Anybody read this review? Was it written by someone in marketing?
It's "sexier" - really? I think not, I've never fancied inanimate objects personally and I don't think that "sexy" is at all helpful in a review.
It's really good? Why? What does it do that the 305 does not? It's a speed distance/ hrm but there's lots of that about. What is different about the 405?
It's sleek - oops there we go, almost said sexy again
It uses awesome new ANT tecnology to upload wirelessly without you needing to plug it in!
Right, so as opposed to the daft way of corroded brass studs in a cradle or the irDa alternative of similar products, they are using wifi. Hoo Hah!!!
So far, I'm not sure whether the product is cack and the article is a sublime bit of smoke and mirrors or whether it's a decent bit of kit and poor writing.
I can't see anything that references usage so why do I believe the writer hasn't used it?
OK - So I'll do my own. Without ever actually having touched one. No point in moaning without having a go.
Garmin Forerunner 405.
This is a speed/distance monitor combined with a heart rate monitor that you can wear. It comes in two parts, a wrist unit that looks like a watch and a HRM strap which is an elasticated, belt like object, that goes round your chest.
The unit can measure and record your speed, your pace, the elevation and grade of your runs as well as your heart rate.
It allows you to set heart rate zones and can output your time in zone for maximum training granularity.
A host of alerts can be set from max hr to max speed so that you maintain your desired effort levels during draining.
Routes and courses can be compared over time using the downloadable Training Centre software that can build up a detailed picture of your training progress and allow you to fine tune your training periods for maximal training benefit. Or alternatively cock it right up.
It's quality information but only you are responsible for your training.
Further gadgets can be bought such as the cadence sensor that will allow multisport athletes to accurately assess their cycling performance.
Is it any good for a triathlete?
No idea. The specs say it is waterproof, to a specification, but I don't know if that spec means I can swim in it. I can swim in my polar RS200 and it does HR and zones.
So I can wear it as a watch but it's battery life is 8 hours or less. So that's no use and it's no use for long distance tri work as I will be defiantely taking longer than 8 hours and there is a swim.
There is nothing that this unit does that you can't get cheaper from other bits of kit. It's a good looking piece of kit and if you really, really need satellite tracking rather than a footpod then this would be worth looking at if you didn't have anything already.
An upgrade from a 305? Not for me. Too limited, too short a charge life, not worth it.
What am I looking at instead of my 305?
I'm torn between polar and the footpods, and sunnto - Knowing my speed via uncle sam just isn't that much of a plus.
If you liked the iphone then this will appeal to you
Posted: 04/04/2008 at 12:04