Garmin Trots out Five New GPS Watches for Runners
Garmin has five new Forerunner watches with GPS and heart rate monitoring designed for runners. All of the watches have always-on, sunlight-readable displays, all-day activity tracking, water resistance, and a five-button design that works well with gloves. They have interactive running coach programs to train for 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races.
- Forerunner 45(S): The cheapest of the new series at $199, this fitness watch includes sleep tracking and multi-activity tracking. It comes in two sizes; the 45 has a 42mm case, while the 45S has a 39mm case. The Forerunner 45 series features up to 7 days of battery life, or up to 13 hours in GPS mode. Available in May. The smaller size comes in purple and white; the larger size comes in black and red.
- Forerunner 245 (Music): The 245 adds a Pulse Ox sensor, VO2 max tool, and the ability to connect to extra sensors, like a heart rate strap or Garmin's Running Dynamics Pod. The 245 Music also adds storage for 500 songs, which can be MP3s or synced playlists from music streaming services like Spotify and Deezer. The Forerunner 245 series feature up to 7 days of battery life, up to 24 hours in GPS mode, and up to 6 hours using GPS + music. Available now. The non-music version comes in charcoal or burgundy for $300. The Music edition comes in white, black, or teal for $350.
- Forerunner 945: This advanced model for serious athletes includes triathlon features, storage for 1000 songs (including support for Spotify and Deezer), onboard maps, and Garmin Pay contactless payments. It includes additional activity profiles, including skiing, hiking, and golfing. The Forerunner 945 features up to 2 weeks of battery life, up to 36 hours in GPS mode, and up to 10 hours using GPS + music. It's available now in black for $600. A triathlon bundle for $750 includes extra sensor accessories, a blue band, and a quick-release kit.
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