2008 Wish List Starts

I knew it wouldn’t be long, what with CES just around the corner, but didn’t think it would be a watch that would be first on the 2008 Wish List! I have tried heart rate monitors when running, and GPS when cycling, and I sort of like the idea of the Nike+ but the Forerunner 405 seems to combine them all.

The latest GPS enabled fitness device from Garmin is the Forerunner 405 which packs “powerful functions and innovative features into a compact size like none other”

“Recreational joggers and elite runners alike will be amazed at the training tools available to them in a watch that could easily be worn all day,� said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Runners no longer have to choose between fashion and function.�

The cool touch bezel makes it very easy to use, either by tapping, holding or running a finger along the bezel you can begin a new workout, access their training history or challenge a Virtual Partner. You can record pretty much everything that you need – speed, distance, heart rate and location, add the optional foot pod and you can use it indoors. Use a heart rate monitor and you can train at your optimal level secure in the knowledge that the highly sensitive GPS will keep hold of the satellite signal pretty much wherever you are.

By far the best feature in my opinion though is the ANT+Sport technology that uses wireless transfer to sync with your computer as soon as you enter the room. This works both ways – to download training programs and to record training runs, which can then be logged on the Garmin Connect community.

At $299 (starting price) it isn’t cheap but boy do I want one!!!

Via [Garmin]

6 thoughts on “2008 Wish List Starts

  1. Dunks

    Now this looks very interesting. I still use an old and battered heart rate monitor but it has no capacity to link to the pc. This little beauty looks amazing.

    I also use a Casio altimeter/barometer watch for mountaineering and skiing and have been looking at the newer units which incorporate HRM technology with the altimeter/barometer etc such as Polar AXN700 but i don’t believe they link to Mac’s yet. plus there is no GPS functionality.

  2. Chris Marshall Post author

    Just heard from Garmin that they have added me to the review list, for when it is released in a month or two.

  3. Gary

    Sounds like a cool gadget! But the big questions is, is this simply techno-lust (gadget-fever?) or do you think it would actually encourage you to exercise more (or smarter)? 🙂

  4. Chris Marshall Post author

    Wow that could have come straight from Sands mouth!!!!

    Of course it will motivate me to run more 🙂 And find my way back from the bar …

    What I really liked was that it worked with a bike as well as running, did the heart rate thing, and uploaded without connecting anything. All of those are more likley to make me us it than a combination of a stopwatch, Pulsar Heart Monitor, Nike+ etc.

  5. Gary

    > Wow that could have come straight from Sands mouth!!!!

    I realised that I might be accused of something like that when I reviewed it before hitting (Submit). But it didn’t stop me! 🙂

    I notice that there doesn’t seem to be an MP3 (or AAC or whatever) player mentioned… Or, umm, a BlueTooth connection to the mobile phone of your choice? And if you’re getting the BlueTooth version, what about an improved keyboard? I think I’d wait for the next one! 😉

  6. Chris Marshall Post author

    [quote comment=”29147″]I think I’d wait for the next one! ;-)[/quote]

    Which will be why you only had 2 Top 5 purchases in 2007 🙂

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