Garmin Forerunner 205
Price Paid: $249
I bought this device as a tool for training mainly on trails. On power up, the 205 picks up a signal and location within a few seconds. In clear conditions the device performed well giving accurate pace and distance data.
However under full or marginal cover from trees the pace information was way off (e.g. often reading 10mins/mile following a previous clear reading of 7mins/mile). This occured regularly during the trail run compromising the device's effectiveness as a training tool for trail runs with tree cover.
I reluctantly returned it to REI today.
Price Paid: 220 Euro
I typically run 10k through the forest and the trail is covered by trees 80% of the time. Previoulsy I tried the Forerunner 201 which kept losing the signal so I upgraded to the 205 which has never lost the signal once. It does exactly what it says on the box and really well!!
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The waterproof Garmin Forerunner 205 is not only an advanced GPS unit that's small enough to fit on your wrist, it's also a personal training system that provides you with speed, distance and pace information to help you train at your peak.
- Mountain Gear
The highly sensitive Garmin Forerunner 205 fitness tracker will take your training to new heights. Its advanced tracking and training programs accurately follow your progress. Easy-to-use right out of the box, no pace-setting calibrations necessary; GPS satellites calculate speed, distance and pace information. SiRFstar(R) receiver provides rapid first fix and is sensitive enough to acquire signals in urban canyons and under dense foliage. Compact ergonomic design mounts on a wristband and features an easy-to-read display. Virtual Partner(TM) features lets you program time, distance and pace goals, then shows you if you're ahead or behind your goal. Calculates calorie consumption based on user's weight, distance traveled and hills climbed. Records lap history by day and week, stores up to 200 workouts in its memory. Pace alarm sounds if you're either exceeding or slower than your programmed pace. Plan, analyze and store data from your workouts with the online Garmin Connect(TM) community. Time/distance alarm alerts you when you've reached a desired time or distance. Navigation capabilities let you mark locations, find locations or navigate back to the starting point; mark and save waypoints. Display is backlit for easy viewing in low light. Water-resistant construction meets IPX7 standards; submersible 1m for 30 min. Operates approximately 10 hrs. on its rechargeable lithium ion battery, charger included.
Form meets function with Garmin's high-performance line of personal trainers - the Forerunner 205, 305 and 405. The Forerunner 205 includes a high sensitivity GPS receiver and a new courses feature for optimal performance. The Forerunner 205's courses feature lets you compete against previous workouts: you can compare your pace over your entire workout to your past performance over the same run. You can also use Forerunner 205 to train for your next duathlon or triathlon with multi-sport workouts, a feature that lets you seamlessly transition between sports without resetting the unit, so you can use it for running, biking and more.
- Altrec Outdoors
Form meets function with Garmin's next-generation, sleek and stylish line of personal trainers - the Forerunner 205. Don't let their good looks fool you. These taskmasters will continually push you to do your personal best. In addition to its new look, the Forerunner 205 includes a high sensitivity GPS receiver and new courses feature for optimal performance. Designed for athletes of all levels, this running partner and personal trainer has one goal in mind - a better you. It continuously monitors your speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. It tracks your every move with a super-sensitive GPS that even works on tree-covered trails and near tall buildings.