Garmin Forerunner 405 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 1.88 x 2.78 x 0.646 inches (4.8 x 7.1 x 1.6 cm)
  • Display: 1.06 inches diameter (2.7 cm diameter)
  • Resolution: 124 x 95 pixels
  • Weight: 2.11 oz (60 g)
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: 2 weeks in power save mode; 8 hours in training mode
  • Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
  • GPS-enabled: yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: yes
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Lap history: 1,000 laps
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
  • Routes: 0
  • Heart rate monitor: yes (some versions)
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor: yes (optional)
  • Foot pod: yes (optional)
  • Automatic sync: yes
  • Garmin Connect™ compatible: yes
  • Garmin Training Center compatible: yes
  • Virtual Partner: yes
  • Courses: yes
  • Auto Pause: yes
  • Auto Lap: yes
  • Auto Scroll: yes
  • Multi-sport: no
  • Advanced workouts: yes
  • Simple workouts: yes
  • Pace alert: yes (for advanced workouts only)
  • Time/distance alert: yes (for advanced workouts only)
  • Vibration alert: no
  • Interval training: yes
  • Customizable screen(s): yes
  • Unit-to-unit transfer: yes
  • Sport watch: yes

Pros

  • Appearance
  • Wireless data transfer
  • Touch-bezel control replaces multiple buttons.
  • About the size of a regular sports watch

Cons

  • Touch-bezel control can be hard to use
  • Heart rate monitor can be inaccurate

Review

The Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS watch takes the most state of the art watch in GPS technology and combines it with some of the most groundbreaking training technologies to give you the ultimate edge to your work out. Whatever your training, the GPS enabled device will track your progress, store the information and then automatically transfer the data to your computer via wireless technology, whenever you come in range.

The Forerunner 405 comes with dimensions of 1.88″ x 2.78″ x 0.646″, it has a display size of 1.06″, a display resolution of 124 x 95 pixels and it weighs 2.11 ounces.

The Forerunner 405 is very easy to use and has a smooth look. It comes with a heart monitor and gives accurate GPS information for all levels of runners. Plus it has a convenient touch bezel control.

The Forerunner 405 allows you to communicate with other Forerunner 405 users about the different kinds of running courses and workout techniques.  By selecting “transfer” you can send your workout data to nearby enabled devices. This will allow you to have the most effective workout possible using the time-tested techniques of others to your advantage.

The Forerunner 405 can be used for cross training activities including cycling. You can track the speed of the bike or the pace that you are running, even at times when a satellite signal is not available.

The Forerunner 405 has a unique antenna that lets you receive one of the strongest satellite signals of all the GPS enabled watches on the market today. The highly precise GPS receiver is able to receive a signal from the device in many places where other GPS watches will lose their signal such as near tall buildings and under trees.

The Forerunner 405 is considered to be one of the most state of the art GPS watches on the market today. That being said some of the drawbacks that other users have commented about include:  the touch bezel control takes some practice to become familiar with, and the heart rate monitor has to be damp to provide the most detailed reading possible. Overall though, the Garmin 405 consistently gets high marks and merits your consideration.

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Garmin Forerunner 205 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.1 x 2.7 x 0.7 inches (5.33 x 6.86 x 1.78 cm)
  • Display: 1.3 x 0.8 inches (3.3 x 2.0 cm)
  • Resolution: 160 x 100 pixels
  • Weight: 2.72 oz (77 g)
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: 10 hours, typical
  • Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
  • GPS-enabled: yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: yes
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Lap history: 1,000 laps
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
  • Routes: 50
  • Heart rate monitor: no
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor: no
  • Foot pod: no
  • Automatic sync: no
  • Garmin Connect™ compatible: yes
  • Garmin Training Center compatible: yes
  • Virtual Partner: yes
  • Courses: yes
  • Auto Pause: yes
  • Auto Lap: yes
  • Auto Scroll: yes
  • Multi-sport: yes
  • Advanced workouts: yes
  • Simple workouts: yes
  • Pace alert: yes
  • Time/distance alert: yes
  • Vibration alert: no
  • Interval training: yes
  • Customizable screen(s): yes
  • Unit-to-unit transfer: no
  • Sport watch: no

Pros

  • Feature rich
  • Nice styling
  • Easy to read screen
  • Simple to set up
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • No heart rate monitor
  • Not Mac friendly
  • Poor signal recovery

Review

Garmin Forerunner 205The Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS watch is one of the most advanced GPS devices on the market. It is ideal for runners that want the most effective work out possible.

