. With a fast and instant GPS tracking unit built-in the Garmin 305 watch, runners can easily monitor and track their heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned. Such data provides runners to train better and run more while continually to up their performance and times.

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor

The design and look might take a little getting use but with so many features and functions, the Garmin 305 is a great running tool that is sure to help runners track and improve their running progress.

Where to Buy the Garmin Forerunner 305?
We have done a little searching around and have found that Amazon.com offer the best Garmin Forerunner 305 deal.

Do you use the Garmin Forerunner 305 for tracking your running progress? Share your experiences below.