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Old May 26th, 2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Default Cheap but reliable GPS?

Hi folks

Wonder if anyone can suggest an inexpensive yet reliable GPS...

I see an awesome price on the Garmin Forerunner 305 though I really just need something simple for now...want to map out distances on a couple of loops that I skate.

The 305 is on my wishlist for next season though...

Thanks!
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Old May 26th, 2010, 11:20 PM   #2
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The USATF mapping tool allows you to effectively measure
your routes and save them as well. I used this for a long
time before I got my Garmin.

Simply enter the zip of the area you want to check,
then use the +/- adjustment to refine the degree of
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Old May 27th, 2010, 02:34 AM   #3
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that...is...too...cool! thanks!
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 04:43 PM   #4
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I asked this question last month. I went with the cheapest. Motion-X GPs app for the IPhone. If you have an I phone try it $2.99 I also tried ISkate but it was not accurate for me. $9.99
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Old June 4th, 2010, 03:02 AM   #5
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I asked this question last month. I went with the cheapest. Motion-X GPs app for the IPhone. If you have an I phone try it $2.99 I also tried ISkate but it was not accurate for me. $9.99
No iPhone here unfortunately. I'm eyeing the Forerunner 305 though. But it'll have to wait a bit, SemiRaces to be ordered sometime over the next few weeks :-D

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Old July 16th, 2010, 08:58 AM   #6
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No iPhone here unfortunately. I'm eyeing the Forerunner 305 though. But it'll have to wait a bit, SemiRaces to be ordered sometime over the next few weeks :-D

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This is an excellent unit and great value these days. Very capable and easy to use. Wearing it with hand/wrist protectors is awkward but this would be true for any other similar device. I'm going to make an arm band out of some neoprene sheet and velcro when I get around to it.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 02:52 PM   #7
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Not to mention a danger if it gets knocked off. I had to jump someone's Garmin this past weekend. Almost had me going down.
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Old August 4th, 2010, 12:34 PM   #8
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Go with the 305, Garmin makes great units. I own a 205 which is essentially the same thing without the heart rate monitor. It calculates everything that i need.
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Old August 6th, 2010, 01:38 AM   #9
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Pgick, I just downloaded the app. on my phone. Am playing around trying to figure it out now. Very, very cool. How do you carry your iPhone? I have some ideas, all of which have drawbacks... Does it get sweat soaked? I am totally new to this and want to map out a few routes. I drove some, but others are paved trails in parks and the on-line parks info is sketchy. So this has been working for you? I can't wait to test it out. Oh, and great picture. I first learned to skate and started playing ice hockey in '75.
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Old August 6th, 2010, 01:48 AM   #10
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I really like everytrail for the iPhone. At the end of the run you can choose to upload the gps data and it spits out a page like this:
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=739957
You can opt to make the trip public or not and automatically post a link to facebook and twitter if you so desire. Also has fields where you can add your own notes/comments.
There's a free version to try out.
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Old August 6th, 2010, 01:53 AM   #11
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Seriously everything you really need. $125.00. Not the most up to date technology, but full gps and route mapping, mileage, etc

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Old August 6th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #12
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I really like everytrail for the iPhone. At the end of the run you can choose to upload the gps data and it spits out a page like this:
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=739957
You can opt to make the trip public or not and automatically post a link to facebook and twitter if you so desire. Also has fields where you can add your own notes/comments.
There's a free version to try out.
Wow, nice. I have a forerunner 305, which I suppose is serious overkill, but I do like the number of different things you can do with it. My output looks like this. I'm pretty sure that most of the forerunners (and other models) do this, too.
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Elevation and speed seem more accurate in the 305 and I like the output... I'm seriously tempted to get one now... In the output you linked did you have to somehow tell it where each loop was or is it smart about it?
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Elevation and speed seem more accurate in the 305 and I like the output... I'm seriously tempted to get one now... In the output you linked did you have to somehow tell it where each loop was or is it smart about it?
Oh, I was consciously hitting the lap button every time I passed a certain point, though you can tell it to auto-lap every time you hit a certain spot (which I should get around to doing eventually). I've also got auto-reminders set for every mile and at the 1-hr mark, all of which is customizable if you'd like something different.
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Birthday comin' up...I asked my wife if a Garmin 305 might be in my future.

Besides the "you already have a heart rate monitor" and "can't you just get out and JUST ENJOY skating for once" I hope I end up with one...

Worst case I'll pick one up next season. This year, I already bought too much

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I just ordered one. Myuu owes me $149.34 !
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Old August 7th, 2010, 03:39 AM   #17
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Birthday comin' up...I asked my wife if a Garmin 305 might be in my future.

Besides the "you already have a heart rate monitor" and "can't you just get out and JUST ENJOY skating for once" I hope I end up with one...

Worst case I'll pick one up next season. This year, I already bought too much

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Oh, god. I have spent faaaaaar too much money on skating this year... The good news is that it's great for keeping you aware of your pace!

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I just ordered one. Myuu owes me $149.34 !
Check's in the mail. Yeah.
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Old August 7th, 2010, 03:47 AM   #18
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Oh, god. I have spent faaaaaar too much money on skating this year... The good news is that it's great for keeping you aware of your pace!
Yes, it is! At least the adjustment period for the semi races is long enough to slow down purchases for a while. Wife was happy that I wasn't looking for another pair of skates at least.

She skates, but she just does not understand. Gear is good!

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