Garmin Forerunner 405 Water Resistant Running GPS With USB ANT Stick (Black)
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- Water-resistant black GPS-enabled sports watch
- Can be Used for Running and Cycling/Outdoors or Indoors w/Optional Sensor
- Training and Motivational Features: Virtual Partner, Courses, Workouts, Goals
- GPS Features Mark Waypoints / Back to Start
- 1.88" x 2.78" x 0.646", 2.11 oz
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Loaded with serious training features, Forerunner 405 continuously monitors your time, distance, pace, calories and heart rate (when paired with heart rate monitor).
With the Forerunner 405, Garmin has finally put thepower of GPS location-based date into a sleek sport watch that can be worn all day. Runners no longer have to choose between function and fashion. Garmin's ANT + Sport wireless platform that wirelessly sends your data to your computer and a touch bezel that lets you change screens with a simple tap (no more fumbling for buttons) run make this not just a leap forward in GPS-enabled fitness devices, but in training devices period. Forerunner 405 comes in two color options black or green.
The Power Of Location-Based Data
Anyone who has used Garmin's Forerunner 205 or 305 already understands the power that attaching location data to traditional measurements like distance, speed, time, calories burned, and heart rate can provide. Knowing exactly where you worked hardest, ran fastest (or most slowly), and lets you tailor your workouts to improve for specific distances, conditions, and types of terrain. It gives a complete picture of how you interact with every portion of your run.
Forerunner 405 comes in two color options black or green
Train with a virtual partner
Loaded with serious training features, Forerunner 405 continuously monitors your time, distance, pace, calories and heart rate (when paired with heart rate monitor). Each run is stored in memory so you can review and analyze the data to see how you've improved.
The high-sensitivity GPS receiver sustains satellite reception, whether youre tackling a trail or jogging through the urban canyons of skyscrapers. The Forerunner 405 is water-resistant (IPX7) and can be used outdoors or indoors (with an optional foot pod), making it the ultimate year-round, all-weather training tool.
Forerunner 405 is available with or without a heart rate monitor (see the versions tab) to help you make the most out of your training. Versions with a digital heart rate monitor continuously track heart beats per minute. Train in a certain heart rate zone to improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performance on the same run.
The revolutionary patent-pending touch bezel on the face of the watch makes navigating the options easier than ever. Simply by tapping, holding or running a finger along the bezel, runners can begin a new workout, access their training history or challenge a Virtual Partner. The Forerunner 405 makes training with a Virtual Partner easy and efficient. Runners can adjust the Virtual Partners pace without stopping in the middle of a workout, and the Virtual Partner is always on and ready for a challenge.
Run, Sync, Store and Share
One of Garmin's most ambitious decisions has been to approach fitness devices as a total platform with their "ANT + Sport" connectivity system. All of Garmin's new fitness devices, including the Forerunner 405, Edge 605 and 705 bike computers, and Forerunner 50 heart rate monitor watches, will interface wirelessly with any devices that are compatible wiht the "ANT + Sport" protocol, including devices from other manufacturers.
Once youve logged the miles, the ANT+Sport wireless technology automatically transfers data to your computer when the Forerunner is in range. No cables, no hookups. The datas just there, ready for you to analyze, categorize and share through Garmin's online community, Garmin Connect or optional Garmin Training Center software. You can wirelessly send workouts from your computer to Forerunner, too.
With Forerunner 405 you can share your locations, advanced workouts and courses wirelessly with other Forerunner 405 users. Now you can send your favorite workout to your buddy to try, or compete against a friend's recorded course. Sharing data is easy. Just select "transfer" to send your information to nearby units.
Take your training inside with the versatile Forerunner 405. Pair it with an optional foot pod to track your speed, distance and running cadence indoors when a GPS signal is unavailable. This new design clips onto your laces for easy removal and automatically turns on when you start moving. You can also add a speed/cadence bike sensor to track the speed and distance of your cycling workouts.
Be Part of A Community
In 2007, Garmin acquired Motion-based, the largest shared repository of customer-generated gps-based routes, courses and maps. This was a significant move for Garmin to support the gps user community and bring a wealth of route options to gps users. With a simple connection to your computer, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect our new, one-stop site for data analysis an sharing.
You can also upload to optional Garmin Training Center software for further analysis. Garmin Training Center stores large quanities of workout and ride data. Some of the things you can do are
- Review your workout data, including pace/speed, distance, time, calories burned; and if available, heart rate, cadence and detailed elevation.
- View a detailed graph of your workout data, plotted over time or distance.
