Garmin Forerunner 405

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Nicholas McCready2
Reviewed: 26 August 2013

Brilliant!! Great bit of kit....newer ones might be better though!

Great functionality! You can set it up however you like, it's easy to change to different scenarios. Works as a HRM when you're training indoors. Good website & computer functionality.

I find many of the things the 405 does absolutely crucial in getting the most out of training. Real-time updates as you run and easy reference to how you did afterwards make such a device an essential tool for anyone who has more than a passing interest in running.
The bezel is a pain in the wet, you must remember to lock it before it gets wet. Battery life could be better. Navigation modes not great, but that's not what it's for, really!

That's it!
A great bit of kit, I'm very located to run if I don't have it for whatever reason. This watch sold me on the GPS running watch thing. I get the impression more recent watches are better however.
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Set-Up:
5.0
Functionality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
4.0

Nicholas McCready2 would recommend this product
SCBB
Reviewed: 19 August 2013

Excellent if dated

Accurate, lots of data, garmin connect, downloadable workouts and courses
Touch bezel not great esp when wet
The disparaging reviews on here are very short sight. Does exactly what it says on the tin. I think some people think this is supposed to their training for them.

Yes it is not instantly intuitive but it is highly effective when used correctly. Of course the 610 is better, it is 3 years younger.

I have had 405 since its release and it has served me very well. I haven't felt the need to upgrade to 405 as they offer the same features. 610 offers 4 fields instead of 405 3 fields and it offers 'training effect'. Other than that the 405 will serve fine. Especially for those on a budget.
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Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
4.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
4.0

SCBB would recommend this product
Cled Jones
Reviewed: 12 April 2013

Terrible piece of kit and a waste of money.

You can use it as an ugly watch
Bezel is unreliable, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
Stay clear of this device and go for the much improved 610
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Set-Up:
3.0
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2.0
Accuracy:
1.0
Features:
3.0
Value:
1.0

Cled Jones would not recommend this product
Traveling Runner
Reviewed: 28 December 2012

405 Not that Good

None Really
None Really
I bought this watch off ebay. The fella who I bought it off said they are over rated and reverted back to a Polar. I just thought he did not know how to use the watch. Now I am in agreement with him. I have seen my runner club wear them then revert back to the older watches now. I never used mine in the end it was difficult to set up and the soft wear was rubbish. That said I have a Garmin 610 brill.
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Set-Up:
1.0
Functionality:
2.0
Accuracy:
3.0
Features:
3.0
Value:
1.0

Traveling Runner would not recommend this product
Gary Smith 48
Reviewed: 16 October 2012

Not convinced !!

After using my iPhone with MapMyRun for a while I was talked into using a Garmin so purchased the 405. In fairness its build quality is pretty good and its size are better than the iPhone but thats about it.
Sometimes seems to take an age to locate satelites, Takes ages to set up, User handbook is rubbish. On top of that The touch bezel is awful and can cause the unit to freeze in wet/humid conditions if you dont lock the bezel when out in these conditions.
Not the simplest system to use and already looking at finding something different and simpler.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
2.0
Functionality:
2.0
Accuracy:
3.0
Features:
3.0
Value:
2.0

Gary Smith 48 would not recommend this product
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