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Recent reviews for this item:
Hallofo, April 20, 2009 I like the Garmin 301 quite a bit. I have not
experienced the heartrate monitor issue others
have complained about, it works great for me.
Perhaps there was an upgrade or something.
The screen is large and easy to read while
running/biking and the backlight feture is
helpful while working out in the evening. I also
like the included extension strap so I can wear
the 301 on my forearm or bicep.
GPS aquisition times are a little slow, about 10
min or so for the first time, and then up to 5
min for every other time (but not always that
long). The included software is a nice touch,
just make sure you update it or just use it with
All in all a great product at a very resonable
Christopher Clarens, November 17, 2008 THis is my second Forerunner 301. I just bought a new one because
my first one didn't charged again. It seems that the pins of the
connector got sulfated in 3 years of use.... I think the USB
connector is not the better option and Garmin changed this
connection in the 305. For the price the 301 is still the best
option at this time. The unit works perfectly well and I like
Neil from ON, January 8, 2008 Had a number of running partners with the unit who had few problems with the heart monitor, but the refurbished unit I purchase has been erratic for heart monitoring from the start. Until I figured out that my cell phone is interfering or computers or cordless phones... turn off my cell phone (carry for emergencies) while running - problem solved.
K, June 9, 2007 Myself and a friend purchased 2 Forerunner 301's a week ago. The heart rate monitor works good, which I wasnt too sure of seems that function seems to get bad reviews. ** HUGE word of advice with the HRM, if 2 people are using 301's together make sure you are aways apart when powering up the units because if not both 301's will read only 1 heart rate from one person. Im also not sure of the accuracy either. On a short run my 301 read 1.52 miles and my friends read 1.86 and we were running together. Thats a big difference for a short run. A big plus I found that goes against reviews is mine never looses signal, I can even get signal inside my house. At this though point im thinking I should have spent the extra cash for the 305 just because of the questionable accuracy.