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Garmin 010-00658-10 Forerunner 405 with ANT+ Sport Wireless Technology (Black)
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Product Description

Garmin International is pleased to announce the Forerunner 405 GPS-enabled sport watch. During a run, this slim, sleek watch accurately tracks distance, pace, calories, and displays it all on the easy-to-read screen. Tap or slide a finger around the innovative touch bezel to change information without fumbling for a button. The optional foot pod can also be used to gather speed and distance information indoors. ANT+Sport wireless technology automatically transfers workout data to and from your computer when your device is within range. No cables, no hookups, the data's just there. Users can upload data to Garmin Connect, a web-based application that lets them analyze, share and store workouts. Compatible with GSC 10 speed/cadence bike sensor - monitor pedaling cadence and wheel speed Compatible with foot pod - measures speed and distance and runners cadence when indoors Watch features - time of day (12/24h), dual time zone, (day/date), daily alarm Training and motivational features - Virtual Partner, courses, workouts, goals GPS features - mark waypoints, back to start, save location ANT+Sport wireless technology lets you automatically transfer information back and forth between the watch and the PC Unit-to-unit - transfer workouts and locations to other Forerunner 405's Dimensions - 45.75mm x 70.5mm x 16.4mm Weight - 2.11 ounces (60 grams)

With the Forerunner 405, Garmin has finally put the power of GPS location-based date into a sleek sport watch that can be worn all day. Runners no longer have to choose between function and fashion. Garmin's ANT + Sport wireless platform that wirelessly sends your data to your computer and a touch bezel that lets you change screens with a simple tap (no more fumbling for buttons) run make this not just a leap forward in GPS-enabled fitness devices, but in training devices period. Forerunner 405 comes in two color options — black or green.

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The Power Of Location-Based Data

Anyone who has used Garmin's Forerunner 205 or 305 already understands the power that attaching location data to traditional measurements like distance, speed, time, calories burned, and heart rate can provide. Knowing exactly where you worked hardest, ran fastest (or most slowly), and lets you tailor your workouts to improve for specific distances, conditions, and types of terrain. It gives a complete picture of how you interact with every portion of your run.

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Forerunner 405 comes in two color options — black or green
virtual partner
Train with a virtual partner

Watch Results
Loaded with serious training features, Forerunner 405 continuously monitors your time, distance, pace, calories and heart rate (when paired with heart rate monitor). Each run is stored in memory so you can review and analyze the data to see how you've improved.

The high-sensitivity GPS receiver sustains satellite reception, whether you're tackling a trail or jogging through the urban canyons of skyscrapers. The Forerunner 405 is water-resistant (IPX7) and can be used outdoors or indoors (with an optional foot pod), making it the ultimate year-round, all-weather training tool.

Forerunner 405 is available with or without a heart rate monitor (see the versions tab) to help you make the most out of your training. Versions with a digital heart rate monitor continuously track heart beats per minute. Train in a certain heart rate zone to improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performance on the same run.

The revolutionary patent-pending touch bezel on the face of the watch makes navigating the options easier than ever. Simply by tapping, holding or running a finger along the bezel, runners can begin a new workout, access their training history or challenge a Virtual Partner. The Forerunner 405 makes training with a Virtual Partner easy and efficient. Runners can adjust the Virtual Partner's pace without stopping in the middle of a workout, and the Virtual Partner is always on and ready for a challenge.

Run, Sync, Store and Share
One of Garmin's most ambitious decisions has been to approach fitness devices as a total platform with their "ANT + Sport" connectivity system. All of Garmin's new fitness devices, including the Forerunner 405, Edge 605 and 705 bike computers, and Forerunner 50 heart rate monitor watches, will interface wirelessly with any devices that are compatible wiht the "ANT + Sport" protocol, including devices from other manufacturers.

Once you've logged the miles, the ANT+Sport wireless technology automatically transfers data to your computer when the Forerunner is in range. No cables, no hookups. The data's just there, ready for you to analyze, categorize and share through Garmin's online community, Garmin Connect or optional Garmin Training Center software. You can wirelessly send workouts from your computer to Forerunner, too.

