Question for my Sparkrunning friends.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Do any of you own a Garmin? Is it worth it? What kind do you have?

I'm considering one, but I NEVER wear any kind of watch. I'm only just starting up running again, and would want something that's pretty low tech, but still informs me of mileage and pace (if that's even possible). I've heard the 305 is pretty cool, but if I can spend less, I'd be into that.

Thanks, kids!
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    I do have a garmin, I have the older big model from 2-3 yrs ago. I use it when doing really long runs but it makes my wrist sore. Ppl i know with the newer model say that its so confusing they hate it. I stick with Polar. I just use them as my normal watch. I had not worn a watch since I was a kid until I got my polar. Now I hate leaving it at home.
    2643 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/21/2012 6:43:28 PM
    I think almost everyone has considered buying one. LOL.
    2649 days ago
  • MUFFIY831
    I have the Garmin Forerunner 405 Wireless GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with USB ANT Stick and Heart Rate Monitor and I *LOVE* it. There is a learning curve in figuring out how to use it but once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy. It gives you total time, pace, total distance, etc. and it does either a simple timer or intervals. I don't use the heart rate monitor part, but keep saying I'm going to try it.
    2651 days ago
    I've always wanted a Garmin, too! I decided that a HRM was probably better for me because right now I'm running for health and not for distance. Of course, I've yet to get back to running...but graduation is nearing and until then I just won't have the time. But I am planning on a nice graduation gift to myself: a HRM! I use my iPhone for the GPS portion - runkeeper is a great app :)
    2651 days ago
  • no profile photo GARBLEDEEGOOK
    When I ran I either used a plain vanilla watch or a Polar HRM. First HRM was an F11 which worked great but was really overkill imo (misplaced it) and F4 which was just right for exercising including running. I never found a use for GPS; you can map anything online to see mileage and calculate average stride.

    In retrospect, I find myself second guessing a bunch of situation which usually never happen and wound up buying more than I need just because whatever we read about the product is designed to appeal to our "what if" persona so we buy it. All you have to do is read on basic psychology to see what they are doing :)

    Imo, go with the strict basic watch for whatever type of running you intend to do and upgrade later if you must unless money is no object.

    2651 days ago
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