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GARMIN Colorado 300

Hand held GPS receiver with large color display, integrated 3D base map, electronic compass, barometrical altimeter, optional heart rate and cadence sensor, auto-routing, USB interface and slot for optional SD memory card.

The GARMIN Colorado 300 is very easy to use thanks to its rock'n'roll key and its user friendly graphical interface. It supports multiple languages, has an integrated 3D base map, an electronic compass and a barometrical altimeter. It can receive data from an optional chest belt with a heart rate monitor and also from an optional speed and cadence sensor for bikes. The Colorado 300 has 384 MB of built-in memory to store optional maps with even more detailed information, such as local roads, restaurants and points of interest. In addition, it has a slot for a standard SD memory card. The built-in USB interface supports data exchange with a PC. The very sensitive antenna provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples).


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GARMIN Colorado 300

Features:

  • Portable, easy to use, robust, waterproof to IPX-7 standards (withstands 30 minutes under water up to 1 meter (3 feet) deep)
  • Large, easy to read TFT color display with background illumination (256 colors, 240x400 pixel)
  • Easy to use thanks to its rock'n'roll key and three push buttons plus its user friendly, graphical interface
  • Multilingual user interface in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna plus connector for optional external GPS antenna
  • Integrated world wide 3D map with countries, bodies of water, major cities and major highways
  • 384 MB of built-in memory to store even more detailed maps with local roads, points of interest etc. You may transfer these maps from a PC to the GPS
  • Slot for standard SD memory card. Memory cards are available as an option.
  • Electronic compass to check heading while not moving¹ (can be turned off so safe power, accuracy ±2°, resolution ±1°)
  • Barometrical altimeter for precise elevation recording², range -610..9144 m (-2000..+30000 feet); accuracy ±3 m (10 feet), resolution ±30 cm (1 foot)
  • Heart rate monitor, requires optional chest belt with heart rate sensor. The chest belt uses a digitally coded signal, which means, once a heart beat sensor and the GPS have been paired, the GPS will never receive a conflicting signal from another sensor. So you can exercise in close proximity to other sensors without fear of interference.
  • Cadence monitor, requires optional speed and cadence sensor. Measures the number of revolutions of the crank arms with a magnet and a wireless sensor. Like the heart rate monitor, this sensor uses a digitally coded signal. Once paired with the Colorado 300, the GPS will never receive a conflicting signal from another sensor. So you can exercise in close proximity to other sensors without fear of interference.
  • Powered by batteries (2x AA, last about 16 h) or by an external 12 V power source, e.g. from a car's cigarette lighter (power cord available as an option)
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF³: approx. 1 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 30 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Supports the following protocols for data exchange with an external devices: NMEA 0183, GARMIN serial, Text
  • Supports WAAS (improves accuracy of position indication from typical better than 15 m (49 feet) to typical better than 3 m (10 feet))
  • Supports more than 100 different datum (coordinate systems)
  • Supports various display formats include the Swiss Grid
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -20 .. 70°C (-4° .. 158°F)
  • USB interface (USB connection cable included)
  • Dimensions: 140x60x35 mm (5.5x2.4x1.4 inches)
  • Weight: 170 g (5.9 ounces, without batteries)
  • ¹) In order to check the heading with a GPS, a minimal movement with a speed of at least 5..8 km/h (3..5 mi/h) is required. Where no movement is not possible, a compass is needed.
  • ²) Even though a GPS provides accurate elevation information, the value slightly varies continuously. A barometrical altimeter is therefore more accurate, especially when summarizing elevation changes.
  • ³) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the current position is acquired.

Information for navigation:

  • 5 preset profiles (Recreational, Geocaching, Car, Marine, Fitness). Provides fast switching between different configuration settings of the device. Supports also user defined profiles.
  • Stores 1000 waypoints with name (30 characters), icon (choice of more than 150 symbols), comments (50 characters), coordinates, elevation and depth.
  • Stores 50 reversible routes
  • World map with zoom function in the range of 800 km to 20 m (500 mi to 80 ft)
  • Information on the map displayed in 5 levels of details.
  • Find waypoints, cities, points of interest, addresses etc. The objects you can actually search for depend on the maps loaded on the GPS. Various maps are available as an option, see list of MapSource products.
  • Bearing (electronic compass)
  • Current position (longitude, latitude, altitude)
  • Altitude via air pressure (barometer)
  • Current accuracy of the position information
  • Current time
  • Current bearing
  • Current, average and maximum speed
  • Trip duration and distance (Odometer)
  • Records the travelled path (track), capacity 10'000 track points
  • Stores 20 travelled routes (tracks)
  • Supports metric and U.S. units

Additional features:

