Forerunner 405 W/HRM And USB by Garmin
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- Touch bezel lets you change screens with a simple tap (no more fumbling for buttons)
- Training features that continuously monitors your time, distance, pace, calories and heart rate (when paired with heart rate monitor)
- ANT + Sport wireless platform wirelessly sends your data to your computer
- Includes both the USB ANT Stick and Heart Rate Monitor
- Download recorded courses to compete against previous workouts or race a Virtual Partner
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Meet your newest and best workout partner to the Forerunner 405 from Garmin A true stickler for accuracy and output, this little sport watch is combined with an entire training system with GPS capabilities that will keep you on track and working hard Features a heart rate monitor and utilities for monitoring time, distance, pace, and calories; plus data storage (so you can review your progress); and alarms for time and distance goals reached or deviations in pace to should you happen to slack off Features: Monitor your heart rate, time, distance, pace, and calories with a single sport watch-cum-personal trainer as it stores all of the data so that you can review your improvement later Switch between monitoring your calorie use or speed to your GPS monitor by tapping the touch bezel Don't worry, you'll always get great reception for your GPS thanks to the unique design provides the antenna a larger view of the sky If you have to pause, or begin a new lap, you don't have to spend time resetting everything to the Auto Pause and Auto Lap features take care of that for you Record up to 1000 laps worth of lap history and customize your workouts, with Multi-sport, advanced, and simple workout schemes to track your energy output Your best workout buddy, it'll give you warnings when you deviate from a set pace, and alert you when you've reached time or distance goals Compatible with power meters so that you can view data from 3rd party ANT+Sport-enabled power meters Share your data with other Forerunner 405 users easily with the wireless transfer capabilities or automatically download it to your computer with the USB ANT Stick Specifications: Weight to dimensions: 211 ounces to 188 x 278 x 0646 inches Barometric altimeter: no Display size diameter: 106 inches Battery to battery life: rechargeable lithium-ion to 2 weeks (power save mode); 8 hours (training mode) Waypoints to routes: 100 to 0
Color: Black | Size: 000
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After nine months of use the battery took a nose dive and the watch locked-up completely. The is a one year warranty so I was provided a refurbished replacement and Garmin support was helpful but it's a re-furb and should have lasted longer than nine months. The replacement unit works fine so far but lowering my rating from four to three stars.
I have had this for five weeks with 15 activities during that time. Most of my activities are running with some outdoor rowing and indoor rowing (heartrate only) mixed in. This is my take thus far -
Battery: I wear this watch everyday, all day and charge it about every three days just to be safe. When I do charge, it still has usually half of its life left just before connecting to the charger (even after a day or two with a 5-8 mile run mixed in). I place the watch charger next to my mobile phone charger. There is a "sleep mode" that the watch defaults to when not in "training mode". This "sleep mode" still displays the time and if you push the start button, will display the date for a few minutes before defaulting back to time only. As long as you hit "stop" at the end of your workout and hold the "reset" button for three seconds (which saves the workout) then you'll capture all of your data and conserve batter life. I suspect that the GPS is what uses the most battery (much like your mobile phone).
Software: Most of the low rating are realted to the software and most of those seem to be related to Apple compatibility. Apple people are probably used to compatibility issues. On a MS operating system, I have had no issues at all with the software and, in fact, think the wireless data transfer and web-based reports are fantastic. I set up an RSS feed for my runs and shared it with my friends. I also set up an RSS feed for other runners in my zip code to see what the competition is up to : this assumes the users is sharing their run results which is completely optional). Check out the shared activities here: [...]
