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Recent reviews for this item:
1623ravewood, September 18, 2011 Not sure why I bought this heart monitor but it is very
hard to interact with. The bezel controls are slow to
respond and the user interface sucks big time. I have used
the 305 for a long time and love it despite the size. I
had a 305 but eventually it stopped working. Might buy
another 305 and throw away the 405.
Vancouver_Pete, May 26, 2011 Picked one up at Costco, took it back two weeks later after
some lock-up during the data download caused me to lose all
Contacted Garmin Technical support who asked me to make sure
all my drivers were updated. Elevated to a Level 2 tech who
admittited their web-software was suffering growing pains.
iceman, June 29, 2010 I've used the 405 for >1yr for cycling and rowing. The only
reason I've stuck with it so long is that I'm too cheap to
replace it with a different Garmin.
The GPS and HRM functions are great, but are essentially
identical to the much less expensive Forerunner 305...
Unfortunately using interface, especially during any
activity, is an exercise in frustration. It seems like
Garmin went for 'cool and svelte' as primary design
criteria, rather than 'it should work'. Issues:
- bezel control rarely works with gloves on, and/or when damp.
- bezel is just a dumb idea -- even without gloves this is
much harder to work than simple tactile buttons while
running or mounted on handlebars.
- most of the text on the display is too small, especially
to be read while mountain biking. It didn't need to be that
way, as Garmin used a significant fraction of screen
real-estate to display 'garmin' rather than information.
- it freezes too often, even with the latest firmware.
Sometimes it can't even be reset and I have to wait for the
battery to run down in order to reboot it.
- battery life is too short. The rated 8hrs is never
achieved and even if it were, that's too short for many
My wife's Forerunner 305 was far cheaper and works better.
Maybe the 310XT is much better than the 405.. I hope so.
Neil, November 16, 2009 I have owned and used the Forerunner 405 for 8 months or
so. The device frequently locks up and becomes non-
responsive when running, expecially if it is raining or
humid. It seems the cause may be moisture. The bezel will
either not operate in these circumstances or the device
starts changing screens all on its own. The wireless
interface with your PC is a nice feature. I have owned
Forerunners 201 and 305. The 405 does seem to lock onto
satellite signals faster than other Forerunners. However
with the overall performance (or lack thereof) I would have
to say the Forerunner 405 is a piece of junk. Don't waste
your money on it.