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4.0 out of 5 stars
Cracking bit of kit........but it doesn't work when wet, 8 Sep 2008
I really like this watch. Ok it's a bit ugly and it looks a bit big on the wrist (don't buy it if you have really small wrists - without trying it first) but for aesthetics it's a big improvement on the FR305. I wear it all the time and charge it overnight. Battery life is fine for normal training use (I estimate about 6-7 hours with the GPS on). The GPS locks on quick and the distance recorded looks pretty accurate (it was spot on round a running track).
I have had the watch for 3 months and have had a few minor issues - eg. the watch not going into standby, and inaccurate pace data - but these have been sorted by the latest firmware releases.
The main issue is the fact the bezel does not work when wet - so you can't change screens. Here is the response from customer support about the issue:
"The bezel does not operate well when wet so there is an option to lock
the bezel on a run (press both buttons). To view different screens on a
run you can set the screen to Auto Scroll so you would not need to use
So please take note of this before purchasing. It's still a decent watch but it has a design flaw.
Forget the very poor Garmin Training Centre software and the dreadful Garmin Connect website (slow and unimaginatve layout). Download Sporttracks software and import the data there (this is free software but with an option to donate - fair play). This is fantastic! Combining this software with the FR405 makes it a very worthwhile experience using this watch.
As a minor point (for me at least) I found the follow course and return to start features pretty unusable - the pointer seemed to be very slow to respond and also seemed to point in the wrong direction! I didn't stick with it to work out why though. Don't buy it if you want a navigation aid!
Despite a few minor quibbles and teethin troubles, I really recommend this watch to anyone - jogger or serious runner.