The Garmin Forerunner 305 is a watch that helps athletes track data during their workouts. The watch is known as the “best running watch of 2010,” by the Sports Watch Informant.
This watch, for the most part, has great reception. Satellites are used by the watch to track how far you have run and the actual path that you run. The satellites make is so you can actually view the path from the watch using its built in map view.
When you purchase the Garmin Forerunner 305, you also receive a disc with software. The software can be used by users to download data for a detailed analysis. Doing this is easy, just plug the watch into your computer and start the software.
Another advantage is the price. It can be purchased online for $160 to $200. This is relatively inexpensive compare to other watches that have the same features.
A slight disadvantage is the size. It is rather large, even for these types of watches. Some customers feel embarrassed while wearing this device because of its large size. Many other companies offer watches like the Garmin Forerunner 305, with a lot less features, but are usually smaller.
Another disadvantage is the default screen layout. The default layout makes the text small and hard to read. Also there are too many components that appear on the screen. This can be fixed through the settings though, but if you aren’t tech savvy it might be difficult to change.
Runners use this watch primarily to measure their pace, or their minutes per mile. Many customers with consistent running times have found that the pace measurements are very inconsistent, but the lap average pace is more accurate. Many contribute this inconsistency with their surroundings. This is because they use satellites to track the runner’s activity and when objects, like trees, are prevalent, it can make it difficult for it to connect to the satellites. Some customers have seen the watch become more inaccurate overtime as well.
The Garmin Forerunner 305, overall, is a great device. It has so many features, that many watches, for the same price, can’t compare. Many customers have rated this watch as 4.5 out of 5 stars. The disadvantages stated above are only found in a few watches. These deficiencies could be from location or many other factors and should not be used to judge. It has a one year warranty, so if something does happen to happen, your watch will be fixed or replaced.