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OK, so most of you know that DH, after a year of being frustrated with my training volume has decided to join ranks with my fellow triathletes. He even joined my tri club!!!<br><br>
I love him dearly but like many you, he is a gadget geek. It's all those years working for Microsoft I swear! He has to run and bike holding his HUGE Garmin GPS system he has for his boat/car. He wants to know how fast, far, and hilly he is going then of course he comes home to plug it all in the computer.<br><br>
So, it's time for a GPS watch so it won't be so horrible to the visual eye. What do you all suggest? A garmin, polar????<br><br>
We are doing our first race in two weeks. He is very speedy on the bike compared to me and I know he is gonna beat me. Last year I did this particular race (1 mile run/11 bike/1 mile run) in just over 54 minutes. He is hoping for 48. Secretly, I hope I beat him at least on the run portion. I don't consider myself competitive at all but with all the miles I put on my legs and how much he doesn't even like to run, it just wouldn't be fair!!! But I guess biology is biology and at 6'2' and 195lbs, he has a chance. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
 

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<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">Your DH is doing a duathlon!!!<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
As far as the watch, doesn't Garmin have the better GPS system than Polar? I have a Polar 626 with the foot pod(no GPS). Buddy of mine has a Garmin 305(with GPS). I think his gives more info than mine does.
 

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I use the Garmin 305, it's kind of big but not bad. they have a new one that is smaller, but has fewer features. If I had it to do over, I'd buy the new smaller one as I don't use a lot of features. I like the fact that I can record heartrate for workouts and know my mins per mile when I'm doing workouts, plus it keeps me honest with my running.
 

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Kristine, me and your DH could be good friends.<br>
I'd recommend the Garmin 305, like JR, it has GPS and HRM and he can transfer it into the computer then (I use SportTracks instead of the Garmin software). You can probably get the 305 for $250 or less. The 405 is newer and more expensive... didn't know it has less features.
 

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I use a Garmin 301, good for capturing HR/ run pace/ bike mph. I thought about the new one but the battery life from their website says something like 8 hours. 301 is like 14 hours.
 

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I have the Polar RS200sd and I love it. It doesn't have the elevation features on it, but it provides all the data I need. Since I have a computer on my bike, that takes care of the speed and cadence for it. On the bike, I mainly just use it to keep track of my HR and hit the lap button every 5 miles or so to get an avg for the different effort levels in my workouts. Another thing about the mine is that it is waterproof, so it can be worn during the swim if he ever gets into Tri. Both companies and all of their products are good, it's just a matter of the exact needs he must have.
 

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Does your husband want heart rate features or not?<br><br>
The Polar doesn't have gps so no good for the bike portion.<br><br>
The Garmin 405 is smaller, but it does not have the multi sport function that the 205 and 305 have. With the 205 or 305 you can just hit one button and it will measure your run, your transition, your bike, your next transition and your next run and total time.<br><br>
305 has heart rate, 205 does not. Other than that they do the same things.<br><br>
The 305 has a 10 hour battery the 301 has 14 hours but its GPS and heart rate are not quite as accurate as the 305. Both are rechargeable.
 

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Oh, and smaller lighter weight riders do better than heavier riders on the uphill parts of bike races.<br><br>
When there is a downhill section, a lot of people coast as they are tired from climbing. You can make up a lot of ground if you pedal on the downhills while they coast.<br><br>
That second run leg in a Du is where many people fall apart. Keep close to your husband on the first run and bike, and then hammer him on the second half of the second run. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I just got a Garmin 305 and love it. The GPS chip is much better than the 201/301 series. Given that you live in the land of many clouds and towering pines, I would avoid a *01 Garmin.<br>
I have very small wrists, but the 305 still fits fine. I considered the 405, but given the added cost and reduced features, I couldn't justify it. Also the display on the 405 is smaller, so I was afraid that I might not be able to read it as easily. The battery life is better on the 405, but unless you will be away from a power source for a week, it shouldn't matter.
 

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Another vote for the Garmin. I had a 201 and recently upgraded to the 301. I love it. Tons of very cool features. The battery life is shorter on the 301. The 201 had enough to get me through an IM bike and run. The 301 dosen't. Granted, the problem doesn't come up all that often, only once so far, and for most people it wouldn't be an issue ever.
 

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For training, I have to think the 405 might be best.<br><br>
But for racing, my polar is da-shizzle
 

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Wait, so just to be clear... what I need to do to get DH into this madness is up my training volume and buy him toys? Sweet! (Okay, really, you're so lucky your DH is joining in!)<br><br>
No help with the rest, sorry. I'm not much of a gadget-person.
 

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I have the Garmin 101. It doesn't have the HRM, but it does the distance and pace/speed, etc... I have a separate Polar HRM. I just don't like the huge Garmins (my wrists are tiny). I also sometimes don't use the Garmin, but I still want my HRM (which has a stopwatch). I like having them separate, but it means wearing two devices when I want both. When Garmin makes a smaller device with both, I'll buy it! Garmin definitely has the best GPS technology (my DH is a GPS expert!)
 
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