The launch of the new Garmin Forerunner 945, Forerunner 245 Music and Forerunner 45 will literally be music to the ears of anyone wanting to ditch their phone when running.
The navigation and fitness brand has finally updated its Forerunner range with new devices to bring music to the trotting masses as well as more advanced insights into training – helping improve the chances of that elusive PB.
The headline upgrade is the Forerunner 945 – taking the best bits of the popular Fenix range but offering it in a sleeker package.
The new 945, taking over from the Garmin Forerunner 935, can hold up to 1,000 songs from Spotify or Deezer, can track your all-day fitness metrics (such as stress, oxygen levels in the blood with a Pulse Ox sensor or sleep levels) as well as monitor your training load.
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The latter feature isn’t new, but the way it categorizes your training into different categories so you can see if your speed, endurance or strength fitness is improving.
The multi-sport watch offers inbuilt mapping on the color screen, you can make contactless payments with Garmin Pay (although there still aren’t a huge amount of financial services worldwide that can use this service) and you can run for up to two weeks on a single charge when used as a ‘normal’ watch.
If you’re using the GPS tracking mode, 36 hours should see you through most ultra-marathons – although if you’re using the music playback too this drops dramatically to 10 hours before needing another charge.
The Garmin Forerunner 945 price has been set at $599 (around £460 / AU$840) although a Tri bundle, with more swim-friendly heart rate monitors is offered for $749 (around £575 / AU$1,000) – and it’s available now.
A better option for most?
If you’re thinking that you don’t want to spend that much on a running watch, then the new Garmin Forerunner 245, Forerunner 245 Music, Forerunner 45 or Forerunner 45S are likely more your thing.
With the Forerunner 245 Music you’re getting a huge upgrade on the popular 235, with stress and sleep tracking, far more sports to monitor and space for 500 songs so you can ditch the phone before your run.
The new watch uses the more advanced user interface from Garmin, which means the wrist-based heart rate monitor can track the oxygen levels in your blood, daily stress levels and give you feedback on how hard you’re training – with adjustments for things like heat.
The battery life sees you get 24 hours of GPS tracking from a single charge, or seven hours’ use if you’re bumbling along to tunes… enough to see nearly every marathon runner through the hell of the race.
If you’re not bothered about music (and don’t fancy the higher cost of the Forerunner 245) then the Forerunner 45 is designed for the newer runner (and comes in awesome 'Lava Red').
It doesn’t have all the advanced monitoring systems of the watches above, but does come with a multitude of sports for you to track, including yoga and strength training as well as running around.
The Forerunner 45 does offer all-day stress monitoring and the ‘Body Battery’ feature, an interesting idea that brings a deeper understanding to how things like exercise and sleep can affect your daily productivity.
The Forerunner 45S is also now available, which is designed for the smaller wrist with the 39mm case compared to the 42mm option on the ‘standard’ Forerunner 45.
We don’t have a Forerunner 245 price just yet, although we’d imagine around $300 / £230 / $420 for the base models wouldn’t be too far off – although more for the music offering.
The Forerunner 45 price will start at $199 (around £150 / AU$280), and both it and the Forerunner 245 are also available to buy now.