The Forerunner 205 is a very popular device with dimensions of 2.1” x 2.7” x .7”, making the device very portable, where you can easily carry it in your pocket. The display resolution is 160 x 100 pixels, it weighs 2.72 ounces, it is water resistant and the rechargeable battery has a maximum life of ten hours.

The Forerunner 205 is very easy to use, making it great for retrieving the information that you are looking for when you most need it. The screen is very easy to customize. That being said there have been some complaints about it taking to long to connect to the satellites, the cost and that there is no Mac friendly software available with the device.

The Forerunner 205 comes Garmin Connect compatible. This is an online community that was developed by Garmin to analyze, connect and share different data with various Garmin users. Users can also use Garmin Connect to contact the customer service department.

The Forerunner 205 has different features to help improve the overall quality of the workout that you are receiving. These would include being able to create specific custom workouts with stated objectives to store in the Forerunner 205. You can also set the device to give you simpler workout information such as the time, distance and the overall amount of calories that you are burning during the workout.

The Forerunner 205 comes with different alerts to let you know when you reach your stated objective. These would include: the pace alert, that will let you know when you are straying from your preset pace, and the time/distance alert, which lets you know when you reached your predetermined time or distance.

We recommend using the Garmin Forerunner 205, however, before you make any purchase please be aware that some consumers have mentioned that while the device is reliable it sometimes takes too long to connect to the satellites. And, that there is no Mac friendly software available with the device. Even with these concerns, it is advisable to give the Forerunner 205 some serious consideration.

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Polar RS800CX Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.3 x 2.3 inches (5.84 x 5.84 cm)
  • Primary Use: Cross Sport Training
  • Weight: 3.5 oz (99.22 g)
  • Average Heart Rate: Yes
  • HR Zone Alarms: Yes
  • Heart Rate Zones: 3
  • Heart Rate Memory: Yes
  • Calories Usage: Yes
  • Lap Timer: 99 laps
  • GPS sensor included: Yes
  • PC Compatible: Yes
  • Illumination: Yes
  • Software Included: Polar ProTrainer 5
  • Altitude Function: Yes
  • GPS Enabled: Yes
  • Water Resistance: 50m
  • Replaceable Battery: Yes

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Excellent heart rate monitor
  • Infrared data transmission to PC

Cons

  • Poorly organized documentation
  • Small display – not color
  • Software not Mac compatible

Review

Polar RS800CXThe Polar RS800CX GPS watch is a stylish GPS enabled sports watch that allows you to improve the overall quality of workouts that you are receiving by using an assortment of different tools that can accurately tell you if you are on target for your training goals. Through the use of its W.I.N.D. transmitter you can use the next generation technologies to monitor your heart rate and other important information in order to have the most effective workout possible.

The RS800CX has dimensions of 2.3 x 2.3 inches; it weighs 3.5 ounces and it is waterproof up to 20 meters.

The sports watch can be used for a wide variety of sports. It can be mounted on the handlebars of a bicycle. The watch also has many different customizable features that make it ideal for not only cyclists, but runners, swimmers and even those training for biathlons or triathlons.

The RS800CX allows you to upload your workout information to your computer using the ProTrainer Software 5. Once you are finished with your workout you can use the software to upload that information onto your computer to store, study and even graph your overall training, helping you determine how effective your workouts really are.

The unit comes with the altimeter feature allowing you to be able to see your overall levels of accent and decent. You can also upload this information to your computer where in order to see the overall effectiveness of your workouts at the different altitudes. This will help you be able to know which altitudes are ideal for achieving your overall fitness goals.

The Polar RS800CX is a very easy to use watch with many different features. It can be used by different levels of athletes in a variety of sports. That being said, some of the common drawbacks that have been reported by others who have purchased the watch include: there are no mapping directions, the display is small and the software program is limited compared to other workout software programs. All in all, the newest offering by Polar is the top of the line. You may want to give the RS800CX some serious consideration.
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Polar RS300X G1 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1 inches (5 x 5 x 2.54 cm)
  • Primary Use: Cross Sport Training
  • Weight: 1.6 oz (45.36 g)
  • Average Heart Rate: Yes
  • Heart Rate Zone Alarm: Yes
  • Heart Rate Zones: 1
  • Heart Rate Memory: Yes
  • Calories Burned: Yes
  • Lap Timer: Yes
  • GPS sensor included: Yes
  • PC Compatible: Yes
  • Backlight: Yes
  • Software Included: Yes
  • Altitude Function: Yes
  • GPS Enabled: Yes
  • Water Resistance: 50m
  • Replaceable Battery: Yes

Pros

  • Multi-sport capable
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No recovery heart rate mode
  • GPS can lose tracking

Review

Polar RS300x G1The Polar RS300X G1 GPS watch is designed for those runners who want to improve the overall quality of the workout that they are receiving. It allows you to track your speed and distance using some of the most advanced technologies on the market.

