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
Top Customer Reviews
- The heart rate monitor and Ant+ devices synced up on the first try without any problems at all. This is huge, as it seems Bluetooth and related technologies always have trouble marrying.
- It works even in the city, with buildings around. I used it on a run through downtown yesterday, and it kept my exact track. Pretty accurate with large buildings at every angle.
- Simple to read face, and easy to switch between views. It's currently set up to read heart rate on one screen and pace/distance/time on the other. One small tap and it changes. Great!
- Wearable outside of running! I can't stress this enough - though it is a little bulky, it looks NORMAL! You can wear it as a daily watch and not feel like some kind of freak with a huge sports watch / Dick Tracy cameraphone watch.
- Works even when I sweat. Contrary to several other reviewers, I've not had a problem using the bezel even when I sweat. I sweat like a horse, so if I don't have the problem, I'm surprised others do.
- The charger is a bit cruddy- it can be a pain to make sure the holes line up perfectly.
- Carrying a charger and a separate stick for computer connections is kind of a pain - I'd love to see them combine the two
Overall, I give the Forerunner 405 very high marks. It has made me WANT to go out and run, which is key for a lot of folks. I can track my goals online and work to meet them. I love it.
First off, it's not easy to learn how to use this watch. If you want intuitive and simple, this isn't the watch for you; it takes a lot of time to learn how it works and to learn all the options available. Conversely however, it is incredibly powerful in the data it can report and the information it can make available to you. If you're willing to devote the time and energy to learn how to use it, there's no way you won't be pleased with the end result; but of course, many devices offer most of the functionality with far less learning curve.
About that touch bezel: it doesn't like getting wet and it needs careful, deliberate use. That means it's not reasonable to use it while you're running; however, the bezel can be locked easily by just pushing the two right-side buttons simultaneously, and while you're running there's no reason to be messing with the bezel anyway, and I've found that I can do any setup adjustments before I start, lock the bezel, run my run, then unlock and look at detailed reports when I'm done.
So how do I use it? Well, when it was new I set it to auto-scroll through all sorts of data while I was running, but I quickly found both that I didn't need that data while moving, and that it was irritating to have to wait for the data I really *did* need while running to show up. What use is it knowing how many calories you've burned while running? Sure, it's good to know at the end, but I don't waste space with it while I'm moving. Instead, I've set up my 405 to rotate between two screens. The first screen displays Total Elapsed Time on the main display, current-mile pace on the bottom left, and current heart rate on the bottom right. The second screen displays Total Elapsed Distance on the main display, and again current-mile pace on the bottom left and current heart rate on the bottom right. These four data points are the only things I care about while I'm moving; it's great to know average paces, heart rates, calories, etc. afterward, but while I'm moving these are the only things I need. So I set the watch to auto-scroll between these two screens at a fast rate, and I always know how fast I'm going and what my heart's doing (speedometer and tachometer, essentially); with just a second's delay I can know elapsed distance (odometer) and elapsed time (chronometer). I love this setup and have been using it for at least the last 800 miles.
The GPS on the watch has proven to be very good and extremely accurate, but sometimes it thinks it's ready to go when its accuracy is still only in the ~60 feet range; recently I've taken to checking its actual accuracy before starting, and waiting to start until its accuracy gets down into the 20 feet range. Most of the time it has an official accuracy under 15 feet just a couple minutes after I start, and a look at the maps reveals that it's usually actually accurate enough to tell which side of the bike path I was running along. In my three half marathons my watch has shown an elapsed distance of 13.15, 13.16, and 13.26 miles; all three were USATF certified so should have an official length very close to 13.11, and the higher distances recorded on the GPS are likely entirely due to the amount of weaving I've done to get around slower runners, etc. The marathon was reported at 26.40 miles, and since I started way behind my pace group that makes sense as I had to weave through the 5-hour marathon runners to get up to my pace group.
I find that cloudy skies usually don't bother the GPS; heavy forest cover bothers it but usually just reduces the accuracy a bit. The combination of running in a heavily forested area in the rain (that was not a pleasant run!) did cause a significant degradation in the quality of the track, but it never lost the signal.
The battery life is not impressive, but neither is it a problem. I found that for my runs over 20 miles it would drop to about 25-30% from a full charge; that means you can't forget to charge it the night before a long run, but it also means it shouldn't have trouble with anything shorter than an ultra as long as you remember to charge it. I doubt it would make it through an ultra though. Normally I charge it twice a week - before and after a long run if I'm running one, or else after my second and fifth runs of the week if I'm not.
Finally, the USB Ant+ wireless transfer device works pretty well, but can be a little finicky at times. It seems that the hardware is solid, but Garmin has pushed a lot of updates to the software this year (surprising given how mature this product is at this point), and more than once Garmin's updates have temporarily caused the automatic updating of Garmin Connect (the web data-viewing tool) to fail. There's a manual upload tool that's only failed once on me - for some reason a run I did in London, ON cannot be read by Garmin Connect, even though it works on MapMyRun, Everytrail, and Garmin's own desktop tool - so when the automatic tool breaks I just do it that way. I'm not crazy about Garmin Connect, but that has nothing to do with the hardware.
I should mention that twice the watch has spontaneously crashed and rebooted; both times it was when I was connecting it to my computer to upload data, and both times it took it about 20 seconds to resume right where it had left off. It wasn't recording a run either time so I don't know what would happen if it did that; I assume both crashes were brought on somehow by the data upload though, which is a scenario that wouldn't happen while running. It has also died once during a run when I forgot to plug it in despite the battery being very low, and the battery ran out while I was running. That time, I plugged it in when I got home and it immediately turned back on, charged as usual and showed no ill effects. Just make sure you keep it charged enough to make it through the run you plan, and you should be fine.
All in all, the 405 is an attractive, relatively light GPS watch that packs an ungodly number of features into an inexpensive device. Early bugs seem not to be present in my watch, which was manufactured in November 2010, and I've been very happy with it. It's definitely not for people who don't want to spend time working with the device though; if you want simple, look elsewhere. But the 405 is perfect for my needs.
The biggest con is the bezel -- I knew this when I bought the watch and configured it to show the info I wanted most on the screen; I locked the screen before running and while it was disappointing that I could only get that info, it was what I most wanted to see. For interval workouts, I set up a different screen and locked the view there for the intervals.
Another mild disappointment was battery life -- it needed to be charged before each run. I doubt I ever (successfully) ran even two days in a row (most of my runs are about an hour long) without the watch dying before the end of the second day's run. It wound up lasting 2 1/2 years with around 500 different runs -- so in that regards, it wasn't a real problem (though I would have liked the watch to last at least another year).
My own experience with the heart rate monitor straps is why I switched brands. I've had at least 5 different 'basic model' heart rate straps and was not able to change the battery in any of them. All batteries showed significant corrosion when I tried to replace them. The strap that shipped with this watch lasted two or three runs (kudos to Garmin for replacing it right away). I switched to the more expensive premium strap, but had a problem that a few other people had: serious, painful chafing. I wound up wearing it only during races and hard workouts (tempo runs and maybe interval workouts); the last time I wore the strap was during a half marathon in early November 2013. As of late January 2014, there's still a mark from the irritation caused by the strap (but fortunately the pain is all gone).
As the 4-star rating I gave it indicates, my experience was mostly positive. If you don't mind being limited to seeing only the data you choose on the main screen (only 3 fields) -- unless you manage to be fortunate with the bezel -- and are either in the majority of people who don't seem to have problems with the heart rate straps or don't mind that it can be painful to wear, then this watch is a good choice.