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Forerunner 301
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Forerunner 301

Forerunner 301

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Forerunner 301

Manufacturer: Garmin

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Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Jul 17, 2005 / Jan 20, 2007

Object ID: 1370

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Get results in a heartbeat with the Forerunner® 301. This training partner continuously monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. The Forerunner 301 combines the popular features of the Forerunner 201 with a proven heart rate monitor and Training Center™ software to create a highly integrated personal training system.

Whether you are a triathlete in training or just want to see tangible results, the Forerunner 301 sets the pace with innovative features:

-Compact, lightweight and waterproof with an easy-to-read display on an ergonomic wristband

- Embedded GPS sensor provides basic navigation capabilities to tell you how far, how fast, even how to get home.

- Digital coded heart rate monitor so you can see whether you are training too hard or not enough

- Training Center software, a powerful PC-based application that lets you analyze and create workouts

- Highly flexible — offers multiple sports profiles so you can use it for running, biking and other sports.

- Easy to use — no calibration required. Just turn it on and go.

Customize your Forerunner 301 to get the most out of your training. To help you achieve your personal best, the Forerunner 301 includes the following smart features:

- Auto Pause™ pauses and resumes training timer based on a specified speed so you never have to start or stop the timer

- Auto Lap™ records lap data when you reach a specified distance so you never have to punch the lap button

- AutoLearn™ feature learns user’s heart rate zones, adjusting them as fitness levels improve

- Virtual Partner™ lets you train against a specified time, distance or pace goals

- AutoScroll cycles through data pages during a workout

Included Training Center software lets you create custom workouts with templates from the experts at TrainingPeaks.com. The software also allows you to store and analyze data using interactive graphs that chart your speed, elevation, pace or heart rate data. Your course is overlaid on a map so you can pinpoint specific areas and see how elevation and other factors affect your performance. Garmin has also formed a partnership with MotionBased.com to provide Forerunner 301 users with unique internet-based performance analysis and mapping tools for GPS and heart-rate information.

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- Continuously monitors heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned.

- Easy to use, 2 piece system

- Heart rate monitor helps you train in your target zone to optimize performance.

- Included Training Center software lets you create, analyze and store workout data on PC.

- Use for multiple sports — one button push changes your heart rate profile from running to biking or another sport.

- Weight: 2.75 oz.

- Display:1.44” x 0.92” (W x H); 100 x 64 pixels on FSTN display with LCD backlighting.

- Physical size: 3.3” x 1.7” x 0.7” (W x H x D).

- Battery Life: Up to 14 hours (typical use); rechargeable lithium ion.

- Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mins.)

- 5000 lap memory (up to 2 years worth of lap data) organized into days or weeks.

- Heart rate, pace, time distance, interval workout & advanced custom workout alerts.

- Mark specific locations, and then look-up and navigate to these points using an electronic map.

- USB interface allows for fast data transfer to the computer.

Heart rate monitor features:

- Physical size: 11.65 ” x 1.34” x 0.43” (W x H x D).

- Strap: 12.6 ” - 25.2".

- Weight: 1.55 oz

- Display: Shows heart rate (beats per minute) and zone (between 1 and 5).

- Digitally coded transmission

- AutoLearn™: Learns user’s heart rate zones, adjusting them as fitness levels improve.

- Alerts: Alarm sounds if you reach specified minimum or maximum heart rate.

Unit Includes:

Forerunner 301

Digital coded heart rate monitor

Training Center CD-ROM

Wrist strap

Expander strap

A/C charger

PC/USB interface cable

Quick start guide

Owner's manu



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Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

My experience with heart rate monitors is that they are unreliable. So when I got the Forerunner 301, I kept all the packaging with the thought that I would have to return it.

Not so with the Forerunner 301. I am very happy with this product. The GPS is very accurate and the heart rate monitor works perfectly. This little fitness tool is what the wife and I have been looking for. It is an all-in-one fitness tool that is very easy to use, reliable, and provides everything one needs to accomplish fitness goals. The menus are very user-friendly and we learned the unit in a matter of minutes. In addition to using it outdoors with the GPS, you can also use it indoors as a heart-rate monitor and stop watch. With the HR, GPS, and stopwatch, this unit has the ability to learn the individual's personal fitness level and provide info to improve overall fitness. I can't say enough about this product, except that it does what it claims. Some have complained about the length of time it takes to acquire the satellites, but I acquired sats in 2 minutes with the unit cold, and less than 15 seconds with the unit warm. My favorite option is the unit's ability to switch from running, biking, skiing, and "other" sports, and it's ability to customize the screens to fit your personal workout.

This unit may also be used for outdoor navigation, but only in the very basic sense. I would not recommend this for your primary unit in outdoor navigation. Although it has a basic navigation ability with waypoints etc, the feature is somewhat limited compared to standard outdoor units.. However, for what the unit is designed for (fitness), it is outstanding.

Oh....I found mine on the internet for a fraction of the list price.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 3:27 pm

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