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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I wish I could say that I've had an overwhelmingly positive experience with Garmin products, but this has not been the case.I have a Forerunner 405 which worked well when it worked but had to be replaced 3 times in just over a year. Since the third replacement was going to cost me a lot of money, I purchased a Forerunner 305 hoping it would be more reliable. It seemed to be ok but unfortunately the Quick Release wrist strap is a piece of garbage and decide to quickly release the watch two weeks after I bought it after I gently brushed snow off of it while on a chairlift. It is gone. I've spent a lot of money on Garmin products and so far one works but is broken, another doesn?t work, and the third is gone because of a poor mounting design. My wife has a different brand which she got for less but which has longer battery life and is solid as a rock (I've had 4 Garmin devices over the same period of time). Garmin needs to seriously step up its quality control before I'll ever purchase another one of their products.
This is the first GPS watch that I have owned and I was so excited to get this for Christmas 2011, however, my excitement has quickly turned to total frustration and equal disappointment with this watch, want to throw it in to the garbage because this touch bezel is not only inconsistent in its function but very difficult to use, over sensitive and at this point it has frozen so that now it does not even work at all. I am tempted to throw it out and just find another GPS system that is durable and functional. I would not recommend this watch to anyone and will definitely never buy another one in this lifetime.
Bough the first forerunner that came out 7 years ago and upgraded to this model a few years ago. Great piece of kit,robust and will still get years of use from it
I train endurance race horses and use my garmin to record/track workouts as well as during races to check distance and pace. I have a 205 but have to replace it because it has started shutting off after one hour (I think due to battery drain or maybe because it wasn't as water-resistance as I needed). I can't tell from product descriptions if the water proof 405 will allow me to switch it off of run or biking to horseback, not that it's a huge deal but I'm kind of OCD about those details when I'm keeping records. Can anyone tell me if I can switch to that activity on the 405 or should I be looking at other models? Important to me is battery life, durability, and water resistance.
Hi Sarah, yeah it will start shutting off when the battery is dying... why don't you just contact Garmin for a replacement Lithium battery?
hello , you can teel met how put the time and date corretlly
The Forerunner automatically receives this information from GPS satellites. The only options you have are to set your time zone and whether or not DST is active (go to Menu/Settings/Time to adjust).
hello , you can feel met how put the time and date corretlly
if you switch it on outdoors it should pin point your position by satellite and automatically set the time for the time zone that you are in. you might have to enable or disable DST settings, depending where you are.
I bought this when I started my triathlon training, but ended up quickly returning it in favor of my trusty forerunner 305 which can be had for around $105 new. The major negatives with this model I found were:
- The Bezel is an unwieldy control mechanism, and could be unresponsive when I was sweating (which is most of the time I was wearing the watch)
- I found the wireless sync feature to be annoying, I prefer to sync manually
- The battery life is worse than the 305
- The 310XT gives way more functionality at a similar price point.
The two major pros I found over the 305 were:
1. If you like the sleeker watch-like profile (as opposed to a wrist computer) this may be the watch for you
2. I live in Manhattan, and the 305 can struggle initially aquiring a signal on cloudy days, or when I'm in the shadow of a building. The 405 was definitely faster at getting and initial fix. The fix is easy though, just leave your watch on a window ledge while you stretch pre-workout and it'll be all ready to go by the time you're ready to head outdoors.
I wanted to love this watch and I'm normally an easy reviewer. I bought this for use while deployed as a simple, consolidated way to get GPS grids, tell time, and monitor work outs. The bezel is the least enjoyable user interface for any device I've ever used (at any of the three sensitivities). I may in fact have a lemon because the light used to constantly turn on and off without me doing anything (whether it's on my wrist or not). I wish I could blame the poor performance on the dust, debris, heat, or a rough tumble but this is not the case. I received this watch during the winter (above freezing though). Still haven't even broken the seal on the plastic wrap for the heart rate monitor etc. I've worn it for maybe 3 weeks now. The charge is weak, but I read the specs prior to and accepted that. If I did in fact receive a bad copy, the only functional mistake with the watch is the inability to change the units for the GPS coordinates (you can change all other coordinates but the GPS, I'd prefer MGRS obviously). We'll see what Garmin says, I'm about to contact them- currently the watch bezel never works, locked unlocked. The buttons work great though. Tried and true (much like my trusty $20, Casio 1846).
how does the 405 work for cycling do you need all the bike extras
Yes, you need the Speed/Cadence Bike Sensor.
I wore a 205 for years, up to the point it died recently. The weak points for that unit are as follows.
1. Battery life insufficient for ultramarathon distances 50 miles & over.
2. Running or cycling in rain (i.e. downpour) allowed water under inside, and the unit either behaved erratically, or would not turn on again.
3. Contacts on the back to get data in/out and power in corroded and were generally unreliable. I managed to get them to work, but this was a genuine annoyance.