- View a map of your workout that shows the exact path you traveled.
- Categorize your workout history according to type of activity.
- Review previous workouts, which are saved by day and week.
- Create customized workouts with specific goals and rest intervals. Then send them to your fitness device.*
- Schedule workouts for a specific day with calendar.
- Get custom workout templates designed by the experts at TrainingPeaks.com
What's In The Box
Forerunner 405, USB ANT stick, AC adapter, Charging clip, Owner's manual, Quick reference guide
Top Customer Reviews
I found a deal a 405 ($190) without a hr monitor (have mine from 305 and yes it pairs nicely to the 405) so I decided to finally....upgrade... I've now been on about 4 runs with the 405 and was actually considering returning it and just refurbishing my 305 but I think I will keep it.
I've decided that the way I use it means I really don't need to use the bezel when I'm actually running, so the annoyance of it being finicky can be mitigated by using the bezel lock (really easy to turn on and off). When I run, I just like to check my basic stats from the main screen and occasionally other customized data fields from my secondary screen. The 305 was nice in that I could switch between those screens with a button press. The second time I ever took my 405 outside and I was using the bezel to get into training mode and locate satellites it went something like this:
Me: Touch the 'training' quadrant of the bezel
405: Ignore me
Me: Try to touch it slightly differently
405: Turns light on because I had accidentally brushed another part of it with my thumb.
Me: Annoyingly try a third time but again bump another part right after...
405: Jump to training mode, YAY! Bounce back to settings from that second touch, grrrr....
You get the idea. No WAY am I going to put up with that DURING a run! So get it set, lock the bezel, and go. For those of you who really like to mess with settings and manually change your info screens.... get either a fabulous deal on the 305 or the new 110/210... Although, IF you are the type who needs that much sophisticated interaction DURING the run, then the 110/210 probably doesn't fit your needs anyway.
You'd think that annoying experience with the bezel would cause me to hate this watch. Not really, it just takes some getting used to. What I described was the worst of maybe 10 sessions of using the bezel so far. Most of the time it behaves nicely and predictably, but to do it you really need to be not moving and focusing intently since the bezel senses multi-touchs, slides, short touches, and long touches differently. So BECAUSE I don't need to use the bezel while moving, I'm going to defend it's existence...
I'm a gadget guy, I like to interact with the little computers in my life and like to know how to get the most out of them by getting to all the settings and sub-menus. The bezel on the 405 is a much more efficient way of navigating the many features and functions than the 305's push buttons. In fact, there were several things I would not do with the 305 just because I considered it a pain to press several buttons several times just to get to a menu setting then back out. The bezel gives you 4 big shortcuts that get you 4 different 'home' screens NO MATTER what screen or menu you are currently in. This makes it much more fun to interact with and I really enjoy using it as a scroll wheel to move through lists or to set a number. Also I really like the double-touch light activation. That's fun too. Though it can lead to problems if you are clumsy with your watch, as I previously described.
Sitting down with the watch, the bezel is a joy to use and I appreciate the superior way of getting around the functions. But it's like 90% responsive, not 100% that you get with hard button pushing. If those occasional misses bother you, look elsewhere.
I've used it in 2 locations so far (different cities). The first time it locked satellites was almost instantaneous and I was way impressed.. The second time it took a little bit. Probably not quite as long as the 305 but still a bit. That being said I never really was bothered by waiting for the 305 to link up. I would just set it on the ground and stretch out until it beeped at me. I never timed it but I'd be surprised if it ever took more than a minute and a half and usually much less, especially if you are in about the same place as you previously were. So the 405 seems to have an advantage in faster gps locking but the 305 is definitely not bad. So I wouldn't use this difference as a big reason to upgrade.
Wireless syncing. I was a little surprised that this actually took a couple of downloads to get working right (305 syncing was rock solid), but seems fine once set up. I REALLY like wireless syncing. Like the difference between my smartphone syncing over the air versus physically attaching it to my computer seems like a minor difference but is really a big difference in life simplification. It just feels nice to have things automatically connect and sync rather than having to physically manage the process. I was thinking this would be a huge win with upgrading to the 405. It's not. Here is why. First of all, you need that little garmin usb stick to sync to whatever computer you decide to set it up at. If you use a laptop, this means you'll be physically inserting and taking out this stick every time you want to sync. To me, that's not much simpler than inserting the usb cable from the cradled 305. Oh, and I would sync and charge my 305 through my computer.... You still have to charge your 405, so if you think this is less wire management then 305 then you are mistaken. Also, I'm already afraid of losing that little usb stick and dreading the potential cost and annoyance of replacing it. So yes the wireless is a bit of an upgrade, but not by much. I wish it was bluetooth or something so I didn't need that stick but I suppose that'd effect battery life.
