Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The GPS/Watch Combo

I do some running here 'n there and have grown accustomed to various accessories and/or accoutrements to provide assistance.  One such accessory is the GPS/watch combination.  I'm currently on my 4th GPS/watch.

Why so many, you ask?  Is it because I'm so awesome that I run 20,000 miles a year and require all those watches?  Or is it because my speed is so speedy, that the GPSer in the watch just wears out?  Nope.  It's because the dang things break.  They just do.  One of my watches, (the Garmin 201, I believe) lost button functionality on two of the buttons.  Another one became water damaged in the St George Rainstorm Marathon of 2008.  I PR'd that year so I ain't complaining, and would gladly sacrifice twelve Garmin 305s for another PR.  The watch I used to replace that one wouldn't turn on one day.

Each and every death of each and every watch has conveniently occurred after the one-year warrantee is no longer. Yes, "conveniently."  I've exchanged many an e-mail with those at Garmin over these deaths.


My current Forerunner 305 has been with me the longest.  We've been together two years.  Last week, however, I had a button quit. I can actuate the button with a pokey thing, like the end of a pen, but normal use is no longer.  I guess I can continue using this watch by carrying a pen.  But to be honest, a pen is not a running accoutrement worth carrying.  Sorry Bic, maybe next time.

It looks like I need to buy yet another watch.  I'll go to Amazon and put the watch in my basket, then Amazon will remind me that I have already bought this watch.  They'll say, "Hey Lady.  You already bought this, like, two years ago, and again, like, a year after that."  Amazon will also ask, "Are you sure you wanna buy three?"  This is a true story by the way.  Amazon will let you know when you have purchased something already.  Aren't they great?  I extra especially (expecially) heart Amazon.

Anyway, the watch became a subject of conversation on a recent run.  The buddies are trying to get me to buy the Garmin Forerunner 310XT instead of another Garmin Forerunner 305.  They say the 310XT has tons of battery life, is very comfortable, and is water proof.  Also has a nifty wireless download. The price tag for said 310XT is a hefty $399.


Given the Garmin Forerunner track record, I can conclude that I will get one, maybe two years out of this watch.  Sound right to you?  Sounds about right to me.  Right now, Amazon has the Forerunner 305 for $128.54.

So what should I do?  I think I should by another 305.  At $128 (and .54 cents), they're down-right disposable in comparison.  And if if I need the extra battery?  Buy two – would still be cheaper.

I do like orange though... color's a good reason to upgrade, yes?


radracer said...

Buy a 305. Wait the warranty period plus one day and buy said 305 a sibling. Then you don't have overlapping warranty periods. You know, kind of like not having two kids in diapers.

Unless you start open water swimming or biking for hours and hours and HOURS on end (like someone we know), I'm not seeing the need for the 310XT. (Although the comfort thing has it's appeal, having endured many 305-chewed skin over the wrist bones.)

I don't mind the cradle download thing, and battery life on the 305 is acceptable.

I think I've had better luck than you. My one failure was conveniently within warranty, and I haven't had a failure since.

StupidBike said...

I have had 3 305's, one, lost its face on the BST in Draper after 3 years of use, one was stolen.

I tried the 410 once in between and it was a POS.

GoinMom said...

Buy the 310. So then you can be one step closer to doing triathlons.

Me (BB) said...


lifein360 said...

Ohhh Orange and Grey...think of all the outfit combinations. Tough call. ;)

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Yeah, so I like Amazon, too. But I like REI and even better for one simple reason: unlimited returns.

So buy your next one from one of those two fine establishments, and then when it breaks, return it and get a new one or at least get credit for the cost of your old one towards the new one.