Garmin Forerunner 205

The Garmin Forerunner 205 falls in Speed and Distance Monitors category.  It is not the classic pedometer that measures your workout by counting steps.  It uses global positioning system technology to determine your route of travel and calculates the distance of your walk or run.  You do not have to calibrate the Forerunner 205 with your length of stride like you do with a standard pedometer since it measures the distance using GPS satellites.  Click here to learn about GPS.

This unit is over three times more expensive than the best pedometer in the Step and Distance Counters so if you are just looking for a cost effective pedometer, the less expensive Step and Distance Counters type should satisfy your needs.  However, the Forerunner delivers many more features to help you with your workout.

Garmin Forerunner 205Technical Details

  • High-sensitivity, watch-like GPS receiver that provides exceptional signal reception
  • One-piece training assistant that provides precise speed, distance, and pace data
  • Includes training center software, which allows users to download workout data for a detailed analysis
  • Used for multiple sports, such as walking, cycling, cross- country skiing, and windsurfing

Garmin Forerunner 205 on person's arm

Here is a quote from Amazon about the test results on the Garmin Forerunner 205.

The big news about the Forerunner 205 is that it features an integrated, high-sensitivity SiRFstar III GPS receiver. What does this mean? It means that the 205’s ability to both track, and maintain a lock on, your position is better than anything before it. After an initial battery charge, our product tester had the 205 on his wrist and was tracking speed and distance with GPS satellites within 3 minutes. The next time we used the 205, satellite acquisition was nearly instantaneous. A run through dense trees didn’t faze the unit either; tracking remained true and steady. Performance on a bike was equally impressive. Whatever witchcraft has been cooked up by the designers of the SiRF technology, we like it!

While the Forerunner 205 isn’t billed as a GPS navigation device, it does have some rudimentary mapping, waypoint marking, and routing capabilities. In addition to marking locations along your journey, you can zoom in or out of a simple map that displays your current direction and path. There’s also a “go to location” feature that routes you back to your starting location, or to any location you have defined. Once you have defined several locations, you can save this information as a route, allowing you to travel the same path in the future.

Place the Forerunner in the supplied docking cradle to charge it and to download the walk information into the supplied Training Center software on your PC.

Forerunner on docking cradle

For more information, I recommend you go to Amazon to read the detailed explanation about the Garmin Forerunner 205.

Just as an additional note, Garmin makes a Forerunner 305 model that has all the functions of the 205, but has a built in heart rate monitor if you want to ensure that you achieve a certain level of heart rate during your workout.  The 305 costs approximately $30 more than the 205.

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