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Garmin Forerunner 305 - New Product

May 17, 2007

For years, watch manufacturers have tinkered with tracking speed and distance using GPS technology. The problem is that GPS technology hasn't experienced quite the shrinkage that other devices have, like MP3 players. The biggest challenge with making smaller GPS devices is the lack of a strong antenna. On top of that, a watch face isn't exactly a large screen for all the cool GPS data that those circling satellites are sending back down to Planet Earth. The latest and greatest GPS watch from Garmin is the Forerunner 305. Billed as the most wearable and functional GPS watch, the Foreruner 305 also features a wireless heart rate monitor to track all aspects of your training on your local trails, or your performance at Ironman Hawaii. The nice thing about the Garmin Forerunner 305 is its relatively sleek design. Other GPS watch designs, like the Timex Bodylink, which has a separate GPS armband, heart rate monitor and data storage device, make you feel like a true tech nerd as you head out with multiple devices strapped all over your body. You end up feeling kind of like the guy you see walking around with two cell phone holsters and a pager on his belt--why? I have sold hundreds of Timex Bodylink watches on www.feedthehabit.com, but I haven't sold a single Bodylink there in over two years. The main problem is that although the Bodylink offers a wearable watch design, the thought of strapping all those darn devices all over your body every time you want to go out for a run, hike or bike just turns people off. The novelty wears off pretty quickly if the product isn't functional. So, the writing is on the wall for the Timex Bodylink system and that opens the door for a stellar, all-in-one device like the Forerunner 305. Being the market-leader in GPS technology, Garmin should naturally lead the way in GPS watches. Though I have not used the Forerunner 305 yet, I see it as a huge step forward as compared with similar devices on the market. What I like about the Garmin Forerunner 305 Relatively small watch design Garmin brand name At most, you'll have two devices: the watch and a heart rate strap Check out Garmin.com for more info Buy Now: The Garmin Forerunner 305 is available at Backcountry.com Or, search for GPS units. Overstock.com: Search for GPS Devices

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