The Touch wheel: I was ready to squash all doubts about the use of the touch wheel until my long run this past Sunday when there was a misty rain. The touch wheel does not like the rain. I noticed that the watch kept beeping (I could hear it slightly over my music). I checked the screen a few more times after that and the screen continued to beep and cycle through different menus without any action from me. The water on the touch wheel apparently makes the watch think you are touching it constantly. I made it through 10 miles but was concerned that the battery would be drained with all of the extra screen changes or even worse, that the watch would stop recording my run. It did capture my run accurately though I had some trouble getting the timer to stop at the end of the run and, since the screen was still unresponsive for a few minutes after the run, I couldn't confirm that it had stopped the timer. All of my data was safe after a wiping the watch off, it was back to normal use. I ran a practice 5K yesterday in dry conditions and the watch fucntioned like new (there were no residual effects).
GPS Signal : I have run with this watch in mountainous wooded areas in Virginia and suburban Florida and had no trouble with GPS signal strength.
Watch Band: The watch is as much watch as watch band - by that I mean that the non-flexible watch piece is not limited to the circular dial as with traditional watches. The hardened (non-flexible) portion of the watch creates a "C" sort of like a woman's bracelet, then the watch band takes overfor the second half of the circle around your wrist. If you have a very large wrist, I could see this being trouble for you. Otherwise the band seems quite durable.
Training and Tracking: After each mile the watch beeps and display your pace for that mile. There is also an option to set up a pace monitor in which you can measure your progress during a run. For example, youe could set the pace to 7:15 per mile and during your run the watch will display two 'stick figures' representing you and the 7:15 pace. It will also tell you how many minutes and seconds you are ahead or behind that pace.
Pros: very accurate, great training tool, stylish vs all other options for daily wear, amazing web-based software, easy wireless data transfer, heart rate syncs effortlessly, battery life has surprised me.
Cons: pricey, the touch wheel is nearly worthless in the rain
It turns out you have to manually delete the history from the device, because that's how I like to waste my time, doing something extremely simple that any intelligently designed device would do all by itself. When I see mistakes like this it makes me wonder what other poor design issues await me in the future. The watch does give you a warning that the lap database is almost full, when you complete a lap while exercising. However, if you are biking at the time, as I often am, you will not hear the extra beep. It would be considerably more helpful if it would give the "lap database almost full" message when you set the watch into training mode, before you start your workout, instead of after the first mile (or lap) or your workout. Actually I've thought of a dozen ways they could have designed this better with very little effort.
You might wonder why I did not go to 1 star, and I probably would have it I hadn't waited to write this update.
Also, after having used the watch more, the menu system can drive me batty at times and it can be extra frustrating if you are moving and trying to navigate. My best advice is set is up and leave it alone while you run/bike/whatever. You also need to make sure anything you wear doesn't touch the bezel. For me, gloves are a problem (biking in the summer, XC-skiing in the winter).
A number of reviewers mentioned this watch doesn't work for heavy sweaters. I consider myself in that category, especially given our abnormally hot and humid summer, and I have not experienced the issues they have.
The watch is highly configurable. There are three configurable training views. While I initially was using the mile pace for a speed indication while riding my bike, I found I could set up a new training view with MPH instead. I also bought the cadence sensor for my bike, which is helpful for training and working on maintaining a higher cadence. I set up the third training view for doing interval workouts. You can also configure workouts in the watch and pick select them when you want to work out.
I've had my Garmin 405 for about 3 weeks now and am generally very pleased with it. I was on the fence about buying the 405 for about 6 months before I pulled the trigger. The negative reviews were a small factor, the main reason was the lack of water resistance. I run triathlons and not being able to wear the watch for the swim is a significant detriment for me. I finally decided I could use it just for training and pulled the trigger.
I originally bought the 405 for running. I have a "computer" (abuse of the term) on my bike and wanted that functionality for my sneakers. However, I've found it pretty useful on the bike as well. While the bike computer gives distance, time, and average speed, the average speed is accumulative over the entire ride. The 405 gives "lap" updates every mile so I can track my status on individual segments of the ride. I leave the display on heart rate so I can keep tabs on my level of effort along the way and the 405 beeps every mile and briefly displays the time for that mile. This may not sound as useful as the average speed, but it's perfect for me because previously I would often do the math in my head to convert mph to min/mile to give my brain something to do while riding, so I have a fair list of the times/mph memorized.
