Review Of The Garmin Forerunner 405 SportsWatch
Having a quality watch to track your runs is important to runners - of all levels. You want to be able to accurately track your time and/or distance and/or speed. (Some runners do some workouts only for time and others do all their runs for distance.) Sports watches are also made that feature a heart rate monitor, also.
For many years, the running watch of my choice was something simple that basically tracked time and laps. This was great, but I would have to pretty much guess the distance that I ran - or measure it later in a car.
Several years ago, I bought my first GPS watch. It worked well, but was kind of clunky and you had to wear a device on a strap on your arm - and then the big watch on your wrist.
Then, my husband bought me the Garmin Forerunner 405 at a race expo. It was love at first run! I love the simplicity of only having one device that will do everything I want it to do.
What does it do?
The Garmin Foreruner GPS Watch tracks your time, distance, pace, calories burned and heart rate (if you add the heart rate monitor). All of your runs are stored in memory so that you can check on your progress.
I like the fact that after a run, I can go back to see each mile split (without having to do a thing while I'm running). I always like to see that my runs get faster as I go along - and LOVE it when my last mile is my fastest!
The Garmin Forerunner also has a wireless technology that will automatically sync your runs to your computer. There's nothing to hook up. Once you have gotten the software set up, whenever you are in range of your computer - it will automatically download your workouts. So, it's all there on your computer for you to analyze.
What I Like:
I love that the Garmin Forerunner 405 is all in one, other than the GPS that I was using previously. It also is easy to use - no buttons to fumble with. You use the watch by the touch bezel face. It take a little getting used to - but great after you do.
When you go out for your run, even if you are not running in the same area as the day previously, it takes just a minute or so for the GPS to find you. It's quick and doesn't lose you when you are in a wooded area - I've actually had that happen to me before.
I love the ease of getting my results after my run. Each split time and the average speed.
Customer Service Rocked When I Needed Them!
Garmin's customer service is also quality. I was having trouble during a longer run with my watch going to hinky screens. This would also happen if I was using it in the rain. The customer service agent that I talked with was actually a user and knew exactly what I needed to do.
The face has a bezel lock feature. Once you start on your run, just lock the bezel. Then sweat, rain, or anything else hitting the bezel face will not hamper it's use.
What I Don't Like:
One thing don't like about the Garmin Forerunner is that if you use it much, you have to charge it about every 2-3 days. So, if I'm out of town, I need to remember to take the charger with me. Not too big a deal, since it's really less that I charge my smartphone.
Also, if you do accidentally let it completely die, once it's charged - it will automatically go back to the correct time and date. So, that's a plus.
The only other thing that I don't like is the size of the wristband. I have fairly small wrists and this can be a little bothersome, but I've learned to accept it. With the previous models of the Forerunner, you could purchase different straps to interchange. As of yet, I haven't seen anything for the 405.
All in all, I LOVE my Garmin Forerunner 405! I'm happy to have it as my training partner. And, by the way, I have the pretty green one!