The sports watch has dimensions of 2” x 2” x 1”, is water resistant, and it is GPS enabled to allow you to be able to follow your overall progress during the course of your workouts.

The RX300X G1 can track your last training sessions and it can store the last sixteen workouts that you have had. This will help you be able to identify any potential weakness you may have by monitoring how your training is progressing and your overall level of performance.

The watch has what is known as Polar Cal, this shows you the overall amount of calories that you are burning during a particular workout and it can store the calories used during all of your workouts over a chosen period of time. This will help you be able to see how you are progressing with short and long term fitness goals.

The RS300X G1 has a language display that allows you to switch to different languages and it has the Polar Own Index Fitness test. This is where the device will calculate the overall amount of Oxygen used during your different workouts; it then will compare this information to show the overall amount of improvement that is taking place and the intensity of your different workouts. This will help you be able to know how your workouts are progressing and which ones are the most effective, so that you can be able to use this information to improve the quality of your workouts.

The Polar RS300X G1 is very easy to use and all levels of runners would find the different features as well as tools that it provides incredibly helpful in improving the overall quality of your workout. Those who have purchased the device in the past have commented about how quick they can be able to receive the satellite signal with this GPS enabled watch. While you do have a choice of GPS watches to choose from, if you are looking for one that can provide you with the tools to help improve the overall quality of your workout the Polar RS300X G1 is worth some serious consideration.

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Timex Ironman T5J985 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.8 x 0.5 inches (6.35 x 4.57 x1.27 cm)
  • Weight: 2.7 oz (76.54 g)
  • Battery type: Lithium coin battery
  • Calories burned: No
  • File storage: optional data recorder
  • Speed/distance: with GPS module
  • Clock: Yes
  • Lap timer: 100 lap memory recall
  • Stop watch: Yes
  • Daily alarm: Yes
  • Countdown timer: Yes
  • Date: Yes
  • Water-resistance (wrist unit): Resistant up to 50 meters
  • Heart rate display: Yes
  • Target heart rate zones: 5
  • Time in target zone: Yes
  • Average heart rate: Yes
  • High/low target heart rate: Yes (alarm sounds when not in target zone)
  • Heart rate memory/recall: Yes

Pros

  • User friendly
  • Multi-sport use
  • Many features

Cons

  • Slow satellite locking
  • Distance measurement may not be accurate

Review

Timex Ironman T5J985The Timex Ironman TJ985 GPS watch is a great tool for both the weekend and professional athletes, where you can be able to use its many different features so that you can the most effective workout possible. Where it can be used for a variety of different sports including: running, cycling and walking.

The unit’s dimensions are 9.5” x 1.8” x 0.5”, it weighs 4.8 ounces, and the battery lasts for up to two years. Plus, you can store up to 100 laps on the watch.

The Ironman TJ985 combines both flexibility and a sleek look, which can be worn during your workouts, and it can be used as an everyday watch. It comes with the Timex GPS 3D unit, has a heart rate monitor and it can be mounted onto your bicycle handlebars.

The TJ985 has the Timex trail runner that can be used by runners to be able to have the most detailed information when they are working out.  The way it works is you can use the exact speed tool to tell you in real time what your current speed is, what is the average speed that you are traveling and the top speed that you achieved during your workout.

The Ironman TJ985 comes with a one of a kind heart rate monitor called the Heart Rate Display in % of max format. This tool helps you be able to see what your maximum heart rate is then set different zones for where you would like to see your heart rate at during the workout. Once you hit the top or bottom of the zone the alarm goes off to let you have the most effective workout possible.

The watch has a two-tier interval system that is interconnected, thus you can set the different intervals that you will be training at and compare the overall effectiveness of both.

The Timex Ironman TJ985 is a very user-friendly watch that all levels of athletes would find very useful. As you examine the different features and weaknesses, the watch performs very well under many different conditions. The GPS may take a minute or two to give you an accurate reading but aside from that the watch had no other problems. If you are looking for a GPS watch that is not too expensive and want to be able to have lot of features you may want to take a close look at the Ironman TJ985.