  • Heart rate (requires optional chest belt with heart rate sensor)
  • Cadence of the crank arms (requires optional speed and cadence sensor)
  • Air pressure trend (can take pressure readings every 15 minutes even when power is off)
  • Wireless data exchange with other Colorado devices
  • Image viewer (when connected to a computer, the GPS appears as an additional drive to transfer pictures)
  • Geocaches
  • Wherigo (toolset for creating and playing GPS-enabled adventures in the real world, see www.wherigo.com)
  • Time of sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, current phase of the moon, constellation sun-earth-moon
  • Information regarding hunting and fishing
  • Area calculation
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Stop watch
  • Calendar
  • Position and signal strength of the satellites

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GARMIN Colorado 300 overview:

Unit features of the GARMIN Colorado 300

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Main pages of the GARMIN Colorado 300:

Note: You may configure the main pages through options. The screenshots below are just examples, the actual appearance may vary from the pages shown below depending on the current settings. Especially the content of the data fields is user configurable. You can choose from 43, rsp. 15 different values, see selection 1, rsp. selection 2.

Shortcuts Settings Status Satellites
GARMIN Colorado 300 Shortcuts GARMIN Colorado 300 Settings GARMIN Colorado 300 Status GARMIN Colorado 300 Satellites
Rotate the rock'n'roll key to select the various functions and settings fast and easily.
  • System settings (GPS mode, language, tones, interface, battery type)
  • Display settings (background illumination, background image, colors)
  • Configure the shortcuts
  • Select a profile
  • Map settings (orientation, auto zoom, level of details, lock on road, bearing indicators)
  • Track settings (record method, interval, show on map)
  • Route settings (method, vehicle type, avoid, off-road transition)
  • Marine settings (anchor drag alarm, off course alarm, deep water alarm, shallow water alarm, marine chart)
  • Time settings (format, time zone, daylight saving time)
  • Unit settings
  • Position format settings (includes Swiss Grid (CH-1903))
  • Compass and direction indication settings
  • Barometer settings
  • Calibration of the pressure sensor and compass
  • Fitness sensors settings (heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensor)
  • Current time
  • Current day of week
  • Current date
  • Battery charge level
  • Quality of the GPS signal
  • Backlight level

Briefly press the power button to activate this menu.

  • Current position (coordinates)
  • Accuracy of current position information
  • Constellation of the satellites
  • Elevation
  • Strength of satellites' signals

 

3D Map Elevation Trip Computer
Recreational Mode
Trip Computer
Automotive Mode
GARMIN Colorado 300 3D Map GARMIN Colorado 300 Elevation GARMIN Colorado 300 Trip Computer Recreational Mode GARMIN Colorado 300 Trip Computer Automotive Mode
  • 3D base map
  • Two soft keys at the top of the display (can be hidden)
  • Current scale
  • Two user configurable data fields at the bottom of the display (can be hidden)

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

  • Two user configurable data fields at the top of the display
  • Elevation profile or pressure changes over time with scale factors

For each data field, you can choose from 15 different values2)

  • Travelled trip distance
  • Maximum speed
  • Moving time
  • Average speed (moving time only)
  • Stopped time
  • Average speed (total time)
  • Elevation
  • Accumulated travelled distance (Odometer)

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

You may choose to display 3 large data fields instead of 8 small data fields.

  • Current speed
  • Current heading
  • Distance to destination
  • Travelled trip distance
  • Total time
  • Average speed (total time)
  • Moving time
  • Average speed (moving time only)
  • Stopped time
  • Maximum speed

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

 

Navigation Start Navigation Map Navigation Route
GARMIN Colorado 300 Navigation Start GARMIN Colorado 300 Navigation Map GARMIN Colorado 300 Navigation GARMIN Colorado 300 Route
  • Name of the destination
  • Coordinates of the destination
  • Map of the area around the destination
  • Direction
  • Map with current position (blue triangle), next turn (white arrow) and planned route (violet line)
  • Estimated arrival time at destination
  • Distance to next turn
  • Two user configurable data fields at the bottom of the display can be hidden

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

  • Current speed
  • Distance to next turn
  • Estimated arrival time at destination
  • Estimated travel time to next turn
  • Heading to next turn

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

  • Turns with name, type of turn and distance

 

Calendar Alarm Clock Stop Watch Text Entry
GARMIN Colorado 300 Calendar GARMIN Colorado 300 Alarm Clock GARMIN Colorado 300 Stop Watch GARMIN Colorado 300 Text Entry
  • Calendar with current day
  • Time of sunrise at the current position
  • Time of sunset at the current position
  • Time for alarm (this will turn on the unit if switch off)
  • Number of laps
  • Lenght of lap
  • Elapsed time (stop watch)
  • Lap time
  • Average lap time

Various functions require the user to enter text or numbers. Chose a letter or number by rotating the rock'n'roller, select the character by pressing the button.

  • Entry field
  • Selected character

Data fields:

Selection 1: For each data field, you can choose one from the following 43 values.

