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Garmin Forerunner 405 Sport Watch - Unisex, Black

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Very disappointed. Quality control a big problem.

by James S on 3/18/2013

I wish I could say that I've had an overwhelmingly positive experience with Garmin products, but this has not been the case. I have an eTrex H which works well but which has a weak anchor for the wrist strap (it broke off when I pulled it out of my pocket and had to climb down into a ravine to retrieve it). I have a Forerunner 405 which worked well when it worked but had to be replaced 3 times in just over a year. Since the third replacement was going to cost me a lot of money, I purchased a Forerunner 305 hoping it would be more reliable. It seemed to be ok but unfortunately the Quick Release wrist strap is a piece of crap and decide to quickly release the watch two weeks after I bought it after I gently brushed snow off of it while on a chairlift. It is gone. I've spent a lot of money on Garmin products and so far one works but is broken, another doesn't work, and the third is gone because of a poor mounting design. My wife has a Timex Global Trainer which she got for less but which has longer battery life and is solid as a rock (I've had 4 Garmin devices over the same period of time). I am mad as hell to be out another watch in such a short period of time. Garmin needs to seriously step up its quality control before I'll ever purchase another one of their products.

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Product Overview

Long runs, tempo runs, speed drills. You expect a lot from your body and from your training gear. Meet Forerunner 405. This GPS-enabled sport watch tracks your training, then wirelessly sends your data to your computer. The ultimate in training technology, its sleek design features a touch bezel that lets you quickly scroll and select features on the run.


Manufacturer Garmin
Mfg Part# 010-00658-10
SKU 206695526
UPC 753759075309
UPC 14 00753759075309
Tech Specs
Battery Life 336 Hour - Power Save Mode / 8 Hour - Training Mode
Batteries Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Product Type Wrist Watch
Manufacturer Part Number 010-00658-10
Manufacturer Website Address
Manufacturer Garmin, Ltd
Product Model 405
Product Name Forerunner 405 Wrist Watch
Product Line Forerunner
Brand Name Garmin
Additional Information Lap history: 1000 laps Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer) Garmin Connect compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) Garmin Training Center software compatible Virtual Partner (train against a digital person) Courses (compete against previous workouts) Auto Pause (pauses and resumes timer based on speed) Auto Lap (automatically starts a new lap) Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout) Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button) Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts) Simple workouts (input time, distance and calorie goals)
Package Contents Forerunner 405 USB ANT stick AC adapter Charging clip Owner's manual Quick reference guide
Green Compliance Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
Dimensions 2.78" Height x 1.88" Width x 0.65" Depth
Weight (Approximate) 2.11 oz
Features Dual Time Zone / Calendar
Alarm Daily
Watch Design Round Face Sports
Watch Format Digital
Movement Not Applicable
Face Not Applicable
Bezel (Touch Interface)
Wrist Band Vinyl Black Strap
Synchronization Not Applicable
Water Resistance 39.37"

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