Garmin Forerunner 405

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Ange D
Reviewed: 29 August 2011

Brilliant easy bezel and can change screen to keep up to date info on run

just got the heart rate monitor which paired up immediately and is really easy to use. GPS a lot quicker to track better than my old Garmin.
you have to keep it fairly dry but have a Ronhill rain jacket with a plastic covered hole so not such a problem. I had to read the manual too to make sure I was using it correctly!
I am happy with this forerunner and it is not too chunky on my skinny wrists.
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Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
5.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
4.0

Ange D would recommend this product
Stephen Sayer
Reviewed: 24 August 2011

Simply the best on the market!!

Garmin interface is excellent, the watch was only 10m out on my last two marathons. The perfect training partner.
The bezzle is a little difficult to operate initialy, but apart from that nothing else
A must have for any runner, mine is now three years old, keeps charge for 5 hours of training time, use for running, bike.
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Set-Up:
5.0
Functionality:
5.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
5.0

Stephen Sayer would recommend this product
Mikey
Reviewed: 26 July 2011

A REASONABLE GPS, HRM AND SPORTS WATCH COMBINED, BUT...

Decent display size and fonts.
Wireless upload to the PC with ANT+.
Less geeky looking than the 305.
Smaller than the forerunner 305.
Many people on the Garmin forum have reported problems, particularly with the version 2,7 firmware.
No facility to bulk erase workouts. Have to erase them one by one or reset the watch to factory settings .
Possibly shorter battery life than ForeRunner 305.
I got my Forerunner 405 to replace my 305 when the chest strap went belly up.
I found the 405's bezel-based menu system a bit tricky to get used to but then again I also found the multi-button system on the 305 a bit of a faff.
On my first few runs with it I still took the 305 too in case I made a mess of the settings for the new watch.
I'm not always convinced about the accuracy of the GPS on the 405. When I first used it, I'd tend to set off as soon as it switched to the training screen, indicating that it had acquired the satellites. Whenever I did that, the training data would often have quite large positional errors - of the order of tens of metres. I noticed that as my run progressed, these errors wold tend to reduce until they were close to zero as to make no difference. Now, I monitor the satellite display ujntil the device clearly shows an acceptible level of accuracy.
I should also point out that the Garmin forums are alive with people complaining that the v2.7 firmware has screwed their watch. Unfortunately, Garmin have been tight lipped about shipping any upgrade or indeed downgrade. A thing that will no doubt have tarnished their reputation in the eyes of many.
I'm perfectly happy with mine, even with the V2.7 firmware. However, having witnessed Garmin's silence on the issue, I'd have to say that I wouldn't be able to recommend the product until they have laid these these issues to rest.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
4.0
Accuracy:
3.0
Features:
4.0
Value:
4.0

Mikey would not recommend this product
SteveReidRunner
Reviewed: 11 July 2011

Really good, but too much tech?

Great size, works well from a gps point of view, good battery life
touch bezel is unnecessary technology, strap broke, annoyed by the need for a ant stick to upload my runs
Good bit of kit, but I've heard the 110 is better
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Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Features:
4.0
Value:
4.0

SteveReidRunner would recommend this product
mackfly
Reviewed: 17 May 2011

small accurate unit but lots of poor design

-picks up satellite very quickly far better than 205-305
nice compact size
-accurate
- good accesories eg hrm, bike cadence
touch bezell is useless when wet or sweating, this maen you have to lock the screen which only then allows you to view limited information when running.
wireless data transfer is pointless as you have to plug it into a usb to charge.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
5.0
Functionality:
2.0
Accuracy:
5.0
Features:
5.0
Value:
3.0

mackfly would not recommend this product
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