Garmin Forerunner 405

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trip15
Reviewed: 25 March 2011

Annoying and fiddly

Small. Tells the time.
Bezel works well when the weather is perfectly dry and you do not have long sleeves or are sweaty. Otherwise, forget it. You can lock the bezel but are then fixed with the 3-field display (4 on the 305) that you have selected. Fast satellite find is at the expense of accuracy. Start/stop and lap buttons do not have a positive feel and are sometimes hard to operate.
This is more a watch with GPS than a serious GPS running device. This is not a successor to the 305 but a completely different beast aimed, perhaps, at the low-mileage, fair-weather runner. If you are looking for a serious replacement to the 305 try the 310xt. Used my 405 for 6 months (then only because it was a gift) then gave up and bought a 310xt.
Score breakdown



Set-Up:
4.0
Functionality:
1.0
Accuracy:
2.0
Features:
3.0
Value:
1.0

trip15 would not recommend this product
Kevan James
Reviewed: 24 March 2011

Good, informative, use anywhere!

Wrist watch size, functional, accessories.
Poor battery life!
Use mine twice everyday, but charge the battery daily! After activating the GPS, lock the screen, this will ensure you see the desired information during your session, as you can still start and stop the unit!
Score breakdown



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

Kevan James would recommend this product
Luan Anderson 2
Reviewed: 23 March 2011

I love my garmin 405 and most of the other problems quoted here can be overcome by using it properly.

Tracks my distances accurately.
Battery life is more than fien for long runs.
Logs onto satellites quickly even in cities.
Easy to set screen up so I see the data I want to see easily.
Good size of wrist unit for a woman - the reason I didn't buy an earlier version was the size of the wrist units.
HR monitor addition works well and GPS can be switched off and it can therefore also be used in gym etc.
Garmin response time to the one fault I've had was very quick - under 1 week, therefore my training programme was not impacted much.
Mapping shows my route very accurately.
Bezel is sensitive to touch, but there is an easy solution - LOCK IT! That's why it has this facility and you can still press the buttons to start and stop timer, switch to next item, etc.
When it gets wet there is sometimes a little shorting after I get home and try to look through history etc. It doesn't happen while I'm out running so it's not too much of a problem. Just wait for it to dry for a few mins and it's good to go.
It's NOT waterproof but is shower proof. Don't make the mistake I made of wearing it in the sea! (It broke and I had to get my one necessary exchange for a fee).
Well I really like it. If you use a HR monitor it can really enhance your running to also add the functionality of a good GPS. I work away from home a lot and it's really useful in areas I don't know since I would have to preplan all my runs otherwise. Also, I love being able to go out and do a circular routre and do inetrvals over set distances on route - much less borning than running up and down the same stretch of road.
Score breakdown



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

Luan Anderson 2 would recommend this product
James Austin 2
Reviewed: 03 March 2011

If this product did what it claims to be able to do it would be fine, the problem is it doesn't.

None
Battery life
GPS accuracy
Garmin customer service
I've experienced major problems with battery life and GPS accuracy in the few months I've had the misfortune to own it.

Battery life
Stated battery life whilst in use is circa 8 hours. Within barely 3 months of use my watch developed a glitch which has halved battery life to 4 hours. I have raised this with Garmin who say they can replace it under warranty. However it would be replaced not with a new non-faulty watch but with another one that someone else has had to return. Not really what you'd expect a few months into ownership of an expensive piece of kit.

Be aware that Garmin's turnaround for returns is up to 10 working days. If you're in the middle of a 16 week marathon training schedule (the very thing for which I bought this watch) then being without it for that long so soon after purchase is rather galling, some might say unacceptable.

GPS accuracy
I've stood around in the cold for over 10 minutes on numerous occasions waiting for this to get a GPS lock. When it does finally lock on the GPS is eccentric if I'm being kind. Trees flummox it, going round corners bemuses it. Within an individual mile of running it can claim my pace varies from under 6min/mile to over 11min/mile. Strange as I thought I was going pretty steady. Review of progress Garmin Connect map can be revealing – instead of sticking to roads and trails it often tells me I've been floating through houses somewhere else entirely.

If you're thinking of getting this watch think long and hard
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Set-Up:
1.0
Functionality:
3.0
Accuracy:
2.0
Features:
1.0
Value:
1.0

James Austin 2 would not recommend this product
Stewart Robertson 2
Reviewed: 18 February 2011

great for recording distance - needs better software support that doesn't cost yet more money

great for recording distance
rubbish in the wet if you wnat to use more than one screen
never leave it at home
Score breakdown



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

Stewart Robertson 2 would recommend this product
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