Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: 30 minutes North-West of Los Angeles.
Bikes: 2012 MotorHouse road bike. No. You can't get one.
I have no experience with the ForeRunner: I have the Edge 305. Like it alot. I'd recommend it with a couple caveats:
First, it has a known problem with shutting off when riding on vibration-inducing roads. Garmin knows this although doesn't publicize it. I have had to return my 305 once a year for the past 2 years to get new ones. This last time (last month), the man on the phone said they had switched to a newer design and I shouldn't have trouble with it again.
Second, you'll want to get a good software program to access it's features. I have found Ascent
to be the best. (Downside? It's for Macintosh only.) Motionbased
just doesn't do it for me, but others like it. The Garmin Training Center is only good for putting que's onto your maps (Ascent does not do this). I use bikely.com
to map out the route and then import into GTC where I add the street names. The Edge does not show surrounding streets, just the ones that your route is on and you created.
Now, can you use the Edge on a run? Sure. Just tuck it into a pocket and away you go. One method I used to avoid the vibration-shut down was to put it into my back jersey pocket. Still worked like a charm.
I use my Edge mostly for a couple things:
- I track my HR when training, trying to stay in the right zones for that day;
- I watch my cadence, trying to keep it 90+;
- I like to see the graphs of the elevation profile of my rides (pure enjoyment);
- I customized my two main screens: one for racing and one for all other riding (training, rec rides, etc.);
- I track my mileage month-to-month and year-to-year; and last
- I use the map function when riding new routes to know where I'm going (you have to send the maps to the Edge prior to using them). This way, I don't have to use paper route slips that--especially on longer rides--get all soggy and torn up due to sweat.
I would like to get an Edge 705, too. But financially, it's not possible now. I'd get that strictly for the implementation of the power meter. The map-coverage would be a good bonus.