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<p>Ok, I finally took this thing out for a spin.</p>
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<p>First of all, for such an incredibly cool interface (the dial you can touch to "click" and rotate and such) they have THE MOST RETARDED user interface.</p>
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<p>Not intuitive AT ALL.</p>
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<p>Or is it just me?</p>
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<p>I finally got some basic functionality out of the stupid thing so I could track my pace, but it's in tiny numbers. Am I completely missing the boat here, is there a way to program the display elements?</p>
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<p>Arg, very frustrated.</p>
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<p>p.s. I totally love that I do not need to "sync" the thing it just reads it when I bring it in to the room. Totally digging that 990000%. Especially since Polar no longer gives their s/w away for free (BASTARDS) and v4 is not compatible beyond WiNXP.</p>
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You can tweak the display element by hitting Settings > Data Fields. If I remember right, you can set up to 3 different pages of different bits of data, plus a page that only shows your HR. You can also set up the watch so that it automatically toggles between each page during the workout. Which is important, because that fancy bevel touch interface doesn't work very well if your hands are sweaty.<br><br>
I just set up one page that shows total time elapsed, total distance, and lap pace. When I used the heart rate monitor, the watch auto scroll between screen uno and the HR display.
 

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<p>I'm gonna play with that, thanks!</p>
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<p>and yeah, sweaty = no workie so I have to get this stuff going before I leave because I'm Mr. Sweaty</p>
 

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<p>I have just been looking at reviews for GPS's, and I'm a bit hestitant to get this one as people seem to have issues with the whole bevel touch thing.  I'm anxious to hear how this works for you - I really would like a GPS/HRM that's not huge on my wrist like the one I had previously - I'm actually thinking of just getting the 110 as it looks like all I'll need.</p>
 

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<p>I love my 310.. it's not the smallest thing in the world, but it's easy to use, the gps seems pretty good, and you can change the display.  Ron, you aren't a small guy, I.e. 2" wrist, so I don't think it would be too big, plus the extra long bat live is great. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Alaska Mike</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69240/is-the-garmin-405-retarded-or-am-i#post_1929352"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>The answer to your thread title is ... yes!?  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif" title=""></p>
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Adco - the size is wonderful. It fits me well. It came with another strap and all sorts of other crap I've tossed in my box of stuff I'll probably never look at - but the display configuration and menu navigation has me flummoxed. I'm used to picking stuff up instantly. Maybe it's too easy. </p>
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<p>Anyway, I'm gonna play with it. The GPS sure seemed consistant, even if it might be off by a bit, it was off by the same amount on the track - which is all I really care about</p>
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<p>I cannot say how awesome the autosync is. The battery I'm not convinced, I left it on my desk for a week and it died. huh, go figure. I now leave it on the charger when not using it. Hope that doesn't fook it up</p>
 

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<p>Ron, I have the 310XT, NOT the 405.. It is easy to use and the buttons are hard to fat finger! It synchs as long as the fob is plugged in and the watch is on. <br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>pcsronbo</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69240/is-the-garmin-405-retarded-or-am-i#post_1929654"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><br><br><img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/dontknow.gif" style="width:37px;height:15px;" title=""></p>
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Adco - the size is wonderful. It fits me well. It came with another strap and all sorts of other crap I've tossed in my box of stuff I'll probably never look at - but the display configuration and menu navigation has me flummoxed. I'm used to picking stuff up instantly. Maybe it's too easy. </p>
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<p>Anyway, I'm gonna play with it. The GPS sure seemed consistant, even if it might be off by a bit, it was off by the same amount on the track - which is all I really care about</p>
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<p>I cannot say how awesome the autosync is. The battery I'm not convinced, I left it on my desk for a week and it died. huh, go figure. I now leave it on the charger when not using it. Hope that doesn't fook it up</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AdCo</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69240/is-the-garmin-405-retarded-or-am-i#post_1929994"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><p>Ron, I have the 310XT, NOT the 405.. It is easy to use and the buttons are hard to fat finger! It synchs as long as the fob is plugged in and the watch is on. <br>
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Adam, how is the battery life on the 310XT?  Were you able to wear it though your entire Ironman (swim included)?  I have the 305 and I am wondering how I am going to manage to use it for IMAZ, I fear that the battery will probably die somewhere towards the end of the bike or early on the run.  I have had it for about three years and I am certain that the battery life on my is down considerably since I first got it.</p>
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<p>Thanks!</p>
 

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<p>I wore mine through the entire IM with no issues.  The only thing I haven't figure out is how to do multi-sport just right. mostly just me, and not the functionality. you have several modes that records different things so how to do laps and transition then switch to bike, etc. - not a big deal. Only other thing is that when you are charging the screen goes blank, but I'm pretty sure it records data, I just don't like the way it charges, not a big deal.   I have the bike sensor, too and it seems to work well when you set it to wheel size, but on the road I turn the wheel sensor off and just use gps and cadence.  No major complaints. <br>
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Adam, how is the battery life on the 310XT?  Were you able to wear it though your entire Ironman (swim included)?  I have the 305 and I am wondering how I am going to manage to use it for IMAZ, I fear that the battery will probably die somewhere towards the end of the bike or early on the run.  I have had it for about three years and I am certain that the battery life on my is down considerably since I first got it.</p>
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<p>Thanks!</p>
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