Posts Tagged ‘405

27
May
12

Troika

Since my GF405 and I are no longer in good standing, it’s time for me to explore other options.  And I didn’t just found one—I found three at my disposal!

From the good old days… 😦

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06
Jan
11

GF405 Firmware 2.70 Now Available

Attention Garmin Forerunner 405 users: Firmware version 2.70 is now available!  You may get the update here.

Garmin Forerunner® 405

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26
Nov
10

Gift-Giving Guide: 10 Gift Suggestions for Runners

It’s that time of the year again for exchanging gifts and for those who have runner friends and don’t have any idea what best gift to give them, here are my list that I know many runners would like to receive (from the cheaper to the more expensive one):

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18
Jan
10

Me and My GF’s First Running Anniversary

Exactly one year ago (January 18, 2009), my GF (405) and I had our first run together, on a perfect location, in a great race.  It was during The North Face Thrill of the Trail in Nasugbu, Batangas that we got to know each other well, and what an idyllic setting it was.

First Run

The trails were the perfect settings for our maiden race together because there aren’t many obstructions to obscure GPS signals, and as such I was able to get a pretty accurate elevation measure of the area.  Add that to the already accurate aerial distance measurement and you have a virtual 3D plot of your activity—something that I’ve never enjoyed before which my then barely-out-of-the-box Garmin Forerunner 405 gave me the pleasure of having.  Here was my first actual race readings from TNF Thrill of the Trail 2009:

My first GPS-tracked race: TNF Thrill of the Trail (2009); route and elevation information via GF405

That was the start of a great relationship, and so they say the rest was history.

Caring for your GFs

Not all runners were lucky to have a long withstanding bond with their Garmin Forerunners.  Here are some tips I can share:

Battery
Personally I follow this charge-cycle: As much as possible do not let the battery drain completely and when charging make sure to charge it fully—never do partial charging!  Batteries have a “point-of-no-return” and when your battery reaches this point it will never charge!  Full charging also helps reduce certain “memory” issues with batteries.

Water
As much as possible keep your GFs dry.  For 405s it causes the bezel and buttons to temporarily malfunction but for 305s it causes internal corrosion.

More Tips
For more tips and guide on using your GF405 read my review here.

Warning: Fatal Software Issue

There is a serious flaw in GF405 software version 2.50 wherein your lap data will NOT be saved.  If suddenly you find your GF405’s memory is full during your run and your Auto Lap is turned ON it will keep notifying you that your lap memory is full.  The notification will keep popping up rendering the device practically unusable, until you STOP your activity.  This software version does NOT automatically delete old lap data so your current lap data have no room to be saved and thus would be lost forever—frustrating indeed.  The GPS routes though seem to be unaffected but it yields trivial distance/lap data ratio.  This event unfortunately happened to me during my Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, below are my kilometer splits:

Of course a marathon is 42.195K long but in the splits I only had barely 31K on file, the rest was gone, but the GPS route seems to be complete.  Viewing it on the player is more confusing as it displays a complete plot for 42K whereas it only has 31K worth of data (notice the details towards the end).

Prevention
To avoid this trouble, make sure to delete your old lap data whenever your GF405 is warning you that your lap memory is almost full.  The Delete › Old Activities option conveniently deletes all activities that are older than a month permanently so make sure to save on your computer (via Garmin Training Center) or upload online (to Garmin Connect) your lap data first.

Cure
As of January, 2010 no new software updates have been released.

Nobody’s perfect and definitely everything that is man-made has its flaws, but regardless of its flaws I still am glad that I got a reliable partner whenever and wherever I run.  I do hope that this partnership continues for many more years and miles to come.  Miles.  Starting this year I’m also logging in miles!  This would definitely make things more interesting.

23
Apr
09

Product Review: Garmin Forerunner® 405

The Garmin Forerunner® series are a collection of GPS-enabled sports watches made specifically to fit on our wrists for sporting activities like running and cycling.  The most popular on the collection are the 305 and 405 whose main difference is basically the form factor: 305s looks more sporty and bulky while the 405s are more tactful and compact.  Feature-wise both models have similar capabilities so it’s just up to your taste which one you’d prefer.  Click here to have a side-by-side comparison between 305 and 405, courtesy of Garmin.

Garmin Forerunner® 405

Garmin Forerunner® 405

First Glance

I picked a 405 primarily because of its discreet look—to the untrained eye it looks just like any regular digital watch so it’s easy to wear with anything, even in the office.  If you want something that screams “sporty” this watch is not for you.

Garmin Forerunner® 405, courtesy Garmin

Forerunner® 405, courtesy Garmin

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