My Garmin Forerunner 305 arrived today! For the uninitiated, the Garmin Forerunner 305’s a GPS watch. No, it’s purpose isn’t (like my mom thinks it does) to let me know where I am and how to get to where I want to go; rather, it’s a running companion that tells me where I’ve gone and lets me track my runs! (Kudos to the review over here that really got me from vaguely interested to very interested.)
I got mine over at Amazon.com, which was selling it at a relatively cheap US$128.54 (converted to SGD at a rate of about 1.22 SGD to 1 USD, it’s a little over S$155), inclusive of the HRM or heart rate monitor. I had actually wanted to get it at Sim Lim Square, but it was either two expensive (one shop quoted me something like S$350) while another told me it was discontinued, though that might not be true.
The postage cost me about S$32 through vPost (without insurance as this really isn’t that high price an item), which was subsequently reduced to S$12 through credit card rebates (I used UOB, which offset the postage by S$20; Maybank goes even further with a S$30 discount, pity I didn’t have one). FYI the price isn’t so much due to the weight of the item itself, but rather because the Amazon.com box containing it is so huge, causing the “volumetric weight” to hit over 2KG.
The Run with the Forerunner 305
I did my first run today with it and I must say that it was thoroughly intuitive to use. The distance measured was roughly the same as what I got through mapmyrun.com (a great site for mapping your running routes, by the way). The watch looks really big, and a tad uncomfortable, but once it’s on your hand and you’re on your way you kind of forget about it. I’ve read it before in other reviews, and trying it myself I must say it’s true. If you’re thinking of getting one of the other Forerunners because of the size, well, you might want to reconsider as this isn’t really that bad.
Suddenly running’s become fun again.