Garmin ForeRunner 305 Heart Rate Monitor Review

Garmin ForeRunner 305 Heart Rate Monitor Review

The Garmin ForeRunner 305 Heart Rate Monitor is a large heart monitor watch which uses GPS technology to create lots of fascinating workout data - optional foot pod and cadence sensor.

At A Glance

  • Heart rate monitor with optional foot pod and bike speed/cadence sensor
  • 1000 lap memory, 100 favorite locations and 50 routes
  • Garmin Connect and Garmin Training Center compatible

Marketed by Garmin USA as ''the high-performance line of personal trainers'', the Garmin Forerunner 305 indeed delivers what it promises. In addition to speed, pace, distance and time, it provide invaluable data about others parameters which will prove beneficial for your training.

Garmin ForeRunner 305 Heart Rate Monitor
Garmin ForeRunner 305 HRM

It comes with a highly sensitive GPS receiver, so you can rest assured that you will always be in sight of the satellites and not lose valuable data. Although, it is not equipped with base maps and doesn’t accept data cards, a 1000 lap memory and storage of 100 favorites and 50 routes almost makes up for it.

The Garmin ForeRunner 305 expands over the Forerunner 205 with wireless ATN heart rate monitor. This, along with the chest strap will ensure that you keep track of your training intensity as well as consumption of calories all the time. Also, bike speed and cadence sensor and foot pod is available in some versions, thus making it a great tool for cycling as well. With the Garmin Forerunner 305, you can design your own workouts. Features like time/ distance alerts and pace alerts, will also help you stay within the predetermined training intensities.

It comes with a plethora of other exciting features including Auto Pause, Auto Lap, Auto Scroll and Virtual Partner which helps you train against a digitally programmed individual. Multi-sport functionality makes it ideal for use in all your favourite sports.

Compatibility with Garmin Connect and Garmin Training Centre software makes analysis of your training an effective and almost enjoyable experience.

What''s in the Box?

  • ForeRunner 305
  • AC Charger, docking cradle and USB cable
  • ATN Heart rate monitor
  • Owners manual and Garmin Training Center Software

Garmin ForeRunner 305 Heart Rate Monitor Features

  • Dimensions: 53.3 x 68.6 x 17.8 mm
  • Display: 160 x 100 pixels
  • Weight: 77g
  • Battery: Lithium-ion
  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • GPS enabled: yes
  • Water resistant: yes (IPX7)


The Garmin Forerunner 305 sports watch sells for about $170.

Customer Reviews

Here''s what customers are saying about the Garmin ForeRunner 305 heart monitor watch:

...The core functionality (distance and heart rate monitoring) works perfectly. There''s none of the signal drops I''ve had with other heart monitors. ...

...I''ve bought dozens and dozens of items from Amazon over the years, and this is the first review I''ve taken the time to write - hope that gives you an indication of how happy I am with this product....

...I have had the 305 for about 6 weeks and am very pleased with it. It is my first GPS watch and has exceeded my expectations. I had read the concerns with the altimeter and agree, it does not provide useful or accurate information so no surprises there. The real issue for me was how well it would measure distance. I have found it to be very accurate and reliable...

Important Links

Garmin 305 Training Video

Garmin Connect: Garmin downloads, updates and much more

Get your skin wet

Some problems may be caused by dry skin or exercising in the winter. If it''s hot enough the monitor will begin sending your pulse to the heart monitor watch once you start to sweat. If you don''t sweat a lot, some advocate licking the strap before you start exercising, squirt some water between your skin and the strap or you can use a little heart monitor gel.

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