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.
Summary: Ordered this item to replace my Garmin Forerunner 305. My 305 stopped working and I thought it was about time for an upgrade anyway. The sleek design and bezel touch control were huge improvements over the 305. However, the watchband was way too small for my wrist. I had to switch out the band for the wrist strap. Definitely not as nice looking. Once I started to set up the 410, the cool bezel touch control proved to be a real pain in the but.
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.
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'm no tech expert--but this watch is extraordinarily difficult to set up and understand. I am tempted to swap it for a simpler model--but I'm sure once I get a phd, I will get tremendous utility from the device and its many many many functions. Until then, I'm sticking with my $30 timex ironman (which is much lighter by the way).
Summary: I was a 305 fanatic for years until losing my old GPS. Thought i'd upgrade to the newer 410, but was surprised to find out that garmin's new product was actually a step down. Problems: - Bezel controls are unreliable (especially if using it for exercise when you may be sweating) - battery life is TERRIBLE - i am a triathlete and can't get through a single sport workout w/o the battery dying. Garmin claims it last 8 hours with gps but i can't get past 4.
Summary: The bezel is very frustrating. It either scrolls for you or it doesn't and there is no reason why. Sometimes when my finger was just near the edge it would change screens. I would have to push hard and the next time a feather light touch changes the screen. The GPS and HR monitor worked great and the HR strap is comfortable. The amount of stuff it can do is amazing but I think you need to be a professional athlete to use it all.
Summary: I was not very pleased with my watch as their was to much and found it to hard to follow so i return it and you sent me a 210 GPS and it is just brillant thank you for your super service just one email and it was all sorted. will do business again .
Nice technology, but over complicated and uncomfortable.
Rod J, Amazon
28 January 2013
Summary: WHY DID I BUY: I bought the watch to replace my aging but bomb-proof Polar HRM, as I wanted to track my distance together with HR and see everything on a map. I also liked the training facility where you could monitor your pace against previous progress on the same route. WHAT IS GOOD: * Accurate tracking of distance and HR * Easy to read screen * Decent battery life * Several clever features that I haven't yet used!