Garmin Forerunner 245

Garmin Forerunner 245
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Review highlights
  • Great for running
  • Accurate heart rate and pulse oximeter sensor
  • Long battery life
  • Dont have to bring phone while running to het all the same functions
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I shower with it, swim with it... For years now. Zero problems. Forerunner 245, before I had a 225.


that’s accurate when I play sports and go on runs but can also answer phone calls via the watch when I’m at work. Ive done a bit of research and i like the forerunner 245 for its accuracy and the great Garmin app but from what I can see, you need to answer calls on the phone and not the watch. My bu...


The best GPS running watch/smartwatch combo

This well-rounded running watch offers dependable on-the-run data and handy smartwatch features. But compared with the Coros Pace 2, it has pokier GPS acquisition times.

2 months ago

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music // The Fitness Review

So if you made it this far - and you definitely got a lot of information and thanks for powering through that, rather like through your view, so what's the verdict on d4 or 245 well, it performs quite well in regards to GPS performance and I have zero issues With that heart rate performance was just about to be expected and even though performed well for the most part, it did have some hiccups and some areas like mountain biking as well as weight, training and some rowing, but in all fairness, this is about the same experience.

2 months ago

Great Evolution in the Forerunner Lineup + Onboard Music Rocks

A bit about me 1. I've owned the Garmin Forerunner 235, Fenix 3 and Fenix 5X (among several older watches from Garmin and others) 2. I run 25-35 miles/week (4x outdoors + occasional treadmill) and bike indoors 1-2x per week on Zwift 3. I use the Stryd Live footpod 4. I sync all of my data to Strava ...

Scott E. Benson
3 years ago

The FR 245 is great! I upgraded from my basic-ass Fitbit a year ago to the FR 245 Music and I'm SO glad I did. It's still working great and I hope to have it for years to come.


Garmin Forerunner 245. Had a Fossil Sport before, but I'm never going back to WearOS or Qualcomm watches unless they make significant leaps.


Terrible documentation

Garmin 245 Music seems to be a capable product. Tolerably possible to do basic activity tracking by a process largely of experimentation. Lengthy "Owner's Manual" is terrible, however. Appears to have been written as a steam of consciousness by an engineer who already knew how to access and use vari...

William D. Iverson
3 years ago

Do you mean a Garmin Forerunner 245? If so, that one definitely wins in my book. If not, I assume you mean the forerunner 25, which you should avoid.

I would also look into the forerunner 45 & 55

My wrists are almost the same size as yours (136mm, iirc). I have the 245, and it's kinda the top end of what I'd be comfortable with size-wise. I *really* wanted the 945, but when I tried it on, it looked way too large. I also tried the fenix 6s, and the thickness of that watch and the way the beze...