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My First GPS Watch (Read 1632 times)

TTime0207


The Captain

    I'm in the market for a GPS watch and I'm not sure where to go. I like what I've read about the Garmin Forerunners but I also like Nike+ too. Any recommendations? 

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      Garmin.

       

      My opinion is the 305 or the 205 depending on if you need/want the HR monitor (comes w/ the 305).

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        Garmin.

         

        My opinion is the 305 or the 205 depending on if you need/want the HR monitor (comes w/ the 305).

         

         

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        Kerry

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          Garmin.

           

          My opinion is the 305 or the 205 depending on if you need/want the HR monitor (comes w/ the 305).

           

          Yup.  

           

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          If you'd ever want to use the Forerunner as a GPS bike computer the 305 is the way to go.  I've never once used my HRM strap for either 305 I've owned, but the wireless doohickey in the device would allow you to use the optional distance/speed/cadence sensor (and will work indoors on a bike trainer with the GPS disabled).

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            Garmin. The 205 has the feautres that you will not outgrow unless you want the HRM so then 305 and you cant beat the price.
            The 610 is a great GPS watch. No problems with the touch screen, rain and sweat have no effect on it either. Pricy but you can wear it 24/7 because of the size.

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              Garmin 305 would be my choice.  Cheap and reliable.  You can usually find them online (Amazon etc) at a fairly reasonable price.  I have used mine for 3000+ miles in all kinds of crappy conditions and it still works fine.  The battery is even still good for 8 hours in case I get silly and start running ultras.

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              HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                I think smartphones will do the same thing these days, so that's another possible idea.

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                  I like the Garmins, I've got both a 201 and a 305. Both work great, the 201 I generally didn't download anything to the computer because it was too much of a pain, but for simple speed/distance, it still works great.

                   

                  I'd recommend the 305. Nike+ I've heard good things about, but isn't GPS, it's accelerometer based (someone please correct me if there's a new Nike+ version with GPS)

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                    I'd recommend the 305. Nike+ I've heard good things about, but isn't GPS, it's accelerometer based (someone please correct me if there's a new Nike+ version with GPS)

                     

                    There's a new Nike+ version with GPS. I ran with it the other day, and it was pretty awesome, and I almost broke down and bought one.


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                      I think smartphones will do the same thing these days, so that's another possible idea.

                       

                      I'd worry about the sweat (not to mention how to carry it).  I had my android in my pocket at the zoo today, hot as hell and I got sweaty, and somehow despite having the screen locked when I put it in there all of my settings got messed up.

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                        I second the GPS enabled smartphone worry.  I was using mine as my GPS for a couple months before I broke down and got a Forerunner 305 (which I love and add to the recommendation of).  The phone took a LOT longer to get a GPS lock than the Garmin does.  In fact, sometimes my phone would take so long that I'd get frustrated and throw down a mile or two before it would lock. Likewise, if you're a trail runner, phones fail more at keeping a signal than do dedicated units, at least in my experience.

                         

                        Also, even with a "water resistant" arm band, my phone got pretty sweaty.  When the touch screen (temporarily) went all wonky, I decided it was time to go Garmin.  Couldn't be happier.

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                        TTime0207


                        The Captain

                          I went with the 305. The 405 looked nicer but a little extra bulk won't be that bad and it cost a lot less. But I appreciate all of the advice guys. 

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                          DespiteMyself

                            I second the GPS enabled smartphone worry.  I was using mine as my GPS for a couple months before I broke down and got a Forerunner 305 (which I love and add to the recommendation of).  The phone took a LOT longer to get a GPS lock than the Garmin does.  In fact, sometimes my phone would take so long that I'd get frustrated and throw down a mile or two before it would lock. Likewise, if you're a trail runner, phones fail more at keeping a signal than do dedicated units, at least in my experience.

                             

                            Also, even with a "water resistant" arm band, my phone got pretty sweaty.  When the touch screen (temporarily) went all wonky, I decided it was time to go Garmin.  Couldn't be happier.

                             

                            This person read my mind and pretty much told my exact story. Got frustrated with my GPS phone and finally got the Garmin 305. Very happy with it. I haven't used all the features yet since I'm learning it little by little, but at the mileage I hear people are putting on them, I will have plenty of time to learn and use them. Plus reaonable price through Amazon. The only thing I'm not happy with is the Garmin Training Center mapping ... but I upload here to RA and the maps are spot on ... so the Garmin watch maps just fine, it's just the choice of where I upload.

                             

                            MTA ... just read your last post ... good choice. I'm sure you will continue to be happy with it. Cost per mile is fantastic!

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                              ditto the smartphone GPS issue, although son uses micoach on iPhone and doesn't complain. I've tried both Handy Runner and micoach on Android phones and am was not happy as compared to my old faithful Garmin 301. as to sweat etc, I've used a Spi belt to carry the phone in and keep it dry. Have to watch stressing the ear plug jack tho. Have also used a clip on puch with shirt tucked in between the phone and body to avoid sweating on it as well.

                               

                              I had problem with old Nike+ approach - it never recognized my stride. Which is why I purchased the Garmin 301. Plus I need to run by HR because of medical issues - something ya can't get with phones (yet - am sure they'll have an app for that one of these days! LOL) or Nike+.

                               

                              If I had to buy a new Garmin I'd probably favor the 305 since it adds a bike pod capability and has more accurate GPS than my 301.

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                                Quick check on Amazon:  At this moment, the 305 is only $18 more than the 205 ($138 vs. $120).

                                Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

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