Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Need Input-

I'm a running geek. As I returned to the racing world last year I noticed many runners with rather large watches? I learned they were called Garmins. As I researched them I wanted one, bad! All the cool resources and data really appeals to me! Well,my Sweetheart gave me the go ahead to buy one!! I sold an old Banjo recently so I've the cash in hand!
So, which one? The 405? The 305? Where? Do I trust an online site or go to the local running store where I can get 10% off because I'm in the local running club?
I would appreciate guidance from those who have been down this road.
Thanks!

9 comments:

Beth said...

I have a Garmin 305 and I love it!! They are very reasonably priced right now because the 405 came out and they just came out with a new version that you can swim with. I've heard that the 405 can be frustrating because the bezel is affected by water/sweat. Haven't heard anything about the new models, but since they are waterproof they are probably better. Can't say enough good things about the 305, but it is big.

aron said...

I have the 205 (305 without the HR monitor) and looove it! I have heard some people are frustrated with the 405 but some people love it... I know a lot of people have gotten some great deals online and through ebay, etc for theirs... just depends on what you are comfortable with :)

kara said...

I use the Garmin 305. It's to big for my tiny wrist - so I have to carry it. But I love the big number display.
I have not had any problems. And you can upload your route to several online sites - not just the garmin software that it comes with.

Marlene said...

I absolutely love my 205 (305 is the same model with a HRM). The 405 is the newest (I think) but I am not a fan - you can't display as much info on the screen at once time (scroll only). Personally, I like to show time, distance, pace and average pace, which the 205 allows me to do.

I prefer to buy from an actual retailer, but I've never been one for online shopping...

DawnB said...

I have the 305 but don't use the heart rate monitor. I love it the prices on the older model are good now. You might want to try searching for one on amazon.com . good luck which ever model you choose you will gove it.

Chanti said...

I have to concur with everyone else - I have the 305 and love it. It is too big for my wrist, but the screen is easy to view and I've heard friends complaining about that with their 405's. I bought mine online with no troubles. Looks like Best Buy has one for $160.00.

Thomas said...

The 305 has the same functions as the 405, the battery lasts longer and the display is easier to read.

The 405 looks more like a watch. If that's what you're after, take it, Otherwise go for the 305.

Beth said...

Kara, I have a really small wrist also. You need to get the quick release kit. It's $20 on Amazon. It has the velcro strap that adjusts to any size. This also gives you what you need to put the garmin on your bike, which I do for triathlong training.
BTW, I use the 305 with the HR monitor and would never go without.

rob horton said...

i went with the 205 (great deal on the walmart web site). love it.

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