If you are a dedicated runner then you’ve problem heard of Garmin’s fitness lineup of watches. The company offers several options, with the Forerunner series being one of the more popular. Its announced additions to Forerunner GPS smartwatches and brand-new model lineup for the series for runners who don’t want to always carry their phones.
All the new models offer a fresh take on what Garmin already does exceptionally well. Dan Bartel, Garmin’s Vice President of Global Sales said it was just time for the addition of new features:
“We are excited to refresh our Forerunner line and bring sought-after advancements to some of our most popular GPS running smartwatches. Each new Forerunner takes what its predecessor has done very well, and enhances it with even more features, making it easier for you to simply focus on your workout while your watch does the thinking.”
The most notable is a new safety tracking feature that will share your real-time location data with chosen contacts in case of an emergency. Otherwise, they all share mostly common DNA of 5 button design, always-on displays, all-day activity tracking, heart rate sensor, and smart notifications. They all support Garmin’s new female health tracking via the Garmin Connect app as well.
Forerunner 45 and 45S
The 45 series is the entry-level into the new Forerunner models. For $199 you can choose from the 39mm 45S or go for the larger 42mm standard 45. You can expect up to 7 days on a single charge with the 45 with simple tracking and notifications. Dedicated GPS usage is rated for 13 hours of continuous on-time.
Forerunner 245 and 245 Music
If you want a slightly more premium build, then Garmin is offering the Forerunner 245 for more advanced features. You get the same 7 days of battery with 24 hours of GPS and more dynamic running data and Pulse OX oxygen monitoring. Oh, and the Music edition can sync up to 500 songs via Spotify or Deezer apps.
The 245 will cost you a cool $299 while you’ll need another $50 bill for the Music edition.
Lastly Garmin has the Forerunner 945. This is the company’s top-tier watch in the lineup. The 945 comes equipped with all the same features as its brethren but adds Garmin Pay, full color maps, and double the song storage of the 245 Music that will hold 1,000 songs. It also sports the most impressive battery stats. Garmin rates it as two weeks of normal use, 36 hours of GPS, and 10 hours of GPS while jamming to music.
The Forerunner 945 also comes with the most impressive price tag. You’ll need to set back $599 for this smartwatch to find its way onto your wrist.
All these new Forerunner watches come as great additions to an already solid offering from Garmin. You can find more information and order the Forerunners directly from Garmin’s online store.