Garmin 405 Review

I’ve had my Garmin for over six months now and feel like it’s a good time to do a review. I have the green Garmin Forerunner 405. I bought it off of for $194.00 (I think) although, it’s a few dollars cheaper now. (I do not have the heart rate monitor.)

This post was updated on 4/19/11.

The Good:

  • This has been an awesome replacement for what I was using – a Nike ID and iPod. I also used the free Runkeeper app on my Droid (which I liked, but carrying my phone all the time was a hassel).
  • It’s smaller than most GPS watches.
  • Personally, I like that it’s green. There isn’t much variety when it comes to color I’ve noticed, so this one caught my eye.
  • It’s accurate. I’ve run with this and other GPS trackers and it seems like this one is the closest to measuring the actual distance.
  • It’s super easy to upload your runs to your computer where you can view your pace per lap, average pace, map of your run, and more.

The Bad:

    • You can change the display to track 1, 2, or 3 items such as distance, time, pace, etc. The screencap below has three items tracked – the time, pace, and distance. The size of the time is great, but it’s difficult to take a quick glance and see your other stats.
  • The bezel (the silver ring around the watch) is what you use to scroll through menu options. I’ve had a problem with it since the beginning. It’s really hard to get the bezel to go to the menu option I want. I have a hard time viewing my laps because I can’t get to the next one.
  • Loose clothing can change the screen if you don’t have the bezel locked. I’ve had difficulty getting back to the main screen during a run and have had to forfeit looking at my pace. 
  • Keeping the bezel locked is a good way to prevent the screen from changing, however the back light cannot be turned on if the bezel is locked. Not a problem unless you do a lot of nighttime running like me.
  • I wear the watch on the underside of my wrist because the watch aggravates my wrist bone if I don’t.
  • If you sweat heavily (which I often do), the bezel isn’t as reactive. I’ve had a lot of problems with this lately on my runs now that the weather is getting more hot and humid.

Overall, if you are looking to buy a Garmin, I would say definitely do it. But I would suggest getting the Forerunner 305 instead. It’s bigger, it’s uglier, but it’s more user friendly. And it costs about half the price. Most importantly…no bezel. The function buttons are on the side.


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12 responses to “Garmin 405 Review

  1. Did you ever name your Garmin?I *heart* my 305! It's super ugly though. I wear mine on the inside of my wrist too.

  2. Thanks for your honest review. I have been thinking of getting a GPS watch as a reward for reaching my goal weight. I like the look of yours the best, but since I'm not a huge distance runner, I was leaning more towards the lesser expensive models. Why oh why do they have to be so big and clunky?

  3. @ Michelle – No, I haven't named her yet, but I'm up for suggestions. Pretty sure its' a she.@Lori – Congrats on reaching your goal weight! 🙂 I think these watches are great even if you aren't a distance runner. You can use it for walks or bike rides too. The 305 is under $100. Maybe we can start a GPS bedazzler club!

  4. I wish I would have read more blogger reviews before purchasing my 305. I love it but I bought it with the heart rate monitor which I'm pretty sure will never get used but jacked up the price significantly. O well…it's still worth it!Nice run btw!

  5. I REALLY want a garmin. Thanks for your review. I think when I do get around to buying one it will be the 305.

  6. 13point1miles

    I have a 205 and I absolutely LOVE it. I knew I wouldn't use the heart rate monitor, so I decided against the 305 and saved a few bucks. I just wish mine was cuter like yours!

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  9. I was thinking the bezel would irk me, and this review definitely makes me think I should wait for the latest touch garmin. The video of the guy using it in the shower makes me think it’s as responsive as it should be and I like that. I just don’t like the price!

    • I didn’t like the price of the 405 when I got it! I do wish I had gotten the 305 and saved $80. Oh well. I still won’t run without it but it can work my last nerve for sure.

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