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Garmin Running Watches

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Shop the Best Garmin Running Watches

Garmin's GPS running watches can do it all. From distance and pace tracking to wrist-based heart rate monitoring and advanced running metrics, you can find a Garmin watch that's tailored to help you excel.

Garmin Forerunner Series

Whether on the street, trail or water, there's a Garmin Forerunner watch that's perfect for you.

The Garmin Forerunner 35 features a Virtual Pacer to give you updates on your pace, distance and time so you know when to hit the gas or pump the brakes. It also helps you stay motivated with personal record alerts. Testers in our Garmin Forerunner 35 review raved about the all the capabilities packed into the watch that make it feel like it costs a lot more.

An update to the 35, Garmin designed the Forerunner 45 to be a simple, accurate GPS watch at the right price. Like the 35, the 45 tracks distance, pace and time. But this time around it gets improved software, a round face and added safety features, like automatic incident detection that will alert your contacts if something happens.

For runners who crave more data, the Garmin Forerunner 245 brings customizable training plans, heart-rate monitoring and Garmin Connect features right to your wrist. Designers built the 245 with the same quick-release silicone straps as other Garmin watches, so it's soft, comfortable and lightweight. Plus, it comes with a waterproof rating of 5 ATM, which means it will hold tight down to depths of 50m—ideal for summertime swims or unexpected downpours.

In our review of the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music, our tester says, "This is hands down the most comfortable watch I have ever worn."

The series-leading Garmin Forerunner 645 Music incorporates up to 500 tunes into the smart timepiece. Plus, Garmin packed GPS, big battery life and a color display into the slim profile watch. Testers in Fleet Feet's Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review say the running watch does everything serious runners need and plenty more.

Compared with other Garmin running watches, the Forerunner series matches the right features with the right price to help you train better.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 running watch in black

Garmin Vivo Series

The compact and lightweight vivoactive watch series from Garmin is designed to be the ideal companion to your active lifestyle.

Garmin included built-in activity tracking, wrist-based heart rate monitoring and all-day stress checks to keep you cool. Plus, you can stay connected with smart notifications to keep up with the rest of your life no matter where you go.

With the Garmin vivofit Jr. 2, parents can also encourage their kids to be more active and use the onboard software to incentivize them to do their homework and chores.

The Garmin fenix 5 in black

Garmin Fenix Series

Garmin built the Fenix series of running watches to be as rugged as you are.

Advanced features in all Fenix 6 watches offer physiological metrics, running dynamics and location tracking so you can tailor your workouts on the fly. Garmin also integrated preloaded activity modes, so you can toggle between open-water swimming, trail running, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, triathlon, paddle boarding and golfing.

But they didn't leave out style: These Garmin watches are designed with premium materials, like lightweight titanium, durable stainless steel, handsome full-grain leather and scratch-resistant sapphire glass.

The Garmin Fenix 6 is one of the top GPS running watches you can buy. In the Garmin Fenix 6 review, a Fleet Feet tester praised the long battery life and larger face size.

The Garmin forerunner 645 Music with a red band

Garmin Running Watch Features

Garmin packed its lineup of running and activity watches with features to help you train smarter. From the Garmin vivoactive 3 to the Garmin fenix 5, there's a watch for however you move.

See each individual watch for its list of unique features.

  • GPS tracking. Garmin GPS watches tune in to navigational satellites to track your whereabouts. The data can determine your location, the distance you run or bike and your pace.
  • Activity tracking. When you're not running, Garmin watches act as an activity tracker to give you a full picture of your daily motion. As a tracker, the watch counts your steps, distance, calories and sleep.
  • Heart rate monitoring. Select Garmin running watches include wrist-based heart rate monitoring. Garmin's Elevate heart rate technology identifies your heart rate zone and beats per minute in real time—all without the use of a chest strap.
  • Advanced running metrics. Watches like the Garmin fenix 5 series dial in the info you need to run smarter. The fenix takes biomechanical measurements, such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time, balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio. The key performance metrics help you analyze and improve your form.
  • Garmin Connect. Garmin's GPS and running watches sync with the company's online fitness community, Garmin Connect. With the free Garmin Connect app, you can log your workouts and compete against friends no matter where you run.
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