What is the best GPS Watch for running??

Looking to buy a Garmin and need a little advice.

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02/05/2012 at 09:30
I've just bought a 410 and I love it. The bezel hasn't been a problem at all - there's been quite a bit of criticism of it but perhaps Garmin have updated it slightly, as it functions very well for me.
02/05/2012 at 20:08
I have the 405 it's fantastic I love it never had any trouble with the bezel even when doing mud runs!!
03/05/2012 at 13:13

I've had nearly five years very good service out of my 305, but having recently lost my HR strap (left it at a race I think!) I've decided to finally upgrade.  Have been reading this post with interest and I think my options are narrowed down to the 410 and 610.  Money-no-object I'd definitely go with the 610 but it's a LOT of money. 

Main advantages of the 410 over the 305, for me, from what I've seen are:

- smaller, more comfortable.  Not fussed about wearing it as a casual watch but the clunky 305 was never entirely comfy on my bony wrist.
- improved satellite reception (clever GPS that locks on to satellite reception in your usual locations more quickly)
- improved HR strap (I'm often frustrated that I can't record a true max for an easy run for example, because the 305 obviously thinks that one of the earlier spikes is a true reading)
- more sophisticated interval training options - you can mix up 'distance' intervals and 'time' recoveries, right?

I've got a big birthday coming up, so I may just put up both options of the 410 and 610 on my wish list and see which one my well-to-do bruv wants to get me. 

Edited: 03/05/2012 at 13:15
03/05/2012 at 15:26

If he gets you both, can I have one?

03/05/2012 at 22:08

Yes, should that happen you can definitely have one! 

Edited: 03/05/2012 at 22:09
03/05/2012 at 22:36
I use the Nike plus gps sportwatch. It is one of the best things I own. Really easy to use, really easy to read when you are running and plugs straight into your computer where it syncs with the amazing Nike plus software.
04/05/2012 at 09:20

phil, i'd debate the "improved satalite reception" part, the 305 side by side with the 410 almost always performs better, its marginal but still. dcrainmaker did a test with them all running at the same time on the same runs (pre 910xt release) and the 305 was top on almost all the tests,

04/05/2012 at 09:24

ah, i just re found the test and it was the nike + gps, ironman timex, garmins - 305, 310, 405 (not the 410) and 610, my mistake. 

04/11/2012 at 12:04

Hi. I'm looking to buy my husband a GPS watch for Christmas (Hope he's not reading this!) I've looked at the Garmin Forerunner 405 for £120 on Amazon, is this recommended by you seasoned runners? I'm not a runner myself so would appreciate some guidance.

My husband regularly takes part in half marathons and trains by running different routes around our neighbourhood, timing himself on his 'normal' watch. He finds the information provided online from his chip after his offical runs very useful so I thought that this type of watch would help him be more informed about his performance and the virtual trainer feature would be an aid to his training.

Do you guys have any (kind) advice or comments?

04/11/2012 at 12:53
Hi, having started this thread earlier this year I eventually went for the Garmin Forerunner 610 and have found it great. If you are struggling to decide I would check out this website www.dcrainmaker.com which I found really useful!!
04/11/2012 at 15:23
Go for 410 rather than 405 as it is a newer version. The version with heart rate monitor is now for about ??150. I spoiled myself and went for 610 but it's nearly ??100 more expensive
09/11/2012 at 09:50
I owned a 405 and now have a 410 the bezel on the 410 is much better in my opinion and not at all a problem, I bought it for about 155 off amazon with the soft HR monitor, I love it.
09/11/2012 at 11:41

Love my clunky Garmin 305 - you can get a velcro strap for it which makes it feel a little less clunky.

09/11/2012 at 12:13

410 owner here. Very happy with both it and the Garmin online software. I'd recommend it over the 2-- models and on current prices it's a bargin.

22/08/2013 at 22:46

Do not look any further than the garmin forerunner 610....fantastic running watch!!. I had the 305 before which I thought was good until I bought the 610!

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