Share Wirelessly
With Forerunner 405 you can share your locations, advanced workouts and courses wirelessly with other Forerunner 405 users. Now you can send your favorite workout to your buddy to try, or compete against a friend's recorded course. Sharing data is easy. Just select "transfer" to send your information to nearby units.

Cross-Train
Take your training inside with the versatile Forerunner 405. Pair it with an optional foot pod to track your speed, distance and running cadence indoors when a GPS signal is unavailable. This new design clips onto your laces for easy removal and automatically turns on when you start moving. You can also add a speed/cadence bike sensor to track the speed and distance of your cycling workouts.

Be Part of A Community
In 2007, Garmin acquired Motion-based, the largest shared repository of customer-generated gps-based routes, courses and maps. This was a significant move for Garmin to support the gps user community and bring a wealth of route options to gps users. With a simple connection to your computer, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect our new, one-stop site for data analysis an sharing.

You can also upload to optional Garmin Training Center software for further analysis. Garmin Training Center stores large quanities of workout and ride data. Some of the things you can do are

  • Review your workout data, including pace/speed, distance, time, calories burned; and if available, heart rate, cadence and detailed elevation.
  • View a detailed graph of your workout data, plotted over time or distance.
  • View a map of your workout that shows the exact path you traveled.
  • Categorize your workout history according to type of activity.
  • Review previous workouts, which are saved by day and week.
  • Create customized workouts with specific goals and rest intervals. Then send them to your fitness device.*
  • Schedule workouts for a specific day with calendar.
  • Get custom workout templates designed by the experts at TrainingPeaks.com

What's In The Box
Forerunner 405, USB ANT stick, AC adapter, Charging clip, Owner's manual, Quick reference guide

Features:
  • Water-resistant black GPS-enabled sports watch
  • Can be Used for Running and Cycling/Outdoors or Indoors w/Optional Sensor
  • Training and Motivational Features: Virtual Partner, Courses, Workouts, Goals
  • GPS Features Mark Waypoints / Back to Start
  • 1.88" x 2.78" x 0.646", 2.11 oz

Customer Reviews:

  • Stick with the 305
    Let me first say that I have been a fan of Garmin products for years and have run with the 105 and the 205/305 and loved both of them. You turned them on and went for a run with no problems, but the 405 is nowhere near as easy. I went through two of them before I realized I should not wasted anymore time with this thing. The connection with the computer is a huge hassle and if you do not have the current updates the watch lasts only 4 hours based on my experience. The touch feature on the watch is a pain and not easy to work. It does fit nicely but that is it....And to make matters worse the customer support for Garmin is horrible you end up waiting 30-40 minutes.....For those die hard marathoners like me, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME....Get the 205/305..........more info
  • expensive but VERY useful
    I bought the Garmin Forerunner 405 for my girlfriend. I have since run with her while she was wearing it and asked her about her solo runs with it. She absolutely loves the thing, especially the virtual partner feature. The only problem I think she has had are with the bezel-controls, which can be confusing at times. It seems like sometimes the watch reacts to touch and other times it doesn't. To be fair, my girlfriend has not read the manual....more info
  • Garmin's big step forward
    I owned the Forerunner 205 and just replaced it with the 405. I am very impressed by the advances Garmin has made with this model, primarily in watch size and firmware, but it still falls a little short of a 5-star rating.

    Positives:
    -The Garmin Connect website provides rich workout details with Google maps integration - a vast improvement over the Garmin Training Center.
    -Wireless sync. The workout details are wirelessly synced with your PC and uploaded to the Connect website.
    -It is much more sleek than its predecessor. The form factor is much more similar to a regular wrist watch. It is slightly thicker than a typical watch, but much more compact than the 205/305.
    -Satellite acquisition is quick - I average about ten seconds.
    -The autopause function is great for city running. The workout timer will pause automatically if your pace falls below a preset rate.

    Negatives
    -Software. The software installation is not well documented, but if you are comfortable downloading drivers on your own then this isn't an issue.
    -Price. For $300, it probably isn't for the recreational runner. It's worth paying a premium to me because I run a lot, but the $199-249 range would be a much better value.