Side note about forerunner data: I was using the 305 for years and usually synced my data to the desktop software that it came with. One time I had switched computers and was having trouble finding my old data file with my old runs. But on the first sync, my forerunner 305 downloaded every single run since the very beginning. This was after YEARS of...well, I'm more of an intermittent runner, but we are still talking about dozens and dozens of workouts with full gps and heart-rate data. And it kept this data through many hard resets and full battery discharges. Awesome Garmin, thank you! Just know that if instantaneous review and analysis isn't critical to you, then you can get away with syncing like once a month and be just fine.
So if I could turn back time a few weeks, I would probably save the $ and just refurb my 305. But since I don't want to deal with the hastle of an online return, I have decided to keep the sleeker and newer technology. And besides, this thing actually looks like a normal watch, so my uber geekiness will no longer be on prominent display during my races.
Update: Ok I've been training hard for a marathon for 2 months with this thing and take back the negative things I said before. Well, I guess they are mostly still true but I really like this more than my 305 now that I'm used to it. The wireless syncing is definitely nicer in practice than the wired-sync with 305. I actually don't have a problem using the bezel when running either. Though I almost always lock the bezel and just keep it on autoscroll when I run. I run at night a lot and that can be frustrating though. The light function by pressing two parts of the bezel is great. Unless you have the bezel locked, so obviously it won't light up to show you your status unless you unlock your bezel. See above or any other review for the risks/rewards of running with an active bezel! Basically my heavier winter running clothes cause some random bezel activity sometimes so running with this at night in the cold makes you have to use the light and unlock function very deliberately and carefully. Oh, and the dang thing fully discharged in my bag once, that's a known occurrence from reading other reviews and a result of me not locking the bezel before I put it in there. Rough part was I was out of town and didn't pack the charger. I'd never make either mistake again.
2nd Update (Aug 2011): Still working well but I have one annoyance. To toggle between exercises (running, biking, other) is not fun. For my old 305, all I had to do was hold down a button and the menu would pop up and switching is easy. For the 405 you have to go deep into a settings menu. That's several more 'clicks' and with a finicky bezel. I still have trouble remembering what menu it's under sometimes because it should be under 'training' but is under 'settings then options'. So if you are alternating running and biking a lot this is a real pain and I'm surprised Garmin took such a big step backwards with this part.
3rd Update (May 2015): She's dead Jim. This thing tracked all my outdoor runs for 5 years and now is refusing to hold a charge. That's thousands of miles. Can't complain about the durability! I'll be upgrading to the 610 since it's very reasonably priced right now and I'm very confident in the longevity of that one too. Don't need my running watches to do other things like steps tracking, wifi syncing, phone notifications (I think I need LESS notifications in my life, not more). The 610/910xt seem like they are the last of the old-school 'just works' line of garmin forerunners. Looking forward to more of the same.
One of the other things I did not like about the 405 - after being used to the 305 - was the size of the 405's display. If you've scene both then you know how large the display on the 305 looks. You may not appreciate this until you run with a smaller GPS - such as the 405. I felt that it was difficult to look at the display easily on the 405 and spot what I was looking for.
With that being said - as mentioned above - I've decided to return the 405 for a refund and wait for my 305 to get repaired (it's under warranty). Having had a chance to use both the 305 and the 405, I recommend saving yourself some money and getting the 305.
As far as negatives, I will say I tried out the GPS mode and that left a lot to be desired. For that kind of money, it would be nice to have some kind of graphical map instead of arrows pointing you on a digital compass. The reason I say this is when I got lost in the park at the end of my 6 mile run, I hit the GPS feature to find my way back to my nearby car where I had originally started my workout, but the GPS told me to backtrack 6 miles along the route I had originally come, rather than adapting to find my nearby starting point. I ended up finding my car about a 1/4 mile away, and as I was getting closer to my car, the GPS finally made the connection and adjusted, saying I was 0.1 miles away from my initial starting point.
Overall, a pretty solid product. The syncing ability is nice, I only wish Garmin Connect were more user and communication friendly. It would be great to have message boards where you could find other runners of your ability in the area and try to "compete" against each others' times or contact people and be able to meet up for group runs. It would also be nice to comment on peoples' routes, leaving words of encouragement or helpful tips.