>Gears and Wears>Any questions for the Garmin people?
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I hate ant dongles.
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
Just a warning about the 610. There is a pretty serious GPS bug that is showing up in units that people have now. Basically the GPS accuracy goes to pot when you hit the start/stop button and even sometimes when you hit the la button. Goes from < 20ft to > 250ft.
I've got some video documentation of that happening, plus some GPX comparison tracks to the 305. Stick to the 305.
Sent off the questions a little while ago to the Garmin folks. Many of the ones here were included. We'll see what they say soon.
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I have a Garmin 210. When I connect via cable to my Mac Powerbook to upload data, it is frequently not recognized by my computer. I have downloaded drivers, etc. I have this problem with no other plug in device so I do not believe it is my computer. Does anyone else have this problem?
I'd like to see Garmin open source a portion of their Forerunner software to let nerdy users like me customize it. I realize that some of their background driver & GPS calculation stuff is proprietary, but a tool to customize the screens would really be nice. Android and iOS let users create Apps, why not Garmin?
My third 205 recently died (the battery will no longer charge ) so I went shopping for a new Garmin and looked at the newer models. I ended up ordering a 305 since I want to try the HRM, and since there is much more screen customization availability with the 205/305 than any of the new models, except maybe the more expensive 310XT.
I would have liked a 210, but there is a field missing that I use- last lap pace. I use a lap timer set for 0.25 miles, and show Last Lap pace rather than the jumpy Instant Pace on my main screen.
I'd actually like to see a "rolling lap pace" which gave a running average of your pace for the last X (user selected) miles.
Forerunner 205 - take 1- Died from Water Ingress/Sweat in 07. 1 year warranty Expired, replaced for ~$90. Got a refurbished model from Garmin.
Forerunner 205 - take 2- Died from Water Ingress/Sweat in 08. 90 day warranty expired, bought new one at REI for ~$150.
Forerunner 205 - take 3- Lithium Ion battery no longer charging in 11. REI no longer sells, so cant return to replace. Ordered a 305 from Amazon for $129.
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My forerunner 205 died. I bought a refurbished one. It stopped working well but I was outside the 30 day window to get it replaced, and decided I didn't want to pay for another refurb, so I bought a new one. Today, I ran shoulder-to-shoulder with a group of friends. They ran exactly 13 miles, I ran 14.8 according to my garmin. Even more exciting, I ran a 6 minute mile, a 4:35 mile, and a really awesome 2:08 mile. When I look at the map generated in training center, I seem to have run off across a river and through the woods for a few miles instead of staying on the road with everyone else. I also managed to stop running and restart about 1/2 mile down the road. I guess I apparated? I suppose I should ship the damn thing back since it's still under warranty. Or maybe I should embrace my inner speed demon & trail runner selves and use my powers of apparition more often.
I think we'd be interested to know what came of this interview and what Garmin's response to some of these items might be.