Summary: Having read the reviews I was quite excited about this purchase. Unfortunately, it is way too complicated for anyone that just wants to see how far they've run, how long it took and what kind of stress their heart was under. The bezel is very fussy and demands a deft touch get it to work at all. Not sure if this is a common problem with the 410 but mine continually defaults to the "locating satellites" screen. Whenever I look at the watch face, that's where it sits.
Summary: After having my Forerunner 405 "lifted" at the Gym, I purchased this as a replacement with the new heart rate monitor. The first day of use the band came loose from the antennae portion of the watch. After using the pain in the butt tool to fix the wristband this problem continued after every use until I returned the watch. On top of that while using the heart rate monitor the distance and the recorded GPS maps where where off (buggy) and inaccurate. ...
Summary: I ended up returning this watch and got a FR305 instead. I was really excited for this watch since I loved the design, but I after standing in various streets (even a wide open parking lot) I kept waiting to get a satellite, it never found one. Also the bevel is better then the 405 it seems, but i dont like all that fumbling with my fingers and predicted it would be an annoyance for me.
Great capability becomes secondary due to lack of ease to use.
17 May 2012
Summary: The data capability is outstanding. However it is not a very user friendly product. The touch Bezel is a pain. Even wanting to lock the Bezel for a run is disruptive once in training mode as you have to push the rest button which stops the watch. The soft heart rate strap is much better than the hard palstic of the Ploar previously used. If I found another watch with same data capability I would ditch this in a heartbeat.
Summary: I run with someone who also has a Garmin Watch but she has 310 and even though we run beside eachother there is always a 30 second difference in our pace and our distance is about a tenth of a mile off from one another. This shouldn't be since we start and end together always. I'm not very pleased with my new purchase.
Summary: A friend and I both own this device. Our experience was exactly the same. The device worked great for 14 months and then it stopped holding a charge. In her case, it died in the middle of a 30 mile run. Getting it replaced by Garmin via an out-of-warranty exchange at $89 was a snap, which is why I gave it any stars at all. A Google search shows that this is a common problem with the Forerunner. Its a shame, because it was great when it worked.
Frustrating Bezel and Not even for occasional multi-sport use
Michael Sharvin "embrace the skinny", Amazon
28 February 2012
Summary: I purchased this product knowing the bezel was loved by some yet hated by others. I now know I am in the hate it category. it is frustrating to swipe around the bezel to "scroll" because it is not terribly responsive and you typically scroll to far or not enough. Also it is no replacement for a button. It's a cool use of touch technology, but not useful in the world of "needs to work now" sports. This watch says it can do multi sport but it cant.
Summary: I received this watch for a Christmas present. I've only used it for two runs so far and each time it was a failure. Both times it took at least 5 min to connect to the satellite, which is irritating, but not a huge deal. What I have a problem with is after each run it never even tracked my mileage. All it really did was just timed my run, which is what i can use a stopwatch for.
Summary: I was thrilled to receive this as a Christmas present from my brother. I am generally a pretty quick study in getting gadgets up and running, and expected with a few minutes concentration this would be no exception. Couldn't have been more wrong. Neither the quick start guide, or the full users manual deliniated the steps necessary to sync the watch to your computer to take full advantage of the ANT user system, which provides all of the feedback pertaining to heart...