Well, this year, my birthday prezzie is a shiny new Garmin. A Garmin Forerunner 405CX. Costco was selling them for only $199 (a $70 savings over what the Running Room sells them for). What was wrong with my 201, you may be asking...well, nothing really. It has been taking a bit longer to pick up the satellites lately and I've had a couple of instances where it didn't want to sync for me (though that might have been a daily mile thing). Ultimately, though, I probably would have been perfectly happy with it until it died had I not seen this one.
Costco used to sell the Forerunner 305 and I really hated that style. It has a ridge on the underside that dug into my wrist and I really have no clue how people with larger wrists can even wear them if it hurt my teeny wrists! So, I knew I would never own that model. But I have been drooling over the 405 and the 110 for their simple style and minimal bulk. I knew that if I were to replace my Garmin - it would be with one of these two. It was purely serendipity that these were in the store this weekend...really.
Ok - on to the unboxing.
What's in the box:
- Garmin 405CX
- 2 velcro wrist straps (to fit larger and smaller wrists than the built in rubber strap)
- Strap changing tool
- Heart Rate Monitor strap
- ANT+ usb thingy
- Charging clip
- wall adapter (including 3 different prong styles which makes it ideal for travel!)
My initial thoughts:
- It is much different to set up than the 201 was. I fiddled with it for about a half hour before I had to concede and go online in search of training videos. Once I watched a couple of the ones on the Garmin YouTube Channel - I went back to playing with much better luck.
- The touch bezel is weird at first, but it starts to make better sense fairly quickly.
- I really like that it only has 2 buttons. I have a really bad habit of hitting the wrong button when I mean to hit STOP on my 201. This one has a start/stop button on top and a lap button on the bottom. Easy peasy. I expect my race times will be far more accurate for it :)
- While I do have teeny wrists, I found that I can probably get away with the strap that it comes with instead of swapping it out for one of the velcro ones. Guess we'll see how I feel after a few more runs.
- It is definitely lighter than my 201...and since it takes up less real estate on my arm, I find it more comfortable.
- I can't figure out how to set up the alarms like I have them on my 201. I just want it to beep every 15 mins. No biggie, though, since I can always set up a workout on it to time my walk breaks. I just don't like that bossy beep that tells me to run again after a minute :P
- First run with it, I had issues with the GPS, but it was an operator issue and it picked up within a half a block. Much faster than my old one. I think I have it figured out now so it won't happen again
- It also took me a while to figure out how to sync with the ANT+ usb stick, but once I downloaded the software for it - it synced right away (to both Garmin Connect and Daily Mile) and was super speedy. I'm impressed. A firmware download was also super speedy.
- It feels weird to not power this thing off after each run...instead - it just becomes a wristwatch. It is going to take some time for me to get the hang of turning the GPS on and off before and after each run.
I have only run with it once so far (my legs (27K) and the thermometer (27*C) did not want to cooperate with me getting in a Sunday run this week) but I really like it so far. I am actually looking forward to wearing it for my half this coming weekend in Edmonton.