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Are they worth the money? do they actually do what they say on the tin?!
 

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Some love, some hate! I find mine a very useful tool for training :d
 

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They're awesome :cool:

With one of these, you can tell what pace you are running at, plus loads of other stuff eg a little map, or a heart rate monitor if you get the posh one
 

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Hmm it is tempting but I hear they are quite expensive
 

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They do exactly what they say on the tin... it's more a question of whether you need something to do it!

I own a 305 (the one with a Heart rate monitor too) and I find it a really useful addition to my running kit - though it's certainly not essential!!! I love my stats, so having a garmin means I can sit down and analyse runs in as much, or as little detail as I need to. It's certainly not a case of "buy this and your running will improve incredibly" - you have to use the features to your advantage!
 

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Hmm it is tempting but I hear they are quite expensive
I got a 101 for about £60 - doesn't do what Richard's does, but it tells me how far I've run, how long it took, and what my best and average pace was, and keeps a record of my runs by day and week. Can't make head nor tail of the maps but it does those too :d It might do other stuff too, but I would have to RTFM...
 

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Well that settles it, I'm going to invest in one.

I went out tonight for my usual jog and my stupid pedometer let me down, it fell off twice and didnt record my distance properly, it said I had gone 2k but I know for a fact the route I did is 1 mile there and back.

The stupid dogs slowing me down didnt help but thats another story.....

I'm off to ebay to find me a Garmin!
 

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go for it, they are v good :d
 

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Just thinking, are there any alternatives to the Garmin I should consider before I splash out?
 

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Have a look at the Nike sportsband. Not quite as accurate as a Garmin but only 40 quid and a good step up from the pedometer.

Plus bairy is looking at a way of integrating the data into the training log on this site :d
 

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Got to put in a vote for the Garmin. Since I've had mine (about a month) my personal bests have just tumbled down. Mine's a 305 with the heart rate monitor. I'd say the only reservation I'd have to getting one is if you did a lot of indoor treadmill stuff - not much use for a GPS there.
The justification I use to buying any running related stuff is that its a heck of a lot cheaper than joining a gym!
 

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Have a look at the Nike sportsband. Not quite as accurate as a Garmin but only 40 quid and a good step up from the pedometer.

Plus bairy is looking at a way of integrating the data into the training log on this site :d
I may look into that Hrun.
 

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I've got a 305 and use it on a treadmill to give me a more accurate heart rate reading.
Particularly if doing intervals or hill work.

I use it whenever I run and it has helped with my improvement greatly.

I'd like soooooooo totally recommend it:lol:.
 

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Can I clarify.

Can you use the 305 to log your distance on the treadmill. I would love a Garmin but cannot justify the cost, especially as I use the treadmill a fair bit and would hate not logging the miles on my totals at nikeplus
 

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It measure distance using a sensor attached to your trainer rather than gps. This works indoors or out.

There are gps systems that can incorporate a foot sensor for use on treadmills
 
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