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Recent reviews for this item:
Chantal, May 9, 2011 i really like my new training watch Forerunner 405 , it
keeps me motivate to go running and helps me improve my
time! The only thing is there is no instructions guide
showing all the different menus and possibilites, so it
takes a while to get use to it ans to its full potential !
Duker, Cheryl, June 6, 2010 Very good watch...battery life is excellent. I went for a
run with 18% battery life & the watch was still good after
a 10k (50min run)
Very easy to navigate through the options.
Amber, April 24, 2009 I wanted to put in a good review of this product
because it is wonderful. I have had it almost
since it came out and I love it. It is smaller
than a 305 and more stylish. The bezel is easy to
work with by running your finger around it and you
can lock the bezel when you are running so that
nothing will bump it and change the screen. A
previous reviewer said you can't look at your
running history past the current run but that is
not true, it holds 1000 laps, so your past history
is there you just have to scroll through (you can
see which way to scroll by the highlighted arrow
at the top right corner). I will be getting the
new Garmin 310xt for only ONE reason: because it
is waterproof (it unfortunately looks more like
the 305, which has many benefits, but looks is not
one of them). I do triathlons and I need a watch
that is going to be with me through the swim
portion. My husband does a lot of running (will
be running the Boston marathon next year) and he
loves his 405, just as I do.
Chris, January 18, 2009 I've been meaning to write this for some time to
save others the disappointment this expensive yet
completely unusable GPS offers.
I've been using Garmin fitness GPS units for
years, most recently having the Garmin 305 - I
expected great things in the 405 since each one
in the series offered improvements over the
last. It's obvious that chain of successes ended
with the 305, however.
Two significant issues stand out that rate this
unit unacceptable in comparison to its
1) The "touch ring" navigation: Gone are easy to
press buttons that you can use with gloves on.
Now you need to "stroke" a touch style ring like
you're a hobbit admiring "the precious" to do all
functions. This gets old FAST and is almost
unusable in the rain - in fact, if you don't have
the sensitivity adjusted correctly, the rain will
cause the unit to jump around menus
sporadically. And forget about using it with
gloves - that dream's over.
2) Viewing running history: Unless it's the last
run you just did, this is gone as well. You now
need to connect this unit to a computer to see
anything. This may not be a big deal for some,
but to me it represents a significant regression
from the functionality of the previous models.
3) View tracks on "map": Gone - instead of
improving the ability to view your progress on
the breadcrumb map, like say adding zoom in/out
with panning, the functionality is removed
Now, it's not all bad news: The best feature is
the ability to install updates and download
running histories wirelessly. Of course, instead
of using Bluetooth, you need to plug in a USB
What's most disappointing about the 405 is that
it appears Garmin didn't do a very good job of
user testing - if at all. I can't imagine that
if you gathered a group of 205 or 305 runners
that one in 20 would find the unit satisfactory -
especially because of the touch-sensitive menu
Word to the wise: Go with the 305 and heart rate
monitor. It's a better value for the money and a
far more useful fitness GPS.