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11/27/10 1:53 A

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I just bought a Garmin 405 and I have been happy with it, but all the Garmin's are definately an investment.

If you're looking for something cheaper, you might check out the nike+ system. It's not as accurate as a garmin or similar since it works like a pedometer instead of using gsp but I found it to be accurate enough to be worth the price.

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11/25/10 12:18 P

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I have the Garmin FR60---and I love it. Does everything I need: distance, pace, heart rate, calories burned, time.....

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11/25/10 10:56 A

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Until you get your watch and this is just in case you don't already know about it. On the track your fitness there is map your route and it will calculate your distance and pace for you. You just have to time yourself.

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11/25/10 10:26 A

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I have the Garmin 405cx and I LOVE it but it was a gift and I'd personally not spend that much money if I had to buy it myself. Lots of my running friends have other Garmin models (the 305 being the most popular) and I've never heard any complaints.

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11/24/10 11:47 P

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Garmin 305 is what I use and I LOVE it too. When I bought mine a year and a half ago, it was around $300 then at Running, etc. (a local running store in VA)You don't change batteries, it has a charger and it lasts about 6.5 hours. It is sort of big and bulky but that didn't matter to me. It came with a heart monitor to wear around your chest. And you can download information to the computer to see improvements in your runs and overall data over a period of time. It has a lot more bells and whistles than you mentioned that I have used. Anyway - I love the watch even though is is a little pricey but not as pricey as some. Good luck. Happy running...

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11/24/10 6:16 P

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Garmin 205, 305, 405 with or without HRM

I tried all 3 and ended up with the 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and I Love it !
but I never use the HRM

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11/24/10 5:37 P

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Check the responses here and reviews on the runners sites, triathlete sites, Amazon.com etc before deciding. There an many many products to choose from.

Be patient and honest with your real and expected needs. You'll find just what you need without a lot of regrets and additional purchases.

Do you really need GPS or will mapmyrun provide what you need. Need to download data to your PC? Need to determine VO2max? If you do need all these, then you'll know what to buy.
Is cost a consideration? Maintenance? Can you change batteries yourself?

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11/24/10 5:14 P

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Garmin, Garmin, Garmin!

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11/24/10 4:36 P

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I have the Garmin 305 which also has the Heart Rate monitor. I love it, could not do without it anymore.

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11/24/10 2:40 P

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Love,

I have the Garmin 405 which I love, but I really don't need all the bells and whistles so a few weeks ago I bought the Garmin 110, which allows me track distance, time, pace, laps and calories...mine came with a heart rate monitor, but I don't use it.

I hope this helps!

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11/24/10 2:23 P

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I have on my Christmas wish list a new running watch, although I have to admit I dont know much about them. I only have a couple requirements.. I'd like it to calculate the distance I have run and my pace if possible. Does anyone have any good recommendations? And possibility cost effect too? Thanks!



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