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Garmin Gps-enabled Sport Watch

At one time or another, if you are at all serious about running or cross-training, you have probably used a device that combined not only a watch function, but also gave you your heart readout and maybe a distance, too, but the Garmin Forerunner 405 Wireless GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with USB ANT Stick and Heart Rate Monitor has taken this up a few notches.

Looking for all the world like a stylish sports watch, the Garmin Sport Watch is a lot more than that. Of course, it would have to be since its manufacturer is one of the premier independent GPS suppliers on the market.

The Sport Watch, though, amps things up by not only giving you the usual time and date and, if you have the software running, your heart rate, but they have added a technology they call ANT + Sport.

Since they are already an over-the-air product as they take their map information direction from the universe of low-earth orbiting satellites that were placed in polar orbits by the military in the 1980s and 1990s and opened to the public late in the 1990s, which effectively makes them radio transceivers, rather than just standard WiFi devices, what is to stop them from adding a compatible antenna to your PC, loading some software and having your watch speak directly to your PC and their worldwide network? Nothing is to prevent it and it is really an enhancement as is the watch itself.

Looking for all the world like a standard black-wrist-strapped digital watch, the Sports Watch is much more. A simple tap of the bezel – there are no clunky buttons to press – and you not only have your GPS location time and date, but you can also have the mileage you have run and by pushing the bezel again, you can quickly send it to your PC where the USB antenna piece of the ANT + Sport technology picks up the signal and records it there. Further, though, it is recorded in Garmin’s only database so that you can compare your work with others in your group or who you know are working the same muscles.

Indeed, you can find out that if your performance in one area is not as good as other performances are on the Garmin data network, you learn the areas you have to enhance for your training.

One more key to this technology is that it will also monitor your heart rate, if you ask it, so that you can record that vital statistic to see if you are making progress not only with your cardio but also with your distance work.

This is quite an advance in over-the-air technology and one which is worth it if you are training for the spring Marathon season ahead. Even if you are not and are just generally training for conditioning, you can gain a great deal of information from that collected by the Garmin Sport Watch.

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Sports Watch Features That You Really Want

There are tons of great watches around, many of them have lots of features, so it is just a matter to pick up the main 1 or 2 features and make your search in according to these. If you don’t make a clear choice, you may get lost in the endless offers. Whatever features you get on top of the main ones will just be a bonus.

For an easy orientation I made a quick list of the main sports watch features.

Resistance to Water

The water resistance is, I would say, the most important feature of any sports watch. No matter what sport you are dedicated to, you will still need a water proof watch. Even just rain could cause serious damage. Just choose a suitable level of water resistance in according to what you do. The water resistance choice is huge and goes from about 10 meters up to 500 meters suitable for diving. These are often also resistant against salt.

GPS

Everyone who goes hiking or tracking to remote places should seriously consider a watch with GPS. GPS will facilitate you getting on the right path. But if you feel that GPS is too much of a luxury for you then definitely get a watch with at least a built-in digital compass.

Weather Features

Handy features that are related to the weather are mainly sunrise and sunset data, thermometer, barometer, altimeter or a altitude memory. These features will make your trips under extreme conditions or when hiking in the mountains even more exciting.

G Shock

G shock watches are very popular these days and no wonder. G shock watches are super resistant to all kind of knocks and shocks and makes the watch super durable.

Features Perfect For Running

Running is a very special sport when it comes to watch features. For running you will need mainly heart rate monitor and a good quality stopwatch and timer.

Watch Band

The choice of watch band will likely affect how you feeling about your new sports watch. It probably is wiser to first make your choice based on features and then get the ideal band later. A permeable watch band would be my choice, as I don’t like a sweaty wrist. A good material for sports bands is titanium – super solid, very durable and very light.

Brand Name

When choosing a sports watch you don’t want to overlook the brand name. It might seem cliche but still – the brand can be an assurance of high quality and durability. At the top of the range of sports watches there are brands like Casio, Timex, Invicta and Garmin.

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