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Suunto t3 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.25 x 2.25 x 0.5 inches (5.72 x 5.72 x 1.27 cm)
  • Weight: 1.5 oz (42.52 g)
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion CR 2032
  • Calories burned: Yes
  • File storage: 15
  • Speed/distance: Yes (with POD)
  • Clock: Yes
  • Lap timer: 50
  • Stop watch: Yes
  • Daily alarm: Yes
  • Countdown timer: Yes
  • Date: Yes
  • Water-resistance (wrist unit): 30 meters
  • Heart rate display: Yes
  • Target heart rate zones: 3
  • Time in target zone: Yes
  • Average heart rate: Yes
  • High/low target heart rate: Yes
  • Heart rate memory/recall: Yes

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to use
  • Versatile
  • Good interface

Cons

  • No longer in production
  • Interface is small
  • Scratches easily
  • Display hard to read

Review

Suunto t3The Suunto t3 GPS watch is a full-feature heart rate monitor and fitness watch. The t3 can provide you with dual time, the date, an alarm, plus a split/lap stopwatch. With additional PODs you can monitor your overall heart rate, the amount of calories that are being burned during your workout and how you are performing as far as your targeted goals are concerned.

The watch is no longer in production, but is still available at many retailers and is still widely in use. Standard features are the chronograph, thermometer, heart rate monitor, alarms and a backlight. The t3 measures 1.32 X3.58 X 4.22 mm thick/total display area/case diameter.

The t3 is the kind of watch that is easy to use and you can place the watch in your pocket attach the watch to your wrist during workouts.  It is very easy to set up, can be used for a wide variety of different sports, and it has simple to use as well as a flexible display. Plus, it comes with software to download your workout information on to your computer.

The unit can give you accurate information about what is taking place during your workout so you can analyze what you current heart rate is, the average heart rate during your workout and the maximum heart rate that you were at during your workout. This information can help you see how effective a workout you are having and can allow you determine if you need be pushing yourself even more.

The t3 can be fitted with the optional Foot POD, Bike POD, Road Bike POD, or GPS PODs. These can be used to customize the device to a particular sport that you will be participating in, that way you can be able to see how effective you workout was when you were enjoying your favorite sport.

This model has different training storage tools that will allow you to store the training records of your workouts going back to the current week, previous week or even the last six months.

Suunto t3 is easy to use and comes with many different features that could help all levels of athletes in many different sports. However, there have been some complaints that the log is too small and that there is no warning light indicating when the battery is going to need a charge.  We believe the t3 is worth some serious consideration.

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Garmin Forerunner 201 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 3.26″ x 1.71″ x 0.7″ (8.28 x 4.35 x 1.8 cm)
  • Display: 1.44″ x 0.92″ (3.65 x 2.34 cm)
  • Resolution: 100 x 64 pixels
  • Weight: 2.75 oz (78 g)
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: 15 hours, typical
  • Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
  • GPS-enabled: yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: no
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Lap history: 5,000 laps
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
  • Routes: 0
  • Heart rate monitor: no
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor: no
  • Foot pod: no
  • Automatic sync: no
  • Garmin Connect™ compatible: yes
  • Garmin Training Center compatible: yes
  • Virtual Partner: yes
  • Courses: no
  • Auto Pause: yes
  • Auto Lap: yes
  • Auto Scroll: no
  • Multi-sport: no
  • Advanced workouts: no
  • Simple workouts: yes
  • Pace alert: yes
  • Time/distance alert: yes
  • Vibration alert: no
  • Interval training: yes
  • Customizable screen(s): yes
  • Unit-to-unit transfer: no
  • Sport watch: no

Pros

  • Free software
  • Water resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Big display
  • Easy viewing in low light

Cons

  • No heart rate monitor
  • Serial PC interface
  • Loses gps signal easily
  • Bulky

Review

Garmin Forerunner 201The Garmin Forerunner 201 GPS watch gives athletes a more effective workout. This GPS device can accurately measure how fast you are running, the overall distance you have run and how many calories were used during a particular workout. It comes with a rechargeable lithium battery and you can even upload the information it collects onto your computer to monitor the overall effectiveness of your workout.

The Forerunner 201 has dimensions of 3.26″ x 1.71″ x 0.7″, and it has a display size of 1.44″ x 0.92″. It has a display resolution of 100 x 64 pixels and it is water resistant. At a weight of only 2.75 ounces, this device is small enough to easily fit into your pocket when not in use.

The Forerunner 201 is very easy to use and can easily store up to 5,000 laps. It has many different customizable features, so that you can customize it according to your specifications.

