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11/2/10 9:03 A

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I have the 405 and love it - got a brand new one on eBay for half the price and it's been great. I used to have the 105.
I have really small wrists, so the 405 fits well for me, the other ones (while awesome) banged up my wrists too much for comfort.
I think they all have the basic features you're looking for. My favorite is the Virtual Partner!

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11/1/10 3:10 P

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I think I have the 205...it's the garmen right before the heart monitor added...and does everything the 305 does....if it's the one I'm thinking about..shop on line and save.....I got mine for 150 when they were still 250-300...but watch out some ppl..or companys try to sell remanufactured ones...not a good idea....rico

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10/31/10 10:57 A

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I have had the 305 for a couple of years and I love it. Yes it's bulky but it doesn't bother me. My students at school know it's my "running watch!"

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10/30/10 2:51 P

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I love my 405. The bezel takes getting used to but is very handy for illuminating the face when you run in the dark like I do.

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10/29/10 5:52 P

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AMEN to what MBSHAZZER said. IT's true!!!

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10/29/10 9:36 A

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I actually don't mind the size of the 305. Once you get to a "certain" age, the larger display is MUCH appreciated!

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10/29/10 4:59 A

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I've had a 305 for some time now and love it, tried a friends 405 but I couldn't get on with the bezel rather than buttons for accessing functions, changing display etc, finding it a bit fiddly and frustrating. In terms of the bulk of the 305 I've never really found it an issue and I've done a more than a few long hikes wearing it for many hours without any discomfort. Again it may have a few features that you don't think you'll use but you may well be surprised and the difference in price to the lower spec units isn't that great. If money is no object I think I'd splash out on the 310XT if only for the extended battery life.

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10/28/10 10:06 P

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I've had the 305 for years now and as long as you don't mind the size of it I would highly recommend it. I'm actually on my second one because I was very hard on the first one and even then it lasted a long time. I thought briefly about getting the 405 but it didn't seem to be that much better...just smaller and "newer" and now the 305 is fairly reasonable in price. It may have more features that would think you might want...but honestly you may be surprised with how many of them you end up finding a reason to use....

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10/28/10 8:46 P

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I have the FR60 and love it. I don't like the bulkiness of the others. The FR60 calculates pace, distance, HR, calories, and pretty much anything I need. It doesn't have a GPS, but I don't need that.

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10/28/10 8:08 P

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305 & 405 are good I got 405 because can also wear as watch

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10/28/10 5:05 P

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I have the 305 (cost me $150 on Amazon 2 years ago) and I love it. I don't use all of the features and I'm a total technophobe, so I probably never will, but I still get HUGE use out of it.

I don't mind that it's big... I have extremely small wrists and it fits fine.

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10/28/10 4:07 P

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The 305 doesn't bother me size wise. It is a complaint for some. But most people I talk to that have one don't think it is an issue.
If you go the the garmin site they have a good model compare. Check the ones you like and it lets you know the features.
I liked the 305 for the multisport (as someone mentioned) although I have yet to use it for that!
I also liked the mapping, routes and ability to creat workouts. The 110 doesn't have those features.

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10/28/10 3:28 P

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I checked out that Amazon deal yesterday. Obviously I didn't make a decision fast enough! They do have the 305 for $144. It was a harder decision yesterday when the 205 was $99 and the 305 was $144 but now the 205 looks like it's about $130.

Does the size of the 305 bother anyone? Does anyone have one of the smaller, more sport watch shaped, Garmins and wish it had certain features it doesn't?

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10/28/10 3:03 P

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That was a one day 'gold box' deal on Amazon. emoticon

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10/28/10 2:57 P

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I have the 305. Yesterday I saw a post that the 205 was $98 on Amazon. I don't know if it was a one day deal or what, but that's a great price!

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10/28/10 1:39 P

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I have the Forerunner 310XT and use it as a running watch and as my bike computer (i use a quick release mount). Its an improvement over my old 305. The new unit does what the 305 did with a few differences.

Here are my Pros:
Waterproof
Long charge
Multisport support
Wireless sync with the PC
Auto uploads to Garmin Connect
Courses work well
Faster sat connection
Still bulky but a bit smaller than the 305

Cons:
Bulky and not really a 'watch'
Strap is 'OK' but i replaced with a velcro type
HRM strap is crappy. I use my old one from the 305


here is a sample of my data uploaded to GC from the Livestong ride:
connect.garmin.com/activity/54246118

Good luck.

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10/28/10 1:35 P

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I would think that for your needs you could go with the 110 ($199 list) or 305($199 list) But shop around for best price.
The newest models may be more than you need. Even the 305 has more features that you are not seeking. But you can always grow into it. So I would say it would be spending more than you need to for the newest ones.
One note. The 110 does not have a "virtual race" feature. and the 305 does. This might be useful as you work on pacing.

This above all: to thine ownself be true.
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10/28/10 12:39 P

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I know there's a lot of questions out there about Garmins but I'm hoping this one is a little different. A while back, I posted asking if anyone had a preference between Polars or Garmins. I have definitely settled on a Garmin, but now I'm having trouble deciding which particular one I want.

If it helps, my main goal right now with my running is improving my pace. Also, I'm not *too* particular about the cost. I'd rather spend a little more to get exactly what I need, but at the same time, I don't want to spend unnecessarily.

Any advice or suggestions would be really appreciated. Thanks!!

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