Garmin's new Forerunner series with GPS smartwatches offer integrated music capabilities, full-colour mapping, and advanced training, safety and tracking features for runners.
There are six new models in the series, the Forerunner 45, Forerunner 45S, Forerunner 245, Forerunner 245 Music, and Forerunner 945. Each of the devices can track runs as well as stats, then crunch the numbers to learn more about your performance, training history, goals, and more.
"We are excited to refresh our Forerunner line and bring sought-after advancements to some of our most popular GPS running smartwatches," says Dan Bartel, Garmin's Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. "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."
Each new Forerunner features lightweight materials and an intuitive five-button design that is easy to operate with or without gloves, and in any weather condition. The watches include an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS, all-day activity tracking, smart notifications, wrist-based heart rate, and new safety and tracking features that allow users to share their real-time location with chosen contacts in case they need help. The new Forerunner line is compatible with Garmin Coach free training plans that adapt based on a runner's goals and performance. In addition to 5K plans, Garmin users can now train for a 10K or half-marathon with the help of three running coaches, Jeff Galloway, Greg McMillan, and Amy Parkerson-Mitchell, to guide and motivate them.
With features specific to each model, the new Forerunner smartwatches deliver key running metrics and insight to different kinds of runners.
The Forerunner 45 and Forerunner 45S are designed for those who are training for their first race or starting a new exercise plan. They're ideal for everyday use, monitoring heart rate at the wrist and featuring built-in GPS to keep track of pace, distance, intervals and more. For those with smaller wrists, the Forerunner 45S features a 39-millimeter case compared to a 42-millimeter case on the Forerunner 45.
With a dozen activity profiles available, the Forerunner 45 series will track runs as well as record efforts during a cycling workout, on the elliptical, while doing cardio, yoga, and more. They monitor daily steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep. Featuring all-day stress monitoring and Body Battery energy monitoring, users can focus on their wellness and better plan their day to optimize times for activity and rest. They feature up to seven days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.
Building on one of Garmin's most popular GPS running smartwatches, the Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music include more data and advanced features to help runners improve. The Forerunner 245 Music holds up to 500 songs and lets users sync playlists from select preloaded music streaming services, like Spotify and Deezer, or transfer music from a computer.
Offering personalized training and recovery insight, both devices include performance monitoring tools like VO2 max and training status with adjustments for heat, recovery time and aerobic and anaerobic training effects. With the addition of a Running Dynamics Pod or compatible heart rate strap, athletes can see all six running dynamics right on the watch. After a workout, the Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music feature additional tools to track a runner's well-being, including a wrist-based Pulse Ox sensor that will help gauge how oxygen is being absorbed. You'll get seven days of battery life in smartwatch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode, and up to six hours in GPS mode with music.
Designed for elite athletes, the Forerunner 945 is a premium running and triathlon smartwatch that holds up to 1,000 songs and lets users sync playlists from select preloaded streaming services, including Spotify and Deezer, or transfer music from a computer. While out for a run or bike ride, athletes can make payments right from the wrist with Garmin Pay contactless payment solution. Full-colour, onboard maps help guide serious runners and multisport athletes so they never get lost on a run.
Thee Forerunner 945 also includes key performance monitoring tools while adding training load focus, a new feature that will sort an athlete's recent training history into different categories based on activity structure and intensity. They can also see all six running dynamics on their watch with the use of a Running Dynamics Pod or compatible heart rate strap. There are additional built-in activity profiles, including skiing, hiking, golfing, and more.
Intended to be worn all day, the Forerunner 945 will provide athletes with additional insights to their body's performance, and with Pulse Ox4, they can see how well their body is absorbing oxygen. The Forerunner 945 features up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode, up to 36 hours in GPS mode, and up to 10 hours in GPS mode with music.
The Forerunner 45 series will be available in May while the Forerunner 245, Forerunner 245 Music and Forerunner 945 are available now. The new Forerunners range in price from US$200 to US$600. The Forerunner 945 is also available in a triathlon bundle, which includes blue and black silicone bands, HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, and a quick release kit for an MSRP of $750.
In related news, Garmin confirmed that it has added Menstrual Cycle Tracking to its Garmin Connect online fitness community, allowing female users to track their periods, log symptoms, and receive educational health insights as part of their overall health tracking.
Women can use this data and a compatible Garmin device to make connections between their current cycle phase, physical and emotional symptoms, and overall wellbeing. Through Garmin Connect, users can log their cycle and symptoms and also receive predictions for their period and fertile windows. Throughout the month, users will get educational content on subjects like nutrition and training specific to the current phase of their cycle.
Cycle tracking can be customized based on whether a cycle is regular, irregular, or transitioning into menopause. Users can track daily physical and emotional symptoms and add their own notes. Cycle tracking brings awareness to fluctuations in things like sleep, mood, appetite, athletic performance, and more. With regular symptom logging, women can begin to predict how they will feel at a given point in their cycle in case they want to adjust their diet or activities. Those with a Connect IQ compatible device also have the option of getting cycle tracking information and discreet period reminders right on the wrist.
Garmin Health is currently sponsoring a research study at The University of Kansas Medical Center to examine how wearables, and the array of biometric data they produce, could potentially assist with menstrual cycle tracking and ovulation prediction.