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Edge 305 Forerunner vs Edge 305

Old 06-02-07, 04:07 PM
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Edge 305 Forerunner vs Edge 305

What're the differences between The two? I can get them for basically the same price, and by reading the details, it seems that they're the same, despite the $150 difference in MSRP. The regular 305 is $224 and the Forerunner is $244.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
What're the differences between The two? I can get them for basically the same price, and by reading the details, it seems that they're the same, despite the $150 difference in MSRP. The regular 305 is $224 and the Forerunner is $244.

I believe the Forerunner is designed as a watch type device for runners, while the edge is designed for biking. The edge can be had with a HR monitor &/or cadence counter, and the price varies based on which features you get. I assume the Forerunner doesn't have the cadence option. Have you checked the Garmin website?

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If you do a search on Garmin you will find a discussion comparing the two. If I remember correctly you can get the forerunner with a cycling cadence option for about the same price as the Edge. If I remember correctly the trade-off is the Edge's bigger screen versus the flexibilty of the forerunner that can be used for sports other than cycling.

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Location: Portland, Or Originally Posted by dekindyAmazon.com has the Forerunner 305 with heart rate monitor for $256.95 minus $50 rebate from Garmin.

The Edge 305 with Heart rate monitor and cadence for $275.28.

If I am reading this correctly you could add the cadence feature to the Forerunner and have virtually the same setup as the Edge.

I was not seriously thinking about anything more than my Cateye Astrale 8 until I saw this thread. What advice would anyone have for another unit that would compete with the Edge? Advice concerning the Forerunner with Cadence versus the Edge with cadence?


Yes. Difference is that Edge has 2 hours more battery(12 hours) and a larger screen that supports 8 windows vs the FR's 4.
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Originally Posted by chinarider
I believe the Forerunner is designed as a watch type device for runners, while the edge is designed for biking. The edge can be had with a HR monitor &/or cadence counter, and the price varies based on which features you get. I assume the Forerunner doesn't have the cadence option. Have you checked the Garmin website?
I think both the Edge and the Forerunner 305 can be used with the HR and cadence. If you see a large price difference between the units, it is likely because the more expensive one is bundled with one or both of these sensors, while the cheaper one is just the base unit. If I recall correctly the main differences in the base unit are the barometric altimeter (only in the Edge) and the size of the display (Edge has more display fields). There is also a small difference in battery life and, of course, the Forerunner is a little smaller. Note that while the Forerunner is styled like a watch, it is a really really big watch; not something that I would wear around the office.
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The forerunnner is a watch with smaller screen and less battery life. It does everything the edge does, except no barometric altimeter (uses GPS altimeter, which is much less accurate). I run and ride and I am very happy with my forerunner 305 and feel no need for the edge. If you dont run, then there is no reason to pick the forerunner.
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Originally Posted by jamiewilson3
The forerunnner is a watch with smaller screen and less battery life. It does everything the edge does, except no barometric altimeter (uses GPS altimeter, which is much less accurate). I run and ride and I am very happy with my forerunner 305 and feel no need for the edge. If you dont run, then there is no reason to pick the forerunner.
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Okay, thanks. I got a catalog from my LBS called Petra that has some really awesome (think PBK) deals on all GPS stuff, Garmin most of all.
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I have a Forerunner because of the versatility. Looked to me that the edge was just to be mounted on one machine ... why would i limit myself like that.
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Originally Posted by donoman
I have a Forerunner because of the versatility. Looked to me that the edge was just to be mounted on one machine ... why would i limit myself like that.
The Edge has a quick-release so you can easily move it from bike to bike. The base unit comes with mounts for 2 different bikes and additional mounts are $10 each. The optional speed sensor has to be calibrated for each bike, but the Edge also works great without the speed sensor.
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Wait, does the Edge 305 have a speed sensor or no? I was under the impression that you could just attach the head mount to the bike and ride, GPS told you how fast you were going, no magnets or speed sensors included.
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I have both. I bought the Edge first and I use it on my roadie and my tri bike (I needed to buy a 2nd cadence unit). It does have a speed sensor but it only gets used if the GPS unit can't pick up a signal. I like the Edge for riding because the mounts are designed for it...I'm sure I could have found a way to mount the forerunner to my bike (Garmin probably sells one) but I have a feeling it wouldn't have been as clean. Also, I've never checked to see if the Forerunner supports multiple bikes...the Edge supports three...so when I finish my fixie, I will be able to use it for that as well.