    Neutral:
    The touch sensitive bezel: menu navigation is similar to an ipod wheel.
    I've read a lot of reviews that are critical of the touch sensitive bezel. I don't think it is an issue because I don't need to read more than pace, distance, and time elapsed at once (you can customize what three elements to display). If you like to fumble with your watch while running, then you might want to look elsewhere....more info
  • Nice features/concept, poor execution
    I've had my 405 for about a year and have trained for and run a marathon, several half marathons, and a few triathons with it. It has stopped working for no reason twice now. It has gotten moisture inside it. The buttons are very sensitive and that is quite annoying. AND..... I have rarely been able to actually transfer the workouts from the watch to the computer. It has a lot of bugs and that is extremely dissapointing.
    BUT- when it works, I love it! I like the size, the cool factor, the touch bezel, and all the features. But the drawbacks have me wondering what to get now that my 405 is dead. I can't train without my satellites, but this thing is very annoying.
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  • Garmin 405
    I ordered a Garmin 405 because my brother had one and it looked like a great tool for tracking all my runs. Once I got pass the initial setup, the watch works like a charm. It tracks more than I could have imagined. Great watch. ...more info
  • No mac support :(
    Promised by "Q4 2008" but I am not going to hold my breath for it given all the other negative review about performance. What a bummer, cause the 305 is ugly, but I guess I'll stick with it cause it works....more info
  • Forerunner 405 excellent training tool
    Excellent product. Very sleek and easy to use. Even my technology-challenged boyfriend figured it out easily. Also, it's very accurate and I love to use it!...more info
  • Garmin 405
    Not easy to use. Many options but silm documentation. Nice size. I hope after a couple of months to gain a better command. J&R good price and fast shipping. ...more info
  • Stick with the 305
    Form factor is great, GPS function is great. Product is unusable during a workout! Once you break a sweat and sometimes before, the bezel becomes unusable. Garmin obviously never tested this device in the field. Buy the Garmin 305 it is rock solid and more feature rich. Amazon was great to work with on this issue and I am in the process of receiving a full refund. If you do buy this unit, please save all the packing and accessories so you can return to Amazon within the 30 day period....more info
  • Constant freezing while on the run makes this watch useless
    Like so many on this site, I love all of the features of this watch. Too bad that I can't access them when I am actually running. The watch has now frozen on me the last five times I have used it--including twice during races and once during a long training run for the marathon. On days when it freezes on the clock, at least I can guestimate my time based on when I started to run. But yesterday it froze on the battery charge screen--a completely useless function. I sure hope Garmin honors the warrantee because this is a real lemon. ...more info
  • Disappointment
    i own the 405 for 3~4 months (run with ~ 550km), and found it very disappointed in several points:
    1.there is no possibility to take time without activating the GPS
    2.that start/stop button confusing. when i pushed the start after stopping before, the 405 showed data in format that i set for cycling !!! instead km/min he showed km/h and other info.
    3.despite making reset he continuing "combining" runs. this "force" me to download data after every run to ensure rest.

    except above the 405 looks cool, and i found GPS accuracy very good!!!...more info
  • Did R & D actually try using this piece of crap
    I used to own the 405's predecessor, the 205. It was indeed one of my favorite things in the world. I purchased it in December 2006, but it was something I had wished existed from the time I began running over 30 years ago. I loved that it was able to monitor distance and pace. I would even wear it (much to my wife's chagrin because she hated it aesthetically) in non workout situations and monitor distances, confirming with everyone my uber geek status.

    On the negative side, the older model could not really be worn as a casual watch because its battery life was limited to 8 hours even if it was not in workout mode. Its appearance was another negative, although I personally didn't think so, most people thought it looked hideous.

    In October I decided to wear my trusty 205 to play softball because I wanted to see how much ground I'd cover during a game and I planned on going for a run afterwards. While I was playing some pre-game pepper a line drive from someone taking batting practice hit my wrist. Luckily (Or unluckily, based on my very negative experience with the 405, I may have preferred a broken wrist)the watch protected me, but it was shattered and history.

    So I ordered the 405, which is considered an upgrade over the 205. On the plus side the 405 is smaller and more visually appealing than its predecessor. You also can get away with wearing the 405 as a casual digital watch, albeit a very expensive casual digital watch, because its battery lasts much longer in non-workout mode that the 205. However, these two improvements are not worth the frustration this watch has caused.