The Forerunner 201 lets you create the ideal workout, and it has an automatic alarm that will let you know when you reach a particular distance or if you deviate from your set pace. You can start or stop a new lap with the auto pause and auto lap. It also automatically stops when you slow down or stop your workout completely.

The Forerunner 201 has a virtual partner, which tracks your goals that you set before the workout by showing what your goal pace is and how you are performing at maintaining this pace during the workout.

The Forerunner 201 comes with the Garmin Connect and the Garmin Training Center. What this does is allow you to prepare, collect and evaluate the quality of the workout that is taking place through the online community. You can use this feature to analyze the interactive map and route sharing information to find the best route for your workout. There is even a web based training system that will that can help any athlete take their workouts to the next level.

We recommend using the Forerunner 201 if you want to improve the overall quality of your workouts. That being said, some people who have used the device have complained that the device may frequently lose the satellite signal and confuse the altitude, as well as the pace from time to time.  These occurrences seem to be minimal and the Forerunner 205 is defiantly worth some serious consideration, especially if you are a serious runner, cyclist or outdoor enthusiast.

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Garmin Forerunner 101 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 3.26 x 1.71 x 0.91 inches (8.28 x 4.35 x 2.3 cm)
  • Display: 1.44 x 0.92 inches (3.65 x 2.34 cm)
  • Resolution: 100 x 64 pixels
  • Weight: 2.6 oz (74 g)
  • Battery: 2 AAA
  • Battery life: 14-15 hours, typical
  • Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
  • GPS-enabled: yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: no
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Lap history: 5,000 laps
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
  • Routes: 0
  • Heart rate monitor: no
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor: no
  • Foot pod: no
  • Automatic sync: no
  • Garmin Connect compatible: no
  • Garmin Training Center compatible: no
  • Virtual Partner: yes
  • Courses: no
  • Auto Pause: yes
  • Auto Lap: yes
  • Auto Scroll: no
  • Multi-sport: no
  • Advanced workouts: no
  • Simple workouts: yes
  • Pace alert: yes
  • Time/distance alert: yes
  • Vibration alert: no
  • Interval training: yes
  • Customizable screen(s): yes
  • Unit-to-unit transfer: no
  • Sport watch: no

Pros

  • Error margin of 3 meters or less
  • Waterproof
  • Ergonomic design
  • Easy-to-read display
  • Easy viewing in low light

Cons

  • Batteries not rechargeable
  • No heart rate monitor
  • No PC interface

Review

Garmin Forerunner 101The Garmin Forerunner 101 GPS watch gives both professional athletes and leisure runners an advanced training tool with lots of features. It effectively provides accurate measurements of your overall speed, distance and the overall consistency of the pace that you are running. It also tells you how many calories were used during your workout

The Forerunner 101 weighs 2.6 ounces, it has dimensions of 3.26″ x 1.71″ x 0.91”, a display size of 1.44″ x 0.92″, the display resolution is 100 x 64 pixels and the required two AAA batteries can last for up to 14.5 hours.

The Forerunner 101 is very easy to use and can fit into your pocket when not in use. It uses the Wide Area Augmentation System to give you a margin of error of 3 meters whenever you are using the GPS. It can be utilized in different kinds of weather conditions and is waterproof.

The Forerunner 101 comes with a one of a kind training tool called the Virtual Partner. The Virtual Partner allows you to enter what goals you would like to accomplish during your workout such as speed, distance and pace. It will then show you during the workout how you are performing compared to your overall goal.

The Forerunner 101 allows you store up to two years worth of laps on the device’s memory in order to evaluate the progression of your workouts.

The Forerunner 101 contains an electronic breadcrumb feature that will allow you to find your way home, hotel or any specific place using the GPS system.

The Garmin Forerunner 101 is considered to be one of the best lower cost GPS enabled workout devices on the market today. If you are planning on storing trips or maps on the device it is advisable to consider something that has more memory than the Forerunner 101. Selling between $88.29 and $105.95, it has a reasonable price as well as many different features that you are receiving. Aside from the internal memory issue there really are no other drawbacks to the device. If you are looking for a GPS device that is reasonably priced and has many different features the Forerunner 101 is worth some serious thought.