The Forerunner is VERY cool for running and I use most of the features including downloading interval workouts. It seems that it is not quite as quick at picking up the satellites as the Edge but it's not terrible. Feel free to PM me about either device.
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Originally Posted by cjbruin
I have both. I bought the Edge first and I use it on my roadie and my tri bike (I needed to buy a 2nd cadence unit). It does have a speed sensor but it only gets used if the GPS unit can't pick up a signal.
I just got my 305 a couple of days ago, but haven't installed the cadence sensor yet. It does a good job of measuring speed just sitting on my handlebar. Am I right in concluding that the cadence sensor and the speed sensor are part and parcel of each other--that is, that you can't measure cadence w/o also measuring speed via a magnet and pickup?
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
Wait, does the Edge 305 have a speed sensor or no? I was under the impression that you could just attach the head mount to the bike and ride, GPS told you how fast you were going, no magnets or speed sensors included.
The speed sensor is optional and is combined with the cadence sensor. The GPS odometer is very accurate, except in some deep canyons where you lose the GPS signal or when you are riding indoors on a trainer. Personally, I do not use the speed sensor and don't miss it.
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Originally Posted by bernmart
I just got my 305 a couple of days ago, but haven't installed the cadence sensor yet. It does a good job of measuring speed just sitting on my handlebar. Am I right in concluding that the cadence sensor and the speed sensor are part and parcel of each other--that is, that you can't measure cadence w/o also measuring speed via a magnet and pickup?
no. the cad will operate, but the sensor only picks up and reports the speed when the GPS signal can not. it is one sensor, but the two worked independently. later.
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the speed/cad sensor is great for indoor training in winter because it works on the back wheel.

I was up in northern Ontario this weekend where I've never been before, I had pre-programmed a course based on Google-based route makers, downloaded to the Edge, worked flawlessly. Awesome.
Three hours of rolling hills, some at 16%, great ride.
 
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Originally Posted by DocRay
the speed/cad sensor is great for indoor training in winter because it works on the back wheel.

I was up in northern Ontario this weekend where I've never been before, I had pre-programmed a course based on Google-based route makers, downloaded to the Edge, worked flawlessly. Awesome.
Three hours of rolling hills, some at 16%, great ride.
May I ask how you did that?
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Originally Posted by johnny99
The speed sensor is optional and is combined with the cadence sensor. The GPS odometer is very accurate, except in some deep canyons where you lose the GPS signal or when you are riding indoors on a trainer. Personally, I do not use the speed sensor and don't miss it.
This is true. The other reason you may want to use the speed sensor is to use your FR or Edge with an indoor trainer or rollers.

I have an FR305 and use it with my bike - works very well. I also use the FR to run with on occasion as well. I would get the Edge if you are only going to use the GPS unit on the bike. Get the FR if you want to use the device for other sports: running, hiking, horseback…
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May I ask how you did that?
Sure you can. There are several route planners on line. I like toporoute:

http://www.toporoute.com/routePlanner.html

save the route as "GPX".

Then you need a GPX2CRS converter (Google for this).

Import the course in Garmin software, then sync it to the device.

When on the road, go to "training", and "load coarse". Bobsyeruncle.
 
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like said before, the forerunner is much more versatile, and the edge is cycling specific. pick your poison.

and i didn't like how big the edge was... so i went the forerunner route... but then i had to get polar's handlebar mount for wrist watches. you wouldn't be disappointed with either unit.
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like others said, if you run get the forerunner, if you don't run get the egde.

the main thing i like about the edge is that you can pick up to 8 things on the screen at once, and you can flip between any 2 screens you want, so if you want you can pick 16 things and have all of them at your fingertips in a matter of seconds. i believe the forerunner can only have 3 things on the screen at once...
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^^^^ it can have four. later.
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