With these new additions, Garmin is looking to consolidate its current range and offer watches with the right features at the right price, to satisfy the needs of all types of runners.
Meanwhile, the Forerunner 45 is a vamped-up version of the Forerunner 35 and bridges the gap between the easy-to-use entry level 35 and more advanced Forerunner 235. It offers built-in heart rate, GPS, a colourful screen, wellness tracking and Garmin Coach adaptive training plans, all for just £169.99.
Now we have your attention, let's take a deeper look at what Garmin’s latest devices have to offer!
Garmin Forerunner 45
Mixing simplicity and performance
Just like its predecessor, the Garmin Forerunner 45 is a fuss-free GPS watch providing the essentials that every runner needs: pace, distance, time and calories burned. But it also has a lot more to offer!
Gear up with Garmin Coach
Including Garmin Coach adaptive training plans that bring personal coaching directly to your wrist. With Garmin Coach, you can choose an expert coach, set your 5k, 10k or half marathon goal, and receive a personal training plan and step-by-step guidance. So get ready to conquer any distance and smash your PBs!
On the way to wellness
On top of this you have 24/7 HR monitoring thanks to the Elevate wrist-based heart rate, 24/7 wellness and stress tracking and the added Body Battery function (that Garmin first introduced in Vivosmart 4) which uses heart-rate variability data and factors like sleep, stress and physical activity to gauge your energy reserves at any moment, so you can plan your day to optimise times for activity and rest.
Stay connected on the run
The Garmin Forerunner 45 not only has built-in GPS, but also has GLONASS and Galileo (Russia's and the EU's versions of GPS) combining satellite networks to get more accurate location data. Note that the Forerunner 45 has the same 13 hour battery life in GPS mode as the Forerunner 35 had, with 7 days in smartwatch mode.
The new safety and tracking features are rather neat too. The Forerunner 45 includes incident detection (automatic) and assistance (manual), which both send your real-time location to emergency contacts (provided your device is paired with your phone on the run).
The watch is equipped with Bluetooth technology, so you can enable smart notifications such as incoming texts and calls to display on your watch, and program automatic uploads to Garmin Connect.
More than just running
With sports profiles for running, cycling, indoor track, treadmill, elliptical, cardio, yoga and more, the Forerunner 45 watch constitutes a great upgrade from the Forerunner 35.
It ticks the boxes for simplicity, performance and value – ideal for any runner looking to take their training to the next level, without a need for advanced running dynamics and higher-tech fitness or navigation features.
Garmin Forerunner 245 / 245 Music
The Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music replace the Forerunner 235. Following its lineage, the Forerunner 245 is packed with features for goal-orientated runners, who want to know more about their fitness and performance, improve on their previous times, and gain edge when it comes to training and racing.
Advanced performance analytics
For instance, the watch evaluates your training status to indicate whether you have been underdoing it and would benefit from another session, or have been overdoing it and need a rest day, and offers additional performance monitoring features like VO2 Max, recovery time, aerobic and anaerobic training effect, training load and more. Turn data into actionable insights with the Forerunner 245!
You Run, It Thinks
As well as offering advanced physio features, the Forerunner 245 can track advanced running dynamics such as cadence, stride length and ground contact time so you can analyse and improve your running form. However, only when used with a Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Run monitor (sold separately).
The Race Predictor can help you predict your race time. Whilst Garmin Coach can help take the guesswork out of training for your next race or goal, offering custom training plans that adapt to help you meet your 5K, 10k or half marathon target.
Like the Forerunner 45, the Forerunner 245 features Body Battery energy monitoring, safety and tracking functions which make it easy to share your location with chosen contacts via your smartphone, and Bluetooth supported connected features and smart notifications.
Let the music play
The most obvious change up from the Forerunner 235 (and the icing on the cake) is the option to have built-in music. Like the Forerunner 645, the 245 comes in 2 models: non-music (£249.99) and music (£299.99). With the music version, you can train with the support of your favourite motivational songs along the way! The Forerunner 245 Music stores up to 500 songs right on your watch and syncs with Spotify (premium subscription required) so you can tune in with wireless Bluetooth headphones (such as Aftershokz) while you run and leave your phone behind!
Battery that lasts
Fully charged, the Forerunner 245 will track your run for an impressive 24 hours in GPS mode without music (lasting 13 hours more than the Forerunner 235 in GPS mode with HRM). With Music the battery lasts up to 6 hours in GPS mode. This increases to 7 days in smartwatch mode.
Do you have questions? Head online or visit us in-store to find out more about Garmin’s Forerunner range and newest arrivals!
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