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Post by BrianLask Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:35 pm

About a week ago my forerunner 205 went kaput. I am looking at replacing it with one of two options. Price doesn't factor as I am probably getting them close to at cost.

Option 1

Garmin 310 XT w/ heart rate monitor and added cadence sensor.

The reason I like this option is because it is basically what I had before with an upgrade of a heart rate monitor and a cadence sensor for the bike. I don’t see myself getting silly ridiculous about using it for swims but I guess it is supposed to do water pretty well.
Best feature not on the Polar, route mapping. I like to be able to upload maps to the watch before I go out for a ride/run.

Option 2

Polar RS800cx Pro Team Edition w/ either G3 GPS sensor or S3 footpod

The reason I like this option is because the Polar stores a lot more data on it (although some of it may be frivolous or useless) and is said to be a much better monitor of heart rate. I have read interesting stories about comparing the footpod to the GPS and which one is more accurate. The biggest downside is the mapping, you cannot load a map onto the Polar.

What do you think? The Garmin watch is huge, but I know exactly what I am getting with it.


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Post by soto Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:03 pm

i have the 310 XT and like it. I don't do a lot of GPS stuff with it, but do load it with workouts. It works fine in the water. It is not as big as the 205 and 305, so it doesn't feel like you have a rock on your wrist.

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