I was so close to buying the 305 and even tried it I liked it but then Nancy convinced me to try the 405 Nancy said; "It revolutionized my running" the manager at the store I ran with a few times and she gave me her employee discount same price as the 305 and I can wear it as a watch the 305 you cant do that
The girl who sold it to me said 405 is new technology it uploads info and workouts with maps of your run automatically wirelessly that said they are both good one might be better for you the other might be better for me Cheers John
Edited by: FREEDOMSTAR at: 10/13/2009 (16:57)
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I have a Garmin 305 and love it! At this point, I can't imagine doing a run without it. I was so bummed one time when I forgot to charge it and it said low battery, but luckily it was a short run and the battery didn't die.
I also have a Polar F6 I use at the gym when taking step aerobics or other classes that are indoors.
I have the 305 and I really like it. (You do have to get over the calculator watch look though.) I take it on my runs and today I wore it on my first bike ride in forever. I changed the watch to bike mode and it accurately kept track of my distance and time. However, I am not sure if I was supposed to buy another piece of equipment to place on my bike, but it seemed to work fine. The biggest thing that I like about the 305 is that it keeps working even with rain and sweat. My friend and I were running a few weeks ago when it started to rain. Her 405 stopped working (started back a bit later) while my 305 kept on going.
Not sure about the Polar since I don't have one, but I really like my 305 and I know you can buy a foot pod if you use it indoors.
10/09 - Komen 5K 30:52 11/09 - Maggie's Place 9K 59:18 11/09 - Iron Girl 10Miler 1:47:28 1/10 - PF Chang's Rock N Roll Half Marathon 2:29:18
Future Run: 11/2013 Women's Half Marathon in Scottsdale
Pounds lost: 0.0
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I loaned my polar to my MIL. It's kinda seeming like a permanent loan at this point. I miss it when I go to the gym.
Definitely get the 305 if you are interested at all in HR instead of trying to use a 205 with the polar. That way all your HR data is sitting there in the same log as your GPS maps and speed/distance info when you sync it to the computer and you can see how your HR spiked as you climbed that hill on Elm Street.
I have a Garmin 405 and a Polar s610i. I use my Garmin for outside runs and my Polar for inside workouts, although I will say I haven't used a HRM in a long time. I like the Garmin for tracking my distance and pace, but I quit wearing the monitor instead going by the way that I feel.
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