Garmin Forerunner 405 Review & Special Guide

Garmin Forerunner 405 Review


The model of the Garmin which is Garmin Forerunner 405 is really an essential ingredient with the navigation on the land and the sea is one of the global positioning systems. Here technology has many more uses, though. The technology has made it so easy that it can track of where you have been and how fast you have traveled to reach there. This is an ideal thing to measure the sports activities. These are the things on which Garmin is taking advantage and are capable for some years now. All the devices of the Garmin are increasing sophistically.

forerunner 405 review

The latest model of the Garmin Forerunner 405 which is also a wrist GPS device of the same size and as a G-Shock watch. The last model of the Garmin we looked for was the 301 which was like strapping a small mobile phone on the arm rather than the watch. Yes, this time, you are not going to have that feel as Garmin Forerunner is not going to give away its true powers with an obvious fashion. Rather, it will look like the other ordinary sporting timepiece with two green or black colors of your choice.

garmin 405 colors

Garmin Forerunner 405, this package contains not just the GPS enabled watch but more than that. In the box of the Garmin Forerunner 405 has the USB dongle which is known as ANT stick and looks just like the memory key. But the fact is it transfers the data wirelessly to the PC or Laptop from the watch for the analysis. There is a curious strap included. Actually, it is a wireless HRM-heart rate monitor though you can buy it in 20 pounds less with just the ANT.

What’s in The Box of Forerunner 405

  • Forerunner 405 (available in black or green)
  • One of the options below (see the versions tab)
  • USB ANT Stick™
  • USB ANT Stick and heart rate monitor
  • AC charger
  • Charging clip
  • Manuals

Forerunner 405 in the box

forerunner 405 in the box

There are other accessories provided separately with the included GSC 10 bike sensor and a Foot Pod. This Foot Pod costs about 60 Pounds which helps you in calculating the distance and the pace while you train indoors where there is no available GPS signal. Garmin Forerunner 405’s GSC 10 tracks the bike speeds and the cadence also measures the pedaling strokes per minute. All these are being connected Garmin Forerunner 405 wireless.

Garmin FR 405 charging mode

garmin fr 405 charging mode

With this Garmin Forerunner 405, you are offering yourself a host of training assistance possibilities. You need to study a lot of the manual quite extensively like most of the sat-nav devices just before start the Garmin Forerunner 405. In the Quick Start Manual, the information’s given are the basic things like how to charge with the supplied adapter, navigate the interface, pair up with the external peripherals. I don’t think is enough to collect all the necessary data of the exercises.

FR405 antina

In this Garmin Forerunner 405, you will get two alternatives, a standalone desktop and other is the pure web-based interface. Though there is a need of the drivers for both the ANT USB stick installed work. You need to download these from the Garmin’s website as these make sense. To operate in online, a web-based version is needed on the Garmin Connect. I suggest having the handy Garmin Training Center and the USB drivers on the CD if you are not in the internet connection area or don’t have a handy Internet connection.

Garmin FR405 Screens and Features

While you are powering your Garmin Forerunner 405 for the first time, you will have a brief tutorial on the basic functions and all the new features like the touch Bezel. The menu system of the Garmin Forerunner 405 is very much alike 305 or the Garmin cycling Edge products. Most of the menu features and the functions are almost same as those units. There is an option in setting menu where you will be able to change the details like if you want the Garmin to pause automatically your workout when you a top moving. For example, in the spotlight. An added feature is you can specify modes while you are cycling or running and data will be displayed. You have the freedom to choose from 35 different data fields to display where there are: Distance, Lap Pace, HR, Avg Pace, Elevation, Grade, Speed, and even Sunset time. The HR graph lets you choose which basically shows the mini history of your as you go live moves. Though it’s not that much interesting, but interestingly you will not be able to choose a graph of the elevation. Three concurrent data fields are being displayed at any point and the time which are being supported by the Garmin Forerunner 405 where Garmin 305 would support four fields. With this facilitates you will be able to set three different screens and each will give three views to cycle through.

Garmin Forerunner 405 Overview

Personally, this pose is a bit challenging for me while I am running. Because there is a tend of using four fields with elapsed time pace distance and the HR but in Garmin 405 without will I have to drop one Usually I drop the distance as I am trained in that way based on the time, pace and HR. Secondly, it’s a challenge to use the Bezel with this three different screen and in case you lock the Bezel you will not be able to change the screens. This is the reason you have to unlock the Bezel and briefly need to press the menu but careful, don’t brief it too much as it will not catch, not too long as it will actually show a menu. After that, you will be able to cycle through which screen you want to. You have to remember one thing, either you are running or cycling at the same time with added bit challenge to the task.

