Originally Posted by kr32
I have been tinkering with the idea of buying a GPS and wondering if anyone here has one of these and if so what do you like/dislike about it?
Are there any other brands I should at?
I have two GPS receivers. An Etrex and a Forerunner 305. Both are first class devices, but be advised that the distance covered is not accurate and is always less than actual. Apparently it's due to the accumulation of both horizontal and vertical errors over the time of the ride/hike. I still rely on my cyclometer which I've calibrated over a known distance.
What I like about the 305 is the heart rate monitor with the 5 zones, the track plot for new trails which can be put on Google Earth, an estimate of elevation, the estimated heading and the ability to retrace my path if I get lost exploring.
On familiar trails/rides, it's solely for the heart rate monitor. An equivalent monitor with the features of the 305 would have cost as much. The GPS was essentially free.
It will auto restart with a speed threshold setting. I seem to be getting around 12 hours+ per charge.
Last edited by alcanoe; 05-18-09 at 08:11 AM.