Garmin 405 W/HRM Vs. Garmin Oregon 450 Vs. Garmin Forerunner 210

July 14, 2013

Garmin Forerunner 405 w/HRM

Garmin is a leading brand name in the GPS watch market, and it is easy to get confused when comparing various models available from the brand. While some models are basic wristwatches, others are held in your pocket, and there are many other features that vary from one model to another. The Garmin 405 w/HRM and USB, Garmin Forerunner 210 GPS watch and Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld GPS unit are all industry leaders right now, but their features are quite different.

Both of these Garmin GPS devices are worn as wrist watches, and they are both designed to enhance performance during physical activity outdoors. The GPS technology employed with this type of watch connects the watch with outdoor satellite signals to determine and track location, but the watch also tracks distance travelled. Both watches are also set up to track your pace and deliver other valuable information during a workout or a race.

Built-in heart rate monitors enhance training even further, and you can easily program both watches for interval training or pace change workouts. Since the gender-neutral designs are smaller than many other sports watches, they tend to be attractive to female athletes as well as males who prefer to wear a sports watch as a daily wear watch.

The Garmin Forerunner 210 GPS Watch is waterproof, and it can be set to give a light beep every mile or another preprogrammed distance. While this model is quick to pick up most satellite signals, it is not always proficient when traveling a long distance. It is better suited to localized training or race day. The USB cable is not the easiest to connect, but with a bit of patience it does not create a problem for most users.

Information transmitted from the Garmin 405 w/HRM to Garmin computer software makes it easy to remember particularly challenging routes you want to repeat or track your progress over time. While the Garmin GPS technology on this model is accurate, it can be slow connecting to satellite signals at times. During bad weather, the Garmin 405 GPS may not work at all.

These GPS devices are both designed for outdoor use only. If you want to invest in an additional tool, you can purchase a foot pod to enable use of the Garmin 405 indoors.

This is the best option for athletes and outdoor adventurers who do more than train for local 10k races. The Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld GPS unit is suitable for hiking, traveling, and other outdoor adventures that may take you off road.

You can customize this model, starting with a basic model with rather undetailed maps to upgraded models with a camera and/or topographical maps already loaded. There are a variety of highly detailed maps that can be purchased as accessories. It is best to download the maps online rather than purchasing the USB devices, since the downloads can be loaded into multiple devices at one time.

Trips off the main roads do require additional maps than the standard loads, but this pocket-sized device is very convenient for hiking and long distance travels. While this more sophisticated portable Garmin GPS is perfect for hiking and travel, keep in mind that the roads and trails may not be exactly where the unit says they should be. Most routes and roads will be found within a radius of 25 feet from the location projected on the screen.

Different Garmin GPS devices are perfect for different users, so make sure to compare features before making a purchase.

Nathir Sufyan is involved with a GPS Review Site that informs consumers about the benefits associated with a variety of GPS. For a quick sample watch this short video on the Garmin Forerunner 405 w/HRM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc2u66PKQ0Y. Also, watch the video about the Garmin Forerunner 210 GPS Watch as well.

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