No Name Explanation
1 Accuracy of GPS The current accuracy of your GPS determined position.
2 Battery Level Battery charge level.
3 Bearing The compass direction from a position to a destination measured to the nearest degree; also called an azimuth. In a GPS receiver, bearing usually refers to the direction to a waypoint.
4 Cadence Revolutions of the crank arm per minute.
5 Course The direction from the beginning landmark of a course to its destination (measured in degrees, radians, or mils) or the direction from a route waypoint to the next waypoint in the route segment.
6 Depth Depth of water (requires NMEA input from a sonar device).
7 Distance to Destination Current distance to the final destination.
8 Distance to Next Current distance to the next waypoint or turn.
9 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
10 ETA at Destination Estimated arrival time at the final destination.
11 ETA at Next Estimated arrival time at the next turn.
12 Glide Ratio The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance.
13 Glide Ratio to Destination The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination's elevation.
14 GPS Signal Strength Strength of satellites' signals.
15 Heading The direction in which you are currently moving.
16 Heart Rate Current heart rate (heart beats per minute, bpm)
17 Location (lat/lon) Current location as latitude/longitude coordinates.
18 Location (selected) Current location indicated in the selected format (datum).
19 Odometer Total distance travelled since last reset*).
20 Off Course The distance you are off the desired course.
21 Pointer Arrow that indicates the direction to travel to the next point on a route.
22 Speed Current speed.
23 Speed - Maximum Maximum speed since last reset*).
24 Speed - Moving Avg. Average speed without the time with no motion since the last reset*).
25 Speed - Overall Avg. Average speed including the time with no motion since the last reset*).
26 Sunrise Time of sunrise at the current position.
27 Sunset Time of sunset at the current position.
28 Temperature - Air Temperature of the air.
29 Temperature - Water Temperature of the water (requires an external data acquisition device).
30 Time of Day Current time.
31 Time to Destination Estimated travel time to the final destination.
32 Time to Next Estimated travel time to the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
33 To Course Direction to the planned course.
34 Trip Odometer Travelled distance since last reset*).
35 Trip Time - Moving Time with motion since last reset*).
36 Trip Time - Stopped Time without motion since last reset*).
37 Trip Time - Total Total time since last reset*).
38 Turn The direction of and the distance to the next turn on a route.
39 Velocity Made Good The rate of closure to the destination, based upon your current speed and course.
40 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
41 Vertical Speed to Destination The measurement of your rate of ascent to a predetermined elevation.
42 Waypoint at Destination Name of the waypoint at the final destination.
43 Waypoint at Next Name of the next waypoint.

*) You may reset the trip-counters, the Odometer and the Maximum Speed independently of each other.

Selection 2: For each data field, you can choose one from the following 15 values.

No Name Explanation
1 Ambient Pressure The uncalibrated current pressure.
2 Ascent Average The average vertical distance of ascents.
3 Ascent Maximum The maximum ascent rate.
4 Ascent Total The total distance ascended.
5 Barometer The calibrated current pressure.
6 Descent Average The average vertical distance of descents.
7 Descent Maximum The maximum descent rate.
8 Descent Total The total distance descended.
9 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
11 Elevation Maximum Highest altitude above sea level since last reset.
10 Elevation Minimum Lowest altitude above sea level since last reset..
12 Glide Ratio The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance.
13 Glide Ratio To Destination The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination's elevation.
14 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
15 Vertical Speed To Dest The measurement of your rate of ascent to a predetermined elevation.

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Price:

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Options:

Car mounting kit, including:
  • Mounting kit with suction cup
  • Adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
  • Power cord for car cigarette lighter
Add item to shopping basket CHF 64 / EUR 56 [Picture and details]
Power supply without USB cable Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 / EUR 19 [Picture and details]
USB cable for data exchange with PC Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 / EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Power cord for car cigarette lighter Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 / EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Outdoor-kit with case Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 / EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Soft case Add item to shopping basket CHF 18 / EUR 16 [Picture and details]
Hard carrying case Add item to shopping basket CHF 45 / EUR 39 [Picture and details]
Belt clip Add item to shopping basket CHF 13 / EUR 11 [Picture and details]
Carabiner Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 / EUR 14 [Picture and details]
Backpack mount (tether) Add item to shopping basket CHF 30 / EUR 26 [Picture and details]
Bike mounting kit Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 / CHF 15 [Picture and details]
Belt for heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 / EUR 14 [Picture and details]
Premium chest belt with heart rate monitor (soft fabric strap for more comfort) Add item to shopping basket CHF 79 / EUR 69 [Picture and details]
Belt for premium heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 65 / EUR 57 [Picture and details]
Speed and cadence sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 68 / EUR 59 [Picture and details]
External GPS antenna Add item to shopping basket CHF 44 / EUR 38 [Picture and details]
Extension cable for external GPS antenna Add item to shopping basket CHF 45 / EUR 39 [Picture and details]
Adapter cable BNC to MCX for external GPS antenna Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 / EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Adapter cable MCX to BNC for external GPS antenna Add item to shopping basket CHF 39 / EUR 34 [Picture and details]
4.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 9 / EUR 8 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN Colorado 300 in detail.

MapSource, various CDroms with world or country map (requires a Windows PC and a cable for data exchange).

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