I've waited for this day a long time. My Garmin is my baby, giving me information about my running that only it can give. The problem: I have a VCR on my wrist. I have long anticipated the day when the receiver chip and battery would be small enough to fit in a regular-size watch. That day has come.
The Garmin 405 is a GPS-enabled sports watch packed with impressive features. It records an array of measurements, including your distance, precise maps of your routes, speed, pace, time, calories burned, elevation, and (optionally) heart rate. All of this data is stored in memory so you can review and compare your past performances, and the watch is even capable of sending it wirelessly to your computer.
Garmin says the GPS receiver sustains satellite reception whether you’re on a rural trail or surrounded by skyscrapers. The is also water resistant and has a simple interface to make on-the-fly adjustments easy. It can also be used indoors with an optional food pod that clips to your shoelaces.
One of my favorite features is the ability to challenge a virtual partner. Few things motivate me more than competition, even if it is with a computer. You can choose a pace for your virtual partner to run and the watch will keep track of how far ahead or behind you are compared to the partner. But this is even better: if your friends have a 405 you can exchange routes and performances wirelessly. So, someone you know can transfer a map of their favorite route to you along with their performance data for that route, and you can race against them on that route when they're not even there! Lastly, you can download workout templates designed by experts and use those to supplement your training.
The Forerunner 405 is available in either black or green, and with or without a heart rate monitor.