I am looking at both of these items and wanted to get opinions from those using them. I know the main difference is that the 405 has a HRM, but I am not conviced that is something that I will use on a regular basis. Since I do not have one already, I have worked on doing my workouts without focusing on that aspect, so I am not sure if I will use it.
What do you like best / worst about the items?
Thanks for your help!
My race times (2012)
Race Schedule for the year:
May 6th Frederick Running Festival 1/2 Marathon
May 28th Run through the Park, Ligonier 5k
August Tentative - 5 miler in Chambersburg, PA
October Baltimore Running Festival Marathon (also the 2nd part of the MD Double challenge)
Personal Best :
5K : 28:32 Run through the Park, Ligonier PA
5mile : TBA- Marine Corp 5 Miler in August, Chambersburg PA
10mile : 1:44:52 Cherry Blossum Festival Run, Washington DC
I have been using the 205 for over two years. At the time I got it, the 405 was just a rumor. However, the 305 was available with the HRM. When deciding between the 205 & 305, I was just honest with myself. I knew that I absolutely would not use the HRM often enough that it would have been worth the extra money to get it. The 205 does everything I need it to do (pace, time, distance, splits, approximate calories burned, changes in elevation, etc).
I would say that unless you intend to use the HRM on a regular basis, the 205 will probably do the job for you.