Garmin Forerunner 305


Garmin Forerunner 305
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Garmin Forerunner 305
Manufacturer Garmin
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Page Type Jan 16, 2007 / Jan 16, 2007
Object ID 1604
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Product Description

Form meets function with Garmin's next-generation, sleek and stylish line of personal trainers — the Forerunner 305 & 205. Don't let their good looks fool you. These taskmasters will continually push you to do your personal best. The Forerunner 305 combines all of the popular features found in the 301 along with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, new courses feature, and robust ANT wireless heart rate monitor for optimal performance.

Designed for athletes of all levels, this running partner and personal trainer has one goal in mind — a better you. It continuously monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. It tracks your every move with a super-sensitive GPS that even works on tree-covered trails and near tall buildings. Receive a detailed post-workout analysis on the PC with included Garmin Training Center software.


* GPS: High-Sensitivity SiRFstarIII™ architecture
* Wireless: Communication between system devices via ANT protocol
* Weight: 2.72 oz (77 grams)
* Display (WxH): 1.3” x 0.8” (33mm x 20.3mm)
* Physical size (WxHxD): 2.1” x .7” x 2.7” (53.3mm x 17.8mm x 68.6mm)
* Lap Memory: 1,000 laps
* Battery Life: 10 hours (typical use); rechargeable lithium-ion battery
* Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 mins.)
* Alerts: Time, distance, pace and heart rate

* Heart rate monitor features: Physical size (WxHxD): 13.7” x 1.4” x 0.5” (348mm x 35.6mm x 12.7mm)
* Transmission range: approximately 3m (9.8ft)
* Battery: 3 years (1 hour per day)/CR2032 (3 volts)
* Weight: 0.74 oz (21 grams)



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kanji - Apr 2, 2007 10:47 am - Voted 5/5

I've had the 305 since December 2006. I've found it great for the training portion interesting for summit tracking.

The Garmin Training Center software is an excellent way to keep a logbook of workouts and track conditioning progress and avoid burning out from over training. It records heartrate, distance and speed and allows you to compare records from other dates. During workouts, the display can be modified to reflect information that is most interesting to you: pace, average pace, elevation, Max heartrate ect.

I used a 201 last year for a summit climb up Mt Rainier, but due to limited battery life, just used it for the last hour of the summit climb and the decent. It was fun to link the Garmin up to Google Earth and look at the data points on the map, but I wouldn't rely on it for life saving direction information because the rechargeable battery life is too short for a mountain emergency.

I ordered mine from a big online website for about $250.00 new.

TJ311 - Oct 18, 2007 12:31 pm - Hasn't voted

My 305
I got mine @ REI on the day they came out. It's been my constant companion on every training run or hike. It's a great tool for keeping a workout log. Combine the 305 with Motionbased online membership and you have an awesome mapping system. It interfaces from to Google Earth to actually put your routes on a satellite image. I've found the elevation tool to be pretty accurate. (not as good as altitude but it'll do) I give this 5 out of 5!

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