Garmin Forerunner 305 Review

August 16th, 2009 by Craig Smith Leave a reply »

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  • 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: yes
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor: yes (some versions)
  • Foot pod: yes (optional)
  • Automatic sync: no
  • Garmin Connectâ„¢ 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


  • Excellent Signal Reception
  • Precise speed, distance and pace data
  • Allows downloading of workout data for analysis
  • Can be used for biking, skiing, running and other sports
  • Online mapping


  • Variable pace readings
  • Not Mac friendly


Garmin Forerunner 305The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS watch is a sleek, stylish GPS enabled personal trainer. It is great for runners who want to have speed, heart rate and distance data on an easy-to-read display. It includes a highly sensitive GPS receiver and a wireless heart monitor to help runners keep the maximum level of performance during their workout.

The Forerunner 305 comes in at a very reasonable 2.72 ounces and a 2.1″ X 2.7″ X 0.7″ WxHxD size. It’s not as small as the average sports watch, but it will do so much more to push you to your best workout.

The 305 can display enough data to have your head spinning. But, they’ve made it easy to arrange the display so that the information that is most important to you is front and center. Plus, you will have it that way in just minutes since the 305 is easy to set up.

The 305 has the SiRFstarIII GPS receiver that can track you through tall trees and near tall buildings. The GPS antenna wraps around your wrist and gives the unit a better view of the horizon in order to lock in on the satellites.

The course feature found on the 305 allows you to compete against yourself by comparing your pace and your heart rate against data stored from previous workouts over the same course. One accessory available for the 305 is the Garmin Foot Pod.  The Foot Pod allows you to run indoors on a treadmill and still collect accurate pace and distance data.

The Forerunner 305 allows you to upload your data to the Internet via Garmin’s MotionBased service giving you a web application that takes your GPS data and translates it into usable online performance and mapping analysis. After browsing through your cumulative stats you can share and compare them with others.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 is considered to be one of the most user-friendly watches on the market. It can provide you with simplicity and accuracy, two elements necessary to using your GPS trainer effectively. The Forerunner 305 is a proven addition to your training. It has been around for a number of years and generally gets good reviews.

Click Here To Learn More About The Garmin Forerunner 305


Click Here To Learn More About The Garmin Forerunner 305


Owner’s Manual
Quick Start Guide
Foot Pod Quick Reference Guide
Heart Rate Monitor Guide


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