Garmin Forerunner 405 Touch Bezel

Garmin 405 touch bezel areas and buttons

If you are reading this then I guess you have a bit knowledge about the Garmin Forerunner 405. You may also know about the Garmin 405 feature and a touch-sensitive Bezel. There are no buttons except the two on the side actually depress, unlike the other regular watch. The Bezel is kinda like an iPod as it doesn’t move, actually, it’s just a touch sensitive. This Bezel is so sensitive that the tiniest touch may trigger the Bezel to react may and can lock the Bezel just with the simple press on both the side buttons together. To unlock the Bezel just apply the same manner. Whenever the Bezel is locked, it will not respond which means, you will not be able to change the screens and turn on the light like if you are running at night. What you can do is just simply stop/start/lap the timer. As an added feature you could change the sensitivity of the Bezel which will depend on your touch though I didn’t find much effective. Bezel is the only thing where all my frustration lies with this Garmin Forerunner 405. When I heard about this term “Bezel” I was very much hyped and excited about it. Soon after the review trigger, it became the love or hate situation.

Results of the Watch

heart rate reports

Garmin Forerunner 405 is loaded with some serious training features, as it monitors time, distance, pace, calories and the heart-rate continually. Easily you can analyze the data and the improvement of yours as each run is being stored in memory. If you want to compete against with the previous workouts then you can download the recorded courses and you can customize the Garmin Forerunner 405 data screen for the instant feedback while you are in train. Garmin Forerunner 405 has the high-sensitivity GPS receiver with sustains satellite reception. It attains whether you are tackling a trail or jogging on the urban canyons on the skyscrapers.

FR 405 Heart rate report after running

heart rate report after running

Garmin Forerunner 405 has brought up the versions with heart rate monitor and without the heart rate monitor which will help you to make the most out of your training. This Garmin Forerunner 405’s digital heart rate monitor can continuously track your heart rate beats per minute. You should train yourself in a certain heart rate zone to improve your fitness level or you may compare your pace and the heart rate with the past performance on the same run. The Bezel touch on the face has made the navigation options easier than ever with the revolutionary patent-pending. With a simple tapping, holding and running a finger along the Bezel, all the runner can begin a new workout, can access their training history or can challenge a Virtual Partner. Challenging or training with a virtual partner, Garmin Forerunner 405 has made it easy and efficient. Yes, with this Garmin Forerunner 405 any runner will able to adjust with the virtual partner’s pace and one need not to stop their workout in the middle and on the other side their virtual partner is always ready for the challenge.

Run, Sync, Store, and Share at a time

Garmin Forerunner 405’s most ambitious decisions were to approach the fitness devices as a total platform with their ANT+sport connectivity system. All the new fitness devices of the Garmin, including this Garmin Forerunner 405, Edge 605 and 705 bike computers as well as the Forerunner 50 heart rate monitor watches, it’s going to interface wirelessly with any device. But only which are compatible with the ANT+ Sports protocol with the other included manufactured devices.

Soon after you are logged the miles, the wireless technology of ANT + Sports automatically transfers the data to your computers whenever the Garmin Forerunner is within the range. There is no need for any cables or hookups. All the data remains there, all ready to be analyzed, categorized and shared through the Garmin online community which is Garmin Connect or the optional Garmin Training Center software. Yes, you can send your workout data’s to the Garmin wirelessly from the computer too.

Share workout wirelessly

You can share your workout, locations, and courses wireless with this Garmin Forerunner 405 with the other Garmin 405 users. Just send your favorite workout or courses with your friends and compete against a friend’s recorded course. It’s so easy to share the now with just selecting the Transfer option and the information’s will be sent to the nearby units.

Cross-train system

With the versatile Garmin Forerunner 405, take your training inside by pairing it with an optional foot pod which will track your speed, distance, and the indoor running cadence when a GPS signal will be available. When you start moving, this new design clip which is on to your laces will make it easy for removal and turns on automatically. There is a feature to add up the speed or the cadence bike sensor so that you can track the speed and distance of your cycling workouts.

Final Verdict

My opinion about the Garmin Forerunner 405 review is that I think this is a great addition to the Garmin fitness family. This model is fairly targeting at running and the Garmin Forerunner 405 review has just enough cycling features tossed it to kinda make it work for that application and for the casual use. The ideal watches for the runners and for pounding the pavement too. Garmin Forerunner 405 Review is attractive and the functions of the watch are like the normal one. When it’s not in training mode, the watch is really comfortable to wear and had a quick GPS signal lock. Garmin Forerunner 405 Review can track my data’s accurately and the functions are flawless with the ANT + stick that I have plugged into my iMac. The data I get from this Garmin Forerunner 405 Review helps me a lot, keeps me motivated and I found the improvements of my performance. Besides this, I make sure that I lock the Bezel once while I begin to run safe from auto pressing the Bezel and cause a beep to me. At last, I can say that I am very happy with this Garmin Forerunner 405 Review with the price point.

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