If you are one who tends to run in the dark (early morning or evening), the light works well. The screen is a little harder to read with the back light vs daylight, but that's typical of all watches/HRMs I've used. This one is easier to read than both my Timex Ironman watch and Polar F6 HRM.
If you like a little competition in your workouts but don't have an actual running mate, you can use the virtual running partner. It keeps track of where you are relative to a predefined pace and has a funny little graphic showing your relative positions and time difference. Cute feature but it is one more touch of the bezel for me flipping between heart rate and the pace/distance screen. Maybe you can turn it off.
The bezel is fairly easy to use, but does occasionally cause me fits. You can lock and unlock the bezel by pressing and holding the two buttons on the side, which is nice. I did try to use the watch in my last triathlon by strapping it to my bike, but I couldn't get it to start. It would only cycle between the current time/date and the battery status, and locking and unlocking the bezel didn't change that. So that was frustrating. But again, I bought it knowing it wasn't ideal for tri's. The issue could have been because I was wearing my Polar F6 also, I haven't tested them together and will have do that. A race was the wrong place to experiment, but I didn't putz with it long either.
So having your pace and distance during a run or bike is very cool, but the real coolness comes when you get home. Connecting the ANT USB dongle (follow the directions for installing the drivers first) to your PC and letting it sync the data to the Garmin Connect website gives a complete visualization of your workout data. This was a very well thought-out interface which I find very useful. You get a map of the route from the GPS, charts with HR, speed, and altitude (if you have that enabled) and can actually "play" the workout which has little indicators progressing on the map and charts so you can see where your speed and HR varied (and altitude) relative to the route on the map. There are also other "tabs" with tables of data which you can view and/or copy-paste to another program like MS Excel or OpenOffice Calc (free) if you feel the need to further manipulate your workout data.
The battery life is not great. I might get a week out of charge if I don't work out too much. I recently went for a 4 hour bike ride with 65% battery at the start and it died before I got home. The rechargable battery is a nice (and needed) feature and it doesn't seem to take too long to put a full charge on it. Will have to start doing that before the longer rides.
Finding satelites at the start of your workout can be a pain. I get impatient, part of generation-ADD. I may have to start putting the thing in training mode and leaving it on the driveway while I get my bike ready or stretch for running. I once left on a bike ride shortly after turning it on and starting the timer and it missed over 1/2 mile of the ride.
I still haven't cracked the manual on this thing, so I suspect there's more features and settings I have yet to discover. Below is a list of my pros and cons as I see them today. I will try to remember to update this after I get more familiar with the 405.
-Pace and distance seem fairly accurate.
-Awesome workout data analysis on Garmin Connect website (free)
-Not water resistant for swimming
-Bezel takes some getting use to
-Not the fastest finding satelites
Overall, I believe its strengths greatly outweigh its "flaws"; that's in quotes because I think this watch is often misunderstood. There are already many reviews on this so I'll provide some simple advice on how to make the most of this watch.
1. The design is meant to make you look normal, not some cybercop using a bulky homing device. As a result, everything is smaller, including the battery. When starting at 100%, I can go on a 2-hour run and it's still at ~80%. I simply charge this after each use and it's never a problem.
2. It's true that the bezel doesn't work well with wet fingers but I'm not sure why you would need to touch it during a workout. I utilize multiple pages and the watch changes its display every few seconds. I currently have it set up to show me all the info I want on two different pages (you can have up to four pages, three fields per page).
3. Make sure you get the HR monitor. This has helped push me when I don't even realize I needed pushing since I like to be able to keep my HR at a certain level. Some like to simply "listen" to their heart but being able to see my HR and my % of my max arms me with real data I can use.
4. I use the online tool rather than the local app. Not only do I not want to transfer my data from PC to PC when I upgrade, I also want to be able to access it from any PC, including being able to send to my friends (yes, lame, but I've done it).