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Discussion: Garmin stuff

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2016-07-24

Jul 24, 2016 9:07 AM # 
Ooh ohh, I would love the 305, and any extra wrist band paraphernalia that you might have lying around. My 305 is back online (after temporary drowning) but with my small wrists, I am constantly destroying the plastic bands trying to cinch everything down tight enough.

I will trade snickerdoodles and can probably convince my lovely lady wife to pick it up directly so as to avoid the need for shipping :)
Jul 25, 2016 12:25 PM # 
Ross, if you take the box, can I take the floppy 910xt-compatible strap from you at WOC? My HR strap is misbehaving and then died when I tried to change the battery...
Jul 25, 2016 6:39 PM # 
Snow Lizard:
I'm interested...
Jul 25, 2016 7:13 PM # 
I like the idea of a repository for spare Garmin stuff. I will have to pull mine together for a photo op and inventory. Definitely some spare 305 and 310XT gear.
Jul 25, 2016 9:07 PM # 
I think that Sam's 910xt heart rate monitor might also be up for grabs, somewhere in this apartment. She'll have to clarify if the strap is a donation item :)
Jul 25, 2016 9:33 PM # 
I'm only on my second Garmin. Well, maybe my third, it's possible I went through 2 305's. Whatever. The most recent version of my 305 died about a year ago.

As a replacement I got a 220. Fewer features but enough for me.

The reason I mention it is that the heart rate monitor I got with it seems to work pretty flawlessly. The watch recognizes it almost the moment you turn it on. No wacko readings for the first 5 or 10 minutes, or ever. Comfortable, stays in place nicely (haven't had to adjust the strap once).

And the 220 itself seems to work nicely, downloads are simple.

This isn't a pitch for the 220. Just thinking that maybe the product in general, or at least parts of it, have gotten better.

I realize there is a wish to recycle/reuse, and also to save a buck, but at some point the desire for valid data and the pleasure of not being hassled are worth something.
Your choice, obviously.
Jul 26, 2016 6:30 AM # 
Quick comparison, here is some mt Toby runs recorded with 220 by PG,...

And here with 305,...

There is not much fifference, but somehow tracks recorded with 305 feel slightly more accurate and detailed. But 220 tracks look pretty good too. It have fewer points and track details may have gotten lost in generalization. But some of that details just GPS wandring around. Up to user is that intresting or not, some may find that detail interesting for orienteering.

As technology gets better manufacturer makes watches smaller and lighter so less room for gps antenna. For it large antenna 305 is still one of the best out there, if you are patient enough to wait it to lock over 10 satellites (may take minutes) 305 still records track no any recent garmin models can beat. I still have 205 around to test and compare with, comparisons with for example fenix 3 are ridicuous. So I can imagine why some may be intrested in having 305 gear repository at hand.
Jul 26, 2016 11:01 AM # 
Not disagreeing with Jagge in the slightest. The 220 is good enough for me, but then I'm not doing any orienteering. What I really like is (1) the heart rate monitor, so far zero complaints, and (2) the download cable and cradle works very easily (and because I have to hook it up to the laptop to download, and it recharges very quickly, I've never had the thing run out of power).

The track itself? Particularly since I never felt like mounting the gizmo on my head, I always took it with a very large grain of salt.

Back to the point of posting -- using an old heart rate strap may not be worth the aggravation.
Jul 26, 2016 12:49 PM # 
agree, old HR straps are not worth it. HR straps are compatible so same strap works with 202 and 220 and equally well. If you use the soft strap the transmitter can be removed from the strap and you can just new strap wihtout transmitter.
Jul 26, 2016 2:05 PM # 
I really don't like the soft strap. The old hard ones were fine. The new soft one leaves a sore across my chest from chafing. But, the soft strap is what goes with my current garmin, so I don't have a choice if I want HR data.
Jul 26, 2016 2:21 PM # 
I've been really happy with the Garmin 10 for the reasons PG mentions, with the difference that I don't care about HR data.

But requirements are more lax if you're looking for something to use as a backup. Seemingly obsolete stuff can be fine. That's what I use my 405cx for.
Jul 26, 2016 2:28 PM # 
I had chafing problems with both straps. For the soft strap we made a little sleeve out of an old WrightSock and that worked pretty well to prevent the chafing there. At least, I wasn't bleeding anymore.

Now that I have the 235 I am happy never to use another HR strap again. You can have all of them. :-)
Jul 27, 2016 11:22 PM # 
I like the sleeve idea. I've long since given up on the HR monitor since I developed permanent scarring. Clearly I wasn't thinking about solutions to the problem hard enough!

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