Saturday, July 19, 2014
My old Garmin 305 died and I was looking to repair/replace it. When I contacted Garmin, they said I could repair it for $99 or get up to a $99 credit towards a replacement. I was looking at the 310XT and the 220. In the end, I got the 220. 1) it is smaller and 2) I don't think I will use some of the features of the 310XT.
First impression (when compared to the 305): very light and much less bulky. The instructions and set up were straightforward. I set Garmin connect on my iPad and the watch synced with the iPad over Bluetooth easily. So far so good.
My DW has the girls at gymnastics, so I took the boys out on a run with DS1 on his bike and DS2 in the jogger. I planned the route to return via an enormous raspberry bush so I brought along a few Tupperware containers in the jogger (an advantage to the jogger). Setting off, it picked up signal right away, no tedious waiting for satellites from 1-5 mins. We looped along Washington Rd, across the plain, past trophy point and headed home. On the way back we stopped at the mother of all raspberry bushes and filled an 8 cup and a 2 cup Tupperware. Then we resumed the ride/run home. I think I am going to make some jam and a mixed berry pie with some of the berries.
After the run, it resynched with the iPad and told me that I ran 3.1 miles in 27 min. Plus a lot of other info like elevation, stopped time, cadence, stride length, pace for each lap (each mile) and other info. At the end of my run, it said I had 3 achievements. Fastest mile (8:15), fastest 5k (27:00), and longest run (3.1 mi). I don't expect those achievements to last long!
I liked the size and weight.
It picked up satellites easily.
I like the auto lap feature (I think most models have it)
I like the wireless sync to my iPad and the auto download.
I think it recognizes routes and compares best times on the routes, but will have to test that.
I also think you can set up run/walk intervals, target pace range, target HR range and a few other things. I will have to play around with it some more.
I did not get the HR monitor. The sales rep that I talked to said it will work with my 305 monitor. Which I left at work, so I will have to test that feature another day.
Overall first impression is very positive, I am happy with the upgrade.