The Garmin Forerunner 245 Music is the feature-packed GPS running watch that does everything most runners need—and then some.
Garmin's newest watch tracks your daily miles using GPS, GLONASS or Galileo satellite systems; it has a built-in heart rate monitor to keep tabs on how hard you're pushing; and it has a waterproof rating of 5 ATM, which means it's good down to 50 meters.
The new Foreunner 245 Music refreshes the outgoing Forerunner 235 by adding new features and improving on some old ones. One of the biggest additions to the 245 is Garmin's Running Awareness features that let you share your location with a list of contacts so you can stay safe (or just let them track you during a race). You can also sync the watch with your smartphone to get text, email and other notifications right on your wrist.
Designers also improved the Bluetooth capabilities, tacked on a Wi-Fi connection, gave it space to hold up to 500 songs and added more training metrics to help you run and recover smarter. (The base Garmin Forerunner 245 does everything the Music version does, but without Wi-Fi or storage for tunes.)
In a review of the Garmin Forerunner 245, our tester loved how comfortable the watch is and how easy it is to keep track of daily and weekly mileage. She used it during training for a 100-mile race, and the ample battery life kept her running through 80-mile training weeks.
The upgrades make the lightweight, low-profile running watch an ideal partner for your training.
4.9/5 on 10 total reviews
This watch checks all of the boxes for me and more! Easy to set up, comfortable to wear and love the added feature of wi-fi, which allows for auto updates to Connect IQ to easily review my data. Love it!
Watch was a gift for wife. She is not the most tech savvy but she was able to easily download her music and navigate through the widgets while going for a run. She likes the watch as a replacement for her iPod that finally gave up on her. She especially likes the ease of advancing the songs and pausing while taking a call.
I had a Forerunner 220 for years and absolutely loved it. I was sad to let go of it, but it was on its last leg. The 245 seems like it will serve me well for years and the added features are really nice
The watch is easy to set up and the accuracy beats out any of my previous sports watches.
The amount of data this watch can provide is amazing. It performs as expected, does everything advertised, and isn't terribly heavy on your wrist. There's dozens of watchfaces to download showing various levels of info and can create your own with pics on your phone, though they usually end up blurry and mediocre, but in terms of watch performance it's great. Note that unlike Fitbit which would auto detect exercise if you don't start a run on the watch it won't count it as an "activity" That being said there are just a couple draw backs. The menus can be Byzantine especially if you prefer podcasts. Obviously most of us are going Spotify, but adding podcasts to your watch is a nightmare and even if you have multiple episodes it won't play the next. The best thing to do is to create a playlist of podcast episodes and download that, and get rid of that when you get back. Keep in mind that you have to do the downloading from the watch interface, it's not auto syncing from Spotify. I didn't try runcasts as I'd heard it wasn't ideal, and didn't want to spend 5 bucks a month. On the listening note it couldn't be easier to pair with Bluetooth head phones, maintains connection the entire time with no problems. The app is pretty good. It does a good job of displaying your data and you can customize what you want to see. The help button is usually helpful in explaining. It's not quite as user friendly as something like Fitbit, or as visually clean, but it's more detailed with a lot of the data so it's a trade off. That being said one of the worst things is with the app rather than the watch itself, if you track calories you'll have to get my fitness pal and link it. It won't do it in app by itself. It's still excellent for its price point, there's just a significant learning curve and a few annoyances. But not having to carry a phone is excellent and worth most of the gripes.