When, after patiently waiting for six weeks for your Garmin Forerunner 405 to be repaired, the first words out of the agent's mouth is "Sorry, Madam...", you know it's not going to be good. And it wasn't. "Sorry, Madam - your unit is beyond economic repair." So beyond repair, it seems, that they didn't even deem it worth anyone's while to return it to me (the guarantee had already expired). So, while six weeks ago I had a broken Garmin; today I have nothing. Boo.
|We didn't even have a chance to say goodbye.|
The manufacturer did, however, offer me the opportunity to buy a new Garmin Forerunner 310 XT with Premium HRM for less than half the recommended retail price - a nice gesture. My worry is this, though: It is huge. I mean, just look at it. (Won't it be a bit like donning a 90's cellphone?) And it's old. There are some really bad reviews on Amazon.com on this model too: Apparently quite a few people have issues with downloading data and with the strap breaking. (There are significantly more good reviews than bad ones on Amazon, but still, the issues that are mentioned seem to be quite common.)
|The Garmin Forerunner 310 XT [source].|
I'm not terribly fussy when it comes to running watch specs - my needs are basically the following:
- It needs to be able to record:
- Time (obviously);
- Pace; and
- It needs to be able to provide me training graphs, as well as route maps post-run.
- It needs to be a single unit - no foot pods, etc. to mess with my running gait.
- I rarely run with a heart rate monitor (chafe city), so that's not a requirement for me.
Please, please, please give me some advice! My 16-week training block for my 2014 goal races starts in two weeks' time, and I'd really like a device to train with by then. What would you recommend? Buying the Garmin Forerunner 310 XT at a great price? Or rather going for a different make, like the Nike+ Sportwatch GPS, which has less functions, but will still meet all my needs? (The reduced-price Garmin and Nike+ Sportwatch GPS will end up costing me more or less the same.) Or save up a bit and buy a higher-end Garmin, like the Forerunner 620? (I'm a bit hesitant that it might also only last me three years, though - call me fussy, but I'd like a multi-grand investment to last a bit longer than that.) Or are there any other good brands at reasonable prices out there that you'd recommend?
|The Nike+ Sportwatch GPS.|