    The 205 was controlled by buttons and was simple to use most of the time. Why they had to change this, I have no clue, which is something R & D were lacking when designing this piece of crap. The 405 is controlled by a combination of touch bezel (or as I have nicknamed it, Beelzebub)and buttons. The bezel is the screen that encloses the watch. The unfortunate 405 owner operates it by touching specific bezel zones (or as I have refer to them since I've nicknamed the bezel, Beelzebub, circles of hell), in conjunction with buttons. The bezel's response to touch is simultaneously too rigid and too soft. It may take 15 minutes for the bezel to finally display the field I want to set, but it will immediately move from the desired field if the bezel's held a nanosecond too long. Operating the bezel is cumbersome while stationary and next to impossible while running. I used it once during a run and want to exchange it for the previous model.

    Why did they switch to the bezel based system? Did the designers actually try using the 405 while working out? Did they have to create alleged innovation to justify their jobs? Why couldn't they simply stop with aesthetic improvements and increased battery life instead of reinventing the wheel and rendering the updated model completely useless?

    I recommend saving money and buying the less expensive 205 if you can still find it available.

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  • Not very friendly
    It is not very friendly. You have to re charge as if it were a mobile phone, the touch screen does not work very efficiently. I regret I bought it....more info
  • Nice but I'd wait for a new model
    This is a great computer for sports. It is very nice looking, very fast to connect to satellites, very fast to download the workouts to the computer. I enjoy watching my workout in Google maps using the player.

    BUT, the bezel is really a problem. I read the reviews before purchasing the watch and didn't believe that the bezel has its functionality problems. If my hand is slightly wet, I have to touch it several times in different places to be able to change the screen. The problem is that riding the bike I simply can't look at the watch for more than a sec or two, so when I take a look again the screen didn't change at all or changed twice so I can't get what I want to see. Additionally, I need both of my hands to ride safely the bike instead of using one hand to control the bike and the other trying to control the watch. I'm used to constantly monitor several data (speed, heart rate, pace, distance, average lap speed, lap distance, chronometer, time of lap) so I need to switch from one screen to another frequently and I'd rather be pushing a reliable button than struggling with the bezel.

    I recommend to my friends to wait for a new model to come out, I'm pretty sure the bezel thing must be corrected in the new model.

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  • Great device, few setbacks
    I used the Garmin Forerunner 205 for 3 years before buying the 405 about a month ago. The 405 seems to get satellite reception faster and is more comfortable to wear, but the touch bezel does have some drawbacks. It is hard to use the bezel on the run and it doesn't work when it gets wet. I love this product because I am a "start it a forget it runner," but if you like to operate your watch on the run, the Forerunner 205 is probably a better deal....more info
  • Right Up There
    I've been jonesing for this Garmin since I heard about it before January. I am not disappointed, but I did expect a little bit more.

    First of all, I've seen several pictures with a line graph showing your run vs altitude or speed. Nope! Just a simple graph for Satellites.

    Secondly the bazel is NOT metal. I wear my Garmin as a watch and bumped it against a door jam and dinged the bazel. Not a big ding, but a little nick is out of it now.

    Third; the band is much wider than it needs to be. The watch is barely too big to wear day to day, but I'm still wearing it daily.

    Fourth thing that jabs me in the wallet is; yes it is pretty darn accurate, but when it uploads to Google maps (does it automaticly) when you really zoom in I've noticed all the routes are off the road to the east and north about 50'. So all of my trail routes look like I was running either in the river, or in the street, not on the trails.

    Those 4 things are the absolute worst I've had with it. I've used it for a week now, and can't say enough about it. It hasn't made me run faster yet, but I've ran more =). I gave it 4 stars because some of the things I'm bitching about are simply my points, not something that makes the watch lesser of a product....more info
  • Training Partner
    I struggled with the set up and getting the touch for the bezel, but I was guided by the Garmin support team to get set up with my computer and watch. The online training videos are excellent. I used the email help, phone support, and the on-line videos, and I am impressed by the support!! As a training tool, I am extremely happy. It is the training piece I was missing!...more info