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I am thinking about upgrading to the 305 from my 201 and was just<br>
wondering what anyone thought.<br><br>
I have never done heart rate training so that will be a new thing to see.
 

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I just got one in February and I love it. I have been using a timex GPS, But I like the features on the 305 better. I am not sure what to think about hear rate training and I have only used the HR monitor once. I would recommend the 305.
 

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I purchased my 305 in May of 2007 and I love it! And, I use the HRM all the time too. So, I'm a big fan. I have training partners who use the 405 and when I see how they use it, it just confirms that the 305 is still the tool for me.<br><br>
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I like the large display. It can display 3 or 4 data fields at one time and you can set up 3 different screens that you can scroll through while running. Yes, that means you can access 12 different data points on the fly.<br><br>
Prior to my 305, I'd never used a HRM now I'm hooked. After two years of looking at the data, I can tell you what my HR will be based on how I feel and based on my current HR I can tell you what my pace is with about :10 seconds. I find the HR data is great in races to tell you if you're about to go into the red zone and need to slow down and settle down.<br><br>
Now, here's somethings that you might want to know. If you use your 305 a lot like I do. 6 runs per week, things will wear out. Garmin has a great customer service number. I'm actually on my 3rd 305, my 3rd HRM strap, and my second craddle and USB cord. All three of my 305s have been replaced by Garmin free of charge. They also replaced my HRM strap when it stopped working. I did however purchase the new soft strap and I purchased the new craddle and cord when my previous one wore out.<br><br>
Like I said, Garmin technical support on the 800 number is great to work with. I don't really see this as a product fault, it's just that these things wear out and have to be refurbed. My brother went through the same routine with POLAR HRM before he switched to Garmin. If you need to have your 305 refurbed by Garmin after the one year warranty, it's a flat rate of $69.<br><br>
I can't imagine trying to train and race without mine now.
 

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Thanks for the input. I liked my 201, but it is getting REALLY old and I can't get the data to download anymore so that is why I am thinking of upgrading, plus I got some birthday money so that means I can actually afford it.
 

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I've had my 305 at least 3 years. It's one of the best electronic devices I've ever used. Only had to reset it once. I use it regularly. It is usually quite accurate, often within feet. I've run out and backs on trail of 10 miles and had it be dead on accurate (exact same distance both ways).<br><br>
Only problems I've had: Battery originally lasted over 10 hours on a full charge, now only lasts about 8 hours. The beeping alarm lost it's sound. Very rarely it will lose it's signal.<br><br>
I looked at the 405 and I think the 305 is better for the money. In spite of the size, it is very comfortable. I've never had to replace the HRM but I only use the HRM a couple times a month.
 

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Another fan. I use heart rate all the time. It's a good way to measure effort and fitness. I download all of my runs and like to see how pace and heart rate compare. I like the size of the display and the multiple pages. On page 1, I have pace, average pace, distance, and heart rate. On page 2, I have time, time of day, and heart rate. There is a page 3 (which I almost never use) that has elevation and some other stuff. You can set the pages however you like, and the large face makes it easy to read even with my not-so-good eyes.
 

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I love the Garmin 305's (or 205's if you don't want the HRM). I just talked two co-workers into buying them. I have two and I think the 1st one is about 3 years old. I thought the battery had died so I bought a new one last year since they are relatively inexpensive now. And then the original one just started working again. Eventually I'll send in the older one to Garmin to be refurbed.
 

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It came yesterday!<br><br><br>
Now 2 questions for you owners.<br><br>
1st: Do you leave the cradle plugged into your computer? It looks like the cable they gave me might not reach from the top of my desk to the back of my computer.<br><br>
2nd: Anyone know a good website to learn about heart rate based training?
 

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Hi Florida...here is what I use to keep my FR charged. These adapters or something simular are available in most stores. Got mine at Wallmart.<br><img alt="" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=287&pictureid=3738" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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THe cable was longer than expected and once I cleared a spot on my desk it reached the back of my computer easily. So far I really enjoy using the watch. I do want to try customizing one of the screens to show heart rate data but I haven't gotten around to that yet.
 

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This is really not that hard to do. I prefer to use the 4 data field view instead of the three data field view. In the 4 view I put the elapsed time in the upper left, current HR in upper right, current pace lower left, and total distance in lower right.<br><br>
I have two other screens that I've customized for use when racing, but the above is the display for my regular training runs.
 
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