The world of fitness watches has grown so much and boasts so many features that a brief rundown on everything they can do would be nearly impossible to put together—but we're here to try anyway! With the release of three new, exciting updates from Garmin this month, I’ll outline the major features that most of the running community is concerned with and the major differences between the most “basic” of the three models and its more advanced counterparts.
This is the aforementioned “basic” model, but this watch has just about every feature that even advanced runners are looking for. Speed, distance, and pace are all givens in a GPS watch, but the FR45 also has the ability to estimate VO2 max, heart rate zones, and stress data, all through the utilization of a wrist-based heart rate monitor. Numerous activity tracking metrics, including step counters, sleep monitoring, intensity minutes, and more are tracked using a combination of the heart rate monitor and an advanced accelerometer.
The FR45 comes in two sizes, with the FR45s being the smaller watch face, essentially geared towards women or men who might prefer to have the look of a smaller watch face. The watch is rated at 5 ATM underwater and has a battery life of seven days in watch mode (13 hours in GPS mode).
While this is just a brief summary of the many, many things this watch can do, it remains at a reasonable price point of $199.99.
Forerunner 245 and 245 Music
As mentioned before, the FR245 and FR245 Music can do everything that the FR45 can do (with the exception of the option for smaller watch faces). In addition to those features, some of the highlights of the FR245 are configurable lap alerts for workouts, measuring training status and training load, aerobic and anaerobic workout effect, virtual partner, and more.
The FR245 Music, as you might guess, also comes with a hard drive on which you can load approximately 500 songs or 40 hour-long podcasts that you can play using wireless headphones. Battery life is seven days in watch mode, 24 hours in GPS mode, and six hours in GPS mode with music. The FR245 retails for $299.99 and the FR245 Music for $349.99.
The FR945 is aimed at the competitive, data-driven runner looking to maximize performance by building workouts, managing their rest, and varying their workout intensities using readouts that this watch puts in the palm of their hand...er...wrist.
The FR945 has all the features of the previous watches mentioned (including twice the hard drive space for music even though this is not indicated in the name of the watch), but adds heat and altitude acclimation, training load benefit, round-trip course creator, TrendlineTM popularity routing, and even Garmin Pay for those who don’t like to carry cash or cards on the run.
Battery life is up to two weeks in watch mode, 36 hours in GPS mode and ten hours in GPS and music mode. The FR945 retails for $599.99.
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