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Great for running, Read the instructions!, Dec 5 2011
Purchased the green version of the Garmin 405 Forerunner. Previously I've borrowed the Forerunner 305, but decided on an upgrade when I had to return the 305 to it's owner.
The watch is necessary for any serious distance runner. Features which include showing your pacing, average speed, and distance traveled, enhance the effectiveness of your training. You can observe elevation, and break down longer runs mile/km by mile/km so you have an accurate account of areas to improve.
For those who complain the bezel is too sensitive, 1) you can adjust the sensitivity of the bezel through the 'setting' (high, medium, low), and 2) you can lock the screen by pressing the enter and quit buttons together. I haven't tried using the bezel in the middle of the run for fine tune adjustments, but the only button I generally use for runs are the start/stop buttons.
The wrist strap that is included, is also very large. I have a very slight wrist, and needed to purchase the wrist strap kit (make sure it's compatible with the 405 model). Garmin Wrist strap kit
With the velcro strap, the watch fits perfectly. The Forerunner 405cx model comes with the additional velcro straps in it's box.
Over the winter I intend to use the watch for biking. Not sure how the battery will fare in the cooler conditions when it dips to -10 celcius. Guess we'll see!
Overall, Garmin makes exceptional products and this is no exception. One note, make sure you read through the owner's manual. A lot of frustration and heartbreak can be averted through spending an extra 20 minutes figuring out the different features of the watch.
Very happy with my purchase (especially after switching the wrist band)