April 29, 2008

Garmin 405 review video

Today I'm turning geek again - I took about 20 minutes to record and edit the video review of the Garmin 405. I compared the watch size to Polar S625X, RS800 and Suunto T6. Let me know what you think and if you want to know more about any of the other features I did not cover.


10 comments:

Linda G. said...

Hi there - this is a small question but I've looked through various documentation & sites but haven't found anything. Do you know if there's a way to have the 405 emit audible heartrate alerts when below or above heartrate zones? I'm working on figuring out how to set several zones and timers for interval workouts. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi thre. I am about to buy a watch. I don't know if I shoulg go for the RS800 G3/S3 or the Garmin 405.
I am concerned about some reviews I've read about issues with the Garmin and about Polar durability aswell.
Don' want to buy the Polar and realize that they launch a new model within 1 month!
Thanks for your advice

kxux said...

Linda: Yes you can indeed program the 405 to watch and alert you when you are out of the HR range. I do not use it, but looked at the HR based programmed exercise and you can either select a zone or custom HR zone range.

anonymous: You may need to be more specific about what sports you will be doing. If you are a triathlete you may not like either one of the watches. They are both not recommended for swimming. If you are a runner and run mostly outside you will love the 405 and you can always get the foot pod in case you wanted to use the watch inside. As far as durability - the RS800 feels little fragile (and many users had problems with the watch band, including me). With 405 I can not really say as I owned the watch for about 6 weeks and everything works just fine. But I would not expect any issues in the first at least 6-12 months. The Polar band broke after 11 months of quite heavy use.

Garmin said...

Great video! It might be worth you bookmarking the Garmin Blog as we put up to date news and product info on there very regularly including video.

You can find that here: http://garmin.blogs.com/uk/

Rosso said...

Hi am I right in thinking you do the following....

HRM - Suunto T6C.

ipod & nike shoes - running?

whats your set up? Thanks

kxux said...

rosso: My setup is pretty straightforward - T6c as a HRM, Nike+ when I run (just to keep in touch with my friends on the site), Garmin 405 on some runs as a backup (w/o HR), Polar S625X as bike computer/power meter. As far as shoes go I have Adidas, Nike and will soon be getting Zoot Tri shoes. For non-Nike+ shoes I have the pod in the pouch that wraps around the laces.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kxux,
I was wondering if you can charge the 405 while in active use? I was thinking of wiring up a slim charger with either a battery pack or solar panel to charge the 405. The main reason I would need this would be on a 12 hour solo mountain bike race. I find it usually lasts on my training rides or running sessions.
Cheers,
Oly

Anonymous said...

Garmin 405! Sorry guys but form thum down because the bezel of this watch after you sweat a lot doesn't works annylonger and the display change the screen in a random way or even worse all the functions are blocked till the watch dry off!!! Incredible but true!!! Better Polar RS800!!

kxux said...

I must state here that the Garmin 405 is not an ideal watch for triathlete. Although Garmin partnered with USA Triathlon and some athletes wear the watch. I find Polar RS800CX much better option that gives you more than Garmin (and does not skimp on location mapping functions - see the reviews of the watch on this site). Another great watch for triathletes is the Suunto T6c which has an automatic switch between the sensors. I currently use CS600 with power on the bike, RS800CX for running and do my swim training with S625X (to capture the HR). The Garmin 405 is not for swimming - Garmin actually warns that they will not honor warranty if you swim with the watch. The bezel is great in the comfort of your living room, but on the run it is one of the most annoying things I ever had on any HRM. Those are the reasons why the 405 is gone for good from my house. But there are runners that find it useful and are happy to train with it. If you can get over the limitations of this watch it has some great features, but I would not recommend it to tri-buddies.

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