Wed - April 19, 2006

Garmin Forerunner 305 or Edge 305 Fitness GPS for Paddlers?

The new Garmin Forerunner 305, a wrist-mounted personal training device, is a hot product and attracts a lot of attention. However, it seems to me that it shares the same features with an older Edge 305 HR designed for cycling.

The Edge 305 is somewhat bigger and heavier ( 3.1 oz vs 2.72) with a slightly larger display (128x160 pixels vs 160x100 pixels), and marginally better battery life. It is also less expensive. It comes with the same heart rate sensor and the same training software (Garmin Training Center)

So, which device is better for paddle training?

My more serious training is limited to paddling, where I really do not need a wrist-mounted GPS. I used to duck-tape my Polar HRM watch on the front deck of my kayak next to my Garmin Etrex Vista for workout sessions. In addition to paddling I am doing some road and mountain biking, where cycling GPS is more handy, and some inline skating, where, in turn, the Forerunner would be more useful.

My old Polar HRM has died recently, so, I have decided to go with the Garmin Edge 305 HR (without a cadence sensor). I will be writing a review soon.

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