Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
The Garmin Forerunner 245 Music packs built-in GPS tracking and a wrist-based heart monitor to help you train smarter.
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.
- Built-in GPS. Accurate distance, pace and interval data thanks to the built-in GPS tracking.
- Wrist-based heart rate. Garmin's wrist-based heart rate monitor lets you keep tabs on how hard you're working during your run, and it keeps you informed at rest, too.
- Long battery life. Up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music.
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4.9/5 on 13 total reviews
This watch has far surpassed my expectations. I love the fit, the size, and its many functions. Best of all, I can listen to all my music without having to lug around my phone. It's great!
I had been a long time Fitbit user (a little over 10 years) and my latest Versa 2 was dying. I had been looking at Garmin’s for a few years, done some research on them as well as talked to a few friends that have one. Fleet Feet just so happened to have the Forerunner 245 Music on sale so I decided to get one. From the moment I put it on, I was hooked. So easy to use, accurate, and now I don’t run with my phone anymore, very liberating! I’m hooked and can guarantee I’m a Garmin customer!
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.
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