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Refurbished - Garmin Forerunner 405 - GPS enabled Sports Watch - Refurbished - 010-N0658-20

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Fine, when it works. Quality control a 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.

  • 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. You can even download recorded courses to compete against previous workouts or race a Virtual Partner®. Customize Forerunner’s data screens for instant feedback while you train.

  • Use with Ease - Sport watch and personal trainer — Forerunner 405 gives you the best of both worlds in a sleek, stylish package. This high performance watch is easy to use and comfortable to wear when not training. Simply tap the touch bezel to change screens without fumbling for a button. Forerunner 405 comes in two color options — black or green — to fit your style.

  • Run, Sync, Store and Share - Once you’ve logged the miles, innovative ANT+™ 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 our online community, Garmin Connect or our 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.

  • Track Heart Rate - 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.

  • 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.

  • Lock Onto Satellite Signals -Forerunner 405 sports a unique design that gives the GPS antenna a better view of the sky, so it can get a stronger signal during your run. And its high-sensitivity GPS receiver provides improved tracking under trees and near tall buildings.
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Garmin
    Mfg Part# 010-N0658-20
    SKU 210899430
    UPC 753759083908
    UPC 14 00753759083908
    Refurbished Yes
    Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 1.88" x 2.78" x 0.646" (4.8 x 7.1 x 1.6 cm)
    Display size, WxH: 1.06" (2.7 cm) diameter
    Display resolution, WxH: 124 x 95 pixels
    Weight: 2.11 oz (60 g)
    Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
    Battery life: 2 weeks in power save mode; 8 hours in training mode
    Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
    GPS-enabled: yes
    High-sensitivity receiver: yes
    RoHS version available: yes
    Maps & Memory:
    Basemap: no
    Ability to add maps: no
    Accepts data cards: no
    Lap history: 1000 laps
    Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
    Routes: 0
    Heart rate monitor: yes (some versions)
    Bike speed/cadence sensor: yes (optional)
    Foot pod: yes (optional)
    Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer): yes
    Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data): yes
    Garmin Training Center® software compatible: yes
    Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person): yes
    Courses (compete against previous workouts): yes
    Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed): yes
    Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap): yes
    Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout): yes
    Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button): no
    Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts): yes
    Simple workouts (input time, distance and calorie goals): yes
    Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace): yes (for advanced workouts only)
    Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal): yes (for advanced workouts only)
    Vibration alert: (choose between alert tones and/or vibration alert): no
    Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals): yes
    Heart rate-based calorie computation: no
    Customizable screen(s): yes
    Barometric altimeter: no
    Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units): yes
    Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters): no
    Sport watch: yes
    Additional: Watch functions include dual time, date and alarm.
    Garmin Connect and Garmin Training Center are compatible with Windows® 2000 or later and Intel-based Mac running OS 10.4.11 or later with Safari.
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