Running With The Garmin Forerunner 405CX Review
Ever since I started running in December 2010 I’ve used my Garmin Forerunner 405CX GPS watch. I bought it for about £200 on Amazon.co.uk and it’s provided excellent motivation ever since.
In terms of GPS accuracy the 405CX is excellent. The only problems I’ve had with it so far are at the start of runs when it is trying to connect to the satellites.
If I start my run before it’s established a proper connection then the accuracy of my starting point can be up to 0.05 miles off. I tend to wait 5 seconds after it’s established a satellite link, to give it proper time to find my location.
The most disappointing feature of the 405CX is it’s bevel. In order to navigate menus you have to use your finger to push around the surface for it to move to the next menu choice.
This is fidgety at the best of times, but becomes completely unusable when there’s even a little bit of moisture on it’s surface.
In fact I tend to deactivate the bevel altogether now as if I leave it switched on, my sweat or the rain results in the watch switching away from the time/mileage/pace screen onto the settings screen and back and it is very annoying.
The best feature of the 405CX is it’s integration with the Garmin Connect web service that provides you with a huge amount of data on each of your runs, including a route map, splits, calories burnt and speed.
Once I come back from a run, the watch automatically connects to the USB dongle in my iMac and begins to upload my stats to the Garmin Connect website. From here I can share my run onto social media websites, or embed my route onto my blog.
Garmin Connect also allows me to run reports on my running history, breaking down my stats by week, month and year. This allows me to monitor my progress closely and has been invaluable during marathon training.
All in all, whilst the bevel is a huge annoyance the watch itself has been a mainstay in my training and I doubt I would have ran anywhere near as much in the past 18 months without it.
Saying that, I think the Garmin Forerunner 205 represents better value for money than the 405CX.
It has roughly the same feature set but without the annoying bevel and it is approximately £25 cheaper.
If you are thinking of buying a GPS watch to spur you on with your training, then you can not go wrong by purchasing a Forerunner.