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1/25/10 3:18 P

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LOVEY:
What MAGELLAN said. Garmin 305, best bang for buck multisport watch these days.

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

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
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The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
- Frank Kotsonis


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1/24/10 8:24 P

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i love having the GPS with the HR monitor. the Timex GPS didnt work well at all. Having the GPS is really cool. the garmin is very accurate. i am going to send you a link to the information you get off the garmin(its a friend of mines info, he sends me stuff from rides, i havent figured out how he does it and i am just learning how to use features). i can upload the same stuff to my personal computor but dont know how to send it yet.



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1/24/10 5:47 P

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There is a timex store and museum in CT. It was once a factory too. I visit it once a year when I visit family. The clerk told me that the Timex HRM with GPS wasn't as accurate as the company wanted so he recommended one without the GPS.

This is the year of a healthier me.
Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.


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1/24/10 8:38 A

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i got the timex HR monitor with gps last year for christmas and it wasnt what i wanted. it may have been my unit, but was very inconsitant with obtaining satillites,it didnt show calories burned and there were too many pieces. it also ran on 2 AA batteries, which didnt last long.

i got the 305 garmin this year for christmas, and i highly recommened it. records time, distance, pace/speed, 5 hr zones, calories, ascent and descent. you can set lap lengths(it will beep every mile and show your split time if you want it too) then when you connect to the internet, it uploads and graphs your data, and maps your route as well. its really neat. for the most part i found the set up to be intuitive. there are also specific work outs to program into it, intervals ect... i havent gotten that far with it yet, but it doesnt look hard to set up.
Its not as expencive as the 310, you can find the 305 at around $150 or a little cheaper if you look around, the 310 is probably twice the price.
reviews of the 310 mostly were disappointment as the GPS doesnt track in the water(which is what would be nice to get open water distance and pace)and initially some software problems.
i think for the money the 305 is a better value right now. the 310 will probably come down in price, its still pretty new.



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HEALTHY4NOW Posts: 28
1/23/10 10:00 P

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The Garmin Forerunner 310XT is reviewed in the Feb issue of Tri Magazine. Good improvements but, it doesn't pull HR data when underwater and loses satellite signal occasionally. It's more compact than the older models and is waterproof.



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1/23/10 8:26 P

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I am all about my Garmin 310XT. The only thing i don't like is the heartrate strap so I use my old one. Not really a big deal. The 310 is the 305 will improvements, like being waterproof, wireless upload, and slightly smaller. It seems accurate enough and collects tons of data. Can be paired with a power meter too.

I looked at Timex and Polar but didnt want 3 or 4 seperate modules to deal with.

Edited by: H3HOUND at: 1/23/2010 (20:28)
-After 40 PRs-
50k trail: 6:53:51
26.2: 3:50:23
30K trail: 3:52:28
Oly Tri: 2:48:33
13.1: 1:43:43
10K: 46:17
5-miler: 37:28
5K: 21:06

Maintenance Range Ticker - Center is Ideal


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1/23/10 8:16 P

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I have a very inexpensive basic HRM now that tracks calories. The HR and calorie calculation seems to be way off. A slow 4 mile run where my maxHR was 196 on the screen but the final record showed maxHR at 240 and 708 calories.

Calories burned per mile is an average of 100 calories so my calories burned should have been a max of 500 calories. Plus it says not to be used in swimming.

I am in the market for a new HRM with the following features:

1. heart rate (of course)
2. calories burned
3. GPS (distance)
4. time
5. pace
6. interval timer (2)
7. usable during swimming (nice to have)
8. computer upload (not a must but a plus)

Polar and Gramin seem to be the popular brand. Anyone can recommend one over the other and what model?

Lovey

Edited by: TDSLOVEY at: 1/23/2010 (20:18)
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