Once in a while, I come across a bit of technology that I really like and makes my life easier. The GPS-enabled Forerunner 405 sports watch from Garmin did just that for me this year – the iPad did too, but that’ a different story.
Before the 405 entered my life I was running with a Suunto Vector. The Vector is a great watch, but it isn’t designed for running – the 405 is.
The 405′s SPEC is impressive, but there are a few features that really make it special.
ANT+™ wireless technology, built into the 405, automatically transfers data to my computer when the 405 is in range. No USB cables, no hookups, it just works. Better yet, my runs are automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect™, where I can analyze my runs and mountain bike rides – the 405 has a biking mode too. The 405 continuously monitors my time, distance, and pace.
Another favorite feature of mine is auto pause. The 405 automatically pauses my run when my running buddy Teebo decides he needs to stop for a pee or a poop. It’s nice not to have to worry about stopping and pausing the watch when you’ve got other things on your mind, or a crazy shepherd mix on the other end of the leash pooping on the neighbor’s lawn.
The Virtual Partner® feature is cool too if you don’t have a running buddy to pace you. You can set the pace of your Virtual Partner® and the 405 will let you know if you’re in the lead or trailing your virtual buddy.
I’ve been running with the 405 for a few months now and I can honestly say it has improved my run. Tech advanced fitness.