Looking to buy a Garmin and need a little advice.
Check out this website: www.dcrainmaker.com
Loads of product reviews on there (in exhaustive detail) of Garmin, Polar and Suunto GPS watches.
If it were me, I'd go for the Garmin 110. Simple to use and gives good data. The 405 has a touch bezel as the primary means of navigating the watch, which some people find difficult to use.
I use a 405 and I don't find it tricky to use at all. Some people do tho'
I think a lot depends on what you want it to do. I looked at the 110 and the 405. If you only want to know your pace and some basic functions it is fine. I don't think it can programme interval training for example. That is one of the most useful features of the 405 so I can do intervals on the road as there is no track near me.
We have both of those in our house, I recently switched from a 205 to the 405, I really like it the bezel thing is not a problem as long as you make sure you lock it, which is fine for me as I only use one screen of data when running and if you need multiples you can make it auto scroll, it has way more features than the 110 so as already mentioned you can set up your intervals etc. The 110 my wife loves, she hated the 405, it is a great little unit that provides distance, time and pace (pace I believe is either the average pace for the run or average for that lap, so can be set to miles, KM's or even 250m if the urged took you) as far as I am aware it can't do spot pace, for me this is not a problem as I like my average pace over a mile.
In my opinion both good units for the money
I know you didn't mention the FR210, but I tried my new one of these out for the first time yesterday and it was great. It's relatively small, easy to setup and picks up satellites nice and quickly.
I think it has the same form factor as the 110, but offers you your current pace rather than just giving you the pace of your last split.
I was considering the 410, but was put off by the mixed reviews on the internet. DCRainmaker was a good recommendation for reviews though, so give his site a read.
I was choosing between the 210 and the 410 and what swung me to the 410 was the virtual partner. You can set it to a pace and see at a glance whether you're running faster or slower than that pace (there're two little runners, one's running at your pace and one is running at the pace you set on the watch).
I've really used that feature and I'm really glad I bought the 410. Even I can use the bezel.
Marshalling a couple of ultras recently I noticed that the older 305 seems to be the GPS of choice for loads of runners. I saw more of them than any of the other Garmin models. of course, that might just be cause they're so big they're hard to miss!
I use a 405 and while the bezel can be annoying at times (in rain or when v sweaty) overall it's not a major hassle. Most annoying is when it has to be tapped three or four times to get it to change screens, but I can live with it...
Despite what I said in an earlier post, I have now gone full circle and decided to break the bank and buy the Garmin FR610. It's about another £110 more than the FR210 but I figure it'll be worth it......
I'm not normally this indecisive, honest!!
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