I’ve had my Garmin Forerunner 405CX for about 3 years now and it’s still going strong. It’s a decent enough tool for recording and uploading my miles, but when Garmin introduced the Forerunner 620, I was almost tempted to buy it (but I couldn’t justify the cost). Now Garmin has announced the Fenix 3 which is a seriously tempting watch.
My interest in this watch is also a product of my recent thoughts on tracking more about my running than just the miles. I never bothered to put on my heart rate monitor for a run, but had thought about doing so. I’m not sure how I would incorporate it with my training, but having the information available to look back on might show some interesting results. This is the first time I’ve looked at detailed specifications of a running watch in a while, so learning about the HRM-RUN monitor and what it can do was a bit of an eye-opener. All this information I’d been interested in such as tracking my cadence (several times last year I was counting during parts of my run, but I was always suspicious that the act of counting actually changed how I was running – just because I was so focused on it). From the Garmin Fenix 3 page – runner section: “When used with the HRM-Run monitor¹, the fēnix 3 can give you feedback on your running form by showing your cadence, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation. It even gives you fitness metrics like VO2 max and recovery timer when used with either a standard Garmin heart rate monitor or the HRM-Run monitor.”
Add to all of that the fact that this watch just looks good (I started wearing a watch again about a year ago and have a few that I wear on a regular basis), and it’s a smart watch (although I’ve not really been interested in having one, so that wouldn’t be relevant to my own decision).
As I was a cyclist before I was a runner, I also have a Garmin Edge 705 cycle GPS computer. It seems like this watch would be more than capable of matching what that does for me while out cycling.
So, I think I may have a Garmin 405CX and a Garmin Edge 705 up for sale soon… If I do get it, I’ll be sure to post a review. Reports are suggesting that the release could be as early as February; REI has it listed, and their pre-order information suggests pre-orders ship within 30 days.