Does anybody have any suggestions for a GPS to use for training purposes in an OC1?


Submitted by phgadd on Sun, 01/20/2008 - 9:29am

Depends what you want to do with it.

I have only Garmin products, but there are other good ones too.

Garmin 305: Good for heart-rate and general speed, distance, and logs your route to PC. You should be able to get good prices too since they are introducing a new model soon.

Garmin handheld (Vista, etc...): No HR monitor but loads else, especially maps/charts for navigation (but don't leave your old compass at home...electronics fail).

The 305 is meant for wrist so I mount it to front iaku. Handheld goes well in center cockpit.

#1 Sun, 01/20/2008 - 9:44am

I just got a Garmin E-Trex GPS tells me the speed, average speed, how far i went, the distance, and moor. and it only cost 100$. I set it up with velcro for use on different canoes I use.


#2 Sun, 01/20/2008 - 11:47am

I use the garmin 201. Great unit, we have 3 of them (Wife, Step son and me) The website is great for tracking your workouts and showing your progress. You can even download your saved tracks to google earth and do a fly by. We bought all ours off ebay for about $50 - $75 each.

#3 Sun, 01/20/2008 - 12:02pm

Have to agree with huligan here...Forerunner 201s from Garmin are great and give me everything I need and they are cheap. If you need integrated heart rate then go with the new 305.

#4 Mon, 01/21/2008 - 12:27pm


I've had one of these for two days. Not long enough to judge it against anything else but it seems to work OK showing speed/avg speed/distance etc. It's been enough to tell me that what I thought was a 8km track is only 6.7km so what I thought was a reasonable time for that distance actually stinks :-(.

Also has a built in heart-rate monitor which I haven't tried yet. It comes with a PC interface that overlays your track on googleearth maps, and will graph speed/heartrate/altitute vs time

Price wise it seems to be around US$200. In local prices I picked it up for NZ$60 more than Garmin eTrex (and I get the heart rate thing) and about NZ$100 less than a FR305.

#5 Thu, 01/24/2008 - 12:00pm

J, Are you wearing it on your wrist or attaching it to your boat? I am working on a way to attach my Forerunner 305 to my boat in between my legs so I am interested to see how others are attaching it.

#7 Thu, 01/24/2008 - 4:23pm

Greg...too much information man!! :-)

#8 Thu, 01/24/2008 - 6:19pm

Can you say - Dry Spell.

#9 Thu, 01/24/2008 - 8:27pm


thats what worked out perfect with my Garmin E-Trex GPS I went to a hobbie store and got velcro that had a sticky back then I stuck to my Pegusus that had a velcro srtip for the seat already..... down there

#10 Thu, 01/24/2008 - 8:38pm

The Garmin 60 series (for GPS 60, GPSMAP 60, 60Cx,
60CSx) has a suction cup mount and works well for mounting the Forerunner 305. it comes with some extra parts you won't need. it runs about $30.

#11 Fri, 01/25/2008 - 4:39am


Hi Greg

Not sure where I'm going to put the watch. I have a cockpit boat so there's nowhere (well, almost nowhere) to put it between my legs. So I'm thinking of clamping it to the front of the cockpit or tying it to the front kiato. That may be a bit far for the heartrate monitor to be picked up so I'll need to experiment. Or perhaps a suction cup mount from a kayak shop.

#12 Fri, 01/25/2008 - 1:09pm

Check out the Velocitek SC-1 at These devices are designed for racing sailboats. They are considerably more expensive than the other options but they are waterproof, nearly indestructible and easy to read at a glance.

#13 Tue, 04/08/2008 - 11:25pm

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