Garmin Forerunner 405

Summary | Full Review | Reader Reviews | Gallery | Specs | Discussion
Our score:

Your score:

Add a review

16 to 20 of 127 reviews
Karl Todd
Reviewed: 13 December 2011

I love using this watch

Getting home and being able to analyse my runs.
It's really comfortable and doesn't look like a laptop attached to my forearm.
Much cheaper than the updated 410, with little changes.
once or twice, in heavy rain, the bezel goes nuts but if you lock it before hand it's fine.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Features:
4.0
Value:
5.0

Karl Todd would recommend this product
kneejob
Reviewed: 28 November 2011

Accurate and packed with more than enough features to do the job

Accuracy of GPS is good and it links up to satellites pretty quick, certainly better than many others. It does have the odd blip where it can take a few mins though
Its very comfy as long as you switch to the Velcro strap and ditch the plastic one
Customisable displays allow you to view whatever stat you want to keep an eye on
Great website for reviewing data and analysis
Bevel lock feature is essential to deploy once its wet
Battery life could be longer for ultra distance events. The most mine has lasted for is just over 5 hours
Waterproofing it would be an advantage but then again, I do like the bezel feature instead of numerous buttons
The velcro strap gets a bit pongy and could do with an easier way of detaching to wash
I really can't think of anything more than that and I'm nitpicking really.
Work out how the features operate and this is one fantastic training tool. I've worn it 5 days a week for over 2 years with hardly any problems, so do the maths and its bloody good value per use!!
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
4.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
5.0

kneejob would recommend this product
paco
Reviewed: 27 November 2011

Reasonably happy with it.

It doesn't take long to get a signal - 1 minute or so.
I don't use all the features - only time/distance and pace, but it gives an accurate reading.
Doesn't irritate my wrist (I changed straps to the velcro option).
Battery life is reasonable - I get 3-4 runs before I choose to recharge - which takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
Doesn't like moisture (rain or sweat). I now wear it over a thin wrist sweatband which seems to help. When wet, it changes screens but still always stores the run information.
Fairly satisfied - although not perfect. Occasionally frustrating, but not to the extent that it malfunctions. No repairs etc. needed so far.
All in all acceptable.
Looks a lot better than the 305, the size of which put me off.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Features:
4.0
Value:
4.0

paco would recommend this product
sarah liebnitz
Reviewed: 26 November 2011

Garmin Forerunner 405

Looks good. Lots of good features. Easy to use.
Very poor battery life. I had to send back to Garmin in first couple of months as it kept cutting out when i was out running even though it was fully charged. Customer care not very good when i spoke to them on the phone. It takes a long time to get signal. I have to stand about outside for 5 minutes quite often. The strap on my watch broke after a couple of months and I was going to have to pay for it to be fixed. The watch does not work in the rain. It is very sensitive, beeps all the time and switches from screen to screen when you are running and its wet.
It is a real shame as this has all the makings of being a mgnificant watch for running however is let down by many malfunctions. After looking at other reviews and speaking to others who have also bought this watch it would seem these issues are common throughout and it seems garmin are not really bothered. The watch takes a long time to get satalite, strap breaks quite easily, does not work in the rain (not good in scotland) and battery life can be very short. This combined with poor customer care from Garmin makes having this watch a frustrating experience. As it costs over £200 i would expect a lot more.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
1.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Features:
4.0
Value:
1.0

sarah liebnitz would not recommend this product
Thecrouchender
Reviewed: 17 November 2011

Wouldn't know how to train without it

Track training progress easily
Easy to use,
Using garmin connect-is useful
Expensive for a training aid, although lasts a long time
Bezel can be tricky to use
I've had this for almost exactly two years now and it is fantastic, and apart from replacing the battery on the HRM it is as good as new, charge is still good, and I use it about 4-5 times a week.
Had one problem with it but sent it back to Garmin and it was sorted straight away.
The only issue was that on hot/sweaty days the bezel would activate itself and make lots of beeping noises and keep changing screen. Recently I have discovered how to lock the bezel (press the two side buttons simultaneously) and now that problem is solved I am even happier.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
5.0
Functionality:
5.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
4.0

Thecrouchender would recommend this product
16 to 20 of 127 reviews