Ebay fraud users and time lost: now Garmin 310xt or Garmin 405?

And here it was, the ebay user was one of this attempt to steal money. Having done the payment with paypal connected with the ebay auction, there was no problem, the user didn’t get the payment and the payment was canceled the day after. Obviously I didn’t accept to pay the auction with a money transfer, now I would have lost 168 euro, for getting nothing, and with no further chance to get any money back.
Ok, not too bad, was 1-2 days lost in buying my watch, I can survive. In the meantime I know more about the Garmin 405 and the 310xt. Today I went in a shop in Munich, prices are higher than on the Internet. 275 euro for the Garmin 405 with HR, but I wanted to watch the Garmin 310xt as well. Some problems with the Garmin 405 made me thing about the choice. My first requirement is to have a single “piece” for watch and GPS, the HR is obviously separate, but there is no other choice.
I sow the 310xt in the shop, is very similar to the 305, but a little smaller, and with some extra functionality. The fact that is water resistant (you can swim with that and not with the 405) and has traditional buttons that do not give problem like the Garmin 405, I’m thinking about it. Also the battery last longer and I hope the GPS reception is similar to the 405 than to the 305 (I have to read a couple of forums about it). Unfortunately in the shop, the 310xt with all the option was 349 euro, so now I will hunt a bit on the Internet, and make up my mind. I’m not going to use anyhow the 405 as a normal watch (I was no doing it with the smaller Polar RS800, so), so it looks like there are more benefit from the 310xt than the 405. I guess in a few hours I will make up my mind!!!

update: and I didn’t consider going out by bicycle, it looks like with a >4/5h ride the 405 could just power off before the end, auch … that is not nice!

update 2: and the winner is … Garmin 310xt, yesterday evening I decided for that, I found a more reliable ebay shop, and bought it for 217 british pounds. I hope I don’t need too much to get it! Roberto also sent me an email with the link to an interesting article, that just confirm some of the benefits of the 310xt compared to the 405. Sure the 405 is smaller and nicer to see, but the possible problems with the 405 and some extra features of the 310xt pushed me in the direction of the 310xt!

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