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Garmin Forerunner 301 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 3.26 x 1.71 x 0.7 inches (8.28 x 4.35 x 1.8 cm)
  • Display: 1.44 x 0.92 inches (3.65 x 2.34 cm)
  • Resolution: 100 x 64 pixels
  • Weight: 2.75 oz (78 g)
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: 15 hours, typical
  • Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
  • GPS-enabled: yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: no
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Lap history: 5,000 laps
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
  • Routes: 10
  • Heart rate monitor: yes
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor: no
  • Foot pod: no
  • Automatic sync: no
  • Garmin Connect™ compatible: yes
  • Garmin Training Center compatible: yes
  • Virtual Partner: yes
  • Courses: no
  • Auto Pause: yes
  • Auto Lap: yes
  • Auto Scroll: yes
  • Multi-sport: yes
  • Advanced workouts: yes
  • Simple workouts: yes
  • Pace alert: yes
  • Time/distance alert: yes
  • Vibration alert: no
  • Interval training: yes
  • Customizable screen(s): yes
  • Unit-to-unit transfer: no
  • Sport watch: no

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Intuitive menus
  • USB PC interface
  • Good for biking
  • Reliable GPS

Cons

  • Erratic heart rate monitor
  • Poor battery life

Review

Garmin Forerunner 301The Garmin Forerunner 301 GPS watch is a small GPS enabled watch that gives all levels of runners a variety of different tools to monitor and track the overall progress of their workout. It has its own virtual personal trainer and a coded heart rate monitor. Plus, the device can be used for a variety of different sports.

The Forerunner 301 has dimensions of 3.26″ x 1.71″ x 0.7″. It has a display size of 1.44″ x 0.92″, with a display resolution of 100 x 64 pixels. It weighs 2.75 ounces and the battery can last for up to 15 hours.

The heart monitor of the Forerunner 301 will consistently track your overall heart rate during your workout, so that you can determine the overall quality of your workout. The device will show you what your current heart rate is, and the overall range of beats per minute, in order to provide you with the most detailed information possible.

The Forerunner 301 can be used for a wide variety of sports. You can easily press the mode button to switch between the different activities that you will be doing. The great thing about this particular feature is that you can switch between the different sports without having to reset, making the device ideal for runners, hikers, swimmers, and cyclists. The Forerunner 301 can even be used for triathlon training.

The Forerunner 301 will plan, store and evaluate data from your different workouts through the use of their available online community. Using the Garmin connect you can quickly upload the information on your workouts and find route mapping information. You can also share the different training routes that you have identified with other runners, helping to improve the overall workout that you are receiving.

The Garmin Forerunner 301 is small, easy to use, and has many different tools to help you take your workout to the next level. That being said, some of the common drawbacks include that the heart rate monitor can be erratic at times and if you are in area where it is hard to receive a satellite signal then the device could have trouble tracking properly. Overall, the Garmin Forerunner 301 is a useful and versatile device and is worth some serious thought.

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Manuals

Owner’s Manual
Quick Start Guide
Heart Rate Monitor Guide

Cycling With GPS Running Watches

June 13th, 2009 by Craig Smith No comments »

For serious runners, GPS running watches have become an integral and useful part of the daily workout. Something that should be considered, as well, is the usefulness of using these watches to monitor cycling sessions as well.

While not all athletes are equally serious about running and cycling, the combination of the two is still quite popular. This is especially true of those training for a duathlon, or just looking to add variety to their daily exercise routine.

Some of the watches leading in the market come with attachments and accessories to make them versatile enough for bicycle use. For instance, the foot pod feature for running to measure stride length can be adapted for cycling use to measure pedal cadence. Having a digitally recorded and mapped report of the whole ride’s cadence provides essential information for competitive cyclers looking to improve their performance.

Other information recorded by some GPS running watches that is easily adapted to a cycling regimen is heart rate monitoring. Most high end watches come with (or are compatible with) a heart rate monitor in the form of a belt.Schwinn

These belts are specifically designed to be comfortable enough to wear while running and cycling. They wirelessly transmit the pulse information to the wrist (or handlebar) display for instant feedback on how your body is responding.

This information is also recorded and included in the post-ride report that’s automatically analyzed when you plug the display into your computer at home. In fact, everything from distance, time, speed, heart rate, cadence (or stride length) is all analyzed together.

This means that GPS running watches don’t just help you see where you’ve been and how fast you’ve gone. They can show you how your heart rate and cycling cadence responded to changes in your route. Because the GPS signal (in some watches, not all) also records changes in altitude, you can see exactly how going up a hill impacts the way you ride and the way your body responds.

While these watches are more popular for runners, there is a strong segment of cycling use. Stationary bikes have long recorded this type of information, and those who enjoy riding outdoors and covering actual distance should be able to take advantage of technological development, and this type of watch certainly helps them do so.