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4/15/10 12:51 P

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Thanks for starting the team, I just joined.

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4/15/10 12:49 P

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I have a Garmin Forerunner 205 (no HRM) and I love it. The 110 looks good but if it doesn't have an autopause feature, then I would be doing without because of traffic lights and such.

On a side note:

There is a Garmin Forerunner spark team I am trying to build. Not to take away from the runners forum, but basically anything garmin related:

https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
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4/15/10 12:43 P

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From Suunto in part "The Suunto T6c accurately measures the calories you burn in real time, records your training history in an internal logbook (up to 25 workouts), offers interference-free digital ANT transmission and coding, and provides PC compatibility to track your progress as your fitness increases. It has a water resistance rating of 100 meters (330 feet), enabling it to withstand rain and splashes of water as well as swimming."

Suunto uses gender, age, weight, overall condition to determine training effect and calorie. I doubt any other product can be more accurate.


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4/15/10 12:35 P

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With my Polar HRM, it will take my heart rate, age, weight, etc and then come up with the calorie burn. With Garmin it takes mileage, age, weight, etc to calculate calorie burn. So the Polar is more accurate for calorie burn. An elite runner would have a very different calorie burn as a novice running the same mileage so that's why the Polar hrm is more accurate. Some of the more expensive models of Garmin do calculate calories from heart rate, but not the 305. However, for the average runner it should be fairly close.

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4/15/10 10:17 A

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Thanks so much for having this discussion. Perfect timing for me as I've been looking at buying a Garmin this week.

Laurie ... thanks for the great comparison between the 110 and the 305! Very helpful ... as you always are!

Rebytr ... Can you explain this more please: "The 305 does not adjust calories burned according to heart rate"? I'd really like a unit that just does it ALL!




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4/15/10 8:28 A

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I also want to mention that Amazon has the 305 for $147 with free shipping. I would watch Best Buy too, they often have good sales.

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4/15/10 8:27 A

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Perryr,

You shouldn't need to replace the battery in the watch portion of the 305. I figure that my watch will last several years and then it will be time to replace the whole watch. The hrm takes a 2032 watch battery which can be replaced yourself. If you're getting a Forerunner, I would buy it for the gps features and not the calorie count. The 305 does not adjust calories burned according to heart rate, unlike Polar HRMs. However the hrm in my Garmin does pick up better than my Polar.

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4/15/10 8:09 A

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Lovey, the reason I purchased the 305 (knowing full well the battery-changing cost issue) is for the GPS capability (for distance), HRM and the info you glean from the unit itself. I also own a Polar F7 if I want just HRM and owned that one long before I got the 305. If you are a numbers person like I am, you will appreciate the 305. I purchased mine at Amazon for $150 and it is worth every penny IMHO.

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4/15/10 8:00 A

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Lovey,

The garmin 305 is a hugely popular HRM but I suggest that you look at alternatives before plunking down the cash to buy.
There really are other HRMs that do a great job.
I was all set to buy a 305 until I learned that you can't change the battery yourself. It costs $80 + and has to be shipped both ways every time you need a battery.
Total cost of ownership for a watch was one of my considerations.

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4/14/10 3:29 P

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I think I am leaning towards the Garmin Forerunner 305. IT has everything for $100 cheaper.

Target.com and Walmart.com has the cheapeast price of $150 so I can get it from one of them.

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You DEFINITELY want the chest strap/HRM if you are anything like me. I am a numbers person.

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4/14/10 3:05 P

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It seems like I missed the price.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 is $150.

The Garmin Forerunner 110 is $199 with NO HRM strap bundle and $249 with the HRM bundle.

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Auto Pause...the 305 has it the new one does not. I use auto pause ALOT and I would miss it. Customizable screen...305 has it new one does not. I have changed mine on several occasions. Auto scroll...305 has it new one does not. I have my 305 set up to scroll through 3 different screens to give me information in a flash during a run.

These are items that I would miss that I have grown to enjoy after using my 305 for a while now. They may not make any difference to you, but just an FYI. I even say that with the new one coming in pink and I am all things pink! LOL

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4/14/10 2:49 P

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I have been saving to get a gps watch. I hate running and not lnowing my pace and distance especially on the trails.

I originally wanted the 305 but I like the look of the 405 and the swim function of the 310XT but both were out of my price range.

I decided I was going to get the Garmin Forerunner 305 becuase it had everything I wanted and the price was in my range. Target and Walmart both have it onlne for about $150.

Now they have the Garmin Forerunner 110 for about $50 more. It seems to do all the same things but can be worn as a watch too.

Has anyone bought it and used the new one yet?

buy.garmin.com/shop/compare.do?cID=1
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