Garmin Forerunner 301 arrived for review

I just received the Garmin Forerunner 301 to review for 30 days last night. The 301 has a GPS and a heart rate monitor along with some cool software that is designed to help people monitor and improve on their workouts. I am letting a buddy at work try it out first for a few days while I work on other reviews since he is a die hard runner and tried the older model Forerunner and had issues with it. I want to see what he thinks of this newest model. I am using the Suunto n6HR SPOT watch with heart monitor on my runs to track progress and am very happy with the performance so far. There seems to be a lot more techy geek gear coming out in the fitness world and I know the gear personally helps motivate me a bit more to get out there and hit the road.

I now wear the n6HR everyday since it is such a comfortable watch and I love the MSN Direct channels I read throughout the day. Other gear that I currently use daily are the Treo 650 and Cardo Systems Scala 500 Bluetooth headset. The GN Netcom 6210 BT headset (also sold as the Jabra 250) works better with the Treo 650 than it did with the PDA2K and has much better volume. This is actually a bit funny since the volume out of the PDA2K internal speaker blows away the volume of the Treo 650.

  1. #1 by Dakota Walker on May 27, 2005 - 09:36

    I’m interested in hearing more of what you and your friend thought about the Garmin Forerunner 301.

    I gave the 201 a try and did not care for the way it picked up satalites. It was slow and week compaired to other gps units I have.

    I also use a HRM daily and sometimes take a gps unit with me.

    It would be great to find a all in one unit HRM/GPS that does it all and does a good job at it.

    I’m looking at giving the 301 a try or a timex HRM/GPS.

    Please keep me updated on your 301 review, thanks.


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