You can also set the Forerunner to auto start/stop so that when you stop to take a break, or stop for some traffic lights, it will automatically stop the watch, and then set it going once you start moving again.
You can even download all your training data to your PC where the bundled Training Center software will let you log and analyse all your data and help you create the perfect training system.
Of course the Forerunner is waterproof, so you could also use it while swimming or kayaking, making it an attractive proposition for triathletes. The Forerunner is rated for submersion in up to one metre of water for up to 30 minutes – so you’re not going to go diving with it, but then that’s not what it’s for.
As far as battery life goes, you'll get around 14 hours use from a full charge, which means that you can use it for a few sessions before you need to charge up – unless you’re in the habit of entering iron man contests.
But Garmin hasn’t forgotten its roots (or should that be routes) and the Forerunner also has basic navigation tools, so you can plot routes, set waypoints and even find your way home if you get lost.
Unsurprisingly, the Forerunner doesn’t come cheap, but then nothing comes cheap if you’re serious about sports. At £222 the Forerunner looks pricey, but you need to consider that a decent pair of running shoes will set you back around £130, and I’m not even going to go into how much I spent on my mountain bike. So, in the great scheme of things, the cost is pretty low compared to the other equipment that the target buyer is likely to splash out on.
The Forerunner 301 shows GPS technology being used for something other than getting from A – B, while the integration with the heart rate monitor is very slick. If you’re a sportsperson and want to make the most of your training sessions and gauge your improvements, the Forerunner is a powerful tool.
Garmin has put its GPS expertise to good use with the Forerunner 301. This is a great little unit that rolls, speed, distance, stopwatch and heart rate functionality into one well integrated package. If you want to be able to judge your performance no matter what activity you’re doing, this little box of tricks is invaluable. In fact, if it wasn't for the slight accuracy issue with distance over elevation, the Forerunner would have scored a perfect 10, but it's still more than worthy of recommendation.