He started as a runner and cyclist....and is now doing triathlons. He has the Forerunner 205 and a separate HRM...and wants an all-in-one (considering his current HRM is from 1998!). So he is going to wait for the 310. It is going to be quite a bit more expensive than the 305, though.
John: I've used the 301 and 305 series in monsoons before and they've been fine. The waterproof thing means that it's rated for being totally submerged in water (like when you swim).
I had a long chat with the Garmin rep a couple of weeks ago and I'm still not convinced of the relative merits of the 310 vs. the 305. I can do the "one button sport change" thing on my 301 and I know it can be done on the 305. Apart from the submergence thing, the only other major difference between the 305 and the 310 is calculating HR zones (8-10 instead of 5) and calories (now takes into account HR, but I have major concerns about that too).
Multisporters should definitely stay away from the 405, that's running only.
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 6/5/2009 (16:44)
In God we trust, all others bring data. - W. Edwards Demings
If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise. -P.Z. Pearce
I have the 305 and love it for both cycling and running. I have heard/read horrible things about the form factor for the 405. Personally, I think it would be a little hard to read on the bike (assuming you have it mounted on the handlebars) anyway.
If you don't need it right away, Garmin is coming out with a new version similar to the 305 but more triathlon friendly in July (I believe). It is the 310XT and has gotten AMAZING pre-reviews.
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