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Garmin Forerunner 405

Garmin Forerunner 405Once 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.

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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.

Teebo Running Buddy

My Running Buddy Teebo

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.


Garmin GPS V

So I mentioned in a previous post that I stumbled onto a sport called GeoCaching – I neglected however to talk at all about the GPS navigator I purchased and my fans are screaming! Actually, I don’t have any fans, I made that up. With that said, here is short commentary on the GPS navigator I chose.
I did some research and settled on the trustworthy (although somewhat dated) Garmin V.

Garmin V

Why?

  • I like having the option to use it in landscape or portrait mode. It sits on my dash so the landscape option is convenient. A lot of the other handhelds don’t support this well.
  • It was cheap! I paid about $225 Amazon dollars for this.
  • It shipped with a 12-volt adapter for the car, as well as a slick locking-mount that sits nicely on my dash.
  • This was an important one – it comes with a full-unlock for MapSource City Select. Most of the newer handhelds don’t come with the software – you can pretty quickly spend more than $400 on a new handheld, the software, and the basic accessories.
  • It’s rugged and water-resistant to 5 meters – fits my multi-purpose mission.
  • I live in Oregon – the 19 megabytes of storage and the slower processor can handle this state.

I’ve been using the Garmin V for a few weeks now and it’s one of those great buys – you know, they’re rare and far between, you end up feeling like you should send the manufacturer some more money. This unit cost about $500 a couple of years ago so it’s a bargain today at $225. The automatic turn-by-turn route planning feature is great and I love the trip computer. I even take it running with me on occasion to confirm my distance. At night the thing even has a cool backlight feature that almost makes the screen look like it’s color. I’m rambling now. You can look at the complete spec on the Garmin site or view this handly tour movie if you’re interested in knowing more.
I highly recommend this unit to anybody interested in adding a GPS navigator to their arsenal of toys.


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