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Anthony

It's announced that they will exhibit this together with the Edge cycle computer at the 2006 International CES expo in Las Vegas Jan 6th -8th.

http://www.cesweb.org/attendees/awards/innovations/rd_2006honorees.asp?category=89

Gjermund

Thanks Anthony,
this confirms that this is the real deal. We are awaiting the spec and later test results.

josh

Greetings! Fellow marathoner and ironman triathlete here... I actually don't mind the size of the 301 at all. I love how thin it is and the wide width of it doesn't bother me at all. With just buying up motionbased, Garmin is doing awesome.

Found your blog via Engadget. Looking forward to reading more of what you're planning on blogging about!

Jan

Can you please explain what this means "A trick has been to wear the Forerunner on the wrist toward the body to make the antenna face as much as possible in a horizontal level facing the sky."? In the Garmin material it was said that it should be worn like a normal watch for best reception...

Gjermund

Jan,

Good point, this is not clear;

- the existing Forerunner and Foretrex models have an antenna design with optimal GPS satellite signals reception when placed on the ground with the back down and the display towards the sky. This placement enhances satellite lock time and reduces the risk of lost signal reception during an activity. Such a placement is not practical during a walk or run and is worsened by the wrist location as the location platform for the device. Our testers have 2 years of experience with this design and eventually figured out that if you place the wrist strap about 90 degrees towards your self (left or right will be the same) it will be more in line with best possible satellite reception.
Now, this is not very comfy because of the small area on the side of your wrist combined with the hand bend. Then the best location will probably be on your forearm a little above your wrist. We have also experienced that wearing it on your upper arm just below your shoulder like an iPod or a Timex GPS also result in better reception signals, but then the display is hard to use.

Doug CAmpbell

I for one welcome the new 305. I've been living with the 201 for a little over a year (actually two of them...the first one broke). For best reception I was forced to wear it on the brim of a running hat. It worked but I felt like an idiot. I've tried other "lesser" running GPS (i.e Navman) but really like the features of the 201. I just want it smaller and to wear it like a watch and have it work. The 305 might be the answer.

Mike

BTW, I hope this time Garmin put in Mac support. 301 is impossible to log on even using Virtual PC. Their support is horrible and their aproach to Mac community was always very bad. Lets hope this time they were listening.


Michael

I asked Garmin to give me a statement about the Forerunner 305 in mid october because of a long list of issues with the 301.

But Garmin does not allow to give any informations because they became a public company traded on the stock exchange.

For all who want to see a list of my problems with the Forerunner 301, it can be downloaded at http://makeashorterlink.com/?W26335E3C

Juan C Abaroa

I own a fore runner 301
It's a great devise por the bike, I usually compare speed and distance with my bike´s regular computer, but when running it´s not accurate, I´ve run many times the same distance and almost always give a different distance (some times 10k instead of 9). I think Garmin should send or let us download a software to improve those reception problems, including when running and biking in the forest.

As they develop new products with those improvements just in one year, they accept that they sell a product with a lot of problems, wich I think isn´t correct.

Regards

Juan Abaroa
México

Alex

What about water proof? As a triathlete, i've been waiting for a version that you can wear in the water. Yeah, i know the forerunner 301 is supposed to be water resistant, but if you read the fine print it's "water resistant to 1 meter for 30 minutes".

Um...that's not gonna cut it for even novice triathletes.

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