I,m just about to buy the 405, but worried about battery life. Im a slow, slow runner. Would it see me through a 5 - 51/2 hour marathon - or die a death?
I thinking of getting one of these, I had a 201 before. I am thinking about getting one red some of the comments. Also looking at suunto?.
I am happy with 201, but open to other watches.
Just a few thoughts after purchasing a 405 with HRM.
Had ummed and aahed for ages before finally plucking up enough courage to buy one but the August Sweatshop offer of a free pair of shoes (Saucony Triumph 5's) swayed it!
I think overall that it's fantastic, having never had a previous GPS to compare against (I note the favourable comments in the forum about the 305 predecessor). It does everything that I need from such a device. Unfortnately however, it doesn't lie to you!!
It does seem a bit thirsty power-wise hence I keep it regularly topped up. The wireless PC connection is effortless and the GTC is very intuitive with plenty data. The GPS elevation doesnt seem to be accurate however - despite starting and finishing at the same point it seems to throw up wildly different elevations. I had trouble initially trying to supimpose a map over the very basic map that the GTC provides, until I discovered the Google Earth link, which is personally adequate for my needs.
Overall, an excellent product, although I imagine that if you have the 305, and are happy with what it does and happy with a non-wireless PC connection, there's probably no need to change up.
yep happens to me all the time on the long runs. it is a bit annoying but it still records the data and downloads fine. usually it works itself out during the run but it is a bit infuriating. I am contemplating trying to use some sort of wrist band to see if that stops the effect but esentially for a sports watch it is a bit of an oversight.
Danowat - your the guru, any tips?
Lock the bezel before a run if theres a chance that the bezel may get wet, thats all I do, I rarely, neigh, never, touch the bezel during a run anyway, so it makes no difference to me if it's locked, I use a sparse data field setup (there is only so much data you need during a run), and autoscroll between the 2 fields.
I only have a problem if it's raining hard, I never seem to sweat enough to cause it a problem, FTR, I have only suffered with the "mental bezel" problem a couple of times, although I have heard reports that clothing can cause it aswell.
I tried locking it but what seems odd is that for instance on a long run I can have it on the display screen (locked) I want, and then for no reason at all it has reverted back to the time and won't budge - but then eventually after pressing every button a few times it pops back.
It isn't so much a problem just mildly inconvenient when you want to glance at your pace and find it aint there.
But - as with all computers, can't live with them, can't live without them - and they never ever perform the way they claim (marketing who'd belive all that).
GTC - you might also want to check you haven't inadvertantly set the 405 to switch off at a low pace as well as autopause.
one other thing i now do, is turn the gps off once i've finished using the unit, otherwise it spends all the battery power at home searching for satelites that it can't see, and its dead when i want to run.
Got a 405 for Xmas and after intial set up issues that had me ranting and raving (other users in my club experienced the same so it was not just me being a thicko) it's worked really well and I'm a big fan even if it is the first GPS I've had.
Until yesterday that is when I went for my long Sunday run in heavy run and after only 5 minutes the display went crazy! Managed to cover it up and while stopping at clubhouse to pick up the club run it seemed to 'dry out' and return to normal. However once out on the run it started playing up again.
AS GTC says it did record all the data for my run when I downloaded it afterwards and another user at the club also confirmed it's best to lock down the until when it's wet as per Danowat so will have to try this.
Seems as shame that you buy so much for something and it doesn't work in what is normal British weather but perhaps it's like some of the runners in my club and is warm weather runner!
Got my 405 the other week, it works a treat so far, although will start turning the GPS mode off when at home to save batteries, it did seem to use the battery up doing nothing.
The software and setup takes a bit of messing about with, but seems to be well worth it in the end.
Went out running in the rain on sunday for a hour and it worked fine.
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