Garmin Forerunner 405

Ease of use
Value for money

When I first got the idea to do the 1095 Mile Challenge, I realised I needed a way to prove I’d actually done the runs every day – someone mentioned Garmin to me, sports watch manufacturers extraordinare, who make GPS watches. They suggested I buy the Forerunner 405, which was the latest model at the time.

When it first arrived, I was a little flabbergasted with all the various settings but soon found it was pretty easy to just press start and stop and then download the day’s ‘run’ to Garmin Connect… the downloads soon formed the basis of my daily blog.

Through the year, I managed to get more clever in using it, programming training schedules into the watch so I could train for the Brighton Marathon and other races…

Just before the end of the year, it finally conked out on me, after around 400 runs or so in total – and only then because I dropped it and the LED screen went.

What did I do? Got Garmin to send me the updated model, the 405 CX… which I will review elsewhere.

If you need a great watch to record your runs, this is it.

Costs around £260 with heart monitor strap. Buy it by clicking the link below

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