Today, we say a fond farewell to Garmin. 305 served me, mostly well, these past 4 years. And with it, I’ve had my best marathon and my worst; my fastest track workouts and my slowest, injury laden 2-milers. While Garmin was attempted to be revived several times, its final breath was taken and its energy was depleted
cradled comfortably in its dock on my dining room table because I just wanted the battery to die FOR CRYING OUT LOUD since it was kicking up a storm and refusing to die what with its constant turning on and off, on and off, every few seconds (Sheesh. Let a blonde sleep!). Garmin 305 is survived by its 30-year old owner who just won’t stop running.
I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement. I wanted to find something non-Garmin, but they seem to have nitch in this running-GPS-watch market. These are the watches I crossed off the list:
1. Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom
The boy has this watch, and I’ve used it on occasion (and now, since I’m without). The GPS is really finicky and neither of us have a lot of faith in it. I have run a complete workout without it ever “linking.” I’m way to Type A (although I say I’m “Type A-“) to get a GPS watch that only works when it wants to. I need reliability.
2. Timex Ironman Run Trainer
I really, really wanted this watch, since the Timex Ironman series is so well-known. This particular watch comes out sometime in October of 2011. But, when I started researching and talked to a guy behind a watch counter at a well-known outdoor sporting equipment store, I was sure this was not the watch for me. Apparently, its’ GPS component, powered by SiRFstar IV™ (a no-namer), is just as unreliable as Nike’s TomTom. So much for that.
3. Polar RS800
Because who has heard of Polar?! Exactly.
Here are the two I’m considering:
1. Suunto t3d $189.00
Suunto is a fantastic watch. But, I’m still looking into this one. I’m not sure about the GPS technology. Sounds like another no-namer.
2. Garmin 410 $249.99
Because Garmin has the nitch. And mine DID last 4 years, which is pennies on the dollar with how much use I got out of it.
I need to make my decision sooner than later. The boy will need his watch back soon. And I’ll need some reliability soon. I mean I am in training mode!