Garmin is a major player in the GPS watch market. Its Forerunner range is highly acclaimed by users, and the brand has just introduced 5 new models, ranging from entry-level to very high-end.
In the race, there is not only the accumulation of kilometers. The heart rate, stride rate, number of calories burned, the effect of each race on your overall fitness… so many elements to take into account if you are equipped with an ad hoc watch. The Garmin brand today unveils five new Forerunner models adapted to each runner profile. Perfect for putting each race in perspective with objective statistics.
The first two entry-level models are the Forerunner 45 and 45S. They are perfect for beginners and record the route with GPS, heart rate, speed, pace and distance covered. They can also follow the sessions of other sports such as cycling, yoga, or cardio training. The announced autonomy is 7 days, and the quantified self is also part of the game (not, sleep, stress). The public price is set at 199.99 dollars.
We’re moving up a bit with the Garmin Forerunner 245 and 245 Music which can calculate the VO2 Max, and more advanced training statistics. One of their advantages is the integration of a sensor to evaluate the oxygen level in the blood. The Forerunner 245 Music allows the storage of several hundred songs (up to 500), and it can synchronize Deezer or Spotify playlists offline. By pairing it with a Bluetooth headset, you can run to music without any problems. The Forerunner 245 is sold for 299.99$, the Forerunner 245 Music is sold for 349.99$.
The new top-of-the-range model at Garmin is the Forerunner 945 and is designed for advanced athletes, trail or triathlon fans. A new training analysis system is included, the autonomy is higher than the cheaper models, with two weeks in smartwatch mode. Garmin Pay contactless payment is also available, and allows you to use your credit card at merchants using systems such as Sumup or iZettle. Finally, music storage is enhanced with 1000 songs instead of 500 on the 245 Music. Like all Garmin top-of-the-range models, the price is high, at 599.99$.
Finally, the Forerunner 945 meets the requirements of seasoned athletes, especially triathletes. In particular, it has a new training analysis option that “breaks down the user’s recent history into different categories based on the structure and intensity of the training,” says Garmin. It also has the Pulse Ox4 sensor (measurement of the oxygen level in the blood to assess the body’s acclimatisation to altitude and heat), can store up to 1,000 songs, and has contactless payment technology. Its autonomy? Two weeks in smartwatch mode, 36 hours in GPS mode and 10 hours in GPS mode with music playback.
These five new watches join the Garmin “45” range, which already included the 645 and the Music version, sold for 399.99$ and 449.99$ respectively. If you are interested in one of these watches, you can find them on Amazon here.