4. Elevation data is unreliable (Wrong!). This was correctable via post-processing on the website, and since I am not yet a mountain runner, I could live with that.
I didn't consider the size or aesthetics of the 205 negatively, though the 405 is a considerable aesthetic improvement. The 405 is not really much smaller than the 205.
The 405 clears up the interface contact issue by virtue of its wireless data interface. This is a slick solution, once you have it working. The power interface seems to work well so far. I'm hopeful that the water resistance has improved, though I'm not anxious to test this. Battery life is not an improvement over the 205, and I would personally like to see some provision for an auxiliary battery pack for endurance athletes, perhaps as an aftermarket product. Elevation data correction is not even up to the standard of the 205 yet, since the website does not even support this feature for the 405 yet.
Time to first fix is usually a minute or two. Tracks are reliable. The 405 even functions like a regular sports watch, which is a big improvement. It is a step in the right direction and a useful tool.
This watch does everything you need for hardcore disatance training. I've trained with a heart rate monitor for years, but stayed away from GPS watches because they were obnoxiously big(like the 305). This watch is about the same size as a CASIO G-Shock, not bad at all.
The Virtual Trainer is the best part. I can monitor my average pace, how far ahead/behind pace I am(with a moving picture of 2 dudes running) and total distance at the same time. Then I can tap over to check my heart rate and time. Also, many of the displays can be customized by the user.
The touch bezel is money and you can change its sensitivity level if you have meat-sticks for hands, like me. Finally someone took what we learned from the iPod and applied it to a watch to make it easier, faster and save on buttons.
The Heart Rate monitor is excellent and starts immediately (my old HRM took a few minutes of sweating before it got a signal). The watch senses the HRM before I even have it on.
After a workout, I just have to walk within a few meters of my computer and the info gets downloaded. How cool is that?
The battery lasts 1-2 weeks with normal use. With the GPS on, the battery only last for an 8-hr training session. Fortunately my daily training sessions only last 6-7 hrs, except when I'm runniing with Chuck Norris. The smaller battery allows for a much slimmer/sleeker design.
It doesn't calculate/show elevation, but it doesn't claim to either. This is not a mountain climbing/hiking watch.
It does everything it says it will perfectly. I recommend it. Good luck on your next race.
The watch is too big and bulky for wear. I bought this for my husband thinking it an ideal gift...he hated it!!
Before you buy this "new and improved" model, check out the 305. I think it's better.
I was really impressed with the satellite reception, even indoors. The bezel and firmware is still really buggy and is frustrating to navigate. There is very little documentation with this package and surprisingly no support from Garmin online. Very disappointed in Garmin on this one.
I'd used the Garmin 301 for years for tri training and loved it. I wore the thing smooth and mourned its premature (and violent) death when I drove off with it still on the roof of my car on a mountain biking and running trip to Moab. So after I dried my tears and pulled myself together, I decided to upgrade to the best of the Garmin line. I figured they'd rightfully earned my loyalty. But unfortunately, I have never in my life been so disappointed in something that I was so looking forward to. First of all, the 405 does not have multisport capabilities. I should have known this because I actually did do research on the thing before I bought it. But I wrongfully assumed that since it was "higher end" than the 301/305 versions, it would have tri-compatible functionality. Nope. One sport at a time, with a hell of a lot of bezel taps and turns in between to get it to track another sport. Second, the design that initially seemed cool, the bezel touch system, soon became nothing but a nuisance. The slightest touch of the bezel would change the settings. Even when I locked the bezel, I always hit the unlockable two button controls on the side of the head, which would start or stop the timer. (Imagine a too-big watch on your wrist. Imagine where that watch falls when riding a bike. Imagine it hitting the top of your hand.) Third, the life of this battery is only 8 hours. Eight hours! On any given day, any endurance athlete could be out there getting after it for more than eight hours. It is simply not enough. I'll even go so far as to say that it is useless for the go-long set. The tools that this Forerunner features are bigtime tools. Why not pair them with a battery that's worth a damn? So here's the story: I wore the 405 religiously every day for 3 months. Finally I got so frustrated with it that I cleaned the thing up, repackaged it and sold it on eBay for half of what I paid for it. I'm not totally down on Garmin, just mostly. And I'm not sure yet what I'm going to replace this with. So if you have any great suggestions, please let me know.
I expect this Foreunner 405 product come without wireless heart rate monitor since it has the same price as Forerunner 305. Can I order the heart rate monitor somewhere here?
If you're wanting an HRM I'd go with the garmin 305. They work great and come with everything, including wireless heart rate monitor. Hope that helps.
It comes with a wireless heart rate monitor. I gave this watch a terrible rating but it certainly came with a lot of additional items and features. I'll try to post a picture later today... and eventually a follow-up to my review after I turn it in to Garmin for warranty service. I still hope my watch was simply a lemon.
Will this display lat/long?
No it does not