The Pros and Cons of the Garmin Forerunner 305 – Part 4
Optional Accessories That Can Really Enhance Your Experience
- Garmin GSC 10 Speed/Cadence Bike Sensor – The GSC 10 is used for tracking your performance while biking. When you sync it up with the wrist monitor you can access all of the biking related features. One type of alert you can set up will beep you when your cadence drops or exceeds a specific number of revolutions of the crank arm per minute. The crank arm is the part of your bike where the pedals attach.
- Garmin Foot Pod – The foot pod attaches to your shoe and lets you measure pace, speed, and distance. You use this when you’re working out indoors on the treadmill and you can’t get a GPS signal reception on the 305 wrist unit.
Table Of Contents
Section 1. Start of the Review
Section 2. Features Table
Section 3. GPS Navigation
Section 4. Heart Rate Zone Training
Section 5. Choose A Workout Type
Section 6. Create Your Own Awesome Courses
Section 7. Program Multi-Sport Workouts
Section 8. Set Up A Range of Different Alerts
Section 9. Garmin Training Center
Section 10. Some Other Unique Features
Section 11. Optional Accessories
Section 12. The Good
Section 13. The Bad
Section 14. What’s Included
Section 15. Consumer Reviews Summary
Section 16. Where to Buy
- Easily readable display – High resolution and clarity on the 1.3 inch display ensure that all readings are very crisp. Also the wrist display is larger than most standard wristwatch heart rate monitors, which really helps with readability. The 305 has 3 main data screens with a total of 12 data fields that you can view.
- Large, easy to use buttons – All of the buttons are positioned for easy accessibility around the face of the 305. The buttons also respond very well to the touch.
- Excellent GPS tracking – The Forerunner 305 is integrated with a SiRFstar III GPS receiver which is highly accurate, down to about 10 meters (32 feet). It also receives the satellite signals very well, often even through dense trees and tall buildings.
- Garmin Training Center – This is very easy to set up and is PC and Mac compatible. You can track your performance and look at all your data in a graph. You’ll see things like how your pulse rate was at different speeds and distances. This can very helpful in identifying strengths and weakness in you fitness level. For example, if you start to really feel tired at a certain distance, and your cardio rate spikes on the graph, then your body is telling you that you probably need to increase the frequency of your endurance workouts and build up this weakness in your game.
- Great value – For all the features you get with the Garmin Forerunner 305 heart rate monitor it is a really good deal and priced much lower than many monitors on the market.
- Reliable and accurate – Triathlete Mathew Honan tested the Garmin Forerunner 305 and found that it never lost its signal, which was something he rarely sees in GPS watches. Also, several University of Arizona researchers tested four GPS watches on an outdoor track with athletes going at different speeds. They compared the data from the monitors with an accelerometer and a podometer. They found that the Garmin 305 was the most accurate of the four.
- Long battery life – Everyone likes the long charge that you get with the 305′s battery. Garmin says you get about 10 hours out of a full charge, which should be long enough for several workouts, unless you’re an ultra marathoner.
- Big and kinda bulky – The 305 is not something you’d wear to a business meeting for example. Most users though felt that the big easily readable display offset the bulky size of the 305 wrist monitor. The Garmin Forerunner 405CX model is designed slightly smaller and looks more like a sports watch than the 305.
- Can’t swim with it – This means you’ll have to take it off for the swimming leg of the race if you’re a triathlete. If you want to record your heart rate and other training data while you’re swimming, I recommend the Sunnto t6c. It has a special device that can record data underwater.
- It can take a couple minutes to pick up a GPS signal – This really depends on where you are. In some large cities it can take a couple minutes, whereas in more rural areas, a couple seconds. You can just stretch and warm up while you’re waiting, so it’s really not a big deal.